Verdun (video game)

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Verdun
Verdun (video game).jpg
Developer(s)M2H
Blackmill Games
Publisher(s)M2H
Blackmill Games
EngineUnity
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
OS X
Linux
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
ReleaseMicrosoft Windows, OS X, Linux
28 April 2015
PlayStation 4
30 August 2016
Xbox One
8 March 2017
Genre(s)First-person shooter
Mode(s)Multiplayer Edit this on Wikidata

Verdun is a squad-based multiplayer first-person shooter video game set during World War I. It was released on 28 April 2015 on Steam, after more than a year in Steam Early Access.[1] It was released for PlayStation 4 on 30 August 2016. An Xbox One version was released on 8 March 2017. A standalone expansion Tannenberg was released into Steam Early Access on 16 November 2017, and left Early Access for a full release on 13 February 2019.[2][3]

Verdun is inspired by the 1916 Battle of Verdun in France. The game includes historically accurate World War I weapons, authentic uniforms and equipment, detailed injury and gore modeling, and maps based on the real battlefields of the Western Front.

The game runs on the Unity engine and was created by independent studios M2H and Blackmill Games.[4]

Gameplay[edit]

Verdun is a squad based game set in the trenches of World War I that can be played with up to 64 players (with 32 on each side).[5] There are 4 game modes: Frontlines, Attrition Warfare, Squad Defense and Rifle Deathmatch.

In the Frontlines game mode, players can choose to join one of the two historic sides of World War I, the Central Powers and the Entente. Each side fights over a turn-based frontline map that consists of multiple sectors that can be captured by either side. Staying true to the typical attrition warfare 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. The goal is to capture the enemy's HQ sector in order to win the game.[6]

Squad Defense is a cooperative game mode where players fight off endless waves of attacks by AI controlled soldiers in one of the 12, 4-man squads. This game mode can be played on the same maps available in the Frontlines game mode. This mode is the only one that can be played offline.[7]

In Rifle Deathmatch, players fight in a free for all battle, armed only with one of the rifles and add-ons they can choose from when joining the game. This is a skill-based game-mode, where marksmanship and tactical cunning are rewarded. Players can earn experience and Career Points by killing other players, and with the Career Points can level up their rifles, gaining extra accessories for it, such as a bayonet or scope.[8]

Development[edit]

Verdun entered open beta on 9 June 2013.[9] It was Steam Greenlit on 28 June 2013 and entered Steam Early Access on 19 September 2013. After more than a year in Steam Early Access, it was released on 28 April 2015 on Steam.[10] The developers have continued working on the game, releasing free expansions.

On 14 July 2016, the Verdun YouTube page uploaded a trailer announcing that the game would be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One set for a 30 August 2016, release.[11] However, on 24 August 2016, the game's developer announced that the Xbox One version of Verdun would be delayed while the PlayStation 4's release date would be on schedule.[12]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
MetacriticPC: 70/100[13]
PS4: 55/100[14]

Verdun was met with "mixed or average" reception according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Verdun on Steam". steampowered.com. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  2. ^ "World War I FPS Tannenberg is now on Early Access". pcgamer.com. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Tannenberg, WWI followup to Verdun, leaves early access today". rockpapershotgun.com. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  4. ^ Woolsey, Cameron (May 8, 2015). "Verdun Review". Gamespot. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  5. ^ Treese, Tyler (September 2, 2016). "Verdun Review – Stuck in 1916 (PS4)". Playstation Lifestyle. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  6. ^ Dingman, Hayden (May 17, 2015). "Verdun review: A thoughtful, squad-based take on WWI". PCWorld. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  7. ^ "Verdun review- Battlefield 1916". Metro. September 5, 2016. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  8. ^ Holmes, Mike (May 9, 2015). "Verdun". Game Reactor. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  9. ^ "Multiplayer WWI shooter Verdun enters open beta". PC Gamer.
  10. ^ "Steam release announcement".
  11. ^ "Verdun Console Announcement Trailer".
  12. ^ "Some news from the console frontlines".
  13. ^ a b http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/verdun
  14. ^ a b http://www.metacritic.com/game/playstation-4/verdun

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