Electronic Arts and DICE today highlighted the first expansion for Battlefield 1, entitled They Shall Not Pass. The expansion covers what some perceived to be a major hole in Battlefield 1, the complete lack of the French Army, given their prominence in World War I. The new faction is coming with the expansion on March 2017.
Alongside the French Army faction, They Shall Not Pass includes new maps and all-new weapons for the game. There's few details at this point, but EA DICE did include concept art (painted and digital) of the upcoming maps. The descriptions and concept art point to maps based on the Battle of Verdun and the Battle of Soissons.
"The initial fighting around Verdun quickly transformed villages like Samogneux and entire forests into shadows of their former self. Verdun turned into the longest battle of the war lasting 9 months which completely transformed it. We wanted our players to be part of these initial intense attacks in the cold February of 1916," said DICE in an official update.
"Some 40 million artillery shells were fired over the course of the battle at Verdun, pulverizing the ground, turning the earth into a shattered lunar landscape. And underneath some of these trenches, tunnels and underground fortresses provide for new experiences yet unexplored in Battlefield 1."
"In contrast to Verdun the Battle of Soissons in late 1918 inspired us to create a new set of maps that captures the massive French tank assaults. The fighting revolves around key bridges over the Aisne River and something big lurks around the village of Fismes," DICE added.
As always, the Battlefield 1 expansion is included in the Battlefield 1 Premium Pass, which grants players access to all four planned expansion, priority server access, 20 new weapons, 14 free Superior Battlepacks, unique Dog Tags, and more.