You wait years for a first-person shooter to tackle the experience of World War 1 and then two come along in quick succession. Before the realise of Battlefield 1 came Verdun, which started on the PC before being ported to the PS4 and Xbox One. And now after the release of Russian content for the EA Dice big budget game comes a standalone expansion, Tannenberg, from the Verdun developers M2H and Blackmill Games.
To enlist on the Eastern Front with the Tannenberg Open Beta, which started today, you’ll need to either pay £13.99 ($17.99) for the standard edition, or £17.99 ($22.99) for the Supporter version (with bonuses including the soundtrack and bonus career points).
In return for your money, you’ll get a largely complete game. The Beta period is aimed at perfecting the balance, and tweaks to the audio and performance. And the contents includes 4 maps covering the war in the East, from Tannenberg in August 1914 to the Brusilov Offensive of June 1916. It also visits the Carpathian Passes and Battle of Bolimov.
Four new soldier types will be available to play, including the Russian Cossacks and Austro-Hungarian K.u.K forces, along with 20 new weapons. Each map will now be available with different weather conditions, changing the experience, and there’s also a new Maneuver game mode in which teams of 32 have to claim objective points to encircle the enemy or break out of the opposition forces.
The Open Beta starts now, and there’s a 20% loyalty discount until December 1st, 2017 for PC gamers who already own Verdun. The full release is scheduled for Q1 2018, with the improvements to sound and graphics also being released for Verdun in a content update, along with a way to switch between the two titles in-game. There’s no word yet on any console plans. But as part of the explicitly named 1914-1918 Game Series, it feels like M2H and Blackmill Games will be continuing to expand the experience of the Great War when other franchises have gone elsewhere.