Russian Troops join Battlefield 1 along with new weapons, operations, and maps, coming this September.
EA DICE is adding six new maps and Russian troops as part of the most extensive DLC for Battlefield 1 to date. The expansion titled In the Name of the Tsar will include a new scout class soldier from the Russian Women’s Battalion of Death, new Russian weapons, and some of the Russian Empire’s most notorious battles during WWI.
The Eastern Front during WWI was brutal because not only did soldiers face the harsh realities of a new age of modern warfare but the winter environment was unforgiving. There will be six new frost bitten maps: Lupkow Pass, Albion, Galicia, Brusilov Keep, Tsaritsyn, and the Volga River.
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 are 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.
There will also be 11 new weapons from the Russian front including the Mosin-Nagant M91 and the Russian Standard 1912 grenade. We will ge new vehicles as well like the Ilya-Muromets Heavy Bomber and Putilov-Garford Heavy Armored Car. New Calvary mechanics are being added with the introduction of the Hussar riders. This will include an intense cavalry charge.
In the Name of the Tsar will also include a new online mode Supply Drop, a fast-paced fight for supplies on the Eastern Front as airdrops descend on strategic capture points. Recovering them will give you the resources you need to dominate your opponents so aggression is the name of the game here. There will also be new Operations, including the Brusilov Offensive – one of the most lethal offensives of the first world war.
Of course with new challenges come new rewards so players can expect Medals, Dog Tags, Service Stars, and more in your fight to dominate new territory.