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 April 28, 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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April 7

Verdun’s official release is coming!

Joyous news for the troops in the trenches; the official launch date for Verdun is set on the 28th of April 2015! After more than a year in Steam Early Access, during which many community driven improvements were done to the game such as the addition of different troop types, new maps, improving the UI, bullet physics, the Unity 5 engine update and the introduction of the iconic gas weapon combined with a claustrophobic gas-mask experience to name just a few, the Steam Early Access is finally getting to a close. Here a trailer summarizing the development progression in Early Access so far: http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlEkPF26eYA&feature=youtu.be

Now the focus is on Verdun’s official release. As a gesture of gratitude, Early Access players will be gifted a ‘Steam Early Access medal’ and can try out the live build of Verdun a day before launch.

Also, all players are invited to sign up for the first Verdun tournament, which will be hosted on Steam during the celebration of the release!
Be sure not to miss the celebration, sign up for the Verdun tournament here: http://www.VerdunGame.com/tournament/

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April 1

Update in gameplay: Verdun will punish non attacking players with insanity

Today we introduce an important and long-awaited new feature to the game: faked insanity.


"wibble"

Players who do not participate in "going over the top" when the momentum shifts in their favor during a frontline match, and practice what some players in the community are calling "camping" or "cowardice" will be given two pencils and a pair of underpants, and declared insane. In addition they will be permanently renamed to "wibble" and all of their chat messages reduced to gibberish.

What the developers have to say:

"At M2H and BlackMill we have worked tirelessly for months to optimize this feature to encourage people to go over the top more during the frontlines game mode. Some players who are too afraid to attack stay behind and camp. this is a real problem for the gameplay. In this we have found a sound solution" - Developer Matt Hergaarden.

"Clearly this is one of the most important things we have worked on, besides the rats of course" - Developer Jos Hoebe

"yeah - that'd be epic" - Character Artist James Chilton

"The new update will be live later today, April 1st 2015" - Developer Mike Hergaarden

"Please study this classic video of great historical accuracy on which this feature has been based" - Historian Don Durandal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2DCExerOsA

Stay tuned for more updates regarding lesser features and bugfixes later this week.

- The Verdun Team

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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..


The true experience of the battlefields of WW1 have been captured in a real-time high level dynamic frontline. This frontline map is compromised out of multiple sectors that can be captured by either side. Staying true to the seemingly hopeless situation of that time, both sides attack and counter-attack each other in turn, so you will be forced to defend each captured sector of trenches!


Everything in the game has been tailored to really reinforce that grim atmosphere so typical of WW1. Gloomy clouded skies, an immersive interface combined with realistic sounds and accurate French, English or German voices evoke the feeling of actually being there, mud covered in the trenches whilst peering over your rifle to spot the enemy.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo 2.4Ghz or Higher / AMD 3Ghz or Higher
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 8600 / Radeon equivalent (2009 era)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 15 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Multiplayer only, make sure you have a stable and fast internet connection.
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2GB video card memory
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.8
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo 2.4Ghz or Higher / AMD 3Ghz or Higher
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 8600 / Radeon equivalent (2009 era)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 15 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Multiplayer only, make sure you have a stable and fast internet connection.
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2GB video card memory
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo 2.4Ghz or Higher / AMD 3Ghz or Higher
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 8600 / Radeon equivalent (2009 era)
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 15 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Multiplayer only, make sure you have a stable and fast internet connection.
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2GB video card memory
Helpful customer reviews
101 of 108 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
Early Access Review
Immersive and punishing // Recommended for the patient and competitive

+ Sharp textures (some are better than others, admittedly, but they are well done, overall)
+ Weaponry is crisp and responsive; gunplay feels rewarding and accurate during firefights
+ Places an overwhelming emphasis on squad-based teamwork
+ No microtransactions!
+ Developers seem very active in both their continued development of the game and community interaction
+ For an early access title, the game is surprisingly stable; there were some terrain glitches and miscellaneous hiccups, but they were very minor
+ There are currently only 2 game modes, but they are very entertaining and, combined, appeal to a fairly wide audience
+ Palpable atmosphere and tension
+ Novel, interesting levelling system that encourages teamwork; the better your squad performs as a unit, the greater the rewards
+ The mechanics in place for keeping a balanced team takes a great approach; instead of instantly moving players at random in order to fill enemy ranks, the system asks everyone to volunteer - if nobody does, that team suffers respawn and score penalties (this offers incentive to balance the game, but does not rip you away, unceremoniously, to do so)
+ NCO commands add function and depth to the game
+ Gas and smoke are perfectly disorienting; in addition to the damage of exposure to chlorine gas, it clouds one's vision, confuses direction, and obscures one's fire
+ Gas masks feel very restrictive, lending a sense of realism and immersion

- Poor variety in character models
- Sound effects range from quite bad to sub-par
- Laughable death animations
- Very steep learning curve; while I enjoyed the challenge, this may be enough to turn away more casual players, as the game is exceptionally punishing of mistakes

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95 of 102 people (93%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
45.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
Early Access Review
Everyone has a bolt rifle. Missing with said bolt rifle can lead to panic. Both sides missing leads to the clubbing of 1914. 10/10 would club frenchies again.
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101 of 113 people (89%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
29.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
Early Access Review
Not sure if its a log, or a soldier.
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70 of 73 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
Early Access Review
The newer people will be impatient or naive, and crawl along on the dirt thinking they are hidden or charge gloriously with their comrades, only to be machine gunned down.

After that, you'll will get a feel for the battle, seeing the shadows of enemy movements in enemy trenches, watching out for the flash of a rifle, knowing that the bullet sound that sounded a little 'too close' was indeed too close and that you should start crawling down for a different approach. Survival is important, leave forlorn hope to those who want it, you want to live right?

And then whatever idea of self preservation will be thrown out a window

Your brothers in arms will start to swarm in, the enemy line reduced, dying by dozens trying to take one tiny foothold in the trenches. You'll see a teamate charge next to you and get sniped, and still, you'll get up and charge in, praying that the next bullet doesn't hit you. Because that trench has to be captured, even if you know it'll be hell. You'll hear the explosion roaring around you. You might see it happen in front of you, killing your squadmates.

Bodies will be sprawled across the trenches, move cautiously to clear it out, The moment you take the trench, there is no reprive, only onslaughts of mortars and toxic gas, you can't see anything, you can't tell friend from ally. Shoot shots blindly into the gas, you could've sworn you saw something moving.

Reload- no, he's in front of you now, charge him! Stab him!

Hold the trench, you move next to an ally, popping shots at the krauts or tommies that are charging to quickly retake your position. Then a small clink, a bounce at your feet, and a spring in your foot would be an understatement of what happens to you and your friend.

If you allow yourself the experience, you will receive it, every charge through no man's land, every euphoria of a shot knowing the enemy never knew what hit him, protecting your CO, even above your own life. Every moment of the WWI experience is here in Verdun, it is breath taking and glorious.
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37 of 38 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
187.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
Early Access Review
I've done enough hours to now provide an honest review. In a nutshell -well worth the money even though it's currently in Beta. There is a small developer team that are active and constantly improving the gameplay. The community in this game is supportive and constructive as a whole. Having come directly from Rising Storm / Heroes of Stalingrad there are similarities; differences are evident in the weapon dynamics,hit location, movement and tactics. There are no tanks to help storm through defences , disrupt and draw enemy fire. Verdun is a meat grinder where every trench held or taken is often paid for in lives.

The battlefield terrain for each map is well researched, each map is a challenge in it's own right. The graphics now are more detailed especially in ultra settings. Rag doll physics lead to some interesting positions for the dead. Animations will likely need to be improved especially those poor devils hit by artillery. Currently they fly through the air intact.

Each match is a battle of frontal assault in attack and defence with high casualty figures reaped from the attackers due to the channelling effect of wire, small arms, grenades,machine guns, artillery and gas.

Weapons are deadly in their own right and it is easy to see why the Mauser and .303 SMLE were retained and improved. As you progress in the game in points you get weapon and ability unlocks according to the role you choose in each team you join. There are some very good players in the game and these may tend to pack together as team unlocks are much faster. Beginners can level these masters with one shot, team dynamics, positioning and player ability are the deciders in both holding and taking trenches.

The question is can you survive the fire get through and make a breach in the defence? Once you are in the enemy trench start to clear it - exploit the enemy backs with your trusty weapon bayonet / melee weapon team while they face and shoot your side. Reducing the firepower at your team. As a defender can you drive the enemy away within your field of fire, do you need to move and protect another section of trench? All the while remaining situationally aware of a potential enemy invading your trench.

In game smoke shells or poison gas plays a deadly role in masking both attackers and defenders adding to the claustrophobic condition of the trench interiors and no mans land where you must adjust to the fighting in a gas mask.There are some very good players in the game and these may tend to pack together as team unlocks are much faster.

Achievement hunters and badge collectors will get plenty of mileage from the game. So far no hackers detected apart from a bug glitch / exploit that has now been corrected.

My experience of game server activity when I have been on - the US is by far the most active; Australian / Asia Pacific servers improve in the afternoons and Europe is fairly quiet due to the time difference (gamers are sleeping). I can say you will always get a game with the ping issues not too bad. Personally I have always done well either with low or high ping when the end game scores come in.

Look forward to seeing you in game.
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24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
28.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
Early Access Review
I have always wanted a good first World War game and my search ended when I got this! It is still in early development but it is really good now as it is! Cant wait for the final product.
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
124.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
Early Access Review
After playing so many hours of this game I thought it would be necessary to write a review. I've been playing Verdun since the early access in October 2013. I have to say the game has indeed come a long way. Verdun has alot to offer, considering it is one of the only WWI games out there. I have really enjoyed going through unlocking new rifles and other weapons. It also gives you a chance to learn what weapons the soldiers used back then. Verdun has a tactical squad system which is effective, as you can play with your friends in a four-man squad. The way the game works is clever too. You and your team have to defend your trench and attempt to push your enemy to there back trench line.

The only thing with Verdun is the performance. The game should be like peanuts to run, however I struggle to run even with a high end PC build. The only thing the devs should work on now (in my opinion) is the optimization of the game.
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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
66.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
Early Access Review
I got killed by mortars 16 times in a single match and smashed my keyboard into 39 pieces with a hammer.
10/10 would rage again
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
49.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
Early Access Review
It's come a long way since I started playing in October 2013. I recommend this due to the fact it's one of the only good WW1 games out there, you really should get it.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
Early Access Review
Hunked up in a trench with bullets flying over. Gas being shot all over. MEn dieing all around you. This is what World War 1 was like and this game portrays that exact thing. This game has many bugs though, there is one where you get stuck in the map and another where you glitch through an object. Other than that this game is amazing, I would like to see a real time mode added to it someday where you would just be patrolling the trench until suddenly the Germans would attack and you would hve your own room in the trench and stuff like that. That would make the game perfect. I highly recommend getting this game, it is amazing!
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
527.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
Early Access Review
Let me start this review by stating that I play this game on the lowest possible graphics settings, so my review will not contain any real opinion of the finer graphical details.

The game is freakin awesome. Very immersive, very fun to play, and there are a lot of very cool people in the Verdun community.

That being said, there have been some issues over the past month or so regarding performance for some players. Fortunately not ALL players were affected, but I myself have had periods of a week or more where I was unable to play.

Overall, yes I recommend this game. Whenever there is a problem, the devs seem to fix it reasonably promptly, and most of the time, whatever issue you might experience, is relatively minor anyway.

So yes, good game I love it, 500hrs playing it and it is still fun every time!
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
Early Access Review
Lets see what we have here. We have a simply immersive game STILL in early access. It is truly an amazing game. Its fun to see your squad mates die right next to and thanking god you werent that person. Verdun makes you use teamwork to actually win. It simply does not take one player to capture a enemy trench, it takes teamwork to capture . if you think your a one man army go charge into No Mand's Land and become a meatshield for your teammates that actually want to try to win. Verdun has amazing immersive graphics, weaponary,maps and squads. The makers of this game took the time to research World War 1 squads and places of battles in verdun to make this game. That research has paid off greatly, the maps are simply realistic, the same with the weaponary. I havent touched the topic of gas yet. Gas can be useful in certain ways. Bromide gas is pretty useless to be honest, its a good smoke screen at the most. Now Phosphene, Chlorine and Mustard Gas are extremely useful. A simply exposure of one of these gases will be devastating. Once you inhale without your gas mask its GG NO RE, you will die within 5 seconds from exposure without a mask. The gameplay is legit you.You can consider yourself blessed to make it to the nearest cover alive while charging over the top while machineguns gun down you and your teammates. Overall rating of this game 8.9/10 ITS WORTH THE MONEY
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15 of 22 people (68%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
237.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
Early Access Review
killed 10 noobs with white cross gas
11/10 would kill noobs with gas again
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
Early Access Review
A very good WW1 simulator which utilizes trench warfare to almost perfection. Camping and tactical play play a major part in this game from a defensive perspective but when attacking you need to carefully plan your attacks and attack where the enemy is weak. Infiltrating an enemy trench and stealthily killing everyone there can never get boring with the added suspension of not knowing what is behind the next trench corner. The game rewards you working as a squad with the spawn mechanic where if the leader of the squad is deep behind enemy lines the squad players can spawn on him and help with the capturing of the trench. The game also has a one shot kill mechanic for rifles where the best marksman will be the one to get the kill to add further suspense. The developers have also added massive amount of historical accuracy in the gun designs ; the outfits of the soldiers also look amazing.

Well worth the buy for its price and the game has still got more to come from it when the official release comes.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
Early Access Review
It's the game I've always wanted, a WWI FPS that truly demonstrates how ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ terrifying trench warfare can be. Some of the many little things I love are my gun getting jammed right as a german marched up to me, a trench shovel as a melee weapon, the panic of putting on your gas mask as the enemy comes swarming in all while artillery is going off around you, getting lost in the trenches, and seeing an entire line of men mowed down by a Louis gun.

WAR IS HELL, and this game gets it
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16 of 25 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
Early Access Review
Buy.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
Early Access Review
this game is amazing i can kill squads like there is no tomorrow, i jsut wish servers were bigger and there was more chaos in it
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
Early Access Review
This game is holy amazing. It is based off of World War I, and it has a lot of trench combat and squads. There is a good amount of weapons for you to use. There are different rifles, pistols, machine guns, and melee weapons. Some weapons can get attachments like scopes and bayonets. It requires a good deal of teamwork. Often attacking a trench or defending a trench alone will result in a nice simple death. You need teammates to help cover you.

It may be hard to get used to at first, but if one playstyle isn't working, try another. If you've been talking an assault playstyle most of the time, next time give a flanking playstyle next time and so on. That's how I became a bit better at the game. It's still hard to learn, but it's very fun to play. When you kill a guy it feels so darn satisfying.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
Early Access Review
Sometimes I'd love to play Verdun only to listen the amazing music in the menu.
oui oui marie...
it's a long way to tipperary...
hunting the hun <-- my favourite!

And developer, it's trench, please add RATS :D
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
Early Access Review
I've been playing Verdun since the Alpha, and the game has transformed from a barebones WWI FPS with barely any features, into a sprawling, wonderous battlefield. The devs are commited, and are constantly adding new content every few weeks or so.
Verdun offers a different, and exciting take on the modern FPS, that you will seldom find in other games. If you are a history buff, or just like something different, I can highly reccomend this game
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