One of the most enduring stories from the First World War is how, starting on Christmas Eve, 1914, an informal truce spread across the static lines of the trenches on the Western Front. From lighting candles and singing carols to one another, to venturing out to greet and give gifts in no man’s land, there were even stories of an impromptu football match.
While Battlefield 1 is likely the WW1 first person shooter that most people will think of, Verdun also released on console this year. Now, in aid of the War Child charity, they’re recreating the Christmas Truce for the PC version of the game, which will run from today until 2nd January. Instead of firing weapons, you’ll be throwing snowballs and kicking footballs on a dedicated Christmas Truce winter map.
Throughout this time, you can donate to War Child via Steam, which will grant you unlimited access to this map until the end of the truce. If you don’t, you’ll still be able to play the Christmas game mode for 5 minutes every third match.
Since November, War Child have been working with a series of developers to create peaceful ways to play their games. World of Tanks, Verdun, Democracy 3 and 1979 Revolution: Black Friday have all taken part in the charity’s efforts. It’s far from the only time they’ve worked with developers either, previously hosting a game jam and releasing these in the HELP: The Game collection.
Source: press release