Releasing in March 2017, Battlefield 1’s They Shall Not Pass expansion includes four new maps, the French army (complete with the characteristic blue uniform), Frontlines game mode, Trench Raider Elite Class, new vehicles, and more.
Starting with the maps, you’ll find Verdun Heights (pictured above), Fort Vaux, Soissons, and Rupture:
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.
With the new game mode, Frontlines, you’ll find a mix of Conquest and Rush as both teams fight for one flag at a time. After capturing the enemy HQ control point, Frontlines then turns into a Rush-style section where you need to either attack or defend telegraph posts.
The other highlights of They Shall Not Pass include a Char 2C super-heavy tank, St. Chamond allied tank, Trench Raider Elite Class (featuring the brutal Raider Club and an impressive grenade arsenal), and a new stationary weapon, the Siege Howitzer, which can be operated by an infantry player. “This new stationary weapon is operated through indirect aiming/firing in the same vein as mortars and artillery in vehicles,” DICE says of the weapon.
When They Shall Not Pass releases in March, Battlefield 1 Premium owners will be given two weeks early access.