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They Shall Not Pass: What you need to know before you enter the Battlefield

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We have good news, and we have bad news for South African Battlefield 1 players. The bad news is that we still don't know anything other than that SA will get local servers for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The good news is that Battlefield 1's first expansion, They Shall Not Pass, will include a variety of exciting content that will thrill any first-person shooter fan.

ICYMI: "They shall not pass" is a famous slogan used by French General, Robert Nivelle, during the Battle of Verdun (February - December 1916). Read "What we know so far about Battlefield 1's first expansion pack" for more details. EA DICE announced the new content on the official Battlefield website, below is a summary.

Battlefield 1: They Shall Not Pass

Players can look forward to piloting a steel behemoth, climbing in the boots of a French soldier, sowing havoc with a new elite class, joining a new tug-of-war game mode, and partaking in all-out war on four new maps.

  1. Verdun Heights: Everything is against the attackers as they fight an uphill battle, while artillery and fire rain down without ceasing. Will you be able to take the massive fortresses of Verdun where you'll face “the Devil’s Anvil.”?
  2. Fort Vaux: The Battle of Fort Vaux was the first big engagement inside a fort in WW1. It is known as a heroic battle, especially on the French side, who finally surrendered because they were dying of thirst.
  3. Soissons: One of the biggest tank assaults in WW1 took place in the French countryside of Soissons. The powerful Saint Chamond tanks played a major role in this confrontation - call the engineers and drivers.
  4. Rupture: Watch your flanks, and prepare to be ambushed. The French face the enemy in the beautiful Fontenoy "tank graveyard" where anything can happen.

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  • The French join the war: Don the French's blue uniform and defend your homeland.
  • Frontlines game mode: A mix of two favourite game modes; Conquest and Rush. Teams fight over a flag, when captured it moves to the next until the enemies HQ is captured where a rush-style fight kicks off where telegraph posts need to be attacked or defended.
  • Pilot A Steel Behemoth: As we predicted, the Char 2C; a French super-heavy tank, and the biggest operational tank in world war history, releases with They Shall Not Pass.
  • Assault Tank Gun: Dominate the battlefield with another French tank, the St. Chamond.
  • Trench Raider Elite Class: Deliver death with the brutal Raider Club and impressive grenade arsenal.
  • New Stationary Weapon: Meet the Siege Howitzer, a new infantry weapon that's similar to mortars and artillery in vehicles.

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Battlefield 1: They Shall Not Pass releases for Premium Pass holders first in March. They Shall Not Pass features my favourite thing in Battlefield games - tanks, lots of tanks. It's usually a mission to try find one open to pilot, so hopefully, because the expansion focuses so strongly on French tank warfare, there will spawn more than in other maps.

Hopefully, South African players will hear more news about local servers after the release of They Shall Not Pass.

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