Giant's Shadow soon to be cast on Battlefield 1
The Giant's Shadow map will be available as part of a free update for Battlefield 1 on December 13th for Premium Pass owners and December 20th for all gamers.
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In Giant's Shadow, players can expect fierce combat on the open ground and river banks alongside the Cateau-Wassigny railway, try out the new Support class gadget - the Grenade Crossbow - and turn the tide with an armored train. Also included in the update is a new Spectator Mode, where players will be able to join a live Battlefield 1 match as an observer, enabling them to switch between first-person and third-person camera views of all players, get a bird's eye view of the action, or use Free Cam to fly through the map. Additionally, a new Custom Game option, Standard Issue Rifles will be coming to Battlefield 1. In Standard Issue Rifles, all classes are granted access to their faction's standard issue rifle only, providing players with gameplay inspired by the WWI trenches.
The new map is called Giant's Shadow and is based on the battle of the Selle in 1918. With a massive crashed airship casting its shadow onto the battlefield, you can expect fierce combat on the open ground and river banks alongside the Cateau-Wassigny railway. Try out the new Support class gadget - the Grenade Crossbow - and turn the tide with an armored train.
Giant's Shadow will be available for everyone on December 20 as a free update for Battlefield 1. On December 13, Premium Pass owners and players who pre-ordered Battlefield 1 can start their seven-day early access of the map.
A new Specator Mode is also part of the update. In Spectator, players will be able to join a live Battlefield 1 match as an observer. Observers can switch between first-person and third-person camera views of all players on the battlefield, get a bird's eye view of the action, or use Free Cam to fly through the map.
You can expect an improved usability and flow moving from player-to-player and switching between the different view modes (Table Top, Player View, and Free Cam). Spectator Mode will also be a viable tool for the community to create content which includes a moveable third-person camera, depth of field, and various camera filters.
There is also a new Custom Game option: Standard Issue Rifles. With this option toggled on, all classes are granted access to their faction's standard issue rifle - and this rifle only. This option can be enabled or disabled with other weapon types to create a variety of experiences. For example, the British Army will be granted access to the SMLE MKIII. These weapons are not equipped with optics, and are intended to provide players with gameplay inspired by the WW1 trenches.
Shotgun balance has been addressed in this update, with the primary goal of evening out advantages and disadvantages of each shotgun type. Some shotguns were unintentionally strong at certain distances and to address this we reduced the range for the buckshot variants of the M97 Trench Gun, Model 10-A, and Sawed Off Shotgun, reducing the maximum one-hit kill distance.
Apart from shotgun tweaks, we've also modified gameplay aspects like syringe cooldown, sprinting, spawning into a Landship, and much more. bit.ly/BF1Updates will have all details when the update has rolled out.
We will continue to listen to your feedback and improve Battlefield 1 with both game updates and new content. The first expansion They Shall Not Pass will arrive in March 2017. A Battlefield 1 Pemium Pass will grant you a 2 week-head start with They Shall Not Pass and all the other Battlefield 1 expansions, together with 14 Superior Battlepacks, new weapons, priority in server queues, and more.