The Battlefield V open beta kicks off later this week (although you’ll be able to play from today if you happen to be an Origin Access subscriber, or have the pre-order bonus under your belt). It’ll run for around a week, finishing up on September 11, but after that, anyone who owns Battlefield 1 will be able to pick that that game’s full season pass, completely free.
Battlefield 1 is, of course, Battlefield V’s most immediate predecessor. Temporarily putting aside DICE’s ability to count, it was still an impressive and varied take on the First World War – a period of history very much underserved in videogames when compared to the much more popular WW2.
The pass includes four expansions in total. The first of those is They Shall Not Pass, which keeps the action on the Western Front with “close-quarter fights and huge tank battles,” according to the pass’ entry on the Origin store. Next up is In the Name of the Tsar, which moves the action across Europe to the freezing cold of the Eastern Front.
After that came Turning Tides, which took the fighting to the seas with the Zeebrug Raid and the Gallipoli Offensive. The final expansion, Apocalypse, took players to “some of the most infamous battles of WW1.”
As well as all of those new maps and single-player experiences, the pass brings in new modes, weapon, and vehicles, so if you enjoyed Battlefield 1 at launch but haven’t been back, there’s plenty for you to get your teeth into.
The Battlefield 1 Premium Pass will be free from the end of the beta on September 11, for a full week, with the offer expiring on September 18. To get in on the action, you’ll need to head to Origin (and own the game). With the news that the Battlefield V release date has been pushed back a month, to November 20, the free Premium Pass could be just what you need to keep you busy until then.