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DICE has finally fixed Battlefield 1 squads

Battlefield 1 is one of the year’s best games, and is certainly in contention for its best shooter. It’s the reinvigorated entry that the Battlefield series has been screaming out for.

It’s managed to perform better at launch than Battlefield 4 and Battlefield Hardline did combined, making it the most successful Battlefield in the franchise’s storied history. Safe to say EA and DICE are very pleased with how the WWI epic turned out.

As good as the game is, however, it’s not perfect, but thankfully DICE has stepped up and is constantly tweaking and working on improving the Battlefield 1 experience.

A new major update for the title brings significant changes and improvements, including and perhaps most importantly, the ways in which squad leaders interact with their fellow players on the battlefield.

Initially, squad leaders could ignore squad requests with no consequence. Now, however, the player will be booted from squad leader and may be less likely to be put into that position in future. Let’s take a look at the changes based on DICE’s patch notes:

  • If the squad leader ignores requests for orders the leadership is transferred to another member of the squad.
  • When a squad member requests an order (and there is no active squad order), the requesting player is added to the want-to-be-leader queue for that squad and a 60 seconds timer starts (the timer is not reset if there are other squad members waiting in the queue already).
  • When the 60 seconds pass, the first member in the squad queue (the one who requested order earliest) is promoted as a squad leader. If there are other members in the queue after him, the timer is automatically reset to 60 seconds and if the new leader doesn’t give orders over that period either, then the next waiting in line is promoted and so on.
  • If the current squad leader issues an order, then the queue for the squad is cleared.

That is amazing news for those of us who spam the order request button, only for the squad leader to run around aimlessly trying to get kills and points.

There’s a stack of other changes coming to Battlefield 1: read the full patch note on the official Battlefield forums.

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