Battlefield 4 Naval Strike DLC is free for a week

Another day, another Battlefield 4 DLC freebie. Today it's Naval Strike, a collection of four aquatic-themed maps set in the South China Sea: Lost Islands, Nansha Strike, Wave Breaker, and Operation Mortar. The DLC also adds five new weapons to the game, new attachments, and the Carrier Assault Mode, “a re-imagining of the classic Battlefield 2142 Titan Mode.” 

The freebie is part of EA's effort to stoke interest in Battlefield 1 by giving away DLC from previous Battlefield games in the months leading up to its launch. It began in May with Battlefield 4: Dragon's Teeth, and then continued last month with Second Assault. There is one catch, though: The DLC is only free until July 26, although you'll keep it forever as long as you snag it before then. 

The free release of Naval Strike also provided what will likely be the highlight of the day on Twitter, courtesy of EA Chief Competition Officer Peter Moore. EA UK, to its credit, is letting it ride.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.