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Battlefield 1 Fall Update brings rentable private servers

Hardcore servers also, and changes to Operations and Conquest modes

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Battlefield 1's large Fall Update is available for all three platforms now, and it brings new hardcore servers and rentable servers in addition to a slew of balance changes, gameplay additions and fixes.

In terms of gameplay, the Operations game mode is getting a tune-up to boost attackers' effectiveness. The time it takes for attackers to capture flags has been reduced slightly, and the ticket awards in Operations and Grand Operations has been increased.

The Suez Conquest layout has been changed based on player feedback since Battlefield 1 launched at the end of October. Two flags have been added to its layout, making it harder for a team to capture all of the flags and close out the match early. Also, some capture areas have been altered to make it easier to re-capture flags. For a team driven all the way back to their headquarters, they'll find an armored car that they can use to bust out of the HQ and try to flank their opponents.

Hardcore servers are where players face a greater challenge with settings that toggle off assists such as the minimap, the crosshair, or the ability to spot enemies. And the Rent-a-Server program allows players to set up a private Battlefield 1 server, set its map rotation and customize the match's gameplay options.

These are the highlights of a long list of changes, which may be seen in the patch notes here. The update went out early this morning and should be present on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One right now.

Battlefield 1 launched Oct. 29. Yesterday, Eurogamer's Digital Foundry ran an analysis that showed players on the new PlayStation 4 Pro could see a competitive advantage. For more, see Polygon's review.