The road to Battlefield 1 continues to be paved. Following in the wake of Dragon’s Teeth and Final Stand, EA and DICE have now made the Naval Strike expansion free for anyone who does or doesn’t own Battlefield 4.
Like the previous two expansions, you only have a limited amount of time (until July 26th) to reach out and grab Naval Strike before it once again returns to full price and you’ll regret how lazy you were.
In order to take advantage of the offer, you need to buy it (for 0.00) through your respective store for your respective console. Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, and PC are all eligible to get the game for free, but Xbox requires you to have Gold. Even if you don’t currently own Battlefield 4, you can still add the expansion to your library and if you ever get around to picking up the game, it’ll then be available.
As its name implies, Naval Strike centers on maps with a lot of water and a lot of boats. The four new maps are among Battlefield 4’s most beautiful, and the new game mode, Carrier Assault, is inspired by Battlefield 2142’s Titan mode where both teams fight it out to destroy the opposing Titan, or in this case, Aircraft Carrier. The expansion also includes five new weapons, two new weapons, and the hoverboat.
The free offer also comes along with a new community mission: boat destruction. If the Battlefield 4 community, as a whole, destroys a million boats, then everyone gets a Gold Battlepack, because you definitely don’t want to miss out on that. A double experience bonus is also active for the duration of the free offer, until July 26th,
I found Naval Strike to be a pretty solid expansion, especially if you like water and boats. If you don’t like either of those things, then mileage may vary, and if you can’t swim, you may want to skip Naval Strike all together.
As a closing thought: Naval Strike and Navel Strike are two completely different things, and you’d do best not to get them mixed up.