EA DICE and Electronic Arts have now announced their latest surprise for "#Battlefield 1" players, which will be included in the game's upcoming new downloadable content (DLC) expansion, "In the Name of Tsar."

The companies revealed to fans that the upcoming second expansion will be featuring the first female playable combatant for the game's multiplayer mode.

The game's first female soldier

In a series of announcements through social media, the game's developer revealed several details about the upcoming new class to the game's multiplayer component. The upcoming DLC, which is set to be released this summer, will mainly be focusing of the Russian Army.

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The new class will be based on a real-life attack unit during the first World War and will be called the "Russian Scout."

The release of the new female unit is somewhat contradictory to what was previously mentioned by the developer. The game's creative director, Lars Gustavsson, previously told reporters that there wasn't going to be any female soldiers within the game's multiplayer.

However, it has to be considered that the statement itself was made prior to the 2016 Electronic Entertainment Expo event and Gustavsson may have been referring to the content that was playable at launch.

History lesson

EA Dice has been receiving some flak over its "historical accuracy" when it comes to simulating real World War battles and characters, which is why it has now profusely explained it latest addition.

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The Russian Scout Class is part of "#The Women’s #Battalion Of Death," which was a real World War 1 unit formed by the Russian Army back in 1917.

The battalion consisted of around 300 soldiers led by Maria Leontevna “Yashka” Bochkareva. During that time, the Russians weren't shy in using their female citizens for combat. The 1st Russian Women’s Battalion of Death was only one of four Russian battalions that were comprised of women soldiers. The all-women battalions were pivotal in Russia's war on the Western Front. They even led the Army's advance into German territory and captured hundreds of prisoners during their raids.

Response to fan feedback

EA's global manager for community engagement, Dan Mitre, recently expressed his excitement over the new announcement and mentioned that he was glad about the fan's enthusiasm about the new female soldier. Mitre revealed on Twitter that there has actually been a lot of demand for a female character to be added to the game, which is exactly why they added the new class within the upcoming DLC.