EA has provided new details about Battlefield 1’s next expansion, In the Name of the Tsar. Ahead of its full launch in September, season pass owners can play one of its maps beginning today.
Lupkow Pass, which was the first map revealed from the expansion, is out now for anyone with the Battlefield 1 Premium Pass or In the Name of the Tsar expansion. It sees a battle between the Austro-Hungarian forces and the Russian Imperial Army in a snow-capped hillside where verticality is key. The Armored Train serves as the map’s Behemoth, and all modes are available except Supply Drop and Operations.
Lupkow Pass’s release brings 11 new Russian-themed weapons (such as the Mosin-Nagant M91 and Russian Standard 1912 grenade) and “limited vehicle access” (including the Ilya-Muromets Heavy Bomber, Putilov-Garford Heavy Armored Car, and the Y-Lighter Landing Craft). There’s also the new Hussar class that wields a lance and has “an evolved set of cavalry moves,” as well as the Russian Scout–the first-ever female character in Battlefield multiplayer.
All six maps from In the Name of the Tsar have now been revealed: in addition to Lupkow Pass, there’s Albion, Galicia, Brusilov Keep, Tsaritsyn (which you can see the first gameplay of in the video above), and Volga River. DICE’s descriptions, courtesy of the PlayStation Blog, can be found below.
The aforementioned Supply Drop is a new mode for In the Name of the Tsar that is set on the Eastern Front; it sees teams compete to recover airdrops that provide them with additional weaponry. New Operations are also included with the expansion, such as the Brusilov Offensive. More medals, dog tags, and service stars will be added, too.
In the Name of the Tsar launches in full in September for $15/£12 or $50/£40 as part of the Premium Pass. An Operation campaigns update will follow it in October, with a standard update coming after that in November. December brings the third expansion, the “amphibious warfare”-centric Turning Tides; the fourth, Apocalypse, focuses on “the most infamous battles” of World War I and launches in early 2018. If you haven’t already purchased the game, EA also today announced and released Battlefield 1’s Revolution edition, which packages the game together with its Premium Pass for $60/£55. Additionally, it shared the first details about Battlefield 1’s new Incursions mode.
Battlefield 1 In the Name of the Tsar Maps:
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.