Battlefield 1’s They Shall Not Pass DLC is free today

Battlefield 1: They Shall Not Pass

The sun is officially setting on Battlefield 1 this month. After the surprise addition of the Shock Operations playmode, DICE announced that updates for their pseudo-historical multiplayer manshoot would be ending this June. That doesn’t mean that the game is dying, by any means. In fact, owners of the basic edition (sans DLC) are getting a pleasant little boost today as the first expansion – They Shall Not Pass – is free via Origin for the next two weeks.

While this would normally be the point where I embed the official and fancy trailer for the DLC, instead I’ll just leave you with Weebl’s intensely silly musical tribute to the expansion, featuring some of the daftest faux-French accents I’ve heard since the days of ‘Allo ‘Allo!

Alright, here’s the real trailer, full of fire and blood and distinctly devoid of Daft Punk-inspired beats.

They Shall Not Pass is a weighty chunk of content for the game. Six maps, a new army (the French), the Frontlines playmode and the Trench Raider class. The new class is armored better than most, gets to swing around a bloody great mace at people (a one hit kill in most cases) and throw additional grenades. To balance them out, they only get a pistol for ranged encounters. Not subtle, but a lot of fun if you can make the balance of naked aggression and stealth work.

One of the They Shall Not Pass maps, Rupture, was previously made free for all, so it’s not too surprising to see the rest of the expansion follow. It wouldn’t shock me too much if the coming months brought similar free DLC giveaways to the game, too. Battlefield 4 saw a similar string of staggered giveaways before eventually making the complete contents of the season pass free to all for a time. The recently added Shock Operations mode also makes a few of the later expansion’s maps playable for those without the season pass.

You can grab They Shall Not Pass for Battlefield 1 via Origin here, down from its usual £12/$15 price tag. The giveaway is running for the next two weeks, and if you grab it now, and it’s free to keep forever.


  1. Grizzly says:

    There’s many reasons to love the They Shall not Pass DLC, not only because it finally adds the French forces which should have been there from the start, but it also does them justice with some excellent maps. As a slight tidbit, and rather indicative of Battlefield 1’s approach to history, by including the RSC 1917, the medic class finally gets a semi-automatic rifle that was actually used on the battlefield historically. Ahum.

    Be sure to check out the codex entries for this one too, as they’re far better written then BF1’s default ones.

    • wackazoa says:

      Fort Veaux is my personal favorite map. When you get it on operations and 64 players are trying to capture/hold the points it gets super chaotic, which in my opinion, makes for the most fun when your playing a multiplayer fps. Almost reminds me of Killzone 2!(The greatest multiplayer fps EVAH! If you disagree youre wrong!)

  2. yabonn says:

    Wait – so the French participated in ww1?

    • tafoya77n says:

      And surprisingly the Germans as well. Who’d a thunk it?

  3. Pizzzahut says:

    Ah, the age old PC proverb; is DLC really free, if no one plays the game?

    • Dominic Tarason says:

      It’s hovering around the 15,000 to 20,000 player count at most times on PC. Even more on consoles.

      That’s a whole lot of no one.

      • Pizzzahut says:

        When you consider that’s just one person with 20,000 PC’s, the perspective changes a lot.

  4. Vodka, Crisps, Plutonium says:

    I’m surprised no one in the comment section was expressing their disgust with potentially stereotypical view of the French, on behalf of the French.
    I was contemplating the other day how it would never be possible to release these days some brilliant piss-takers as, say, Rag Doll Kung Fu, as they’d probably be deemed racist and homophobic in a heartbeat by angry twitter mob.

    • CheeseFarts says:

      You`re not, possibly, trying to start some piss-poor controversy ?

    • MaxMcG says:

      I presume you’re referring to the “Press F to surrender” feature…

      • Vodka, Crisps, Plutonium says:

        No, I was actually referring to the cartoon video in the article that I mistook for an official trailer (I do apologize for not properly reading the article – rarely do I pay much attention to announcement writings, as more often than not they tend to be barely distinguishable from a promo copy)

    • cauldron says:

      Hey, I’m French and I love that video!
      I’m singing it right now. ‘deille chal note passe…’

      • Vodka, Crisps, Plutonium says:

        I wholeheartedly approve those silly jokes, actually : )
        I’d rather all people learn to make fun of each other, not target practice.