The Battlefield 1 They Shall Not Pass release date is just a few short hours away and today we want to share some tips that will help Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC users as we close in on its two release dates.
This week, DICE will release its first piece of Battlefield 1 DLC. Alongside it, another Battlefield 1 patch with fixes for lingering issues.
They Shall Not Pass actually has two release dates. The first is on March 14th for Premium Pass holders and the second (for everyone else) is two weeks later on March 28th.
If you own the Battlefield 1 Premium Pass, you should be gearing up for the They Shall Not Pass release. If you don’t own the Premium Pass, you might be trying to make a decision about the DLC ahead of its arrival.
Whatever the case, there are some things you should do ahead of the They Shall Not Pass release date for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. These tips should help the next few days, and the release date itself, go as smoothly as possible.
They Shall Not Pass Release Time
If you’re looking to jump into the DLC content as soon as humanly possible, here are the confirmed release times for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
- PC: Multiplayer will be offline for 1h starting 08.00 UTC / 12.00 AM PT.
- PS4: Multiplayer will be offline for 1h starting 10.00 UTC / 2.00 AM PT.
- Xbox One: Multiplayer will be offline for 1h starting 12.00 UTC / 4.00 AM PT.
Do Some Cleanup/Buy a Hard Drive
We don’t know how much space the They Shall Not Pass DLC and its patch will require but don’t expect it to be a few megabytes or a single gigabyte. Expect it to require a couple of gigabytes, at least. And yes, the update will be a mandatory patch. There’s no avoiding it.
If you’re running out of space on your internal hard drive, use the time between now and the release date to do some spring cleaning. Even if you aren’t running out of space, it might be a good idea to do some cleanup and get rid of files, apps and games you no longer need or use.
It also be a good time to consider buying an external hard drive so that you don’t have to delete files every time a new game, update or piece of DLC comes along.
There are a number of excellent options out there but this 2TB portable external hard drive from Seagate is a solid, and affordable, choice.
Prepare for Your Download
We expect They Shall Not Pass and its patch to be pretty sizable so expect the download to take awhile. We could also see slower download times right when it’s released due to the sheer number of people trying to get access.
If you want to play They Shall Not Pass right when it’s released we highly recommend plugging your ethernet cord directly into your PC or console. This could help speedup what we assume will be a hefty download across all three platforms.
If you don’t plan on staying up for the release, we recommend flipping Automatic updates on, if only for the day. This way, the March patch will download while you’re asleep or out of the house and you won’t have to spend an hour after school/work waiting for the patch to download. You’ll be able to jump right in. once you get home.
They Shall Not Pass Problems & How to Fix Them
They Shall Not Pass has gone through extensive testing ahead of its release date but that doesn’t mean it’ll be perfect. It won’t be.
There’s a very good chance you, or someone you know, will run into an issue with the first Battlefield 1 DLC. The issue could popup during the download, seconds after you start playing or a week from the DLC’s release.
It’s difficult to predict what you’ll see and that’s why you’ll want to be prepared to report and fix any issue you come across.
If you run into a problem with They Shall Not Pass (graphics, crashes, download issues, etc), you’ll want to consult our list of fixes for common Battlefield 1 problems. Fixes can also be found at other online resources.
If you run into issues, you’ll want to report whatever you see to DICE so that company engineers can get to work on fixes. Who knows, you might see a fix for your issue in the first They Shall Not Pass bug fix patch later this year.
Decide How to Buy They Shall Not Pass
If you’re interested in They Shall Not Pass and you haven’t committed to the Premium Pass yet, you have a decision to make: Buy the Premium Pass (and thus, They Shall Not Pass) right now or wait for it to be released as a standalone piece of DLC.
As of right now, the only way to buy They Shall Not Pass is via the $50 Premium Pass. That should change soon.
At some point, probably next week, DICE will release the DLC as a standalone expansion pack. We expect it to cost $15 on its own.
While some of you might want to buy the Battlefield 1 DLC on a case-by-case basis, others might benefit from the Premium Pass.
It’ll net you all four expansions and Superior Battlepacks but it also grants you access to the Battlefield 1 CTE and two weeks early access to all DLC, including They Shall Not Pass.
We’ve taken a look at the merits of the Premium Pass and it’s worth a look if you’re on the fence ahead of the DLC’s release date. It’s important to make the right decision.
Dig Into They Shall Not Pass Feedback
If you’re on the fence about buying They Shall Not Pass, or if you want to get a jumpstart on the DLC’s content, we highly recommend digging into the feedback from those who were able to test the maps and weapons in the Battlefield 1 CTE.
They Shall Not Pass is no longer available in the Battlefield 1 CTE but that doesn’t matter. You can get acquainted with They Shall Not Pass’ content right now.
If you can’t decide if They Shall Not Pass (and the Premium Pass) will be worth it to you, make sure you track down some of the lengthy walkthrough videos out there.
Some of these videos will walk you through the DLC’s maps, others focus on the new Elite class, others look at They Shall Not Pass’ new vehicles and Behemoth class.
EA’s also released an in-depth look at the new Frontlines game mode coming in the DLC. It’s worth a look as well.
Don’t Wait for They Shall Not Pass Deals
If you haven’t picked up the Premium Pass yet, and you plan to ahead of the DLC’s release, make sure you poke around for deals before you commit a full $50. We’ve seen a few Premium Pass deals popup so it’s important to look around.
While we could see a few Premium Pass deals, don’t expect retailers to offer discounts on the standalone version of They Shall Not Pass.
Very rarely do we see substantial discounts on standalone DLC before or immediately after the release date.
We’d expect They Shall Not Pass deals, if there are any, to emerge much later this year.
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 right now.
The Battlefield 1 Premium Pass comes with several perks but the best one might be the early access you get to the game's downloadable content.
If you're a Premium Pass holder, you'll get the game's three remaining expansion packs two weeks before non-Premium Pass holders.
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 early release bonus also should apply to the free Battlefield 1 maps that fall outside of the DLC expansions.
DICE has confirmed a new map called Nivelle Nights. The map is set at night and it features the French and German armies. Its also confirmed another free map called Prise de Tahure.
Prise de Tahure doesn't have a release date but Nivelle Nights will be coming to Premium Pass holders in June, possibly alongside a base Battlefield 1 update for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC.
DICE's first free map, Giant's Shadow, arrived a week early for Premium Pass holders so there's a chance Premium Pass holders will get first dibs on these maps when they arrive.