Battlefield 1: They Shall Not Pass

 Battlefield 1 - They Shall Not Pass
The first expansion of Battlefield 1 is almost upon us and I for one am very excited for this DLC to be released. Admittedly I was not a fan of the game when I played the Beta, however it has become pretty much the game I play the most these days. They shall Not Pass sees the French entering the war and will feature four new maps, a new game mode, two new Operations, a new Elite Class, new vehicles, new weapons and a new Behemoth. This week we were also finally treated to the release date of They Shall Not Pass, and if you have the Premium Pass then you can expect to play it starting 14 March 2017. Otherwise you will have to wait till the 28 March if you intend on purchasing the DLC separately.

New Maps:

Like almost every Battlefield title in the past, a new DLC means new maps to play. While I still enjoy the current maps, it is always nice to have some new ones to play alongside of them.

 Verdun-Heights
Verdun Heights
“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.”
This reminds me of the hugely popular Operation Metro from Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 4, in that it might be a very one sided fight with the team on higher ground dominating the team that is trying to get up the hill. Let’s hope that EA have not used the same concept for this map.

 Fort-De-Vaux
Fort De Vaux
“The first big engagement inside a fort during World War 1 takes place in the dark underworld of Fort de 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!”
This is the one map that I am most excited about. I played a lot of Operation Locker in Battlefield 4 and this could very well be the close-quarters map that some have been looking for. I can already see the shotguns being heavily used in this map.

 Soissons
Soissons
“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.”
While I am not a huge fan of the tanks in the game despite my over 2000 kills with various tanks, I am keen to see how this map plays out with a handful of tanks and planes. This map will feature the new Char 2C Behemoth and all I can say is that I am quite excited to see this tank in action.

 Rupture
Rupture
“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.”
From what I have seen from some game play footage of this map, it will be a large open map and a snipers dream. With not as much cover as described in the map description, this map will be the least of my favorite maps as I truly hate snipers and sniping in Battlefield 1.

New Game Mode:

“Experience a mix of Conquest and Rush as you fight for chained control points in a tug-of-war frontline. Both teams fight for one flag at a time and when this objective is captured the action moves on to the next. Capture the enemy’s HQ control point and the game turns into a Rush-style section where telegraph posts need to be attacked or defended.”
This could be an interesting game mode for those who like both Rush and Conquest and while it is different from Operations, I still feel that it won’t quite be as fun as the Operations maps. Only time will tell if this game mode will be any good, or if people will only be playing it because it is new and different.

New Operations

“Tackle two new epic Operations: The Devil’s Anvil and Beyond the Marne. Take part in massive tank battles and intense close-quarters fighting.”
This is by far my favorite game mode of battlefield 1 and I have clocked up over 100 hours playing the various Operations. The news that there will be two new Operations added with the new DLC is just what I have been waiting to hear. While the large scale tank battle is not really my style of game play, I will be giving it a go and reserving judgment until after I have actually played it. The second new Operations map is meant to be close-quarters map and should make for some interesting game play. Like Fort De Vaux, I can already see the shotgun noobs in full force on this map.

New Behemoth:

“Spawn into the Char 2C tank and control an epic new behemoth. Based on the real-world French tank, this super-heavy beast may turn the tide of the entire battle.”
Sure, true history nuts will tell us that this tank was only developed during the war and never saw deployment during World war I. However, this is a game and the addition of the largest operational tank in history will add a bit of excitement to the maps where it will be deployed.

New Weapons and Vehicles:

“Add all-new weapons to your arsenal with They Shall Not Pass. Get to know the Ribeyrolles 1918, RSC 1917, Lebel Model 1886, Chauchat, Sjögren Inertial, and the MLE 1903 Extended. Experience physical immersion of the brutal melee combat with new weapons like the Cogwheel Club, the Nail Knife and the Trench Fleur.”
New weapons are always good in my opinion and the new DLC will also be adding a new tank, the St. Chamond. This will be the most heavily armed tank apart from the Char C2 and if you have a good squad, this tank will dominate the battlefield. The new Trench Raider Elite Class will make for some interesting close-quarter fighting as he will only be armed with grenades and a brutal Raider Club. There will also be a new stationary weapons, the Siege Howitzer. This will be similar to the Field Gun and will use the same aiming as the mortar and artillery vehicle.

Conclusion

I personally preordered the Premium version for both PC and Xbox One and am looking forward to spending some time with the new maps and weapons. If you don’t have the Premium Pass then you will have to wait till the 28 March to play this DLC, and while there is no official pricing yet, we are expecting the DLC to cost the same as the last Battlefield games at around $15. There was also news that there will be three more expansions on the horizon for Battlefield 1: In the Name of the Tsar, Turning Tides, and Apocalypse, so now might be the time to purchase the Premium Pass during the EA Publisher Sale. If you are after a new laptop to play the highly anticipated DLC, then head over to our best Gaming laptops Under $1000 guide or our best high-end gaming laptops guide to find great deals on what might be your next upgrade.