During their recent Live @ EA Play event, video game developer EA DICE unveiled details relating to their upcoming expansion pack for Battlefield 1 – titled In the Name of the Tsar. According to Electronic Arts, this expansion will “expand the global conflict to the largest front of World War I” and they have deemed it to be “the most extensive expansion pack” in the series to date.
In this pack, players will be able to battle it out on six new maps, and enter the fray as the Russian army, including the Women’s Battalion of Death. This will mark the very first time in the Battlefield series that players will be able to use a female character in the game’s multiplayer system – something which will hopefully not be a one-off event.
Electronic Arts have shared details on four of the expansion’s six new maps. Taking players into snow-covered fields, these maps will take players to digital imaginings of the Lupkow Pass, Albion, Glacia and Bruslov Keep. These are supported by new gameplay mechanics/modes such as “Supply Drop” (where players must fight for supplies which are airdropped across the map) and coastal gun batteries.
Battlefield 1: In the Name of the Tsar will be available both as standalone DLC, and as part of the game’s Premium Pass. Electronic Arts have also confirmed they have other expansions planned for months further out, including Battlefield 1: Turning Tides in December and Battlefield 1: Apocalypse in Early 2017.
In addition to this announcement, Electronic Arts and their DICE studio have announced that more content is set to go live in Battlefield 1 in the near future through monthly updates. Premium Pass holders will also have access to two new maps which are extensions of the previously released They Shall Not Pass DLC, Nivelle Nights in June and Prise de Tahure in July. You can read more about both of these below:
Nivelle Nights: Players will engage in close quarters infantry combat through a vast network of trenches
Prise de Tahure: French troops desperately try to hold onto re-captured heights in the Butte-de-Tahure region