Battlefield 1 added a new map from its upcoming In the Name of the Tsar expansion to its Community Test Environment over the weekend, and it looks like a return to what the series is historically known for—namely, gigantic maps.
Albion is the third map from In the Name of the Tsar to be made playable on the CTE, following Lupkow Pass and Brusilov Keep, and it looks like the biggest map yet. Fans of maps like Gulf of Oman from Battlefield 3 and Paracel Storm from Battlefield 4 will likely be fans of Albion, as the map borrows elements from both.
With seven capture points in Conquest, Albion is a snow-covered archipelago that includes transport boats, aerial combat, and two enormous artillery cannons. The gameplay options are as diverse as they’ve ever been in Battlefield 1. Based on Operation Albion, in which the Germans executed a naval invasion of the West Estonian Archipelago, the map will see the German side spawning on a large ship and taking a series of new transport boats to the shores of the map, while the Russians spawn on land.
One of the more interesting aspects of the map is how Behemoths will work. While the naval-based Germans will get the Dreadnought, the Russians will get the Airship. This is the first time that two different teams will have two different Behemoths in Battlefield 1, and we’re interested to see if developer DICE continues the trend in future DLC maps.
DICE has also introduced a new bomber with the addition of Albion to the CTE. The new bomber seems to have better armor than previous bombers, though it moves much slower through the air, making it an easier but heftier target. Additionally, the gunner positions are switched, with the anti-air machine gun on the front of the plane and the anti-infantry gun on the back.
The new artillery cannons are reminiscent of the fortress guns on Monte Grappa and Empire’s Edge, though they seem to have a better range and better vertical mobility. The catch with them is that they start the match destroyed, and you’ll need a Support player with a repair tool to fix them before they can be used.
If you want to take a look at the new map and you don’t play Battlefield 1 on PC, Battlefield insider Jackfrags uploaded a complete match on the map, showing off many of the new additions:
Albion will be added to Battlefield 1 in September when In the Name of the Tsar is released. Prior to that, one of the Russian maps, Lupkow Pass, will be released in August for Premium Pass owners to placate players who’ve been waiting patiently for the game’s second major expansion to arrive.