Much like previous installments, Battlefield 1 too features Battlepacks as in-game loot boxes for players to acquire. However, this time around DICE is slightly adjusting the concept of Battlepacks to bring diversity in the face of traditional offerings.
Previously, unlocking Battlepacks rewarded you with XP boosts, weapon mods/attachments, cosmetic upgrades, and such. Some aspects were RNG to a certain degree. In Battlefield 1, every Battlepack is guaranteed to get you a weapon skin. Additionally, there’s a chance to also unlock a melee puzzle piece. Collecting the entire designs means players can then craft the melee weapon for use in the game.
The major change to Battlepacks in Battlefield 1 is that it can also be used as currency. Any items unlocked can be turned into Scrap which is the game’s in-game currency for purchasing more Battlepacks. With enough Scraps, you can buy Enhanced and Superior Battlepack versions. In fact these can only be purchased with Scraps and are guaranteed to drop incredibly rare weapon skins.
The more you play, the more Battlepacks you line up. That in turn means more unlockables, of which you’re surely going to be scrapping several unneeded items. Battlefield 1 actually carries a greater chance for you to attain rare weapon skins by destroying items than it is to randomly get them through a standard Battlepack.
The selection of items available through Battlepacks will rotate on a “regular basis,” though DICE didn’t specify how often that would be. You’re free to save up Scrap earned from one set of Battlepack items to spend in the hopes of getting skins in subsequent rotations.
Battlefield 1 is scheduled to release later this month on October 21 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. However, those with EA/Origin Access membership can begin playing a portion of the game’s multiplayer and single-player modes tomorrow, October 13. Additionally, those who opt for the $80 Early Enlister Edition can jump in on October 18. As for the rest of us, we’ll just have to wait until the official launch.