New Battlefield 1 DLC release details have emerged and today we want to take a look at the upcoming Battlefield 1 In The Name of the Tsar DLC release for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
Earlier this month, DICE released its first Battlefield 1 DLC. They Shall Not Pass arrived in mid-March for Premium Pass holders and its poised to bring new maps, Operations, vehicles, weapons, and more to everyone else in late March.
After They Shall Not Pass, DICE is planning three more Battlefield 1 DLC expansion packs. In late February, the developer confirmed all three upcoming DLC packs including one called In the Name of the Tsar.
As of right now In the Name of the Tsar details are a bit scarce though there are a few confirmed bits of information including some new details about its release date.
With its name out in the open and some details now set in stone, we want to take an early look at what we know, and what we think we know, about the In The Name of the Tsar DLC and its release for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
Battlefield 1 In the Name of the Tsar Release Date
Given its placement in Battlefield 1 marketing materials we figured In the Name of the Tsar would follow They Shall Not Pass. That’s been confirmed.
In an interview with Kotaku, Valerian Noghin, lead designer of They Shall Not Pass, confirms In the Name of the Tsar will follow They Shall Not Pass.
In the Name of the Tsar Content
According to DICE, the In the Name of the Tsar DLC will, like They Shall Not Pass, deliver four brand new maps to the game.
The developer hasn’t outlined the maps in detail but it looks like players will fight skirmishes in the snow-covered ravines of Lupkow Pass and take part in the Albion assault on a freezing archipelago.
Noghin tells Kotaku the Russian front in In the Name of the Tsar will include “frozen terrain, frozen ground, and snowstorms.”
Long ago, DICE confirmed plans to bring the Russian Army to Battlefield 1. And now we know which DLC will deliver it to Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
As its name suggests, In the Name of the Tsar will focus on the massive Eastern Front and the Russian Army.
The developer notes that gamers will “ride in Galicia with the legendary Hussars” during the war’s brutal Brusilov offensive. Hussars were mounted calvary units known for their extremely colorful attire.
The Eastern Front pitted the Russians and its allies against the Ottoman Empire and the German Empire so we expect the Germans and Ottomans to be heavily involved in this DLC.
One thing you shouldn’t expect? Single-player content. They Shall Not Pass didn’t come with any and DICE hasn’t committed to any new single-player DLC and the company says its committed to its multiplayer content.
How to Try In the Name of Tsar Early
Nothing is confirmed but there should be a way to try some of In The Name of the Tsar content ahead of its release.
In February, DICE released its Battlefield 1 CTE for PC. Sometime this month, it will release the CTE for Xbox One and PS4.
The Battlefield 1 CTE is a test environment that allows select Premium Pass holders to try DICE’s free updates and DLC ahead of time. The They Shall Not Pass DLC was available, for a short time, in the CTE ahead o its release.
We expect the next Battlefield 1 DLC to drop into the Battlefield 1 CTE. So, if you haven’t signed up for the CTE yet, now would be a good time to do so.
You can signup via the More tab in-game or via the Battlefield 1 Companion app for iOS, Android or Windows Phone.
How to Buy In the Name of the Tsar Right Now
If you want to put in an order for In The Name of the Tsar right now, there’s only one way to do so and that’s via the Premium Pass.
The Battlefield 1 Premium Pass is a $50 season pass that nets you all four DLC expansion packs, potential access to the CTE, superior Battlepacks, and more.
At some point, In The Name of the Tsar will go on sale as a standalone piece of content but we don’t expect that to happen until it’s out for Premium Pass holders.
We expect that to take place much closer to the DLC’s release.
In the Name of the Tsar Price
If you prefer to buy DLC on a case-by-case basis, you’ll likely have to shell out $15 for the standalone version of this DLC.
If you think you’ll be playing Battlefield 1 for a year or more, it might be worth it to invest in the Premium Pass.
The Premium Pass should save you $10 on all four pieces of DLC and it comes with some nice perks including two weeks early access to the DLC.
Buy It If You Want the Battlefield 1 DLC ASAP
If you know you'll want access to Battlefield 1 DLC as soon as its released for Xbox One/PS4/PC, you'll want to think about picking up the Battlefield 1 Premium Pass now.
The Battlefield 1 Premium Pass comes with several perks but the best perk is the early access you get to the game's downloadable content.
If you're a Premium Pass holder, you'll get the game's four expansion packs two weeks before non-Premium Pass holders.
So if you want to get a bit of a head start on learning the new weapons, new classes, new modes, and new maps, the Premium Pass is the route you'll probably want to take.
The first Battlefield 1 DLC add-on, They Shall Not Pass, arrived one March 14th for Premium Pass holders and it arrives on March 28th for those that plan to buy it as a standalone piece of content.