DICE and Electronic Arts have made a pretty big announcement when it comes to content for Battlefield 1. Any and everyone who already owns a digital or physical copy of the game for the Xbox One, PC or the PlayStation 4, can get their hands on an entirely free copy of the very first DLC pack for the game.
IGN is reporting that the "They Shall Not Pass" DLC is available right now for free. Yes, completely and entirely free, for $0 down and no dollars required thereafter. You can get a digital copy of the downloadable content pack for Battlefield 1 whether you're playing on Origin for PC, or through the Xbox One, or on the PlayStation 4.
However, there is a caveat to this news. While I'm sure many of you are excited about the prospect of getting your hands on the DLC and having a grand 'ole time shooting and shelling your opponents into the oblivion that was World War I trench warfare, the free offer is only going to be available for a limited amount of time. No, the DLC will not be available for free forever. Instead, you'll only have 14 days to get your hands on the DLC without having to pay a dime for it.
On the upside, if you download the DLC within the next four days -- from now up until May 16th -- you will be able to keep the DLC in your library no matter what platform you get it for. After the 14 days it will stay in your library once it's been connected to your Origin account, or your PlayStation Network ID, or your Xbox Live account.
This is part of DICE's way of wrapping up and slowing down content releases for Battlefield 1, as the team has plans on ceasing the monthly content updates for the game in June once E3 and the EA Play events get underway and Electronic Arts is likely to announce a brand new Battlefield game due out this fall.
The upcoming title is expected to be called Battlefield V and will supposedly be set during World War II as EA and DICE will attempt to encroach on Activision's mojo after the company released Call of Duty: WWII last year to startling ovations from the gaming audience and both critical and commercial success as the series returned to its billion dollar ways.
As for the "They Shall Not Pass" DLC for Battlefield 1, the content features all new maps for players to battle through, including the scorched forests of Verdun Heights, themed around fiery trench warfare and bunker control across rocky terrain and hilly charred forests. There's also the Fort De Vaux map, set within the dark maze-like gallery of an underground complex, complete with mine carts, caved in ceilings, and lots of tight close-quarters-combat themed around corridors and tunnels. The third new map is Soissons, which is based around tank assaults that took place during World War I, in which the French tried to take back Soissons across the countryside.
All new weapons, items, gadgets and balance tweaks also accompanied the DLC, all of which will be freely available in the Battlefield 1 DLC pack for the next two weeks.