DICE is planning to release three more Battlefield 1 DLC expansion packs for Xbox One, PS4 and PC and today we want to take an early look at the upcoming Apocalypse DLC.
Earlier this year, DICE and EA confirmed the names of the upcoming Battlefield 1 DLC. The first release was its They Shall Not Pass DLC and it delivered new maps, the French army, a new game mode, and new Operations.
We’ve already taken a look at the Russian army in In the Name of the Tsar and the amphibious warfare coming in Turning Tides and today we want to focus on what we know, and think we know, about Apocalypse.
DICE has confirmed a few details and we outline those here. We also want to roundup a few things we expect from the Battlefield 1 Apocalypse DLC.
Battlefield 1 Apocalypse DLC Release Date
They Shall Not Pass arrived March 14th for Premium Pass holders and it arrived on March 28th for everyone else. The next three Battlefield 1 DLC expansions don’t have concrete release dates but we do have some clues.
In the Name of the Tsar will follow They Shall Not Pass. DICE has confirmed a late summer release for the second DLC which means it’ll probably be out in August.
DICE’s marketing materials put Turning Tides after In the Name of the Tsar which means Apocalypse will probably be the last expansion for Battlefield 1.
DICE typically puts several months between its DLC releases so we aren’t expecting the Apocalypse DLC in June, July or August.
And if it’s fourth in the pecking order like we think it is, there’s a very good chance it’s planned for late 2017 or early 2018.
One thing we do know for sure is that when Apocalypse arrives, Premium Pass holders will get access to the content two weeks before everyone else. That’s one of the perks of the game’s season pass.
DICE tends to keep its release dates close to its chest so we probably won’t have an official date until we get much closer to launch.
New Maps & Other Content
Another reason we think the Apocalypse DLC will be last in line is because it’s the only DLC without specifics.
We obviously know about They Shall Not Pass because it’s out on shelves. We also know quite a bit about In the Name of the Tsar (the next batch of In the Name of the Tsar details will arrive in June at EA Play in Los Angeles) and Turning Tides.
DICE’s description of the Apocalypse DLC is extremely vague. Here’s how the developer describes it on the game’s Premium Pass page:
Go over the top in the most infamous battles of WWI. Conquer bitterly contested ground with brutal tools and unique weapons.
And from DICE’s DLC announcement:
Go over the top in the most infamous battles of WW1. Conquer bitterly contested ground with brutal tools and unique weapons born out of desperation and deadlock. Never before have the nightmarish horrors of the Great War been closer as you descend into hell. Prepare to enter the Apocalypse.
At this point it’s impossible to know exactly what will be on board the Apocalypse DLC but you can expect new maps (DICE will still owe gamers 12 new maps), new weapons and gadgets, and more.
DICE users the word “infamous” in its teaser and this battle truly is one of the more infamous battles in history. More than one million men were killed or wounded on the battlefield in France.
The Battle of the Somme has been referred to as “hell on earth” and that matches up with the description DICE provided.
This is only a guess at this point but it’s an educated one.
How to Try the Battlefield 1 Apocalypse Early
We expect DICE to put the Apocalypse DLC into the Battlefield 1 Community Test Environment (CTE) ahead of its release.
Earlier this year, the company released the Battlefield 1 CTE for PC. DICE is still working on the CTE for Xbox One and PS4 with no release date in sight.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Battlefield 1 CTE, it lets select users test updates and DLC before their official release dates. They Shall Not Pass was put into the CTE ahead of its release in March.
We expect the next batch of DLC to be put into the CTE. So, if you’re interested in testing the content ahead of the official release, now would be a very good time to signup for the Battlefield 1 CTE if you haven’t done so. Space is limited.
One caveat: You need the Battlefield 1 Premium Pass to join the CTE.
How to Buy Apocalypse Right Now
DICE will release the Apocalypse DLC as a standalone piece of content after its release for Premium Pass holders. If you can’t wait that long, you can buy it right now via the Battlefield 1 Premium Pass.
The Battlefield 1 Premium Pass is a $50 (cheaper if you can find a deal) season pass that nets you all four DLC expansions.
The game’s season pass also grants you two weeks early access, access to the CTE, Battlepacks, premium queues, and more.
If you’re on the fence about buying the Battlefield 1 Premium Pass, take a look at our buying advice. It’ll help you to one side of the fence or the other.
Apocalypse DLC Price
When DICE releases the Apocalypse DLC as a standalone piece of content, expect retailers to charge $15 for the rights to it.
They Shall Not Pass is $15 when purchased as a standalone piece of content and you can expect the same from the other three DLCs.
In the Name of the Tsar Release Date
Given its placement in Battlefield 1 marketing materials we had a feeling 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.
After weeks of silence we also have an In the Name of the Tsar release window though it's not sitting well with Battlefield 1 players.
DICE's latest DLC announcement confirms an In the Name of the Tsar release date for sometime in late summer.
The developers says this means “late summer” in Stockholm and Los Angeles where the company's development teams are based.
The summer of 2017 ends on September 22nd which means we could be looking at a release in August or, September, if we're extremely unlucky.
Remember, those of you with the Battlefield 1 Premium Pass will get In the Name of the Tsar two weeks before everyone else.