Tannenberg is a very promising new tactical squad based first person shooter that expands on the realistic combat of Verdun’s 1914-1918 WWI setting, with Russians, Germans and their Austro-Hungarian allies doing battle on the Eastern Front.
Tannenberg is a standalone expansion of of the critically acclaimed Verdun, which draws inspiration from The Battle of Tannenberg – that saw the German empire crush the Russian Second Army and resulted in the suicide of their commanding general. Things will likely be a bit more balanced in M2H Games and Blackmill Games recreation, but everything else will be as authentic as possible.
The uniforms, weapons and battlefields have all been faithfully recreated, with players doing battle in forests, plains and snowy mountains in open maps that offer plenty of tactical freedom. There’s a variety of game modes, supporting up to 64 players simultaneously as they face off against each other against a backdrop of artillery barrages, machine gun fire and poison gas.
It promises to show the brutal reality of war, not shying away from the horrendous gore that entails. You’ll have to be careful what you take cover behind too – realistic bullet penetration means that when a bullet hits wood, flesh or other soft substances, it’ll carry right on through until it hits something solid.
Verdun did a fantastic job of recreating a truly immersive warfare experience on the Western front and Tannenberg looks to be doing the same on for the Eastern front. Sure, there are lots of games that have set a FPS in WWI, but if you want a truly authentic experience this is where the real front lines are.