While there was a handful of Battlefield 1 news that came out of EA’s gamescom 2017 press conference, DICE is not done for the day yet. The studio has just blown the door wide open in regards to Battlefield 1’s upcoming expansion, “In the Name of the Tsar.”
Joining the fight is the Russian Army, including the “Women’s Battalion of Death” represented by the Scout class. That’s included along with six new maps, new weapons, modes and more. Check out the details below.
Lupkow Pass: The vertical fights are as bitter as the cold as you fight amid snow-covered ravines and treacherous mountains. The first map of Battlefield 1 In the Name of the Tsar, Lupkow Pass pits the Austro-Hungarian forces against the dug-in troops of the Russian Imperial Army. With narrow passes and gorges constantly limiting your sightlines, adapting your tactics is key. You’ll want to gain altitude and get a vantage point on the enemy to help secure the win – but an Armored Train may just change the outcome of the battle.
Albion: Partake in the skirmishes of the Albion assault in this massive invasion of the Baltic peninsula, as the German Empire enacts a brutal coastal bombardment against the heavy gun batteries of the Russian forces. While expert vehicle and artillery use is crucial, sharp-eyed infantry that are able to stay ahead of the mayhem can make a serious impact with each capture point.
Galicia: Set during the epic Brusilov Offensive, you’ll find the Russian Empire committed to pushing back the Austro-Hungarian forces from within the Russian countryside. It’s an open map focused on infantry, cavalry, and light vehicles. With plenty of open space to traverse, it’s a great opportunity to make use of the cavalry charge as both lightning-fast transport and a serious threat to enemies on foot.
Brusilov Keep: The Russians have pushed the Austro-Hungarians back into a secluded mountain town along a critical trade route of the Eastern Front, but the opposition is making a strong stand on this infantry-focused map. Set in the shadow of the Carpathian Mountains, there’s a big emphasis on close-range soldier combat here. Your best bet? Top-notch teamwork with your squad.
Tsaritsyn: The Bolsheviks and the Imperials enter the fray among barricaded streets as the old and new regimes fight for the soul of Russia. This up-close and personal infantry fight is as ruthless as they come. Use the house-to-house fighting to your advantage by setting up ambushes for overextending enemies.
Volga River: A ruined rural battleground sets the stage for a tank fight between the Bolsheviks in red and the Imperial Army in white. Makeshift shelters provide cover from the freezing cold and the constant exchange of heavy firepower. As you trade salvos with enemy tanks, remember to keep yourself from being outnumbered. A strategic retreat can give you time to regroup and prevent losing vehicle resources.
Along wit the six new maps, 11 Russian-themed weapons will be released and these include the: Mosin-Nagant M91, Russian Standard 1912 grenade and more. New vehicles will also be included like the Ilya-Muromets Heavy Bomber.
DICE will also be introducing the “Supply Drop” game mode where players will fight for supplies on the Eastern front as airdrops descend onto the battlefield and need to be captured. The Operations game mode will be expanded upon too with the “Brusilov Offensive.”
That’s quite a lot, no? Of course, the usual smattering of new dog tags, service stars and the like will be present as well, so players will continue to earn new in-game commendations while they try out the new maps, weapons and modes.
Battlefield 1: In the Name of the Tsar will be out for Premium members this September, with non-Premium members being able to purchase it two weeks after.
Source: PlayStation Blog (EU)