Verdun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

World War 2 is all the rage again but for those who favour classic conflicts, not their ‘bigger and deadlier than ever’ sequels, World War 1 games are still kicking. The creators of WW1 Western Front FPS Verdun today launched the Eastern Front standalone expansion Tannenberg into early access. Tannenberg focuses on ‘realistic’ action and ramps it up with a new 64-player mode (Verdun caps out at 40 players). Here, have a peek in the early access launch trailer: (more…)

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We did it, and not without your support! Thanks to all of you we have been given the opportunity to work on the standalone expansion Tannenberg! The game just released into open beta on Steam Early Access – which has been great for Verdun in the past.

https://youtu.be/IR6k2MagQbs

You can get Tannenberg for $17.99, with a 20% loyalty discount for those owning Verdun until December 1 2017. It's content complete, and we're going to use the open beta period for improving the balance, sounds and performance, plus implementing a new user interface.

Verdun will not be left behind, and the game will benefit from the visual and performance improvements in Tannenberg. Updates are planned for the game in these upcoming months including an easy in-game way to switch between the two fronts.


Sneak peak of the new UI

There's a special in-game medal for everyone who joins the Tannenberg open beta, and if you keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter, and Steam Hub, you can join in some launch celebration events where a lucky few will be able to win Tannenberg keys!

If you have comments or feedback (and we hope you will!) you can post them in the Tannenberg Steam hub, or on our Discord channel. A huge thank you to all our Tannenberg alpha and closed beta testers, as well as the Verdun players who have already been submitting issues there!

Wrap up warm and keep your sabre sharp ;)

Cheers, M2H & Blackmill Games

Interesting links:
Verdun - Blazy013
Armistice Day and War Child
Tomorrow, 99 years ago, the Armistice was signed and fighting finally ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. It would be prolonged three times before peace was ratified in January 1920.



We have an in-game remembrance event tomorrow - if you spend two minutes in reflection as the poppy turns red, you will unlock a medal. Verdun is also on sale in the War Child UK’s - Armistice bundle. 50% of the net revenue from this sale will be gifted to the charity for children affected by conflict.



Tannenberg is coming...
It won’t be long until Tannenberg is available for purchase! The closed beta has been going well and we’re eagerly looking forward to getting more feedback. Interested in seeing some first impressions? Check out this thread with several YouTuber preview videos: http://steamcommunity.com/app/633460/discussions/0/1483235412200762893/

Don’t forget to add Tannenberg to your wishlist now - Verdun players will receive a loyalty discount at release!



Cheers!
Verdun

War Child's Armistice, a program that debuted last year to encourage "peaceful gameplay in support of children affected by conflict," has launched a new effort for the 2017 holiday season that includes sales, special events, and unique DLC on games including World of Tanks, Verdun, This War of Mine, and Styx: Shards of Darkness. 

"We are thrilled to be working with some amazing studios for a second year and are really excited to be uniting new developers across mobile and console in what has now become an annual fundraiser for War Child UK," gaming development manager Wayne Emanuel said. "Together, we want to give players access to new content in their favorite games and for them to join us in raising vital funds and awareness of some of the challenges faced by the world’s most disadvantaged children." 

This year's Armistice campaign will see the return of the Christmas Truce DLC for the First World War online FPS Verdun, which raised more than $22,000 for the campaign last year. BlackMill Games and M2H will also be holding a two-minute silence in Verdun on November 11, "giving players the opportunity to take part in a ceasefire to mark their respect for the millions of people who have been impacted by war." 

World of Tanks will bring back its "peace emblems" for the event, which players can purchase and use to adorn their tanks. More than 22,000 emblems were downloaded last year, raising nearly $90,000. Nexon will also hold a one-minute silence in its DomiNations mobile game, and offer a "Peace Bundle," with a number of non-violent in-game items, to raise funds for the War Child charity.

There's also the nigh-obligatory Steam bundle up for grabs until November 13, which includes Verdun, Democracy 3, This War of Mine, Styx: Master of Shadows, and its sequel, Styx: Shards of Darkness. They're also on sale individually: 30 percent of proceeds raised by sales of the Styx games, 50 percent of This War of Mine and Verdun, and 100 percent of Democracy 3 sales during the duration of the bundle will be donated to War Child. 

The 2016 War Child's Armistice raised more than $130,000 to support the protection, education, and rights of children in conflict zones. More information about the program, and the War Child UK charity, can be had at warchildarmistice.com

Verdun - legolas
Keep an eye out in the game for our little Halloween trick. Maybe this GIF will offer a clue...



And if you didn't see it already, we had a Twitter post showing off some nice costumes from 1916:



Also don't forget that Verdun is on a 50% discount until tomorrow in the Steam Halloween sale. Watch out for rats, Happy Halloween!
Verdun - Blazy013
Small update
As you may have noticed a small update went live this week (see changelog). We’ve adjusted the spectator menu, added a small grace time window (of 25ms) where tradekills are allowed and fixed some cases of ‘shots not registering’.

Tannenberg Alpha Testing at full steam!
With the Early Access release drawing nearer we are still hard work testing the current builds, for which we still need more help. We have already been getting a lot of new testers on board. Recently another group of 1,400 soldiers has been released into Tannenberg so we are picking up speed. But we have more room so if you haven’t already, you can join Tannenberg Alpha Testing using the link below. We do ask you to have at least 20 hours of Verdun playtime. We need experienced soldiers!

Join the Tannenberg Alpha: http://steamcommunity.com/app/633460/discussions/0/2217311444342949200/



Q&A in the Tannenberg Hub!
And finally, we also have a new Frontline News in the Tannenberg Hub that is well worth checking out, since we have a Q&A with Lead Artist Jim ‘Volcol’ Chilton with some interesting information on the design process.

http://steamcommunity.com/games/tannenberg/announcements/detail/1446078264113815728


Verdun - Blazy013
New Update
A new update went live, adding a bunch of new fixes, tweaks and general improvements to both the main and opentesting versions of Verdun. For the complete changelog check out the link below.
http://steamcommunity.com/app/242860/discussions/0/365163686050549961/

European Championship
We would also like to ask your attention for an exciting tournament taking place this weekend. This Saturday at 4:30PM CET you can join E4I on OpNoobs' Twitch channel to follow the European Verdun Championship 2017 (EUVC 2017). For future updates and announcement follow their E4I Steam group!


Eastern front details


Strategy is key in the new Maneuver Game mode of Tannenberg

Finally, we have some tidbits of information we want to share with you. Don’t forget to also check out the Tannenberg Hub. We have frequent news and previews there in regards to developments on the Eastern Front, such as the new Frontline News edition that focuses on Maneuver. Check out the article to learn more about the strategy and design philosophy behind the new game mode:
http://steamcommunity.com/gid/103582791458421449/announcements/detail/1482105700867634127

Have a good weekend!
Verdun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Brendan Caldwell)

What did the early twentieth century Russian military man play in the jazz band? The Cossax.

We ve had the iceberg, the fatberg and now the Tannenberg [Steam page]. The latter is not as immediately impressive as an unassailable blockage of congealed grease held together by a fibrous network of wet wipes, but it is> videogame-releated and thus of interest to you, the reader. It s a multiplayer shooter set on the eastern front of World War One from the studio that made Verdun. And they ve announced a release date of November 16, from which point it ll be firing all its shells into the trenches of our greatest enemy early access. (more…)

Verdun - Blazy013
The date is set – Tannenberg will be available on Steam Early Access from November 16. Experience combat on the Eastern Front as Russian forces battle Austro-Hungarian and German troops for the plains, forests and villages along the borders of the Russian Empire.

Watch the announcement trailer: https://youtu.be/zL7cEuh4nF8

We have also revealed the first bit of information about the all new Maneuver game mode which will pitch 64 players into epic battles to encircle and cut-off enemy positions. Read more in the latest news on the Tannenberg Steam page
Infested Planet - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Jamie Wallace)

Humble’s latest Bundle is the ninth in the series of Jumbo bundles. As the name suggests, these gather up larger and more popular indie gems into one big package where – as per normal – the more you pay, the more you get.

This ninth Jumbo bundle includes river-bound roguelike The Flame in the Flood, Left4Deadalike Warhammer Vermintide, clumsylike platformer Human Fall Flat, trenchalike shooter Verdun and we-really-like American Truck Simulator, among others for up to $10/ 8. A portion of your money will go to fund the AbleGamers Foundation charity or any other charity of your choosing if you have a specific one in mind.

The Humble Jumbo Bundle 9 is live now and up for the better part of the next two weeks, if it seems like your thing. More games are set to be added at the end of next week, as well, so check back to see what else your money will have gotten you.

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