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Platform(s): PC
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Developer: BlackMill Games (EU), M2H (US)
Release Date: Feb. 13, 2019

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'Tannenberg' Gets Release Date - Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 8, 2018 @ 8:34 a.m. PST

Participate in epic battles as the mighty Russian Empire clashes with the Central Powers across the vast landscapes of Eastern Europe!

Tannenberg takes the Verdun experience to the Eastern Front, a theater often neglected in portrayals of the First World War. Named after the heavy fighting at the Battle of Tannenberg in 1914, the standalone expansion will see players immersed in battles reflecting warfare on the Eastern Front.  

The Entente will face off against the Central Powers across diverse landscapes ranging from exposed snowy plains and thick forests to burned villages and mountain pastures. Fresh tactics will be required to win the day in the authentic landscapes of these new locations, which are a long way from the muddy Western Front trenches. Different squads will bring with them a range of new weapons, all of which have been carefully crafted with the attention to detail Verdun players have come to expect. 

Players have the chance to brave the snow as they sign up with the Russian army or their opponents in this standalone expansion to Western Front WW1 shooter Verdun, as the action moves to the less well known Eastern Front. Tannenberg features four distinctive squads including the iconic Russian Cossacks and often underrepresented Austro-Hungarian K.u.K. troops, more than 20 new weapons, and 4 sprawling maps. Fighting will ebb-and-flow according to where each team chooses to concentrate their strength. Beware of encirclement in the new Maneuver game mode! 

Whether your weapon of choice is a lethal sabre, powerful machine gun or simply a good old rifle you should keep your wits about you and stick close to your squad. By playing together, players build up cooperative XP which will unlock new squad abilities as a reward for team play. The scenery of Eastern Germany and Russia ranges from wide open fields and foothills to dark forests and lakes, and snow is always a possibility. Each map comes in different versions with a range of weather conditions, so when a match is starting you can never be sure what to expect. 

The new Maneuver game mode gives players far more freedom in their movement and rewards teams who can adapt to changes in the tactical situation, as well as offering more variation with battles thanks to a variety of different preset weather conditions and objectives. Players will be battling in teams of 32 vs 32 to control a spread of objective zones across larger and more open maps. The choice of where to attack and defend allows players to control the flow of the battle as the capture and loss of points will open up or cut off different avenues of advance. This represents the nature of fighting seen on the Eastern Front. Tannenberg also includes full AI bot support for the new game mode, to ensure an epic battle every time. 

Blackmill Games and M2H announce that WW1 shooter Tannenberg will leave Steam Early Access for a full release on February 13 2019.

The end of Winter will bring more than new features and players to Tannenberg. In addition to a special winter offensive (we won’t say more just yet) new content has been spotted.

Alongside this news, the developers are planning to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice on November 11th that ended the First World War 100 years ago. Players will be able to take part in a two minutes silence in-game. 

Tannenberg’s Early Access development has seen Romania introduced to the game with a squad and the Mount Coṣna map, a whole new sound system with realistic new audio effects, new weapons, and many other improvements. Every aspect has been worked on through the Early Access, from performance and map design to the artillery command systems and AI bot behaviour… and we’re not done yet! More updates will be made in these last months, in particular making the squads and roles within them more distinctive. Call-ins of artillery and air support will be further balanced, and attention will be paid to the weapons in order to make sure they all feel authentic and varied in how they handle. There will also be extra polish for the new user interface which released earlier today.  The game is now cleaner, more intuitive and more atmospheric, from the menus to the battle maps and soldier HUDs. Up until the full release there will be continued gameplay improvements to ensure the feeling of large scale Eastern Front warfare is captured. 

Co-founder Jos Hoebe says: “We received great feedback from Tannenberg players, and have made use of that as we iterate on our gameplay to create an intense, authentic Eastern Front experience.” 

It isn’t only Tannenberg which is seeing an update this Winter! A huge free update is expected for Verdun later this year, including gameplay improvements, bots, an interface overhaul to bring it in line with the new UI of Tannenberg, and new content! M2H and Blackmill Games have been committed to making both entries in the WW1 Game Series compelling experiences, and have taken this past year to do so.

The announcement trailer shows Bulgaria joining the fight, and that’s just part of what’s expected. More details on the new additions will be revealed to the community in the upcoming months. We can also announce that a special winter offensive is planned for the release! But the exact details will remain a mystery - so mark your calendar for February 13th! 

World War One Armistice Day In addition to sharing our great Tannenberg news, we would also like to take some time to reflect on the history. This Sunday, November 11th, will mark the centenary of the Armistice that ended fighting in the First World War. We will ask players to mark the Armistice in-game with two minutes silence, and on our social media where they will be able to read the stories of 100 people who died during the war. The WW1 Game Series Facebook page will also pay respect by using a poppy memorial frame. Others are welcome to use the frame for their own pages if they wish. 

1914-1918 series

Starting out on the Western Front with the release of the first authentic WW1 FPS Verdun back in April 2015, and expanding to the Eastern Front with the upcoming Tannenberg, the 1914-1918 series throws players into intense warfare inspired by the chaos and fury of iconic battles from the First World War. With over a million copies of Verdun sold, this novel and underserved setting has proven popular with the gaming community! 

Players choose from a variety of historically accurate squads and weapons, with more available to unlock through playing the game, before diving into the mud and blood splattered battlefields of dynamic multiplayer trench warfare. 

Every game is built on a base of thorough research and receives extensive post-release support bringing new content and challenges for our players. The games in the series are linked, but each one is standalone and provides a different experience, reflecting the nature of the fighting in the many-sided theaters of the war.

Tannenberg will leave Steam Early Access for a full release on February 13 2019.

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