Friday, March 10, 2017

5 Things to Know About Battlefield 1 Apocalypse

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DICE is planning to release four Battlefield 1 DLC expansion packs for Xbox One, PS4 and PC and today we want to take a way too early look at the Battlefield 1 Apocalypse DLC and its release.

Earlier this year, DICE and EA confirmed the names of the upcoming Battlefield 1 DLC. The first release is the They Shall Not Pass DLC and it delivers new maps, the French army, a new game mode, new Operations, and more.

After They Shall Not Pass, DICE plans to release In the Name of the Tsar, Turning Tides, and a rather mysterious called Apocalypse.

We’ve already taken a look at the Russian army in In the Name of the Tsar and the amphibious warfare coming in Turning Tides and today we want to focus on what we know, and think we know, about Apocalypse.

DICE has confirmed a few details and we outline those here. We also want to roundup a few things we expect from the Battlefield 1 Apocalypse DLC.

Battlefield 1 Apocalypse DLC Release Date

So far we only have one Battlefield 1 DLC release date. They Shall Not Pass arrives March 14th for Premium Pass holders and March 28th for everyone else. The next three Battlefield 1 DLC expansions are without release dates.

While nothing is confirmed, DICE’s marketing materials hint at the release order of its DLC. The DLCs appear to be listed in order with In the Name of the Tsar coming after They Shall Not Pass followed by Turning Tides followed by Apocalypse.

DICE typically puts several weeks between its DLC releases so we aren’t expecting the Apocalypse DLC in March, April, or May. And if it’s fourth in the pecking order like we think it is, there’s a very good chance it’s planned for late 2016 or early 2017.

One thing we do know for sure is that when it arrives, Premium Pass holders will get it two weeks before everyone else. That’s one of the perks of the game’s season pass.

DICE tends to keep its release dates close to its chest so we probably won’t have an official date until we get extremely close to launch.

New Maps & Other Content

Another reason we think the Apocalypse DLC will be last in line is because it’s currently shrouded in mystery.

We know all about They Shall Not Pass because its release date is close. We also know quite a bit about In the Name of the Tsar and Turning Tides. DICE’s description of Apocalypse is extremely vague. From the Premium Pass page:

Go over the top in the most infamous battles of WWI. Conquer bitterly contested ground with brutal tools and unique weapons.

And from DICE’s DLC announcement:

Go over the top in the most infamous battles of WW1. Conquer bitterly contested ground with brutal tools and unique weapons born out of desperation and deadlock. Never before have the nightmarish horrors of the Great War been closer as you descend into hell. Prepare to enter the Apocalypse.

At this point it’s impossible to say what will be on board the DLC though you can expect new maps (DICE will still owe gamers 12 new maps after the release of They Shall Not Pass), new weapons and gadgets, and more.

There’s a lot of speculation about what Apocalypse might feature and lots of that speculation centers on the Battle of the Somme. DICE users the word “infamous” in its teaser and this battle truly is one of the more infamous battles in history. More than one million men were killed or wounded on the battlefield in France.

The Battle of the Somme has been referred to as “hell on earth” and that matches up with the description DICE provided.

This is only a guess at this point but it’s certainly an educated one.

How to Try the Battlefield 1 Apocalypse Early

We expect DICE to put the Apocalypse DLC into the Battlefield 1 Community Test Environment (CTE) ahead of its release.

Earlier this year, the company released the Battlefield 1 CTE for PC. A release for Xbox One and PS4 should come in March.

If you’re unfamiliar with the CTE, it lets select users test updates and DLC before their official release dates. They Shall Not Pass was put into the CTE ahead of its release in March.

We expect the upcoming DLC to be put into the CTE so now would be a very good time to signup for the Battlefield 1 CTE if you haven’t done so. Space is limited.

One caveat: You need the Battlefield 1 Premium Pass to join the CTE.

How to Buy Apocalypse Right Now

We expect DICE to release the Apocalypse DLC as a standalone piece of content after its release for Premium Pass holders. If you can’t wait that long, you can buy it right now via the Battlefield 1 Premium Pass.

The Battlefield 1 Premium Pass is a $50 (cheaper if you can find a deal) season pass that nets you all four DLC expansions. It also grants you two weeks early access, access to the CTE, Battlepacks, premium queues, and more.

If you’re on the fence about buying the Battlefield 1 Premium Pass, take a look at our buying advice. It’ll help you to one side of the fence or the other.

Apocalypse DLC Price

When DICE releases the Apocalypse DLC as a standalone piece of content, expect retailers to charge $15 for the rights to it.

15 Things to Know About Battlefield 1 They Shall Not Pass

They Shall Not Pass Release Date

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They Shall Not Pass Release Date

After weeks of anticipation, we finally have a specific They Shall Not Pass release date for Premium Pass holders and those looking to buy it as a standalone piece of content. 

The They Shall Not Pass DLC release date is confirmed for March and it’ll be released to Premium Pass holders on March 14th. Premium Pass holders get access to the DLC two weeks before those without it. 

This is the release date for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC. There won’t be any console exclusive release dates with Battlefield 1’s DLC. 

The release date for non-Premium Pass holders is also in March with a release date confirmed for March 28th. This is the date for all three platforms. 

If you were looking to try They Shall Not Pass ahead of its release date, you’re out of luck. DICE has pulled the DLC content from the Battlefield 1 CTE ahead of its release date. 

If you want to catch a glimpse of They Shall Not Pass before its release, you should tune into the live stream on March 13th. It kicks off at 1PM Pacific on Battlefield’s Twitch and YouTube channels. 

For more on the They Shall Not Pass release date, please take a look at our list of tips for Xbox One, PS4 and PC

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