Battlefield 1: Multiplayer game modes explained – Conquest, Operations, Domination and more

By Alex Donaldson
17 October 2016 16:03 GMT

Get to know the modes where you’ll spend many hours a little better.


Battlefield 1 is finally officially out in just a few days here, and many people are going to get their hands on it tomorrow thanks to the Early Enlister package, which gives you a few days’ head start in DICE and EA’s take on the first world war.

Westie has been playing for around a week now and has put together some handy videos that show off how each of the game’s major modes work. Some of these modes have been changed up quite a bit, so his run-downs of what you’ll be getting up to in each mode are actually pretty useful if you ask us.

For the record, Westie worked with Battlefield 1 publisher EA at Gamescom earlier in the year, and this tips video is sponsored by EA – so keep that in mind. These are tips, though, and not opinion on the quality of the game, so we feel pretty safe sharing them.

First up is Conquest, the classic Battlefield mode that the series kicked off with in the original Battlefield 1942. There are changes, however, thanks to the world war 1 setting.

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Operations is the biggest and most bombastic game mode and is massively focused on proper teamwork. Operations is all about attack and defence, and actually can take place across multiple different maps per match. Westie explains.

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Team Deathmatch is exactly what you’d think it is, though there are some tweaks and twists that help to make it fit with the slightly slower pace that comes part and parcel with the world war 1 setting of Battlefield 1.

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War Pigeons is an all-new game mode for Battlefield 1, as its pigeon-focused name would suggest – those bad boys were one of the main forms of communication in the war. The aim is to locate and get to the pigeon and then hold on to it long enough to write out a message without dying. Once the message is written, you release the pigeon to score. Here’s all the details:

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Domination is another classic Battlefield mode, asking you to dominate the map to control the capture points on a map in 12-on-12 battles that are a lot more focused than those in Conquest and Operations. It’s similar to its previous appearances, but again has minor differences.

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Rush tends to be a favourite especially among Battlefield players on console and makes a return in Battlefield 1. Rush is often the best multiplayer mode for beginners coming from other shooters. In Battlefield 1 you’ll be defending and attacking telegraph posts in order to call or prevent reinforcements and assistance from behind the lines from arriving.

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Remember that for even more help with Battlefield 1 you can hit up our definitive guide hub page, which has just about everything you need to know in one place.

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