World War One multiplayer FPS Verdun is holding a seasonal event in which players can re-enact the famous Christmas Truce of 1914, when opposing forces in one of humanity’s bloodiest conflicts put down their weapons to play a game of football.
You’ll get to do the same on a special map if you purchase Verdun’s Christmas Truce DLC, with all proceeds going to War Child, a charity that helps children affected by war. During the event, Verdun itself is half price.
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Verdun’s Christmas Truce is a one-time seasonal event that will run from now until January 2. Set on a special, snow-laden map, players can start snowball fights, play football matches and sing along to Christmas carols. You can even send Christmas cards to loved ones, and if you do so, you’ll be entered into a giveaway, with prizes including an extra Verdun key, trench whistle and/or peppermint can. All participants will receive a special Christmas Truce medal.
If you’d like to get involved, you can purchase access to the event via Verdun’sSteam page. There are three price tiers depending on how big a donation you’d like to make (£1.99, £5.59 and £9.99), with all net income going direct to War Child UK. Any donation will get you unlimited access, “plus… we might include a nice surprise!” tease the developers.
If you’d like to give it a try before donating, you’ll get five minutes’ access to Christmas Truce if you play three regular Verdun matches. If you don’t own Verdun, you can get it for half price for the duration of the event. That’s £9.49, or $12.49 USD.
War Child is the only specialist charity for children in conflict. Among their work is the reintegration of African child soldiers, helping Syrian children to access education, and securing justice for young people in Afghanistan. Verdun’s developers Blackmill Games are among several nice people who agreed to support their work with in-game content or events – you can read more in our previous coverage.