Today we want to take a close look at the most important things to know about Nivelle Nights and Prise de Tahure, the free Battlefield 1 maps coming to Xbox One, PS4 and PC later this year.
As we push into 2017, DICE continues to release new content for Battlefield 1. In March, DICE released the first Battlefield 1 DLC dubbed They Shall Not Pass. In April, the company released a major update with new features, bug fixes and tweaks designed to improve the overall quality of the game.
In December, DICE released a free map called Giants Shadow. The map arrived alongside a base game update. Giant’s Shadow is available to anyone, not just those who’ve picked up the $50 Battlefield 1 Premium Pass.
DICE has confirmed two more maps that appear to fall outside of the game’s DLC. One is called Nivelle Nights and the other is called Prise de Tahure.
With excitement starting to build, we want to go over the most important things you need to know about these free Battlefield 1 maps including the Nivelle Nights release date, their content, and how to try them ahead of time.
What is Battlefield 1 Nivelle Nights?
Nivelle Nights is a free map that features the French and German armies battling against one another under the cover of darkness. Yes, this is the first Battlefield 1 map set at night.
The map, which is set in Chemin des Dames in 1917, features the muddy battlegrounds around Malmaison and Soupir in France.
The images here, from DICE Media Editor Petri Levälahti showcase the Nivelle Nights map in amazing detail.
The map features trenches, searchlights, the glowing moon, and lots of mud. The video below will give you an up close look at the map’s topography, spawn points, and capture points if you’re interested in those.
The first Nivelle Nights test included the Conquest game mode. A more recent test included the Frontlines game mode that first arrived in They Shall Not Pass.
Nivelle Nights Release Date
DICE hasn’t confirmed a specific day but the company says the Nivelle Nights release date will land sometime in June. For Premium Pass holders.
In its initial announcement, DICE confirmed the map will be coming in June for Premium Pass holders. It didn’t say anything about a release for everyone else.
That’s obviously caused a stir in the Battlefield 1 community and many Xbox One, PS4 and PC owners are frustrated.
— Battlefield Bulletin (@BFBulletin) April 11, 2017
Some believe Nivelle Nights will eventually be released (like Giant’s Shadow) to those without a Premium Pass.
@II_JumPeR_I To be honest, I don't understand why people think that these maps are for premium members only…🤔
— Battlefield Bulletin (@BFBulletin) May 4, 2017
Premium Pass holders and people who pre-ordered Battlefield 1 got Giant’s Shadow, DICE’s other free map, a week before everyone else.
At this point, we expect Nivelle Nights to serve as the bridge between They Shall Not Pass and the next piece of Battlefield 1 DLC.
In the Name of the Tsar is the second Battlefield 1 DLC and it will bring the Russian army, four new maps, new weapons, and more to Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
The In the Name of the Tsar release date is confirmed for “late summer” which means we have a few months to go before it’s released to the public.
What is Battlefield 1 Prise de Tahure?
In its Summer of Battlefield announcement, DICE confirmed another map that appears to fall outside of the game’s DLC.
The map is called Prise de Tahure and it’s set in the fall after the Nivelle Offensive. Here’s how DICE describes the map:
…Prise de Tahure sees French troops desperately holding on to re-captured heights in the Butte-de-Tahure region. The frontline trench networks cut right through several villages facing obliteration from the constant skirmishing between German stormtroopers and French raiders. This is a war of attrition. Adaptability and tactics are the means to wear your adversary down.
The developer has released a few screenshots but we’ll get to see the map in action in the near future. The company plans to test it ahead of a wider release for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
Prise de Tahure Release Date
The name is official and we know the setting but the free Prise de Tahure map doesn’t have an official release date for Xbox One, PS4 or PC. Those details will come later it seems.
DICE plans to put the Prise de Tahure map into the Battlefield 1 CTE ahead of its release date so we probably have a few weeks to go before its officially released.
Given that it was included in the company’s Summer of Battlefield 1 announcements, we expect it to be out sometime this summer.
How to Try Free Battlefield 1 Maps Early
The Nivelle Nights testing is winding down but you’ll soon be able to try Prise de Tahure, provided you’re a member of the Battlefield 1 CTE.
DICE plans to release the Prise de Tahure map into the Battlefield 1 Community Test Environment (CTE) in the near future.
The Battlefield 1 CTE is currently limited to Windows PC users but DICE will open it up to the Xbox One and PS4 at some point down the road.
There are a few reasons to try the Prise de Tahure map before its release:
- To test the map before most gamers. This will give you an advantage over many of your opponents when the map is officially released in June.
- To help DICE test for bugs. The maps is plagued by a bunch of issues and your testing could right the ship before the official release.
Look for official details to emerge in the near future.
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.