Battlefield 1 was everything I, and the vast majority of its fans wanted, a game series that mostly leaned towards a modern take of warfare, leaped back a century, into the one and only ‘Great War’.

Battlefield’s developers, Dice, announced at Battlefield 1’s release that the game will have four major expansions, each with their own game modes, maps, weapons and vehicles along with adding armies that fought in World War 1. The first major expansion, named ‘They Shall Not Pass’, has just opened proceedings. 

They Shall Not Pass introduces the French army into the bloody battle between objective points, along with a new behemoth: the Char 2C tank, which is based off a French tank that was used during the First World War. They Shall Not Pass also brings a new stationary weapon to the battle, the Siege Howitzer, which operates almost like mortars and artillery in vehicles.

New weapons will be added with They Shall Not Pass, add the Ribeyrolles 1918, RSC 1917, Lebel Model 1886, Chauchat, Sjögren Inertial, and the MLE 1903 Extended all to your arsenal to obliterate your enemies (in game of course). If you’re a melee type of player and enjoy the brutal take downs of enemy snipers, new melee weapons will be added: the Cogwheel Club, the Nail Knife and the Trench Fleur.

A new game mode will be added as well, called ‘Frontlines’. Dice describes it as a combin ation of Conquest and Rush, a ‘tug-of-war’ style mode. Teams fight for one flag at a time and, once that flag is captured, you move onto the next and so on. Capture the enemy’s HQ control point and the game turns into what is essentially Rush, where telegraph posts need to be attacked or defended. Two new operations will be added to Battlefield 1 in its first expansion, The Devil’s Anvil and Beyond The Marne. Judging from the names, these operations sound absolutely exhilarating.

Four distinct new maps are going to be added to the roster:

Verdun Heights– Based off the Battle of Verdun, Verdun Heights throws players into a muddy, blazing forest fire where hell is around every corner, or half burning tree, if you’re into that. Players fight uphill towards the overthrowing fortresses fighting for objectives, whilst artillery wipes out your fellow comrades.

Fort De Vaux– One of the first battles that took place in a fort during World War 1 was Fort De Vaux. In a crumbling maze of concrete and plumbing, Germans and French fight to the death with their machine guns, shotguns, grenades, flamethrowers.

Soissons– Battle against your enemies in what was one of the biggest tank battles of World War 1. The French army fight to take back Soissons, using their tanks, planes and infantry in the French countryside.

Rupture– Having to capture key bridges across the Aisne river, the French will  fight in the lush poppy fields of the French countryside where all seems well, the maze from previous tank battles provides an excellent place for enemy teams to ambush you.

A Battlefield 1 expansion wouldn’t be an expansion if it didn’t have an Elite Class, the ‘Trench Raider’ joins the fight, with a spiked up club and a vast grenade arsenal, players won’t stand a chance.

They Shall Not Pass released on March 14th for players who own the premium pass, and can be bought on its own soon for general players. Good luck on the battlefield, soldier.

Jack Ellison-Jones is a member of the PN2 Ambassador Program. If you’re under 18 and want a starting point in your own writing career, check out the program here and get in touch.

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