EA has announced the first DLC for Battlefield 1 coming in March titled They Shall Not Pass. The DLC is set to add four new maps, two new vehicles, and a new game mode. In addition it looks like the French will also finally be joining the trenches.
The new mode “Frontlines” will see the opposing teams fight for control over one central flag. When a team has secured that flag they will then proceed deeper into enemy territory. In a way similar to Rush, the battles are expected to be lengthy and full of opportunities for immersion.
The addition of the French army will introduce two new vehicles. The two new vehicles will be: a behemoth- the Char 2C and the Assault Tank Gun the “most heavily armed allied tank of the war”.
|Top: Char 2C
Bottom: Assault Tank Gun
The DLC also adds a new specialist class the Trench Raider. This new elite class has specialized melee capabilities including a Raider Club and a wide arsenal of grenades.
In addition there is also a new stationary weapon coming out as well, the Siege Howitzer. Lastly the four maps included will be: Verdun Heights, Fort Vaux, Soissons, and Rupture (See below). For now there is no official release date other than ‘March 2017’, but you can get in early with a Premium Pass.
“The opening barrage of the Battle of Verdun created massive forest fires in which players will fight for domination. This is an uphill battle towards the massive fortresses of Verdun. A constant grinding struggle where the artillery never stops. Where the forge and “the Devil’s Anvil” continues to consume even the bravest combatants.”
“The first big engagement inside a fort during World War 1 takes place in the dark underworld of Fort Vaux. Down in the maze of dark galleries and wet stone corridors, French and Germans fight ferociously with grenades, guns, bayonets, and flamethrowers. Watch your corners!”
“Take part in one of the biggest tank assaults of World War 1. The French 10th Army moves to take back Soissons using their powerful Saint Chamond tanks. Planes, tanks, and infantry clash in the beautiful French countryside in the early hours of a hot summer day. Only the thunderstorm is louder than the war.”
“In dire need to capture key bridges across the Aisne river, the French find themselves back into battlefields where poppies grow over a rusty wreck from previous tank battles. It might seem calm but this maze of steel beasts provides an excellent place for those who plan an ambush. As the sun sets over Fontenoy, the battle wakes up.”
Overall we are very excited to play this first DLC and we hope it clears up any controversy over the base game not featuring the French army. They Shall Not Pass looks very promising and boasts many features we’re excited to see on the battlefield.