A dip into the game files for Battlefield 1‘s Community Test Environment (CTE) has revealed five previously-unannounced weapons hidden in the game’s code.
Four of the five mystery guns each appear to correlate to one of Battlefield 1‘s four classes, with the fifth gun perhaps functioning as a Pilot- or Tanker-class carbine. The in-game stats for the new weapons have not been released, but based on their real-world counterparts, we have a good idea of how the guns will function thanks to some sleuthing on the Symthic forums.
The Maxim SMG is a belt-fed mini machine gun for the Assault class. Its most distinguishing feature is that it uses eight different ammo clips that each contain ten rounds. Given its clip capacity would be the second-largest for the Assault class (behind the Hellriegel 1915 Defensive), we have a feeling it will have a slower reload speed than most SMGs in the game. Its damage model will be close to the MP 18, since it utilizes the same ammo type, but it might have a slower rate of fire more in line with the Support class’ light machine guns.
The General Liu rifle is a six-round semi-auto rifle for the Medic class. With its smaller clip capacity, it will probably play similarly to the RSC 1917 or the Selbstlader 1906, where its more powerful damage model makes up for the fact that you have to reload every five seconds.
The Preino Model 1908 is the new LMG for the Support class. Its rate of fire and its 25-round “strip clip” make it sound like it will be a hybrid of the Benét-Mercié and the BAR M1918, though more relying on the use of a bipod than a stock.
The Scout class is getting the Vetterli M1870. The original Vetterli M1870 was a single-round bolt-action weapon, much like the Martini-Henry. However, since Battlefield 1 is featuring both Infantry and Carbine variants, its likely we’ll be seeing a later model that included a four-round clip.
Finally, the new carbine weapon is the Obrez, which is basically a bolt-action shotgun. Think of it as a pocket-sized sniper rifle.
DICE already revealed six of the eleven weapons that will be arriving with Battlefield 1‘s Russian-themed In the Name of the Tsar DLC when it’s released in September. Mathematically, it’s tempting to assume that these are the five unannounced weapons we’ll be getting in August. However, the only weapon listed here that’s Russian in origin is the Obrez. The other weapons are German, Chinese, and Italian, which could suggest that DICE is adding a smattering of free weapons to cater to non-Premium Pass owners, especially since they’ve been making an effort to court players who haven’t yet forked over cash for the DLC.
On top of these new weapons, a few more of the DLC’s maps were supposed to be playable on the CTE last week, though that doesn’t appear to have happened. However, Lupkow Pass, the first Russian map that’s going live for Premium Pass owners in August, arrived on the CTE a couple of weeks after its scheduled testing period.
Battlefield 1 is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.