Verdun is a squad-based multiplayer FPS in a realistic WW1 setting. The merciless trench warfare offers a unique battlefield for tactical squad play in the realistic Frontlines game mode, and raw gameplay in the rifle-deathmatch.
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Release Date: Sep 19, 2013

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“M2H and BlackMill Games took the opportunity to work with you on polishing the game Verdun. By entering Steam Early Access in September 2013 we managed to get the attention needed to vastly improve the gameplay and user experience.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Verdun will leave Early Access February 2015.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“We are set to take Verdun to the next level in terms of visuals, but also mature its gameplay to become a more tactical game in which our unique squad co-op gameplay flourishes. In addition there will be more maps and more squad types available at launch.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Verdun is very stable in its current form with all of the gameplay fully operational. We're focussing on polishing the entire experience some more and squash the last bugs. Mainly the immersion will be massively improved in the months to come.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The Game will remain at the same price point.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Since the alpha in April of 2013 we have continuously involved the community. It has helped shaping the tactical frontline gameplay that mimics the trench warfare. We have taken many community features and implemented them into the game.”
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December 18

Christmas Truce



A 100 years ago French, German and British troops while fighting in world war I held truces during Christmas 1914. They exchanged Christmas greetings, sang Christmas carols and rumours say that they played a few football matches.

In the game Verdun we will celebrate this remarkable event by reproducing a similar scene from December 18 – 25 2014.

In between your fearsome matches there will be a Truce event where you can find soldiers dressed for the winter, join football matches and throw snowballs at each other. You might even spot a Scottish soldier that will appear in-game just for this event.

We will enforce these in-game activities, by setting up some competitions where you can win Verdun Christmas packages and even offer a nice discount for your friends to join in.

Competitions:

  • 19 December; a YouTube Christmas Truce video contest for the best video about this event
  • 20 December; a Steam Hub screenshot competition for the best in-game Christmas Truce screenshot
  • 21 December; a Twitch TV giveaway for the Verdun streamers
  • 22 December; a Twitter competition for the best WW1 Christmas carol text twittered @VerdunGame
  • 23 December; a Facebook Christmas Card contest for the most entertaining Verdun best wishes card

    Submission will last until the 24th 10am Eastern time (GMT-5), winners will be announced on the 25th of December 2014. More information can be found on Steam.

    We hope you will enjoy the Holidays as much as we will!

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November 27

V173: Camera, Ingame Squad Creation and much more!



It took a bit longer than expected but v173 is now finally live. It introduces a new camera system which improves the image stability reducing Z-fighting and other shadow artifacts. Furthermore squad creation ingame is now possible and should help with balancing the games. These are just some highlights, for the full changelog please see:

http://steamcommunity.com/app/242860/discussions/0/613936039432728350/

We are also trying out to switch our project to Unity5 beta which brings a lot of cool new stuff. It will improve physics performance and has the possibility for PBR which really should boost graphics. If the beta is stable enough we will build with it. Check out the Unity 5 features preview:

http://unity3d.com/5

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About This Game

Verdun is a squad-based multiplayer FPS set in First World War (WW1) . The game is inspired by the infamous battle of Verdun in 1916.

The game includes historically accurate features such as realistic WW1 weaponry, historical maps based on sectors of the Western Front and authentic uniforms and equipment. The game immerses you into one of the bloodiest conflicts fought in Europe.

The merciless trench warfare offers a unique battlefield for tactical squad play in the gritty Frontlines game mode, and raw pure gameplay in the rifle Deathmatch.

The Frontlines game mode is unique in its tactical complexity, where you are levelling different types of squads, each with your own tactics and roles. The realistic trenches are an extra challenge in the fight, where teamwork and tactical cunning are essential for success. Drive your enemies from their trenches and dominate the Western Front!


Verdun key features include:
Unique World War 1 gameplay: Authentic weaponry, characters levelling and realistic historical battlefields set in France and Belgium
Tactical squad-based FPS: Squad assembling and levelling
True trench warfare: Real-time dynamic frontline; momentum-based attack and counter-attack gameplay
WW1 atmosphere: Typical WW1 music, art, units, grim battlefields and an immersive user interface
Challenging game modes: Dynamic Frontline and rifle Deathmatch
Chemical weaponry: Tactical gas deployment and immersive gas mask experience



The team has done extensive research in the field at Verdun and has been advised by knowledgeable historians to make sure Verdun is historically accurate. Uniforms have been recreated to the tiniest details, weapons modeled to exact references and maps created from real-life elements.


Teamplay is what lies at the heart of Verdun. You fight for either the Entente or the Central Powers. Within each side up to 4 players can form 1 of the different squad types available to that side. These squads each have a specific tactic, and are based on real historical units of that time. Depending on your squad’s type, players can choose a specific role within the squad, complete with the historical attire, weapons and abilities. The more experience (XP) you and your squad mates earn together, the more powerful your squad will become..



A true WW1 experience has been captured by the historically accurate battlefields, divided into multiple sectors that can be captured by either side. The real-time dynamic frontline shows every captured or lost meter by your side. Staying true to the warfare of that time, both sides attack and counter-attack each other in turn, where you will be forced to defend each captured each sector of trenches.


A true WW1 experience has been captured by the historically accurate battlefields, divided into multiple sectors that can be captured by either side. The real-time dynamic frontline shows every captured or lost meter by your side. Staying true to the warfare of that time, both sides attack and counter-attack each other in turn, where you will be forced to defend each captured each sector of trenches.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo 2.4Ghz or Higher / AMD 3Ghz or Higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 8600 / Radeon equivalent (2009 era)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.8
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo 2.4Ghz or Higher / AMD 3Ghz or Higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 8600 / Radeon equivalent (2009 era)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo 2.4Ghz or Higher / AMD 3Ghz or Higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 8600 / Radeon equivalent (2009 era)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
298 of 331 people (90%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
Early Access Review
Fantastic game that really captures the WW1 Essence.The only thing that i think the game is missing is the "ANZACS" You need to add a Gallipoli map and Re-capture that horrific battle between the Anzacs and the Ottomons if you guys could create such a thing your Australian and New Zealand Community would be very thankful. Adding these Factions and maps would really thrive and push this game further then it already is. Anyway please take this theory in and if there are any Aussies or Kiwi's reading this please back me up on this idea we all know you want this just as much as i do :)
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170 of 204 people (83%) found this review helpful
30.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
Early Access Review
Crawled through mud, mustard gas and barbed-wire fence to reach the enemy trench. Got shot in the face with a Webley as soon as entering. 10/10
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71 of 75 people (95%) found this review helpful
23.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 2
Early Access Review
What is Verdun? TL;DR - an engaging, WWI trench warfare, attack and defend style FPS game. From my own research it's pretty historically accurate too, regarding uniforms and weaponry, and the different nations' units that fought in the European theatre.
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Not every FPS-er is going to throw down their Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare or CS:GO for the chance to go "over the top" with low rate of fire hundred year old Lewis machine guns or bolt action Enfield rifles, but if you're a military history buff like me who likes the occasional FPS romp (but, honestly, are sick of all the WWII games) then switching gears to The Great War is a refreshing change. Expect to spawn in, go over the top to attack, and immediately get K98'd in the face a few times. It's unforgiving like that. But then in the same match you might lead an attack on the enemy trench and clear the whole thing, racking up kills and feeling "some type of way."
Verdun tries to emphasize squad-based tactics and operating with your squadmates by granting you perks for staying within your CO's command aura, and xp bonuses for fighting alongside your squad. There are 4 positions in each squad, always a CO, usually a rifleman, a machine gunner, and a fourth specialty class like grenadier or sniper. Not every squad's job classes are cookie cutter versions of the same thing just renamed, there is enough variance in all the different loadouts (you get better weapons for the different classes with xp/leveling, as in CoD) that most players should find something they like. I quickly found I don't like the French squad much - their weapons are great, jobs are pretty well balanced but those damn bright blue uniforms stand out! I usually play the Tommies, British infantry, as a Lewis gunner. It's heavy, wildy innacurate when not deployed on its bipod, recruit-level slow reloads, but when I catch the enemy on the offensive and I'm prone with the bipod deployed I can cut down several squads' advances if they aren't covered properly.
There's so much more I could ramble on about, but I think I'm just gonna boot the game up now! Check out some gameplay videos if you're on the fence about buying this. I also have a growing collection of screenshots "for ze lulz" you can glance at. I highly recommend.
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216 of 314 people (69%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
Early Access Review
Spoiler...................................The French run away.


10/10 would bang
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48 of 56 people (86%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
Early Access Review
Its an amazing game. Love the graphics, love the WW1 feeling it just feels like your in the middle of WW1
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35 of 41 people (85%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 6
Early Access Review
I normally don't write reviews but this game is really awesome!!

It's very refreshing to have a fps game that is down to earth without this killstreak bs and creating icons.

It is very fair balanced and both teams get their equal share of a chance to win the game and it's down to the teams ability to play as a team or at least play thoughtful and not selfish.
When your team has its turn to attack, then attack and don't camp unless you give cover with an MG or mortar as NCO.

When the enemy comes in numbers from the right, then tell your team mates.

It's very unique and quite refreshing.

Please do buy it and give it a fair go. It's already worth its price and can only go one way (better) from where it is now.

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32 of 38 people (84%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
Early Access Review
Love the beta and can't wait for a finished game.

Would like the following features in the game:
Blood & Gore
ANZACS team
thats about it. Apart from that you get what you paid for,
Only for gamers of tactical shooters, NOT FOR YOUR COD Gamer.
8/10
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27 of 34 people (79%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
Early Access Review
Got hit by a snowball that freezes me for what seems like an eternity
10/10
Would snowball again
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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 15
Early Access Review
Update

After I played for awhile I realized that each Faction has different classes. There is classes that only have a pistol with a bunch of gernades. It totally depends on your play style and preference. I absolutely love that. My favorite class is the Flanker for the Canadians.

The more I play this game the more I hope it grows. It is such a fantastic experience. The community is loyal and helpful.

I need to hurry up and film this for my channel so my subscribers will feel the need to get it

I hope this review makes you guys want to get it!!!!


Original

The Short Version

Pros:
World War One Trench Warfare
Amazing atmosphere
Updates full of content
Well done voice acting
Accents done right
Mustard Gas
Detailed soldiers
As far as I can tell it's historically accurate
Good Graphics
A lot of Unique Features

Both:
Teamwork is required to win
No Bulletdrop
Rank System
Squads with roles

Cons:
[It's in Early Access so some of these Cons may be fixed]
Sometimes Bullets do not register
Low population
Spawn Killing
Not newbie friendly
Invisible walls around terrain block my shots
Takes a Required Taste


Long Version:

Here lately I have been writing reviews as they should be written. "Do I reccommend this game?" not "Do I like this game?"

This is one fits both.

Verdun is a World War One trench warfare shooter. There is nothing like it right now. I hear a lot of my friends say it looks like a Red Orchestra 2 with World War One skins. That is not true for several reasons.

There is so many unique things in Verdun that I can not compare it to any other shooter. As soon as you spawn you look out beyond your trenches and see fog covering No Man's Land [the area between the teams' trenches] with men running then falling down. Soldiers scream war cries and charge whistles blow. Bi-planes fly over head, artillery crushes your side, and Mustard Gas lurks ever so omniously. As you gaze at the breath taking sight...you got shot right in the face.

You will then try to "learn by doing". This is where a con comes in. Just like every Multiplayer only game--you'll die over and over again before you learn how to play. This is fine by me really but in Verdun it's really bad. There is a rank system. At first that sounds fine. It sounds like Call of Duty or Battlefield. Let me tell you--I don't want to hear one person complain about starting weapons in a First Person Shooter ever again.

In Verdun--you start with a pistol. I have been a Canadian on the Entente side the entire 2.7 hours I have so far so I had a Webley which is a six shooter. You start with that or whatever the Axis variant is.

So here you are--not sure what to do or where to go and you are having to defend yourself with a pistol while opposing forces are sniping you from affair. You learn to bob, weave, and hide so you can pick off a few foes with your little potato gun. Don't get me wrong you can destroy with this gun.....once....you learn how to use it.

You get your adrenaline pumping with all the booms and charge whistles accompanied by war cries. You start doing work--you follow orders, you get some kills, and hey look your team won.

Next comes the XP screen and there it is--no unlocks. After awhile you realize guns are class specific. You have to level up the class you may not even realized you pick in order to get the rifles. Now it comes together.

This is fine by me--it is trial by fire--but this is going to leave a bad taste in some newbies' mouth and may either go play the dry rifle deathmatch mode or just stop.

Once I got the rifle I was doing even more work then I was doing. It was great.

The maps are all trenches but man they are all different aswell. It's so weird really. Even though it's the same concept--charge and defend--each map brings a different element to the game.

Speaking of maps let me bring up the visuals. This game in my opinion looks amazing just because of the detail. The soldiers are detailed, the maps are detailed, the guns are detailed, the bi-plane is detailed, the dead horse on this one map I found is detailed, it is just a detailed game and I love it so much. The accents are spot-on and the atmosphere just captures World War One as you have seen in pictures or in films. I got so immersed.

One thing that would help the immersion is no hud but you kind of need it at times. So I decided to leave that out of the pro, both, con list.

A lot of the cons like terrain walls I won't discuss in detail because this game is in Early Access and the Devs are doing a fantastic job of cleaning this game up. Updates are frequent and they contain so much content. Just take a look for yourself.

Overall--I love this game. While I think it takes a required taste to be able to enjoy this game I have to recommend it because I want to see this game grow. Only a few hundred play this game--I hope for more.

So if you are interested--go ahead and buy it
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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 4
Early Access Review
Game developers are very kind to people, they care people's opinions and I believe the game will be better day by day.

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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 15
Early Access Review
Shoot-a-mole trench edition.

ok seriously, this game is a history fans wet dream, it may be a little rough around the edges but the devs kick ♥♥♥, watching your friend get launched into the air by a direct mortar hit kicks ♥♥♥, everything about this game is 11/10 on the scale of baddassery, if you are like me and you have been clamouring for a good world war 1 game, look no further than this my friends, buy it!, now!
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 17
Early Access Review
failed school, but got A* in history 10/10. should play
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
Early Access Review
This game is a pretty solid shooter. Though there are some issues with your bullets apparently phasing through enemies sometimes, this game has a great setting. There are very few if not NO world war 1 trench warfare games. This game really captures the chaos and fast paced action of fighting a gritty and bloody war deep in the trenches. It may be tough starting out, considering you start with only a pistol but as you level up you get more weapons and the game becomes less challenging.
8/10
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
22.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
Early Access Review
A great game, there was a huge gap in the market for a WWI game. I'd really like an RP server. Had the game for over a year now. Hopefully it will really take off.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 21
Early Access Review
Developers offer great content all the way through. Since I started playing and bought the game in spring-summer the game seemed clunky, incomplete, laggy etc. etc.

However, with gas warfare and new maps, new squads it all starts to take shape.
Don't listen to people who say otherwise, take a look for yourself on the effort the developers put to make this a good WW1 FPS. It is the only one, but it's good for an entry into the field. Especially for an indie company.

The gameplay reminds me strongly of Red Orchestra 2 mixed with Call of Duty and Battlefield-like mechanics, but with a trench twist. I have faith that the game will evolve.

It definately feels right with that "Nothing New on the Western Front" touch. The Christmas Truce event is a prime example of the attention to detail. It is a game well worth investing into.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
26.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 19
Early Access Review
Christmas event: FIFA 1916

10/10 would turn into ice sculpture again
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 7
Early Access Review
A true WWI experience!

You play as two characters; Jaques Pédé, a French soldier whose primary interests include being rude to Americans, chain-smoking, and running away; and Hans von Schwul, an elderly Nazi who has been one since before it was cool. Together you make macaroni necklaces, hold hands, sing songs, and teach young children that coloring is a preferrable option to warfare. Though the game has several glitches, such as enemies being able to claim your 50-kill-streak care package and a severe lack of Doritios, it is still the greatest friendship simulator since allowing rascist 3rd-graders to play First-Person-Shooters with Microphones.

Your first mission will be difficult, as you will be forced to fight the Asylum Demon with a broken sword, but fear not, for you can go down a door and find a real sword to kill it with.

Your second mission will be more so, as you must go out to find your daughter Katey some Zombrex, and will have to fight looters in a pharmacy.

You third mission will be the most rewarding, as you will be able to finally use your plasma cutter to kill some necromorphs.

All in all, The Binding of Isaac is a great game!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
Early Access Review
I love Verdun. There aren't many games like this one. its no where close to a call of duty/Battlefield clone. It is historically accurate for the most part, and its enjoyable.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
26.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 6
Early Access Review
A very good, but somewhat simple game. < That is pretty much the only way to sum it up.

In a game that seems to be the first of its kind, I find myself having to really step up and apply myself when playing this. It's a frustrating game, in that you have to be really accurate in order to get kills. There is definitely an element of skill needed to play, but that's part of the fun. There is definitely an element of teamwork and co-op required also... which is where this game will shine for most players. COD Kiddies should find something else, because going rogue in this game gets you nothing but dead.

As of the release version at the time of posting this, there is a few nagging issues that you may need to keep an eye out for/be aware of..

1) MG's can, and will find you... EVERY TIME. They are wildly accurate, powerful and annoying. Currently they are bugged in the fact that you can't hear them over long distances (aka "silent MG bug") and they are tough to spot.

2) Luger is wildly accurate, seems to 2-3 hit kill over long distances (pulling off a headshot across the map with a luger isn't a tough task) but the stopping power up close is annoyingly lacking. If you can't manage to land a headshot when clearing trenches, you can and will most likely get rolled by a crackshot with their rifle. I think the luger needs a bump in damage but then so do all pistols in the game so far. A bump in damage, but nerf their long range accuracy and damage falloff.

3) The Lee-Endfield/SMLE has a weird bug when using a scope on it that seems the scope isn't aligned properly. You need to aim slightly to the right of your target (if he stands still) to hit him. Ironsights on it are also bad. I'm not entirely sure of this is just one of those usual mid-dev bugs or if it was intentional, but just keep that in mind.

All in all it's a very well put together game, for a game with only 3 devs. I look forward to seeing what they do in the future with updates.



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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 1
Early Access Review
it is a little bit frustrating in the start, you get killed a lot but after an hour you know how to run over the battlefield and defend properly. it is a one of a kind game. normally i dont take the time to write a review but for this game i ill take the time
+good gameplay
+Great graphics
+great community
+good developers

-prone glitches
-maybe more maps and weapons
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