Battlefield 1 Apocalypse, the final planned expansion for the WWI shooter, just got a surprise release date of February 20th.
We knew that Apocalypse was launching sometime in February, but announcing the release date the day before is a pleasant surprise.
February 20th will kick off the two-week early access period to the expansion for Premium Pass owners, meaning Apocalypse will become available as a standalone purchase on March 6th.
Along with the announcement, developer DICE gave a few more hints as to what we can expect from the upcoming expansion.
Apocalypse‘s release will introduce a new kind of challenge for experienced players in the form of Afflictions. These “anti-perks,” as DICE calls them, will nerf players who activate them in some way. Paranoia, for example, will make it impossible for you to remove your gas mask, and Death Toll will knock 200 points off your score every time you respawn, which doesn’t necessarily affect your gameplay but simply your position on the scoreboard. One of the more interesting ones, as previously detailed on the Battlefield 1 CTE Reddit, is Scavenger. This Affliction limits the maximum amount of magazines for each weapon you use to just one, meaning you’ll have to pick up weapon kits from downed teammates or enemies to keep that kill streak going. Afflictions will unlock the same way that other Specializations unlock, by completing a set number of certain tasks in-game.
The announcement also introduced one of the new melee weapons: a good old-fashioned meat cleaver. But this time, instead of having to unlock the meat cleaver by lucking into puzzle pieces as with previous DLC melee weapons, all players who own the DLC will immediately find the meat cleaver in their inventories. A new grenade called the improvised grenade will similarly unlock for all DLC owners, although the improvised grenade sounds like just another cosmetic variation on the normal frag grenade. The second melee weapon, the prybar, can be unlocked via puzzle pieces earned in Battlepacks as per usual, letting players inject some Gordon Freeman vibes into their gameplay.
The best part about the announcement, however, is the new horses. All horses on Apocalypse maps will be equipped with gas masks. That’s right. The horses will wear gas masks, which will be a perfect defense against the new stationary, the Livens Projector, which fires gas grenades in a mortar-like fashion.
Apocalypse will introduce five new maps (two of which are exclusive to the new game mode, Air Assault) and six new guns in addition to the new items and specializations noted above. I previously did a pretty extensive write-up on all of the new weapons, so you should check that out. Having since tested all of the new weapons and maps in the CTE (besides the ones tied to Air Assault), I’m very hopeful for Apocalypse being one of the more popular Battlefield 1 expansions. In my personal opinions, the maps represent a return to form for the series, and paired with the recent weapons patch, I think Battlefield 1 has finally come into its own—you know, over a year after its initial release.
Now that Apocalypse is just over the horizon, expect DICE to turn its focus more towards the next Battlefield, which is confirmed for an October release. It’s starting to look like the next Battlefield will return to World War II for the first time since Battlefield 1943, but whether or not DICE will stick with its normal Premium Pass DLC model is still unclear. I have an Overwatch-inspired notion of how DICE could find a happy middle ground between charging for extra content and not splitting the player base with paid expansions, but I personally feel like my money was fairly well spent on all the additional content DICE introduced for Battlefield 1.
Battlefield 1 is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
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