I’ve always had a lot of respect for Verdun. While it could easily go the route of so many other military shooters, embracing the fun of gunplay and warfare, it instead chooses to say something with its platform. Don’t get me wrong, Verdun is a fantastically fun cooperative shooter, where team work and communication are essential and the game really emphasizes working as a unit and focusing on objective and point control rather than your own personal Kill-Death ratio.
But Verdun has never made war seem romantic or fun. In fact, it’s gone out of its way to make World War I bloody, depressing and horrific. When you’re injured or shot in the game, you’ll occasionally not die, but end up incapacitated on the ground, only to run by your former self, screaming in pain, after respawning. It’s harrowing at times, and drive home the point that The Great War was hell for the people on the frontline, and we should treat the memory with some respect and do everything in our power not to be in that same place again.
Keeping with this message, Verdun is recreating the Christmas Truce of 1914 in game this Christmas season, and offering a more substantial version of the event as a paid DLC, the proceeds of which will go toward the War Child Charity and their effort to “work with war-affected communities to help children reclaim their childhood through access to education, opportunity and justice.”
December 16 – January 2 the Christmas Truce of WW1 is re-enacted in Verdun on Steam. This seasonal event will be part of the War Child Armistice to raise money for children affected by conflict.
On a dedicated winter map players can throw snowballs at each other, play football matches, sing along with Christmas carols and send Christmas cards to their loved ones. New this year are the introduction of the Scottish Highlanders, a Christmas song on bagpipes, War Child Christmas cards to share, [and] a War Child Armistice medal.
A limited version is offered between regular matches, and an unlimited version is available via a DLC for those that make a donation for the charity. All players that send out Christmas cards from the in-game trenches will automatically join the Verdun giveaway where they get the chance to win an extra Verdun key, trench whistle and/or Verdun peppermint can on a daily basis.