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Verdun Adds Peaceful Gameplay with Snowballs and Snowmen

Taking an unusual war time tactic, Verdun, a popular first person shooter is encouraging peaceful gameplay over the holidays and supporting an incredible charity

‘War Child’s Armistice’ is the first of its kind, a fundraising campaign that encourages peaceful gameplay to support children affected by conflict. Snowballs and snowmen replace bullets and sandbags in the novel DLC and charitable approach.

Verdun is the first multiplayer FPS set in a realistic First World War setting. Normally, the merciless trench warfare offers a unique battlefield experience, immersing players and their squads 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 with developers drawing inspiration from the infamous Battle of Verdun France in 1916. The game offers 4 distinct game-modes; Frontlines, Attrition, Rifle Deathmatch and Squad Defense. Also many historically accurate features are included such as realistic WW1 weaponry, authentic uniforms, gore and maps based on the real battlefields of France and Belgium.

The irony, one of the most violent periods in combat should also include the Christmas Truce of WW1, which is re-enacted in Verdun’s Christmas Truce temporary DLC from December 16 2016 – January 2 2017.

In the real world, money raised from the DLC goes to ‘War Child’ a charity which strives for a world where children’s lives are no longer torn apart by war. A specialist charity for children in conflict, it delivers programs aimed at rebuilding lives across Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Central African Republic.

Over the festive season players of Verdun can get unlimited access to this content with a donation to fundraise for War Child and help stop children’s lives being torn apart by war. There are three donation amounts to choose from on Steam allowing players this unique experience, they are  $2.99, $7.99 or $12.99. These different levels of donations gives players unlimited access to the dedicated Christmas Truce winter map until January 2nd 2017 where players can throw snowballs at each other, play football matches, sing along with Christmas carols and send Christmas cards to their loved ones.

Verdun veterans will be surprised at the introduction of Scottish highlanders and their traditional bagpipe. Players that participate in this event receive a special Christmas Truce medal called ‘War Child Armistice’ to commemorate this historical event of peace that happened more than a century ago.

All net-income of this DLC will be donated to War Child UK, providing vital support to children affected by conflict across the world.  

This content will wrap up War Child’s Armistice which has been running since 7 November. War Child, teamed up with World of Tanks, Verdun, Democracy 3 and 1979 Revolution: Black Friday, all of whom have developed peaceful playthrough options, downloadable content (DLC) or are donating a portion of their sales during the campaign. Strexm has also shown their support for the campaign and has produced a special War Child overlay available now for free on their marketplace while XSpilt Twitch streamers have also contributed with ‘Pacifist Runs’ through games like Dishonored 2, Metal Gear Solid 3, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Fallout: New Vegas.

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