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Free Battlefield 1 map "Giant's Shadow" will introduce the Grenade Crossbow

A new Battlefield 1 map called Giant's Shadow will be released to Premium Pass holders and players who preordered on December 13, and one week later for everyone else. There are two things about it that you need to know. One: It's free. And two: It comes with the Grenade Crossbow. 

The Grenade Crossbow is one of those things that's exactly what it sounds like: A crossbow that shoots grenades. "Based on one of many unique contraptions from the Great War, this gadget can silently fire two grenades of either the Fragmentation or High Explosive variety," EA said

The contraption in question, I'm guessing, is the Sauterelle, a French bomb-thrower that saw use in the first half of the First World War. It wasn't an especially effective weapon according to Wikipedia, and it also wasn't the sort of thing you'd pick up and run around with: It weighed more than 50 pounds and required a crew of two to operate. But one of the great things about videogames is that size and weight are only relevant if you want them to be. And if you'd rather just hoss around with a medieval RPG-7 under your arm, that's okay too.

The "Giant" in the map's title is a massive crashed airship, whose structure looms over a battlefield based on the Battle of the Selle, one of the last of the war: "British forces have broken through the Hindenburg line and are heading towards a strategic railway center. The outcome is uncertain. An armored train can still turn the tide." 

Or, perhaps, a well-aimed grenade. 

Andy Chalk
Andy covers the day-to-day happenings in the big, wide world of PC gaming—the stuff we call "news." In his off hours, he wishes he had time to play the 80-hour RPGs and immersive sims he used to love so much.