The French army joins the fight in Battlefield 1's first expansion trailer

EA and DICE have outed the first trailer for its upcoming Battlefield 1 expansion, titled "They Shall Not Pass." In the trailer, we get a glimpse of the French veterans of World War I as they take on the Central powers at the famous battle of Verdun and more. Check it out below:

The brutal expansion will be the first of 4 slated to hit the game over the coming months. Included in "They Shall Not Pass" will be four new maps on the western front, two new operations, new weapons and more. Also included is a new game mode called "Frontlines," which EA describes thusly:

Experience a mix of Conquest and Rush as you fight for chained control points in a tug-of-war frontline. Both teams fight for one flag at a time and when this objective is captured the action moves on to the next. Capture the enemy's HQ control point and the game turns into a Rush-style section where telegraph posts need to be attacked or defended.

The expansion is officially set to launch in two-week early access on March 14 for Premium Pass holders. Everyone else will be able to pick up the new content starting March 28. And if you're new to Battlefield 1 and want to give it a shot, the game will be free to play for Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One from March 3-5 with the service's Free Play days.

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  • The game is also on sale from ea publishing
  • Speaking of not passing, they need to do some serious bug fixes. I have a few issues every time I launch the game. Sometimes its cosmetic, but a lot of the time it has major, unplayable glitches, such as having the KB and mouse not respond to input, or having my gun freeze when I'm revived. I love the game, but if they could fix bugs for a month straight, I wouldn't mind at all. It's an amazing game! Just...needs some patching. And maybe local servers.
  • Oh the gun freeze is the worst. I end up having to switch to a secondary and then back. Normally I can tell because the gun won't be facing exactly right (as if it's stuck in a frame of the deploy animation) Agree though, the game is seriously fun, and they did a mostly great job on it.
  • Frontlines mechanic sounds just like the game Frontlines: Fuel of War. That game was positioned to be the Battlefield killer/alternative in a time when new BF games were putting PC on the backburner. The beta was amazing - these guys (Kaos studios) had previously worked on Desert Combat for 1942, and to an extent worked on some of BF2. Sadly, Frontlines failed on launch with many showstopping bugs and broken promises (no demo at launch, etc). By the time they patched and delivered things they'd promised earlier, it was too late, players had moved on. Kaos went on to make Homefront and it's sequel, to much less hype and hope from BF veterans. By that time, we had our next PC outtings, and Homefront just didn't look as appealing on it's own merits.
  • Way too late. And I still hope for some additional SP content. A German, Austrian or Turkish campaign would be great.
  • I just have the original game. if it looks good enough i might buy the dlc. 
  • No problem with Xbox one.... Btw, It's on sale for $20. Hardline & bf4 for $5 each.
  • We Germans always pass the French since 1862. If it weren't for the British Askaris and the Amerikan Negro Platoon, Paris would be a beautiful german town instead of the European ghetto it is today. Driving in Paris would be pleasurable, because there would be Prussian discipline, and the infamous Germanic rule of law and order s/.
  • Wanted to like the game but I couldn't get into it sadly. I have a feeling it be a long time before I move away from bf4