Update: The expansion's been delayed on PC.
Original article: Battlefield 4's third expansion pack Naval Strike is set to debut this week on all platforms. Lead gameplay designer Gustav Halling has revealed some critical intel about the DLC's four maps to prepare players.
The first map, Lost Islands, is centered around an airplane crash. The crash site is an important area to control because of its central location. The plane can be broken apart by explosives to give your team extra cover.
"Another special area of this map is the cave blanketed by a waterfall, as it provides visual cover for patrolling boats and helicopters," Halling said on the Battlefield Blog.
Nansha Strike focuses on naval combat. The edges of the map have bases that can be captured without leaving your boat. However, there's an infantry-friendly area in the middle with rivers too small for boats to safely navigate. The most powerful vehicles spawn in the center of the map.
The Wave Breaker map will feature lots of close-quarters combat in the hidden submarine base within the central mountain. Halling notes that nearby canals are large enough for boats to provide fire support. However, they can be blocked by flood gates activated inside. Other interactive parts of the map include corridor lights that can be turned off, an a submarine that can be knocked off its scaffold.
Naval Strike's last map is Operation Mortar, a mountain resort that has seen better days. Capturing the fort at the top of the mountain will make it easier to assault the other control points.
"In Rush, this levels starts from the bottom of the islands and goes up towards the fort, providing interesting and fun vertical gameplay which will provide a big challenge for attackers."
The expansion pack will also give players some new equipment. The hovercraft will make it easy for them to quickly move through land and sea environments. The ten new assignments allow them to earn weapons like the 3GL grenade launcher and gadgets like the anti-helicopter mine. Arguably the best feature of the DLC, though, is the new Carrier Assault mode inspired by Battlefield 2142's Titan match.
Naval Strike will be released on March 25th for PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One and PC. However, you'll need to be a Battlefield 4 Premium member to get access on that day. Everyone else will need to wait two additional weeks.