Verdun presents a very special World War I Christmas

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One of the cool little facts about The Great War is that in December 1914, the troops along the infamous No Man’s Land of trenches and muddy snow put down their arms and celebrated the holiday in an unofficial cease fire that became known as The Christmas Truce. Gifts and food were exchanged. Handshakes and songs were shared. For a little while, at least, the soldiers were able to set aside the battle and come together as young men away from their homes and families.

Verdun, from Blackmill Games and M2H, is one of those multiplayer shooters that falls a bit harder on the side of historical accuracy. Like Red Orchestra, here’s a lot of rivet-counting goodness in its simple team-based shooter setup. From December 22nd to January 4th, Verdun will be commemorating The Christmas Truce. A dedicated truce map will be available that features no gunfire. Players will be able to toss around a football, throw snowballs at each other, and write postcards “home” through an in-game mailman. Pause for a little Yuletide cheer, then get back to the slaughter after the New Year’s party.

Verdun is available on Windows PC through Steam.