WW1 FPS Verdun Update Adds Co-op Survival, Gore

‘Horrors of War’ isn’t the cheeriest name for a chunky free expansion, but Verdun [official site] is a pretty somber take on World War 1 as first-person shooters go. Now its trench warfare includes a co-operative wave survival mode with the challenge of holding trenches for as long as possible against overwhelming odds, and gruesome new dismemberment for that real WW1 ‘war is hell’ feeling.

The update also spreads war to a new battlefield, visiting the trenches and forests of Champagne, boshes in over forty new weapons from the M1918 BAR to the C96 Mauser, and adds new squads including Belgians and Verdun’s first US squads. That sounds like an expansion-sized addition to me, but Horrors of War is a free update.

Speaking of horrors, the expansion’s new gore system includes bloody dismemberment and unpleasantries like shredded soldiers not instantly dying but sometimes hanging on to flail and holler. Happy days! I do think it’s meant to be unpleasant rather than ‘cool’, mind. A press release says:

“In order to get a more realistic war-torn feel to the game the developers have added bloody injuries such as soldiers losing limbs. This has been done in a respectful way as the developers understand that this is not an easy topic to cover. For those that find it too realistic or even shocking, the developers have made sure that the new gore setting can be set to different levels of intensity, even allowing the players to disable it completely if they choose.”

If you fancy a trip to the trenches, Verdun is £18.99 on Steam for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Here’s a trailer showing off Horrors of War’s shiny newness:


  1. int says:

    Battle of Champagne. Terrible, terrible battle. Everyone was pissed.

  2. MrFinnishDude says:

    Still aint like Valiant Hearts when it comes to good presentation of WW1, but this is certainly a step in the right direction.
    Thinking about it, If there was an fps multiplayer game that would present WW1 as accurately as possible, I probably wouldnt want to play it anymore, or any other war game after that.

    • tellemurius says:

      Are you really comparing an FPS to a puzzle adventure? I can understand that Verdun has nuts for a storyline but come on, its a different playing field.

      • MrFinnishDude says:

        “when it comes to good presentation of WW1”
        That’s what I was comparing. Genre has nothing to do with it. Don’t tell me that only puzzle games are capable of such feat.

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          The Almighty Moo says:

          I’d like to nominate the original Toy Soldiers for evocotive WW1 feeling

  3. klops says:

    Can someone please explain that Scrooge McDuck hat on the gentleman on right?

    • klops says:

      The other right.

      • unacom says:

        Those are belgians.
        There is a link somewhere down there I put:
        a) in the wrong thread
        b) due to nonexistant html knowledge under a misleading title.
        Just so you know

        • unacom says:

          oh, and I realize I have no explanation whatsoever for the HATS.

    • kaliper says:

      silly belgians

  4. unacom says:

    Ce sont les /a>.

    • teije says:

      Are those dogs pulling the carts in that picture? What an odd way for the Belgians to fight WWI – with top hats and pack dogs.

      • fleet hassle says:

        As you know, you go to war with the Belgians you have, not the Belgians you might want or wish to have at a later time.

  5. RegisteredUser says:

    Verdun: Two years and numerous patches and the game still runs in 10-15 fps max at no matter what combination of lowest settings for some people, while the rabid fanboys post only positive reviews and the devs hide behind “we’re aware of it” and promises that haven’t fixed anything yet.

    Wouldn’t even say its worth a 5er and the trench warfare(on the right maps) you get in actually optimized and well done games like Red Orchestra 2 / Rising Storm is infinitely better.