When EA first introduced the They Shall Not Pass DLC for Battlefield 1 last year, I didn’t actually have the game yet, so that really sucked. But I’ve since gotten myself a copy, and it’s pretty amazing, I just wish I wasn’t so hilariously crap at it. Maybe I’ll get better, but probably not. WHATEVER, moving on.

A post on the game’s official site has finally revealed everything that will be included in the expansion when it launches sometime in March. Hit the jump to check out the new maps, a new faction and elite class, an intense new game mode, sexy new tanks, and a fancy new stationary weapon.

They Shall Not Pass is set to finally add the French Army, which is described in the blurb as “hardened and fearless,” to the game’s multiplayer. Along with that comes the addition of a new elite class called the Trench Raider: “With the brutal raider Club and impressive grenade arsenal, you will be a terrifying sight.”

The DLC’s new game mode is called Frontlines and seems to be essentially a two-for-one, mixing in elements of both Conquest and Rush mode. The first half of the match will see players fighting for control over one objective at a time, and continues until the final objective has been captured, at which point the match switches gears to the “Rush-style section where telegraph posts need to be attacked or defended.”

The first of the two new vehicles included in the expansion pack is the Char 2C tank, a “steel behemoth,” which is “based on the real world French tank.” The second is the St. Chamond, the “most heavily armed allied tank of the war.” The Siege Howitzer is the game’s new, infantry player operated stationary weapon, and will be “operated through indirect aiming/firing in the same vein as mortars and artillery in vehicles.”

Four new maps will be included in the pack, namely Verdun Heights, Fort Vaux, Soissons, and Rupture. Below are a few screenshots of the maps, along with a description of each taken from the official blurb.

Verdun Heights

The opening barrage of the Battle of Verdun created massive forest fires in which players will fight for domination. This is an uphill battle towards the massive fortresses of Verdun. A constant grinding struggle where the artillery never stops. Where the forge and “the Devil’s Anvil” continues to consume even the bravest combatants.

Fort Vaux

The first big engagement inside a fort during World War 1 takes place in the dark underworld of Fort Vaux. Down in the maze of dark galleries and wet stone corridors, French and Germans fight ferociously with grenades, guns, bayonets, and flamethrowers. Watch your corners!

Soissons

Take part in one of the biggest tank assaults of World War 1. The French 10th Army moves to take back Soissons using their powerful Saint Chamond tanks. Planes, tanks, and infantry clash in the beautiful French countryside in the early hours of a hot summer day. Only the thunderstorm is louder than the war.

Rupture

In dire need to capture key bridges across the Aisne river, the French find themselves back into battlefields where poppies grow over a rusty wreck from previous tank battles. It might seem calm but this maze of steel beasts provides an excellent place for those who plan an ambush. As the sun sets over Fontenoy, the battle wakes up.

No solid release date or standalone price for They Shall Not Pass has been revealed yet.

Source: Official Battlefield

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