Battlefield 1 is coming next month, bringing the mainstream, blockbuster military first person shooters back to the past. While I’m mostly interested in its single player campaign (hoping against hope that DICE finally gets it right), most are keen for its multiplayer.
As is usual for Battlefield games, the game will be supplemented by a number of DLC packs (and a Premium Pass), bringing new maps and modes to the game as it continues to evolve.
For those not all that interested in the extra stuff that’ll be coming, EA and DICE have finally revealed what maps and modes will be in the game at launch.
Here are the six modes that’ll be in the game at launch:
- Conquest: An all-time fan favourite of Battlefield players, Conquest is a large-scale game mode with up to 64 players fighting for the control of key objectives. With large armies on foot or behind the wheel and the addition of fearsome Behemoths, Conquest brings together all the elements of the signature Battlefield All-Out War.
- Domination:Domination offers a fast-paced infantry focused combat in close quarter locations. It’s a smaller, but more focused version of Conquest, and the fighting revolves around strategic objectives. Ready your shotgun and sharpen your hatchet – in the Domination game mode things tend to get close and personal.
- Operations: Operations offer epic journeys across several maps based upon real battles of World War I. We wanted to offer a large and epic experience with a focus on teamplay and frontline combat. Adding this meta-layer to the game mode, and stretching it across multiple interesting locations that both look and play very differently, adds a whole new layer of scale and variety to the battles in Battlefield 1. Your team can win on one map, proceed to the next map, and actually see the map you previously fought over on the horizon.
- Rush: Communications and artillery were crucial during World War I, and Rush mode will have you interacting with both of them. In Rush, the Attacking forces must find and destroy the Defending force’s Telegraph Posts, which the defenders can use to call in artillery strikes. The Defenders can deny the Attackers by disarming the explosives they plant, but should the Telegraph Posts be destroyed, the Defenders must fall back to another sector. The Attackers win the battle if the Telegraph Positions in every sector are destroyed. The Defenders come out victorious if they’re able to run the Attackers out of reinforcements, or by having at least one Telegraph Position left intact when time runs out.
- War Pigeons: During the Great War, man-made communication systems were still crude and unreliable, so dogs and pigeons were used extensively to carry messages. In the War Pigeons game mode the opposing sides compete to use messenger pigeons to call in artillery barrages on the enemy. When the game starts, a pigeon coup with a messenger pigeon is placed somewhere on the map. Locate the pigeon before the enemy and carry it to a safe location out in the open. There you prepare a message and send it off, calling for artillery support. Once a message is successfully sent an artillery barrage will strike the enemy.
- Team Deathmatch: What it says on the tin.
I have no real idea what War Pigeons is, but I must play it – it sounds absolutely balmy. The rest of it is all pretty straight forward. And here are the nine maps that’ll be in the game, with another map coming for free in December.
- Ballroom Blitz
- Argonne Forest
- FAO Fortress
- The St. Quentin Scar
- Sinai Desert
- Monte Grappa
- Empire’s Edge
- Giant’s Shadow (December)
Battlefield 1 is out on PC, Xbox One and PS4 on October 21.
Last Updated: September 21, 2016