Electronic Arts and DICE announced today a new Premium Friends feature, allowing Premium Pass owners to invite their friends to play DLC they don't own. Basically, if you join a party with someone who owns the Premium Pass, you'll become Premium Enabled, meaning you can play on all available maps in the game.
"There is one specific area of feedback that we've had our eyes on for a while: the potential friction when playing with friends where some own a Battlefield 1 Premium Pass and some don't. Tied to this is our ambition to make sure all maps of the game have as many players as possible to secure a good experience for everyone," wrote producer Andreas Skoglund.
To keep the Premium Pass feeling "premium" there will be restrictions though. First up, only Premium Pass owners gain experience on DLC maps. The game does take note of any experience non-Premium players gain on these maps and will retroactively reward that experience if they become Premium Pass owners at a later date.
Only Premium Pass owners will be able to spawn in with weapons and vehicles unique to the expansion content. Finally, only Premium Pass owners will gain progress toward medals and codexes for the DLC content.
"We will activate the test run of Premium Friends during the upcoming Battlefest, which starts on March 30," added Skoglund. "We will pay close attention to your feedback on Premium Friends. It's our goal to work towards molding this feature into something that embodies our commitment to you, our amazing community."