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In keeping with its efforts to offer an authentic WW1 trench warfare simulator, Verdun studios M2H and Blackmill Games will host special truce Christmas events in-game this month. This is in keeping with the historical truce between French, German and British troops during Christmas 1914, where soldiers downed weapons in order to share Christmas carols and, reportedly, play some friendly matches of football. 

You'll still be able to engage in bloody military warfare, but the truce scenarios will play out between matches from December 18 until Christmas day. During the scenarios players can play football or engage in jovial snowball warfare. 

The events will be complimented with a series of competitions, detailed below. 

  • 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  
Community Announcements - M2H_Mike


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!
Community Announcements - M2H_Matt


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
Community Announcements - BlackMill | Leo


A day after the 96th anniversary of the end of the war on the 11th of November 1918, we launch another update. It's a big one as we bunched up quite some tweaks and improvements.

Most noticeable is the inclusion of Manual bolting as an option. Based on community feedback we decided that it would very fitting to include as a preference for the more realism focused players.

Secondly the spawn code received a big overhaul. We wanted players to go over the top together as a team so we introduced several measures to make sure people spawn together better and more efficient. Also it is now rewarding to advance as a squad NCO as you will earn points for spawning fellow squadmates near or in the enemy trenchlines. In addition you will be in formed when squadmembers are able spawn near you.

Another badly needed feature was the inclusion of the stamina bar and stance indicator (bottom right corner) which will make the spurts across nomansland more user friendly.

We also made the first steps of improving the prone, jump en deploy mechanics. These are heavily work in progress and we invite you to join us in polishing these, there will be small hotfixes in the the coming days to address the issues that may have arisen.

We want to thank all of Verdun's early access adopters for participating and we hope to join you in the trenches sometime!

- The Verdun team

V171 Changelog: Manual bolting, "over the top"-charge spawning and much more
November 12th 2014
  • New: manual bolting as an option
  • New: stamina bar display (bottom right)
  • New: stance display (bottom right)
  • New: in-game quit button will now ask for confirmation
  • New: you can no longer switch to the different side if it's outnumbering the other side +3 players
  • New: "over the top"-spawning. Players are now massed together before attacking
  • New: "over the top"-spawning for defensive squads as well, 10 seconds (was 5 always)
  • New: Successfully spawning a squad member in or near the enemy sectors will you points. (0 - 15 xp depending on the distance)
  • New: Spawn protection, now 2 seconds
  • New: At the start of the round, defenders spawn inside of the defending sector
  • Tweaked: spawning attacker waves time slightly increased (3 seconds) to create more volume
  • Tweaked: now always spawning with the most advanced squad member
  • New: spawn indicator, which informs squad NCO's and other spawnable teammembers of pending squad reinforcements
  • Tweaked Map - Argonne: Added more spawns and cover, especially the final sectors received tweaking
  • Tweaked Map - Vosges: Added more cover and spawns in final sectors, some obstacles on the right flank
  • Tweaked Map - Picardie: Massive increase in spawns, more tactical, some cover changes in the last german artillery sectors
  • Tweaked Map - Artois: More cover in final sectors, deeper craters in nomanslands, more spawns
  • New: ragdoll improved greatly (no more T-pose)
  • New: added better prone block detection
  • New: Audio options menu allows you to change audio settings (Stereo, 5.1 etc.)
  • New: Clicking on playername in mainmenu will open the account page
  • Fixed: overlapping text when attacking and defending sides switch
  • Improved: ladder climbing
  • New: second set of german voices
  • New: win/lose music for entente and central powers
  • Improved: tab colours for option screen buttons
  • Fixed: free for all position being displayed twice in HUD
  • Tweaked: lebel and lewis sights
  • Fixed: problem with airplanes on argonne and picardie
  • New: correct minimap for artois
  • Fixed: issues with joining steam friends
  • Fixed: joining friends through steam overlay
  • Fixed: hipfire third person movement aim fix
  • Fixed: rifle deathmatch spawn direction fix
  • Fixed: first person water reflection fix
  • Fixed: respawn & wave times based on server times
  • New: added option to remove game tips
  • Fixed: fixed control options menu scroll bar
  • Fixed: fixed issues with australian server connection
  • Fixed: fixed ladder step jitter issue
  • Improved: increased bolt action recoil
  • New: added better jumping detection
  • Known issue: deploying has not improved and will need to be tweaked further.
  • Known issue: jumping animation is twitchy.
Community Announcements - M2H_Mike


We've just just launched another big update, which addresses quite some wishes of the community. First of all, we added an in-game tutorial which will help new players to discover our unique features.

Another important improvement is the matchmaking: since the squads decide where people can join they were the major hurdle in evening up matches. This has been solved by allowing "play now" to create in-game squads right away.

On the community forums the topic of an adjustable FOV had been coming up more often. Especially since some players experience health issues on lower FOVs we decided to add this new setting to the game.

Last but not least: even more requested then the FOV setting was an Oceanic based server, since these players could not properly play on any existing server. We have now added an Australian based server! If you're the first squad to feet on on this new promised land, stay put for a while, it'll fill up :).

Thank you for playing Verdun and helping us shape the game!

v170
  • Added an Australian server, replacing Asia/Japan for now. We now offer: EU, US, Australia.
  • We added a short&simple tutorial for the first time opening the game. After that, any further help can be found in the options menu. We'll be adding more help/tooltips in the future.
  • FOV can now be changed in the graphics options
  • "PLAY NOW" will now automatically create a new squad in an existing game. This should help improve the matckmaking a lot.
  • Squads will reserve the slots for all squadmates, preventing a kick if someone is joining on a slot while a previous squadmate was still loading.
  • Improved picardie trench line boundaries: Will no longer say you're deserting while still defending inside your trench.
  • Rifles now have more visual recoil
  • Accidentally moving outside of the map while retreating is now 'fair', does not set timer to low
  • Slightly adjusted the cover in the last sectors on Argonne
  • Buffed melee: bash max. 2 hits to kill instead of 3
  • Improved rendering performance in Flanders and Vosges
  • Squad inventory display bug (after switching) fixed
  • Added distance based retreat time (It is no longer impossible to retreat with just 10 seconds)
  • Added a "Show game tips" option (enabled by default).
  • Ping kick improved: it was too strict and will now wait and see if your ping recovers.
  • CENTRAL POWERS HAS BEEN -> HAVE BEEN
  • Score list ping updates better (was displaying 100 incorrectly for too long)
  • Sniper scopes improved
  • Empty squad bug fixed, will now properly be removed.
  • Fixed: Sometimes there was no loading screen while loading the next map
  • Fixed one specific peaceful barbed wire, made it angry.
  • Wattle model graphics improved
  • Fixed greyscale effect, no longer pixelated.

The full up to date changelog can be found here: http://steamcommunity.com/app/242860/discussions/0/613936039432728350/
Community Announcements - M2H_Mike
It's been a month since the last big announcement in September, a good moment to look back at how we're doing and summarizing recent improvements to the game.
Our strategy since the last big content update is to focus on polishing the game in a very broad sense: Performance, bugs and game balancing/tweaking.




Improvements

Performance has improved greatly, you should be able to see a higher frame rate and the game should feel a lot smoother. Furthermore we've verified that the reduced memory usage has solved (almost) all memory crashes. These were very important topics to address.
Next to the technical stuff, we have made various game tweaks and we'll keep on doing so.
While we're happy with the recent changes, we're not satisfied yet! We still have enough to do: An in-game tutorial is in the making, squad matchmaking&balancing needs to be addressed ASAP, medals (and achievements) are missing, we want to support clan matches...and besides a lot of more stuff on our list there are still enough requests from the community that we're also adding (A FOV setting being a recent one).
Please keep letting us know about your problems/wishes.




Guides
One topic that has been neglected for too long is documentation/guides. We finally have guides available! In this game we are inventing some new FPS mechanics (such as our unique squad co-op xp) but since we're doing stuff that has not been done before an explanation was very much missing. So for those who were never aware of the co-op XP, check out the squad guide!

Find the guides here: http://steamcommunity.com/id/verdunGame/myworkshopfiles/?section=guides&appid=242860

Twitch
Got any questions, want to discuss the latest update? I'm streaming Verdun on twitch this night, join me on: http://www.twitch.tv/M2Hnl (20:00 GMT+1)


Once again, thank you for participating in our beta, we're dedicated to making this a polished game before release.



Hereby a complete list of all fixes since the last announcement:

V169: Role specialization & performance
October 23th 2014
  • Clarified role specializations (Role weapon unlocking). Now referred to as role specialization I, II, III and sometimes IV. Unlocking new weapon specializations is now quicker, as intended. Typically 1 - 2 matches to unlock a full role, as was announced in: http://steamcommunity.com/app/242860/discussions/0/613935404212891493/#p11. Your role XP has not changed.
  • Performance: Further improved camera culling, 5% to 30% gain.
  • Voice commands (E menu) are now also shown in the chat (squad members only)
  • Tweaked graphicsettings for best graphics vs performance (Mostly terrain detail higher, LOD distance lower)
  • Removed career and weapon levelling popup (as they have no function)
  • Ladder climbing is now smoother
  • Spectating someone who is using binocs has been fixed.
  • Main menu squad lobby will no longer automatically set to ready after a minute.
  • No more black spots on the terrain on lower settings

V168.2
October 20th 2014 (168.1 was also released this day)
  • Fixed lag spike when changing camera (most noticable at death)
  • Fixed rendering issues on certain characters&sleeves in 168
  • (Un)Mute command is no longer case sensitive.
  • Gas buff: 25% more deadly, 75% bigger area. Gas visual doesn't pop up out of nowhere anymore
  • Wire nerf: 40% less damage, bit more slowing
  • Fix for weapon bugs introduced in v168
  • Main menu server selection fix

V168.1
October 20th 2014
  • Rendering performance improved (Better FPS?)
  • Memory usage optimized (20% less or better): Crash fixes and faster loading times.
  • Artois tree fix
  • Possible fix for double listed players
  • HUD bottom-left: removed the unused "(0)"
  • Localization update
  • /mute and /unmute chat command added (you will be able to mute players via the scoreboard later as well)
  • Voice command menu will now auto close after 15 seconds
  • Display friends-only matches on the map per default if any friends are online
  • Never show more then 5 matches per location on the map (browser window shows all)
  • Mainmenu welcome screen (sugested squads) will ony show friends
  • Friend names marked green in all squad preview windows
  • Friend window is now always visible (used to hide when opening the map view)
  • Possible fix for match getting stuck (no one able to do damage)
  • Water fix in Flanders
  • Ladders can be climbed more easily
  • Implemented anti cheating measurements.

V167
October 9th 2014
  • Stutter fix, finally -really- fixed. This big lag spike happened every few seconds or so.

V166
October 8th 2014
  • In-game support for controllers (options -> controls page redo)
  • Optimized network traffic some more when players spawn
  • Removed ghost bug message, this was fixed months ago. Instead, IF you experience an error you will get a much clearer error message
  • Added ability to reset ALL data (mainmenu -> Account). When used, a timestamp will be shown with the last reset date.
  • Fixed level 100 bug
  • Fixed gas teamdamage causing players to get stuck in a black screen
  • Fixed weapon audio volume (sometimes not hearable when the general volume slider is low)
  • Game version and network version are now split: a game version update will no longer split the playerbase as long as we didn't change any network features.

V165.1
October 4th 2014
  • Spawning beneath level in Artois is fixed
  • Fixed deployed MG sight(Lewis Fix)
  • Fixed smoke exploit on the tank in Argonne
  • Grenade smoke will no longer shrink running through it
  • Spawn anthems of Stosstruppen, Canadians and British are working properly

V165
October 3rd 2014
  • playertags will be shown immediately when aiming at any friendlies, this should help clarify who to shoot at.
  • artois improvements
  • stone pebbles re-added on all terrains
  • gas choke
  • smoke particle performance improved
  • fixed random game crash while playing
  • mouse acceleration off per default (matters for new players only)
  • the minimap will only show an icon for the current goal (defend or attack). The other trench line icons have been removed for clarification.
  • rotated rock fix
Community Announcements - BlackMill | Leo
First off the team wants to thank all players participating in the early access. Your dedication and willingness to give feedback have been pivotal in the development of the beta since our early access launch 1 year ago.

Today's update features a lot of improvements based on valuable feedback from the huge group of players that dove into the tactical trench warfare of Verdun this summer. (Thank you!)


Sneaking up on a German Stormtrooper with a trench club

New Squads

The gameplay of Verdun is has received a massive update with no less than 3 new squads taking the field adding 2 historically important nations. Next to the existing French and German squads (2 riflemen and 2 reconnaissance) there will be a new type of squad: Assault. The Central powers will be reinforced with the German "Stosstruppen" squad, the "Entente" (allies) will get its equivalent: The Canadian Assault Squad.
As each squad type has its own unique gameplay experience, the assault squads will focus on close quarters combat and specialist weaponry, including the fearsome mp18, trench clubs, shovels and revolvers. Aside from this fearsome reputation the Stosstruppen and Canadians will be able to call in a dreadful new weapon: Gas.


Claustrophobic gas mask experience

Chemical Warfare

Gas was one of the most iconic elements of the first world war. With Verdun we want to do justice to how this weapon was used in combat, and how it effected the experience of the soldiers. As the war progressed there were several different types of gas developed; from simple tear gas to the horrific mustard gas. These will be used in the game and linked to Verdun's unique squad leveling system. Gas was mainly used a harassment weapon and protection was generally very effective so in Verdun gas warfare is about protecting yourself using an immersive 3D gasmask experience. Players will find themselves having to quickly put on their "gas helmets" when a gas cloud is approaching having only seconds to put on the mask.


Putting on the mask (or gas "helmet" as they called it back then

British Forces

Last but not least, with the mayor role the British "Tommies" played on the western front, players will be able to choose to fight as British Rifle squad, with a range of new weaponry available to them. This includes the famous Lee-Enfield (SMLE) rifle and the iconic Lewis light machine gun.

British Tommy in 1914 outfit


Verdun's gameplay is also undergoing major improvements. With the recent inclusion of the bullet physics, netcode and performance optimizations. Bullet ballistics add a new challenges to the game as players have to lead targets and adjust sighting on the longer ranges to make an accurate shot.

In the past few months we have taken an enormous amount of community ideas and feedback. We have worked actively with the community to improve the game taking full advantage of the early access beta program. We will continue to do so up until the moment we can the game 'dun.


Canada

With the addition of the new assault squads we were looking for iconic and distinguishable units that fought on the western front. As we did with the light recon units such as the French "Chasseurs" which were traditionally the light units and visually very distinct we also sought these in the Assault units. For the Germans the infamous stormtroopers instantly made the most sense. On the other side of the front we had to find an historically equivalent unit on the side of the "entente powers".

Here the choice fell on the Canadian corps. They were regarded as the shock troops of the British Empire and supposedly even nicknamed stormtroopers by the Germans themselves. They saw action in most areas, but are famous for the capture of several hard points on the western front including the Vimy Ridge in Artois sector, and Passchendaele village in Flanders. As the game covers the entire western front they will see action on these important battlefields.

They were also one of the first units to experience gas warfare during the second battle of Ypres in 1915. They are equipped similarly to the British, but have several unique elements, such as different Canadian cap badges and tunics. Like the other squads, the change of uniforms and equipment they underwent during the war is also reflected by Verdun's unique squad leveling system. For instance the early war soft caps and obsolete leather ammo pouches as used by light units which the Canadians represent were replaced by steal helmets and modern webbing pouches and backpacks.



Late war canadian infantry


Fighting in Artois
Exciting news for WW1 history fans, Verdun has another new realistic WW1 map inspired by the battles of Vimy Ridge, Loos and Neuve Chapelle which took place in the Artois sector of the Western Front. The map named Artois features a massive German "redoubt", which was a mine quarry turned fortress. The grim soil landscape is reflected visually, with slag heaps towering over the battlefield and endless rows of barbed entanglements dominating the scenery. Harsh conditions for the soldiers to live and fight in. It's main inspiration was drawn from the infamous battle of Loos, which took place a few days short of 99 years ago: the 25th of september 1915. Which also saw the first time the British used gas on a massive scale.




Impression of the new Artois map


New weapons
A whole range of new weaponry is available, spread out over several squads.

  • Machine Gun Model 1914 "Lewis"
  • Webley Mk VI Revolver
  • Mk I No. 5 "Mills Bomb"
  • Lee Enfield Mark III*
  • Maschinenpistole 18/I
  • Gas: { Xylyl Bromide gas (White Cross), Chlorine gas (Green Cross) ,Phosgene gas ,Mustard gas (Yellow Cross) }

  • Trench Club
  • M1887 Feldspaten
  • Boker M1915 Trench Knife
  • Trench Knife Mle 1916 "Le Vengeur"

Attachments:
  • Pattern 1907 Bayonet for the Lee Enfield Mark III*
  • Pritchard Bayonet for the Webley Mk VI Revolver



Lee Enfield ingame


The extremely rare Maschinenpistole 18/I ingame


EGX

Should you be visiting EGX in London between 25th – 28th of September, be sure to visit us at stand 85E, where you can have a chat with the developers and play the latest version of Verdun!


Sep 16
Community Announcements - M2H_Matt
V162
September 16th 2014
  • Fixed Linux resolution with 2 screens
  • Network lag greatly reduced in distance(Picadie, Flanders)
  • Flanders perfomance improvement
  • Removed fade out effect
  • Fixed sniper scope
  • Removed white blocks in Argonne
  • Possible micro stutter fix
  • Update localizations FR and RU
  • Fixed white LOD objects popping up
  • Fixed Pistol going through ammo box in main menu
  • Fixed a leaderboard error
  • Reduced character collider height a bit for less bumps

A big content update is coming up really soon, stay tuned!



Community Announcements - M2H_Mike
V161
September 11th 2014
  • Improved Performance(15% increase)
  • Improved memory usage, reducing crashes
  • New Scoreboard
  • Added Aiming sensivity slider
  • Fixed the 'Sorry' Voice
  • New Voice command hud screen
  • Changed France vs Germany to Entente Powers vs Central powers
  • Fixed bullet rechambermessage
  • Default first time startup graphics on High instead of medium
  • New Steam API intergration
  • Users played with in-game will now be visible on 'Recently played with'
  • Other crash fixes and improvements
Sep 8
Community Announcements - M2H_Mike
We need your feedback about reforming the levelling systems in the game, see: http://steamcommunity.com/app/242860/discussions/0/613935404212891493/

V160
September 8th 2014
  • Removed Forward rendering mode, Deferred per default
  • Better default graphics (Medium instead of Low)
  • Slight CPU performance improvement
  • Dry MG sounds
  • Small muzzlefash nerf

V159.3
September 4th 2014
  • Improved gun flares
  • Removed player name coloring
  • Reduced shadow flickering in Picardie
  • Fixed disappearing MG
  • Fixed strange hand animation while spectating

V159.2
August 29th 2014
  • 64bit Windows player (more memory available, possible performance improvement)
  • Rifle weapon fixes: when interrupting the reload by sprinting it will not continue after sprinting
  • Rifle weapon fixes: pressing the reload button during a reload will no longer restart the reload action
  • Rifle weapon fixes: It is now possible to interrupt a single button reload by pressing fire once. Pressing the reload button twice will no longer interrupt the reload.
  • New first person hands and uniforms
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