EA brought some heavy hitters to the stage this year gamescom, first showing off new Starfighter Assault gameplay for Star Wars Battlefront 2 and then showing more gameplay from Battlefield 1‘s upcoming expansion pack, In The Name of the Tsar. Along with fresh 64 player gameplay set on a never-before-seen map called Tsaritsyn, DICE also revealed plans to add a brand new fast paced, competitive multiplayer mode called Incursions.
Built with the community in mind, Battlefield 1 Incursions introduces a 5v5 mode that utilizes fast and strategic combat. Placing a bigger emphasis on teamwork and coordination, players must select a unique character kit prior to a match using a new draft system. Even with these smaller matches, vehicles will still be present, though not as plentiful as most modes in the current game. The scoring system has also been overhauled in this mode to create more opportunities for comebacks and close finishes.
For now, Incursions isn’t joining the new Supply Drop mode in the upcoming Russian expansion and will be released independently of that expansion. Eager gamers can get their first shot at it this September when an alpha testing period is set to begin.
Gamers can start signing up for the alpha on the official Battlefield website for an opportunity to take part. If selected, players can select from one of eight character kits which include Trench Surgeon, Control Leader, AT Assault, Battle Mechanic, Mortar Support, Raid Leader, Shock Assault, and Proximity Recon. A modified version of the Giant’s Shadow map will be the battleground for this test, and unlike the core game, players unlock better abilities and weapons by leveling up rather than spending in-game credit.
In addition to the new game mode, EA also revealed a Revolution Edition of Battlefield 1. The updated packaging, which features a member of the Russian Women’s Battalion of Death, is similar to a Game of the Year Edition, as it includes a copy of the base game, all of the updates so far, the French They Shall Not Pass expansion pack, and the upcoming three remaining expansions as well. Interested players can pick up a copy starting today.
Battlefield 1 is available now on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.