Battlefield 1 [official site] may have wowed us mid-week with its 64-player Conquest mode, but its multiplayer is still missing two key WWI players: France and Russia. As it stands, the game’s multiplayer includes the British, Germans, Austro-Hungarians, Italians, Ottomans, and Americans, however, given that France were part of the First World War from the outset, it seems a bit odd for them to miss out.
DLC? DICE’s Julien Wera appears to have confirmed so in an interview.
Speaking to IGN France, Wera suggests that France haven’t been forgotten about (they are included in the single-player campaign) and that they’ll get their own devoted “premium” expansion in multiplayer.
“For Battlefield 1, DICE seek to focus on the little-known stories of the Great War, to take players where they do not expect,” Wera said, according to Alice’s shaky translation [de rien! -ed.]. He added that “of course the studio does not ignore the importance of the French army in the war, and [players] will meet them in the the game’s campaign.”
Then, “To truly honour the French army in multiplayer and, once again, to show a side that we’re not used to seeing, we have decided to dedicate an entire premium add-on to them with a special treatment after the launch of the game.” [Oh no, I definitely don’t know the most natural translation of some of these phrases, why didn’t I leave the Google Translate version? -ed.]
Still no word on Russia, but I wouldn’t bet against their DLC deployment at a later date.
In the meantime, why not discover why history professor Robert Whitaker feels Battlefield 1 could be the best WWI game? Or the five reasons why John reckons it’ll be better than Dark Souls 3? Both are great reads in, ahem, very different ways.