Is the Battlefield 1 Premium Pass really worth it?

Now that the first DLC has been released for Battlefield 1, you might be wondering whether or not the Premium Pass is really worth it. Sure, this DLC was free, but the next four updates (DICE is calling them "expansion packs") won't be free.

Each one, without a Premium Pass, will likely set you back about $15. The Premium Pass, which costs $50 ($45 if you have EA Access) (opens in new tab), is a nice bit of savings.

Will the expansion packs hold enough content to keep you entertained and feeling like you got your money's worth? Let's take a look at whether or not the Battlefield 1 Premium Pass is a smart buy.

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Way more content

Battlefield 1 is a truly impressive shooter, and its multiplayer mode will likely be the first-person shooter for years to come. As it stands now, following the first free DLC, there are 10 multiplayer maps for you to enjoy. If you buy the Premium Pass, you'll get four new maps in each of the four expansion packs, meaning a total of 16 new battlefields. That's almost twice as many maps as you started with.

To help fill those maps with content, you're also going to see some new Elite classes alongside the Tank Hunter, the Sentry, and the Flame Trooper. These Elite classes will no doubt be geared toward taking out the new suite of armor and airplanes that will also be unveiled with each expansion pack.

Battlefield 1 already has an impressive arsenal that you can unlock and equip, but you're going to get 20 new weapons spread out over the four packs. Some of these weapons will no doubt be specific to the new armies marching onto the battlefield from France and the Russian Empire. What's a world war without these two nations?

New operations

Operations are a new way to play Battlefield, and frankly, they're fun as hell. They're a mix of Rush and Conquest, where two teams face off on a ravaged playing field to try and defend or capture flags. It takes an entire team to win, and the battles — especially in the 64-player rooms — are some the most hectic multiplayer experiences seen yet from a game.

The four current Operations

We've played all four current Operations enough to know that four isn't enough. Luckily, there will be new Operations released in the expansion packs, as well as other game modes to bolster the current list of Conquest, Domination, Rush, Team Deathmatch, and War Pigeons.

All of this extra content is available to those who choose to buy the expansion packs separately, but it will cost more. If you think you're going to pick up each expansion anyway, go with Premium. You'll save some money, and you'll also have access to some other neat perks.

Early access to new content

If the above content has you excited to the point where you don't think you'll be able to wait, the least you can do is get early access to each expansion pack. Yes, anyone with a Premium Pass can download and start playing two weeks early. Two weeks!

Gamers who purchase the expansion packs separately will have to sit by and watch gameplay videos as they wait out the two weeks. Remember those Easter Eggs from Battlefield 4? If you can't stand others discovering them before you, the Premium Pass is probably for you.

Skip server queues

This one isn't as big of a deal as all the extra content you get, but as the server-count dwindles in later days of a game's life, being able to skip the line in popular servers can make a big difference. Some DICE Hardcore servers already have five- and six-person queues — if you're one who doesn't want to wait to game, the perk of skipping lines with a Premium Pass might make it worth it.

Keep playing with your pals

The unfortunate reality of a DLC world is that many player-bases get divided. Lots of people simply can't drop an extra $50 on top of the original cost of the game, resulting in a group that sticks to the core maps and weapons, a group that has one or two expansion packs, and a Premium group that has all extra content.

If you already made friends with a great group of dedicated Battlefield 1 players, not being able to continue with them on their Premium journey can be a downer. You can, of course, make new friends or stick with others who also lack the DLC, but keep in mind a majority of players will be moving on to the new maps and game modes when they're released. Your favorite server might even have those new maps added to their list, meaning you won't be able to join anymore.

For many casual Battlefield 1 players who game a bit during evenings and weekends, you will be able to get by without the expansion packs. There will still be games available, and you'll still be able to get your WWI fix. If, however, you're a hardcore Battlefield fan, sticking with your clan and waging war in new arenas will be much easier and cheaper with a Premium Pass.

More battlepacks

Superior Battlepacks!

Pretty much all shooters these days have some form of skin system for the weapons in their game, and Battlefield 1 is no different. Battlepacks make a reappearance, this time strictly holding skins, puzzle pieces, and XP boosts. Each month (starting November 2016), Premium Pass members will get a free Superior Battlepack which hold only Legendary skins.

If you're obsessed with having the best collection of skins in Battlefield 1, the Premium Pass will definitely help you on your way.

The verdict

The Battlefield 1 Premium Pass is designed for players who plan on grabbing all four expansion packs anyway, and players who want a few extra perks. If this type of player sounds like you, grab it and save some money! (opens in new tab)

If you're more of a casual gamer who is satisfied with what Battlefield 1 currently offers, don't worry about it too much. You can always grab the pass later if you change your mind, or you can grab a DLC here and there if you find them particularly appealing.

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Cale Hunt
Senior Editor, Laptop Reviews

Cale Hunt is formerly a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full-time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.

  • Well they are not a waste of money compared to the stock version. But surely it is an overpriced peace of software with the pass in order to be able to play on servers in 6month still. Soon the already developed DLCs will be released and servers running those DLC will not allow you to use them with the main BF1 install. makes it not usable in a few month or hanging around on servers noone plays on 
  • what else can you expect from EA
  • I guess wake island wont happen with this one :)
  • It is literally more expensive to buy the season pass than it was to get the game in Australia, that is freaking ridiculous.
  • real question is: "is battlefield a waste of money?"
  • the short answer is: "yes."
  • I'm done with game launches and immediate launches of expansions apcks. Or, just maybe, they could launch a complete game.
  • Is it worth it. Personally I think its a bit of a cheat. Its only worth it if you are a huge multiplayer fan. I find that giving you tye ability to jump queues wrong as this starts to create a two class system. I would love to have more single player content as I find the 5 hours+ campaign was good but not worth the price of the game. I wish Battlefield and Call of Duty would stop hiring expensive actors and bring the price down.
  • EA had every game in the Origin Store on sale last week. I ended up picking up premium for 35$. Very worth it at that price, I was waiting for a sale. I'm sure we will see it again.
  • I'm hoping it is on sale after the 22nd in the "biggest Xbox store sale ever". I got the deluxe edition of BF1 and TF2 for $75 together on Black Friday which was a good deal. I would liked to have added the season pass at the same time but there was no discount off the $50 price.
  • Same deal for me. Still haven't played titan fall 2 because bf1 is so fun.
  • Links are broken for me out of android app.
  • This is the first and probably only game I went nuts on (unless theres a WWII version a few years down the road) and spent the $120. I was blown away excited for this game as I have been reading about WWI and WWII since I was 14. I knew that I would buy every single expansion pack available, so I decided why not. I was a bit disappointed with the submachine guns everywhere thing for a while, and I am still trying to get used to the reality of everyone dancing around so realistically (rolls eyes) fast in the game (I'm used movement in Red Orchestra). I still feel its worth it just for atmosphere alone IMO. Dumb question with Battlepacks.....Once you open a battlepack, Cant you use that weapon right away? or is it just a special skin for that weapon once you rank up enough to buy it? I haven't understood them entirely. Also, the same with earning XP boost.....
  • Battlepacks are just skins