Battlefield 1‘s last monthly update has gone live, and it adds a new game mode, new weapons, and more.
The main event of the June 2018 update is Shock Operations, a new twist on an old favorite. Shock Operations takes the attack-and-defend formula of standard Operations and limits each match to one map and forty players. Shock Operations are limited to maps that aren’t already attached to existing Operations: Giant’s Shadow, Prise de Tahure, Lupkow Pass, Zeebrugge, and River Somme. Best of all, Lupkow, Zeebrugge, and River Somme—maps that are part of expansion packs—are available to all players in Shock Operations, whether or not they own the DLC.
The update is also introducing one new weapon and two new variants. The Burton LMR is a new support-class gun with two different types of ammo, a first for Battlefield 1. Standard ammo is best for taking out infrantry, whereas incendiary ammo is more effective against planes. Players must earn 50 capture defense kills with any gun to unlock the Burton LMR Trench, and complete another service assignment to unlock the optical variant of this unique weapon.
The two new variants include a storm version of the Annihilator as well as a silenced M1911 pistol. Players will have to complete a service assignment to unlock the Annihilator Storm, while the M1911 Silenced will be available automatically for all players. Additionally, the assault and support classes now have a more expansive armory thanks to the inclusion of tanker and pilot weapons as primary weapons for each class.
The update also introduces a new bolt-action alternative fire for the General Liu medic rifle, as well as increasing the 3-hit kill frange for the RSC SMG. You can read up on the rest of the bug fixes on the game’s official blog.
The bad news is, for players who enjoy the series’ take on World War I, this update marks Battlefield 1‘s last lap. Players on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC can grab free expansions for Battlefield 1 and Battlefield 4 until June 30th, but as the Battlefield V closed alpha starts tomorrow and its October release inches ever closer, developer DICE is bound to pay much less attention to Battlefield 1 going forward.