Verdun - legolas
Welcome to the first edition of Frontline News! We wanted to include you in some of the hard work going on behind the scenes, by adding personal stories to the content that we share.

Below you’ll find a link to additional intel relating to the two most recent Tannenberg previews that we posted, provided by Jim ‘Volcol’ Chilton, lead artist and newborn youtube celebrity (thanks to the video video from The Great War)!

http://steamcommunity.com/games/tannenberg/announcements/detail/1331226238866875025
Of course we are busy improving Verdun too. We recently upgraded to Unity Engine 5.6 and would like to rally more people to help us with general testing and bug hunting in OPENTESTING (V259.6286).

To close things off we would like to point your attention to a cool Community Organized North-American championship. It’s taking place on July 15-16th and can be followed on Twitch. You can check out all the details here: http://opnoobs.com/championships/verdun-north-american-championship

Feel free to join us on Discord , if you want to chat some more about this subject (or any other subject for that matter).

Cheers!
Verdun - Valve
Save 70% on Verdun during this week's Midweek Madness*! Additionally, you can play the game for free until Friday at 9am Pacific.

Verdun is the first multiplayer FPS set in a realistic World War One setting. The merciless trench warfare offers a unique battlefield experience, immersing you and your squad into intense battles of attack and defense.

*Discount ends Friday at 10AM Pacific Time
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Before there was Battlefield 1 there was Verdun, a "realistic" First World War multiplayer FPS released in 2015 by M2H and Blackmill Games. It obviously wasn't as much of a hit as EA's big-budget shooter but its unique, unforgiving approach to online combat found an audience—enough to justify a "standalone expansion" called Tannenberg, announced today and scheduled to come to Steam later this year. 

Tannenberg brings the Russian Empire into the fight on the Eastern Front, in a very different style of fighting than that seen in Verdun. "The Russians and Austro-Hungarians played a huge part in the First World War and we're looking forward to portraying their contribution," Jos Hoebe of Blackmill Games said. "The Eastern Front didn't see the same trench warfare as in the West. In Tannenberg we offer players the experience of a more mobile side of the war which many people may be unfamiliar with." 

The game will feature a new 64-player mode that "captures this more mobile nature of battle." Squads will have access to new, highly-detailed weapons,  and there will be new landscapes to fight over as well, including snow-covered fields, forests, burned villages, and mountainside pastures. And of course, as noted in the Steam listing, there will be plenty of "horrendous gore."

Verdun's "realism" means that it's not the most accessible gaming experience you're liable to have. Most of my time with it has been spent crawling through mud toward where I think the fight is, and then getting killed by someone I didn't see. But I like that there's a place for games like this to thrive, and I hope that Tannenberg does just as well, even if I won't miss those deathtrap trenches. It's slated to come out later this year. 

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World War 1 FPS Verdun is off to the Eastern Front in a standalone expansion this year, developers Blackmill Games and M2H have announced. Named simply Tannenberg [official site], after 1914’s Battle of Tannenberg, it’ll see the Russian Empire scrapping with the Central Powers from forest to plains. Verdun is fairly serious as shooters go, more Red Orchestra than Battlefield, and Tannenberg will continue that with new men, maps, weapons, tactics, and all that. Check out the announcement trailer: … [visit site to read more]

Verdun - Blazy013


Some of you have been fighting across the virtual trenches of Verdun for almost as long as the real war lasted. There have been new maps and squads along with many other updates, and now we've decided it's time to expand the experience to include a different part of the First World War – hell is about to break loose on the Eastern Front...

https://youtu.be/sE32n9kUddU

Tannenberg will be a standalone expansion to Verdun and the second game in the 1914-1918 WW1 Game Series, this time focused on the Eastern Front! As the Russian Empire faces off against the Austro-Hungarians and their German allies, it will feature new squads, weapons and maps, along with a new 64 player game mode. Expect to fight across open fields, and adjust your tactics accordingly. While it can be bought and played without owning Verdun, Tannenberg is closely linked to Verdun (you’ll be able to easily switch from one to the other as you play). This also means that the release of Tannenberg won’t signal the end of support for Verdun, so don't worry on that front.

More details will follow as we get closer to release. For now you can read more in the FAQ.

Keep an eye on our announcements on Steam for more sneak peeks, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. You can already add Tannenberg to your Steam wishlist!
Verdun - legolas
We would like to touch base with you on a few matters. First of all, we are very proud of the making-off video we did together with THE GREAT WAR Youtube channel, which focusses on Fort Douaumont and how we tried to be as historically accurate as possible in its recreation in-game. The original video appeared online a few days ago but for those of you who want the full monty - we have now an extended version for you to enjoy!

https://youtu.be/V5EfqBEc1Ks

We are very proud of how Verdun has evolved since release. To this day there are multiple servers running simultaneously, with several battles taking place at the same time consistently throughout the day. On top of that we have ideas and plans to expand the player base, so please bear with us for more news coming soon.

We are aware many of you are craving new content. We are on the eve of being able to let you in on everything we have been working on, so keep a close eye on our social channels and all will become clear.

In closing, we are very grateful for your continued support. Truly! The players bring the game to live, which is most definitely the case with Verdun. We want to assure you we are still greatly invested in Verdun, and respect the time you have invested in the game accordingly. We are here, we hear you, and we will continue to support you.

Last but not least, yesterday we committed some minor fixes, read the Changelog for more details.

Fight the good fight!

The Verdun Team
Verdun - Blazy013
If you have been playing the latest test version (by enabling opentesting in the Steam settings) you will already be familiar with the changes we are pushing to the live version of Verdun. After extensive testing it is now time for our entire player base to enjoy these fixes and improvements.

We are especially proud of the minimap update, which should be a welcome improvement for everyone that likes to keep a close eye on the surrounding area, as well as some graphical updates and enhancements.



Here below a summary of the most noteworthy fixes, for more details please check out our changelog.

Fixes
  • Fixed no spawn issue with grey screen
  • Fixed an issue where SSAA was sometimes still enabled after disabling it from the settings
  • Possible multikill fix
  • Fixed outlines in spectator mode and decals appearing on characters
  • Fixed incorrect alignment of usernames in the squad lobby
  • Fixed floating wire in Vosges
  • Fixed weird main menu camera-movement after exiting game

Improvements
  • Minimap update: Sharper rendering, more consistent lines, different color-coding (yellow is always contested zone)
  • Improved ragdolls
  • Added startup option to disable all mouse smoothing being done ('-raw-input')
  • Added kick and ban to player info (banning/kicking via scoreboard)
  • Added terrain shadowmapping in distance
  • Optimised some artillery calls performance

On a side note, our Xbox One brethren saw a new patch go live too. They will no longer have to suffer the occasional white and pink characters, in addition to receiving improved graphics and animations. For those interested, you can find these and more Xbox One changes here:
https://www.reddit.com/r/VerdunGame/comments/65bixe/new_xbox_one_patch_is_live/
Verdun - Blazy013


Today we reveal the next step in the Verdun experience - with all the focus on the Entente and Central Powers, we’ve overlooked a vital faction in the trenches – the rats. No more! With the working title ‘Unleash the Vermin’, we are working on several new squads with a range of loadouts and abilities. From the black rats (motto: ‘We eat anything’) and their food sense passive ability to the brown rats (‘Bigger is better’) with their multiple squad roles capable of burrowing, there will be a range of options available to rat players.



To whet your appetite, here’s a gif showing a brown rat ‘pack leader’ scouting a route while the human players are distracted during an attack. This loadout of the pack leader can’t burrow (note the relatively clean tail and paws), but instead leaves a trail boosting the speed of fellow squad members. Obviously this is a WIP shot so none of the UI is in place yet.

Possible future additions include different species (such as the wooly rat - though never recorded as present in the trenches, who can know for sure? Best to include them just in case) or a new game mode featuring only rats as they compete for food and mates. Naturally, once added this would become the new default game mode, replacing frontlines.

If you have your own ideas about future rat squads, you can share them already! We’re sure there are some great unique loadout possibilities for the Sumatran bamboo rat or the giant cloud rats, for instance. Until next time!


Verdun - legolas
Over these past few days we released several updates with a wide range of fixes.

There have been changes made to the visuals with better lighting and a sharper UI, environment and animation bug fixes, and a big improvement in memory usage - including fixing a number of memory leaks.

Of course there is more, make sure to read the full changelog here .


Verdun - Blazy013
After successful releases on Steam and the PlayStation 4, we can announce today that Verdun is also available on the Xbox One!

https://youtu.be/XboXaVzjoe4

All platforms are important to us and therefore we’re sure that you will understand that this release will not affect the PC version. In fact the PC version is still evolving each day, and guess what? More is yet to come …:)

For those wanting to play the game on the Xbox One as well, make sure to participate in our giveaway event. Simply share how you would heat things up in the trenches via Twitter with the #fireupVerdun hashtag or Facebook and get a chance to win an Xbox One Verdun key or a Verdun thermos flask….
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