The French Army joins the fight.
Battlefield 1‘s first expansion pack, titled They Shall Not Pass, will include four new multiplayer maps, the French army as a new faction, a new game mode, new artillery, and more, EA has announced today.
Verdun Heights, the first of the four maps, will have players fighting through massive forest fires created by the Battle of Verdun. The map is “an uphill battle towards the massive fortresses of Verdun. A constant grinding struggle where the artillery never stops,” according to a post on the game’s website. Next up is Fort Vaux where players will fight “in the maze of dark galleries and wet stone corridors” inside a fort.
The third map, titled Soissons, will take players to the beautiful French countryside to “take part in one of the biggest tank assaults of World War 1.” Finally, in Rupture players will fight in Fontenoy “where poppies grow over a rusty wreck from previous tank battle.”
Also included in the expansion is a new game mode called Frontlines. “Both teams fight for one flag at a time and when this objective is captured the action moves on to the next,” reads the game mode’s description. “Capture the enemy’s HQ control point and the game turns into a Rush-style section where telegraph posts need to be attacked or defended.”
In addition, They Shall Not Pass will include the Trench Raider as a new Elite Class, the Siege Howitzer as a new stationary weapon, The St. Chamond assault tank, and the Char 2C tank. Images of the new maps and weaponry can be seen above.
No release date for They Shall Not Pass has been announced, but it will arrive sometime in March. Players with the $50 Battlefield 1 Premium Pass will get early access to the expansion.
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