Battlefield 1 DLC news and rumours: Expansion packs detailed

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There’s a new Battlefield game from EA Dice and it’s not Battlefield 5 like everyone expected. Here’s everything you need to know about Battlefield 1 including DLC rumours. See also: Most anticipated games of 2017

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Battlefield 1 UK release date, price and platforms

After months of waiting, Battlefield 1 was finally available to buy around the world on PC, Xbox One and PS4 on 21 October 2016.

The standard price for Battlefield 1 is £44 on PC and £49 on Xbox One and PS4. There’s also a collector’s edition available for console players which includes a 14in collector’s edition statue, exclusive SteelBook, exclusive cloth propaganda poster, deck of playing cards, messenger pigeon tub with exclusive DLC content, exclusive patch and premium packaging. It costs a whopping £179.

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Remember that EA Access members receive a 10 percent discount when buying the digital version on Xbox Live, and Origin Access members get the same offer through Origin.

When will EA DICE release Battlefield 1 DLC?

As is standard in the Battlefield series, there will be a series of four expansion packs for Battlefield 1 released within a year of the game’s initial release. EA claims that the four pieces of DLC will add a total of 16 multiplayer maps, new Operations and game modes, new Elite classes, 20 new weapons and more to the existing game. Here’s where we bring you the latest release date and gameplay news for each one.

Giant’s Shadow DLC news

Before the arrival of the paid DLC, all Battlefield 1 players were treated to free DLC in the form of Giant’s Shadow. Giant’s Shadow was released in December 2016, and features a brand new multiplayer map based on the Battle of the Selle in autumn 1918.

The British forces have broken through the Hindenburg line and are now in pursuit towards an important railway center,” reads the Battlefield 1 website. “Fierce infantry and tank engagements ensue on the open ground and river banks alongside the Cateu-Wassigny railway.”

They Shall Not Pass DLC news

They Shall Not Pass release date: 28 March 2017

The first paid DLC, dubbed They Shall Not Pass, focuses on France and will feature four new maps based on the Battle of Verdun and the Battle of Soissons.

“Around 1 million shells were fired in the opening barrage of the Battle of Verdun,” the developers wrote in a blog post. “This created massive forest fires around the fortified city and the battlefields surrounding it. Soldiers tell stories of being able to see these fires from far away. We really wanted to capture this initial fighting in a battle that came to be known as the Devil’s Anvil.”

Along with the new maps, the update will also feature new weapons, game modes, elite classes, tanks and for the first time, introduce the French Army as a playable faction – fitting given the major role they played in the war. 

They Shall Not Pass was released on 28 March 2017, although owners of the £39.99 season pass got access two weeks earlier. 

In the Name of the Tsar DLC news and rumours

In the Name of the Tsar release date: September 2017

This summer’s update for Battlefield 1 is called In the Name of the Tsar and will include a female soldier. The main focus of the DLC will be on the Russian Army, and will bring a new class into the multiplayer shooter: the Russian Scout.

“The Women’s Battalion of Death is represented by the Russian Scout class.” said the official Twitter account.

Following the tweet, EA announced details of the upcoming DLC during its EA Play 2017 event. The DLC will include a whopping six new maps, along with new vehicles, 11 new weapons and even a new game mode called Supply Drop.

Combined with two additional maps being released as part of EA’s monthly updates for Battlefield 1, Premium Pass users can look forward to eight new maps over the summer including two night-time maps.

Turning Tides DLC news and rumours

Turning Tides release date: December 2017

As the name suggests, Turning Tides will focus on water-based warfare during World War 1. The DLC will bring with it a myriad of new ships available to battle at sea, along with new planes to help gain the edge. While not much else is known, EA says it’ll be based on the 1918 Zeebrugge raid in Belgium, and the first days of the Gallipoli offensive in the 1915 Ottoman empire. 

Apocalypse DLC news and rumours

Apocalypse release date: Early 2018

Apocalypse seems to be the most peculiar piece of paid DLC for Battlefield 1, as the name seems to suggest some kind of zombie tie-in (especially with recent zombie-like sounds found within one of the They Shall Not Pass maps) but this is yet to be confirmed by EA. We’re not so sure either, as it wouldn’t fit with the serious, sobering tone of the game. 

What the company does say is that it’ll feature the most infamous battles of WW1, conquering bitterly contested ground with unique tools and weapons “born out of desperation and deadlock“. It should be brutal, with EA promising “Never before have the nightmarish horrors of the Great War been closer as you descend into hell“.

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