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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January 15

Verdun gets engine upgrade. Live Now!

Players of Verdun, we have some great news!

Today we have concluded most of the work of conversion to the brand new unity 5 engine. We are very excited as the new engine is a lot faster and better looking. Unity 5 uses so called "Physically Based Shading" (short: PBR), this means that surfaces are lit and reflect based on actual physical properties. This is most evident in the characters and really makes the all the details really come out more. Overall lighting and shading improvements can also be seen, most notably on the Flanders map. More advanced Screen space ambient occlusion (SSAO) and motion blur are now also noticable and bring the graphics to live. Unity 5 also offers a new way of audio management and this enhances the immersion even further, we hope to expand its use in the future. First reports indicate that the performance has increased dramatically for the participants of the beta branch which we deployed in the past month for the testing.




But that is far from all.
Besides working on the conversion to the new engine and all effort that went into that, we also continued to upgrade the gameplay. Some major improvements have been implemented in this area:

Supression
Players will now receive suppression when they are under fire. Their screen becomes fuzzy and desaturated and aiming becomes tougher.

Shell shock
When an explosion occurs nearby, the screen will be shaking and aiming will be thrown off. In addition the particle FX for grenades and mortars has been greatly improved as well as the audio effect.

Weapon sway overhaul
Weapons now have more realistic sway with the front sight (the arm that is holding the rifle or gun) now sways as a whole.

Private Matches
This long awaited and requested feature has now been implemented as well. it is possible to set up a private server (both Frontlines and Rifle deathmatch), with administrators and several commands as well to organize clan matches (such as restarting a round, changing maps).


Besides these new features we have also put a massive effort into fixing bugs. Most notably the many connection and matchmaking issues have been addressed. The changelog can be found below, it also includes smaller features such as a brightness/gamma setting and gas lethality increase.

While this was a major step forward in the development of the game, we are not 'dun yet and the current build will undoubtedly include some bugs or missing features . We greatly appreciate all the players who have put faith in the project and participate in the the early access program. We would very much like to work with you to prepare the game .

For those who want a Q&A with us, we will be holding a live twitch stream event. Today, 15th of Jan, 8PM GMT+1. http://www.twitch.tv/verdungame




V187: Changelog
15 January 2015
  • Unity5 engine upgrade!
    • PBR graphics, the game looks way cooler!
    • Audio improvements
    • Performance: Various notable performance improvements: PhysX, Rendering, better use of multicore
    • Greatly improved shadow distance
    • For more information, see: http://unity3d.com/5
  • Added private matches option to allow clans to set up matches (Both RDM and Frontlines game mode).
  • Added camshake/headbobbing
  • Surpression&Shock effects when a bullet/grenade almost hits you
  • Weapon sway now correct at the front instead of the back
  • Motionblur effect added
  • Fixed not unlockable tier of jaeger and Chausseur squad.
  • "Play Now" much improved matchmaking
  • Aiming sensitivity option saved correctly
  • Fix for users connecting with a high ping
  • Control page scrollable
  • Body drop sounds
  • Contract/brightness/gamma settings
  • Added value label for mouse sens.
  • Fixed reloading/interrupt exploit
  • Added (Debug) Option to change network traffic amount. Default = 70%, Setting it to 100% can reduce laggy movements of other players. Set it to 30% if you experience disconnects.
  • Added an option to enable CRC check after a disconnection, will help on bad connections.
  • Fixes players getting stuck forever when a spawnrequest failed
  • Network stability improved and more logging
  • Fix for "Gameserver did not add local player"
  • Various graphics improved
  • Artillery FX & sounds improved
  • Tweaked postfx: SSAO, HDR, Anti aliasing
  • Sound culling improved
  • Fixed: MG animation stood still while sprinting
  • Gas more deadly



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December 18, 2014

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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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
    • Additional Notes: Multiplayer only, make sure you have a stable and fast internet connection.
    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
    • Additional Notes: Multiplayer only, make sure you have a stable and fast internet connection.
    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
    • Additional Notes: Multiplayer only, make sure you have a stable and fast internet connection.
Helpful customer reviews
97 of 118 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Early Access Review
Finally! A game where everybody spams the use of the voice command system as much as I like to! "Attack!" "Stand your Ground!!" *sinister laugh* *war cry*

I have been searching for a game like this for many years. It all started with CSS, DODS, TF2, CSGO (in where I have been kicked from matchmaking for exessive use of voice commands) I traversed through these games, in search of a glorious kingdom of voice command usage but to no avail :(

ladies and gents, after 10 years , my search is over, mama is home!

Oh, yeah, I guess I should mention the gameplay's not half bad either!

10/10 would voice spam again.
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54 of 57 people (95%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
271.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Early Access Review
Only game where you can nerd out in chat about WW1 history facts without being berated. Community is friendly and helpful, in my opinion, due to no in-game voip, which i am completely fine with.

WW1 FPS that focuses on the squad and not because of your K/D or level. People who cry about dying alot belong in COD or world of tanks. Work as a team and you accomplish great things in the game.

Death is inevitable in the game, only FPS game i've ever enjoyed dying. Haters have bad PCs and can't swing their rifles for the life of them. Check out the game's sponsored guides.

11/10 would raid trenches in real life
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33 of 35 people (94%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
28.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Early Access Review
Haven't had this much fun getting blown to bits since Battlefield 1942.
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28 of 30 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
39.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Early Access Review
Can't tell if Enemy or Treestump 19/14
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25 of 26 people (96%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
145.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Early Access Review
After 70 hours of playing nothing but the Central Powers, I have recieved two things; An addiction to Verdun that I don't see stopping any time soon (level 100 here I come), and nightmares featuring a chorus of Webley fire growing closer...
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21 of 21 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
97.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Early Access Review
It's been a while since I've seen a good game! This one is worth the time for a review. For starters, the shooting aspect is good, the weapons except for some pistols are pretty OP. The concept of defending/attacking and owning the trenches is a good addition and breath of fresh air compared to most Team death match games. Up to 40 players (20vs20)per server placed in 4 man squads. Non Commissioned-Officers (NC-O's) can command Mortar strikes, Mustard Gas and Plane Recon depending on which Division you are playing with. Makes good teamplay a must. The better the players get, the more tactical it will be...

At this point, there are 7 different historical divisions you can choose from and are restricted to what they used in WW1. (Binoculars, nades, pistols, rifles and machine guns)

Still in BETA and except for player movement and animations, I think this game is looking good! I recommend you get it!

8.5/10
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Early Access Review
Launched Gas on People as I watched them beg for mercy while they die
11/10
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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
Early Access Review
barbwire simulator
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Early Access Review
If you enjoyed Red Orchestra 2/Rising Storm or tactical team shooters that require good team coordination then this is a no-brainer. As of now the lobbying system can be wonky at certain points, but nothing as extreme as a simple restart couldn't fix and even that isn't very often.

The gameplay is smooth and it plays as you would expect a true-grit trench warfare game to play. Each person plays a special role in a squad.The squad system implements nationalities and their specialities which is a nice change of pace but still reminiscent of Battlefield's squad system if you're familiar. The attack and defend style play is also unique and really makes you believe this is how your ancestors probably got it done. Sharp rifling skills, smart MG nest emplacements, and well placed mortar, recon planes and mustard gas are required for victory.

All in all, it's intense, you'll die a lot, and you'll need a good squad to pull through but it wouldn't be nearly as rewarding without it. For $20, it's a good deal, on sale, it's a steal. Buy the 4 pack, get your friends in the mud.

8.5/10 fix ya damn lobby system
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Early Access Review
This was totally worth it! Only paid 4 euros for it, and trust me, I just feel like I should have paid more for supporting the devs. This is a nice tactical shooter that won't work without cooperation and teamwork (kinda the same thing). If you're a CoD fanboy and you're expecting 360 noscopes and Doritos and Mountain Dew as rewards then go away, this is for serious gamers.
A very nice experience, I can't even get bored of it even if I try. There are currenly 2 game modes, Frontline wich is the classic, and realistic trench warfare in WW1 and Deathmatch, where everybody's going crazy, you have to hide and wait for the perfect chance. This is in BETA so exepct some hackers, glitches (not many) and some bad visuals.
As many people already said in their reviews, this looks and plays like Red Orchestra 2 or Rising Storm (games I own too, so I can confirm this theory). But, RO2 was free last year on steam for 1 day, so many trolls and fanboys got into it. Still, this is not a RO2 copy, it reflects more teamwork based gameplay and WW1 realism than you think.There are people who actually know what teamwork trully is, and you can play with them right here. Man, I love this game! The developers are active and they read almost every thread on the community. They listen to us and they are trying to fix the issues and problems we encounter in-game. There are constant updates wich I love! They are the perfect example of what every developer should act like.
I'll give this game a strong 9.7/10. Developers you did a great job.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Early Access Review
If you're a fan of Red Orchestra you'll love this.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Early Access Review
A rarely seen WW1 shooter emerges from the unknown. <- That was pretty much my mind when i saw the game first.
Since i am a great fan of World War 1 shooter, i said to myself, it's worth a checkout.
And it was really worth it. Even though my computer is pretty bad at the moment, i can handle this game without losing pleasure at the game itself.
The graphic are not high quality but then again remember: My computer is pretty bad and it's still early acces. I would stay neutral at this point because i'm not in the position to judge over the graphic with a computer like this.

The feeling of sitting in a trench...just waiting for the enemy to run into your gun is amazingly caught! Before i forget there are Squads (4 people working together...reminds me of L4D but don't mind that, it was basicly it in WW1). Imagine you are in the defense move of your newly captured trench line. 4 Squads are holding the position. But if one Squad is whiped out during the defense...you are at risk of getting flanked, so you have to look up your map more often to avoid that risk, to reinforce weakend sites of your trench.
The WW1 feeling is once more amazingly caught by the gameplay itself. If you get shot, it's over pretty much 90% of the time. You need to be careful if you advance to the enemy trench, if the enemy sees you and you are not fast enough, it's over. Even if you can't see the enemy... there could still be someone targeting you, a world war 1 feeling greatly captured. And if there's a short time of silence in the battlefield... be aware! Somebody could be aiming at your head.
All in all to not make this too long, Verdun is a great WW1 shooter. WW1 shooter are seen rarely and if there is one game like this, it does not capture the trench warfare, gas warfare and the psychotic warfare as nearly as Verdun!

PROS

- Great feeling when playing the game (doesn't matter whether it's the Entente cordiale or the "Axis"
- Greatly capture of the units sended into the war back in the time.
- Sounds are quite noticble
- Great capture of the trench warfare and the combined gas warfare
- historicly correct battlefields, weapons and looks of the units
- nice rank up system
- World War 1 shooter
- Balanced gameplay (Outcome depends on the players)

Neutral

- Graphic which i can't judge about

CONS

- pretty empty servers
- can be frustrating (if your hard work, to get to the enemy trench line is destroyed by one shot but then again... WW1)
- Ranking up can be pretty hard if you have a skilled enemy team


I hope i could help you people out there a little bit with the decision to buy Verdun or not.

Greetings
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53 of 95 people (56%) found this review helpful
134.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Early Access Review
Verdun is a point-and-click adventure game where you travel throughout post-apocalyptic Europe.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Early Access Review
Great game, realistic WW1 warfare.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Early Access Review
I was watching for this game since it's alpha version and now Verdun is getting better from day to day. I'm really excited! 10/10
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
Early Access Review
Brutal and gritty. This can be played as either a run and gun specialist, or take it easy by 'tactial waiting'; or camping to you and I. A refreshing title that looks to be improving all the time. Worth it. 7/10
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
Early Access Review
The feel of this game is absolutely magnificent, makes you feel like you're really in the trenches of WWI, bringing messages to the commanders and developing a strong hatred for jews. You might even be able to recieve the rank of corporal after most of your company has been wiped out. Perhaps then you would stage a coup to take over the reichstag and gain ultimate power. After that act, you can finally exact your twisted world vision on the new and stronger reich, systematically rounding up and killing all those who are not worthy of living in the glorious world dominated by the aryan race.

10/10 Seig Hail
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Early Access Review
need SEA servers
10/10
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Early Access Review
You die a lot, but I still enjoy it more than Call of Duty.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Early Access Review
Trenchfoot Simulator 2014. 10/10
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