Battlefield 1 Beta Draws 13 Million Players, Sets New Record

The open beta for Battlefield 1 drew a remarkable number of players, eclipsing EA's previous record of 9 million players. They've compiled lots of...
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    According to numbers released by EA today, the Battlefield 1 beta drew 13 million players, setting a new record for EA. The previous record was 9 million, for the Star Wars Battlefront beta.

    Aleks Grondal, Battlefield 1’s senior producer thanked fans in a blog post, stating that they’re going through all the comments shared by players (social media, forums, etc.), in order to determine what worked and what didn’t. He specifically stated that the Light Tank worked “a little too well”, so fans of that piece of equipment should probably expect a change of some kind in the final release.

    The team assembled an infographic to show off some of the stats, including the historical fact that 13 million players was more than double the number of actual military troops deployed in the Middle East during World War 1.

    The Assault class was the most popular at 30% of players, followed closely by the Scout class at 28%. Players racked up nearly 29 million melee kills, more than two melee kills per beta participant.

    The entire graphic is too large to post here, but can be viewed on the page.

    How many Se7enSins members took part? What class did you choose to play? Were you killed while on a horse? Share your thoughts about the beta in the comments below.

    (Sources: GameSpot,

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  1. LookBroZombies_XBL
    I played every class but I loved the scout class because the options for sights in the beta were terrible. It felt great using a bolt action sniper again and actually getting kills! I can't wait until this comes out!
  2. Harry
    Hats off to them as a company, they've done exceptionally well with this beta. I thoroughly enjoyed playing the game and had so much fun! To the point where I pre-ordered the game the day of the beta's end!

    The gameplay was so smooth and enjoyable, the graphics were exceptional and overall, it seemed very balanced. I'm hoping that it raises the bar on previous Battlefield games, I also hope it blows Infinite Warfare out of the park. I think if Infinity Ward did a similar beta, they wouldn't announce their numbers due to embarrassment.
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  3. goss34
    The beta was probably better than many fully released games *cough* Ghosts *cough*
    1. Shalour
      *cough* Ghosts is actually better than Bo3 *cough*
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  4. PSGAndr3w
    Besides the standard buggy menus, the only thing that grinded my gears was that I couldn't level up the Assault class to get those sweet, sweet shotguns. You can tell DICE put massive amounts of effort into the beta, as the overall gameplay was superb.
  5. Pyroman
    I played it, I got up to rank 55 I think. Class played was split between Support and assault, although I did play Scout the first couple of days. My favorite part of the beta had to be the air planes, which could finally kill ground units unlike in bf4 in a jet.
    The beta did have some bad issues though, being able to level up while being the only person in the server, and a laggy pause menu were the worse ones I faced.
    All in all it wasn't half bad, and I'll be sure to buy it October 18th.
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    1. UndeadASU
      The laggy menu system was the most annoying thing for me. I also hated it when a game would end and instead of it going to the end game results, it immediately placed me into the next game. Then halfway through that game, it would pull me out to show the results from the last game.
    2. Pyroman
      Yea, I hated that so annoying.