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quiet moment before war Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1 has been out for more than a year, but that hasn't stopped the team at DICE from rolling out fresh content and updates on a regular basis. In fact, come June, they're even introducing a brand new game mode to the multiplayer roster.

The latest update from DICE on the Battlefield blog has shed a light on Shock Operations, which will be introduced to Battlefield 1 in June. If you're a fan of the game, then you're probably already familiar with Operations mode, which has players battling for superiority across multiple maps. Shock Operations is being called a "bite-sized" version of that same mode for players who want to enjoy the thrill of an Operations showdown, but lack the time to commit to a full romp.

The new Battlefield 1 mode supports up to 40 players with attackers and defenders trying to lock down marked sectors. Rather than shift to a new location as the battle continues, though, this new take on Operations will close out after a single fray.

Once the mode launches this June, it'll be available across five maps including Giant's Shadow, Prise de Tahure, Lupkow Pass, Zeebrugge and River Somme. What's extra nice is that, even if you don't own the season pass or the specific DLC for some of these maps, they will all be available to all players in the Shock Operations mode. If you want to play those maps in other modes, though, you'll still need the appropriate DLC.

Speaking of maps, DICE also announced that a bunch of them are about to become free for all players. Rupture, from the They Shall Not Pass DLC, is now available for everyone to enjoy, free of charge. In May, even more maps from that specific DLC will also be made available. Then again, considering how long in the tooth Battlefield 1 is getting for an FPS, we're not sure why they don't just remove all red tape for all DLC moving forward. Just our two cents.

Speaking of moving forward, we've got an ETA on when monthly updates for Battlefield 1 will cease. The team plans to keep tweaking things through June, until which time you can expect adjustments to matchmaking, weapon balance, etc.

June just so happens to be when E3 takes place and, by all accounts, we should be hearing details on Battlefield V at that time. It makes sense, then, that the team will move on from their previous game in order to spend more time focusing on the new hotness leading into a late 2018 launch. We're looking forward to seeing what DICE has cooked up for the next Battlefield and, eventually, we look forward to seeing what sort of unique spin they plan to put on the battle royale mode.