A cooperation between M2H and Blackmill
Both based in Alkmaar, Netherlands

Release date:
Steam Early Access: September 2013
Steam release: 28 April 2015
PS4: August 30 2016
Xbox One: Coming soon

Steam (Mac, Linux, Windows)
PSN Store(PS4)
Xbox One coming soon


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Stephanie van Geel
Public Relations Verdun
[email protected]

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


The game takes place on the western front between 1914 and 1918, in one of the bloodiest conflicts in world history. The developers were inspired by the infamous Battle of Verdun in 1916. The game offers 4 distinct game-modes; Frontlines, Attrition, Rifle Deathmatch and Squad Defense. There are also many historically accurate features included such as realistic WW1 weaponry, authentic uniforms, gore, and maps based on the real battlefields of France and Belgium.

The Frontlines game mode is unique in its tactical complexity. The realistic trenches are challenging to fight in and require tactical cunning to capture and defend. The Entente and Central Powers strive to gain control of frontline sectors. One battle you'll find yourself rushing the enemy trenches during an offensive battle in order to gain ground, while in another battle you might be defending your recently conquered ground against a fierce enemy counter-attack.

Players can choose to be part of one of the many squad-types in the game, each of whom have their own distinct tactical role. By working together with your friends, you can earn experience that improves the power and versatility of your squad. As you gain more experience fighting and get promoted in rank, you also earn Career Points which you can use to unlock specializations, weapons and equipment.

In the Attrition game mode, the Entente and the Central Powers are pitted against each other in a single battle. Each side has a number of tickets which represents the amount of manpower they have. When a player is killed and respawns, a ticket is deducted from the side they belonged to. When a side has no more tickets, players of that side cannot respawn - the last side standing wins!

The Rifle Deathmatch is a free-for-all game mode, where all players are pitted against each other in a thrilling contest of skill using only bolt-action rifles. In the Squad Defense mode, the player along with three squad-mates will have to defend a position as long as they can against endless waves of AI controlled attackers.


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"Verdun is a well-designed indie title that mixes the punishment of an Arma-like simulator with the switching offensive/defensive momentum of a game of Conquest in the Battlefield series (minus the vehicles)"
PCPowerplay - Nathan Lawrence

"In an age where most developers would produce this content, but then charge you again and again for it, it's refreshing to see a studio commit to serving their community this way."
Gamereactor - Mike Holmes

"Honestly, my favorite part of the game is how great the artillery and mortar shots look and sound. The effect of being caught in the middle of a mortar barrage really gets your heart pounding, which is something I find doesn't happen in games as much as it should."
ONRPG - Jordan Hall

"Generously stuffed with player-made emergent moments on the battlefield and an incredible sense of place, Verdun is not just a great take on one of history's more marginalised wars, it also happens to be a resoundingly solid shooter in its own right too."
Gamewatchers - John-Paul Jones

"I became immersed in its careful pacing and focus on squad movement."
Gamespot - Cameron Woolsey

"Impressively close to perfection."
MMO huts - Jordan Hall

"Verdun's given me an excellent understanding of what a mess World War I was. Verdun's Frontlines mode really is sort of ingeniou -- and I think this is definitely one worth checking out, especially if you're already interested in the subject matter."
PCWorld - Hayden Dingman

[NL] "De aandacht voor detail is bewonderenswaardig en het is verfrissend om een shooter te spelen waarin je zo kwetsbaar bent."
Tweakers - Jurian Ubachs and Paul Hulsebosch

Press releases

December 16 2016 - Press release War Child Armestice 2016
War Child's Armistice is the first of its kind, a fundraising campaign that encourages peaceful gameplay to support children affected by conflict.
Armistice Press Release - War Child and Verdun.pdf
Download "Press Kit Christmas Truce War Child 2016.zip"

August 30 2016 - Press release Verdun now on PS4
Developers Blackmill Games and M2H, equipped with their trusty combat shovels, have dug their way to the console players to share with them a true trench warfare experience. The intense WW1 PC-hit Verdun just released on the PlayStation 4 and will be released later this year on Xbox One.
Press release Verdun now on PS4 2016 (EN).pdf
Persbericht Verdun nu uit op PS4 2016 (NL).pdf
Download "Press Kit August 2016.zip"

June 14 2016 - First WW1 FPS to be released on Xbox One and Playstation 4
After Verdun's successful launch on Steam, the developers M2H and Blackmill Games announced the release of the first WW1 FPS on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for August 30 2016.
Press release Verdun Console Announcement 2016 (EN).pdf
Persbericht Verdun Console aankondiging 2016 (NL).pdf
Download "Press Kit June 2016.zip"

March 23 2016 - Free expansion for Verdun
New region, new game mode, new squads, new weapons and gore!
Press release Free Expansion for Verdun 2016 (EN).pdf
Press release Gratis uitbreiding voor Verdun 2016 (NL).pdf
Download "Press Kit March 2016.zip"

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With the development of Verdun, Game Studio M2H and Blackmill shared a common vision; a passion to create a realistic World War 1 game and a desire to differ from the typical First Person Shooter familiarities.
The challenging trench-warfare in a WW1 setting combined with a tactical squad mode along with the different squad types and role, bring a unique diversity in tactical gameplay to this First Person Shooter.
Verdun is the first Dutch game that made it through Steam Greenlight (July 2013) and has been in Steam Early Access from 2013 to April 27th 2015. M2H and Blackmill Games took this opportunity to work with the community on polishing the game, and they've continued this process after their live launch, by releasing multiple free expansions.

Verdun has attracted over 425,000 players and won several awards including: IndieDB Editors Choice; Best Multiplayer 2015, Best Economic Achievement Award 2015, Control Industry Award 2015, the NWTV award; Best Dutch game 2014 and #5 Top Upcoming Indie Games of 2014 as voted by the IndieDB community.

Verdun is the first Dutch game that made it through Steam Greenlight (July 2013) and has been in Steam Early Access from 2013 to April 27th 2015. M2H and Blackmill Games took this opportunity to work with the community on polishing the game, and they’ve continued this process after their live launch, by releasing multiple free expansions. Since the 30th of August the game is also available on the PlayStation 4 and begin 2017 it is expected on Xbox One.
So far, Verdun attracted over a 300.000 players, received a NWTV award for Best Dutch game 2014, won two Dutch Game Awards (Best Economic Achievement Award ∧ Control Industry Award 2015) and was voted by the Indie DB community as the Top Upcoming Indie Games of 2014.


M2H are veterans when it comes to developing games. In 2009, the brothers Hergaarden founded their studio, specializing in 3D Unity multiplayer games. This bold approach resulted in many successful Android, iOS, Web and Standalone games. Their mobile games have been downloaded more than 20 million times already, and there are over 2 million unique monthly visitors to their web portal Wooglie.com, which hosts third-party Unity games as well as their own self-developed games. M2H has won several Dutch Global Game Jam awards for their games including an audience and jury award. M2H recently released their switcheroo multiplayer party game Marooners.

For more information visit www.M2H.nl.

Blackmill Games

Blackmill Games is a studio specialized in Unity3D game development. It was founded in 2013 by Jos Hoebe, a software engineer with a broad set of game design and development skills. The studio gained experience in the mod-scene and with the development of the music game MokMok. The affinity Blackmill Games have with authentic historical games can be seen in their first game; Verdun. Blackmill is a studio that puts the user experience first and makes sure that this is the driving force behind every step of the design decision-making process. It didn't make the European Develop 100 2013 for nothing!

For more information, please visit www.BlackmillGames.com.

Interested in an exclusive interview?

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Stephanie van Geel
Public Relations Verdun
E-mail: [email protected]
Twitter: @VerdunGame