So, it’s been a few months out the door and our time with Battlefield 1 has been a blast to say the least. But in just a few short weeks the game we have gotten used to will get its first explosive expansion pack to shake things up a bit and with the DLC having finally been revealed, let’s take a look at what to expect when They Shall Not Pass arrives in March.
First things first, and of course with any new expansion pack to a Battlefield game the first thing players look for is the maps. If history is anything to go by DICE are not the type to disappoint. They Shall Not Pass will be bringing four new maps to the chaotic realms of WW1 with Verdun Heights, Fort Vaux, Soissons and Rupture all set to bring bullet ridden warfare at its finest.
Verdun Heights brings squads together as the push on towards the massive fortress of Verdun, whilst the barrage of artillery strikes will be on hand to stop opposing forces.
Fort Vaux looks to offer more of its highly promoted close quarters combat within a twisting maze of wet stone corridors and dark galleries.
Soissons is due to bring one of the biggest tank assaults in World War One to the battlefield, with the powerful St. Chamond Assault Tank Gun of the French 10th Army set to wade in on the war, bringing a perfect map for vehicular combat.
Rupture sees the return to the sight of death, as a battlefield covered in a maze of the machines of war now lies covered in poppies. The unexpected location for a tactical ambush.
Joining the fight in time to defend their homeland is of course the French Army, bringing with them the charismatic blue uniform and of course the hardened and fearless warriors to whom it belongs.
Liking what you see? Well it doesn’t stop there as there will also be an entirely new game mode for players to sink their teeth into. Frontlines is set to bring Conquest and Rush together with players set to fight for chained control points in a tug-of-war frontline. With both teams fighting for one flag at a time with action only moving on to the next as each flag is captured with the game then transforming into a Rush-style section should they manage to capture the enemy’s HQ control point.
Obviously with new maps and an entire new army comes some new vehicles for use. The first being the previously mentioned St. Chamond Assault Tank Gun. This French production was the most heavily armed allied tank of the war and is sure to dominate the battlefield.
The second vehicular addition is the Steel Behemoth – the Char 2C tank. Spawning into this super-heavy beast that is based on the real-world French tank may turn the tide of the battle.
Next up is the Trench Raider Elite Class. Utilising the brutal Raider Club and impressive grenade arsenal will ensure fear is met in the eyes of the enemy as the melee skills of the new Trench Raider is set to bring a fresh approach to an already glowing set of Elite options.
And finally, we have the new stationary weapon, the Siege Howitzer. Much like the Field Gun the Siege Howitzer can be operated by a single infantry player and is fired through indirect aiming/firing in the same vein as mortars and artillery vehicles.
So, that sums up the new arrivals heading to Battlefield 1 in the first expansion pack, They Shall Not Pass. Those in possession of a Premium Pass will get access to the new content two weeks early with the content available to purchase separately afterwards for everyone else.
Are you happy with the new additions? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget to have a read of our full Battlefield 1 review too.