Battlefield 1 is known for its epic battles, but matches in its new Frontlines mode have been more epic than most, with some games lasting for as long as two hours.
Frontlines mode, part of the new DLC that entered early access on Tuesday, is ostensibly supposed to have a time limit to keep match times down, but it appears to be missing in action. And oddly enough, Battlefield 1 players seem just fine with that.
Over on the Battlefield subreddit, players have been posting pictures of their results and enthusing over match times. "Just played one game and took us about 87 minutes to complete. We lost but it sure was fun," said the top-rated comment in a thread titled, "This is amazing, don't add a time limit."
Another player wrote, "Frontlines is my new favorite mode. Matches can be either super quick (had a 5 minute one earlier where I came out on top with an 8-2 kd), or can be super drawn out and they feel epic as shit. I love coming back from having my telegraphs assaulted to destroying the enemy team."
Other players were a bit less positive. "The game [sic] last like 1 hour or so, everybody just went crazy after 40 minutes and I believe that we won because our enemies didn't want to defend anymore," a user wrote in another thread.
The funny thing is that a time limit was definitely in place when I played Frontlines at EA last week. I reached out to EA to confirm that I wasn't crazy, and their reps told me that they would look into it and get back to me.
For now, a certain subset fans seem very onboard with Frontlines not having a time limit; but from personal experience, such games tend to be pretty exhausting. With most shooters taking 15 to 20 minutes at most to complete a round, Frontlines risks becoming a curiosity that only appeals to hardcore fans. But I'll say this: It is indeed a pretty fun mode.
I'll update with more info when I have it. They Shall Not Pass, Battlefield 1's first batch of DLC, will become fully available on March 28.