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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

ALKMAAR, THE NETHERLANDS – July 24, 2019 – Blackmill Games and M2H announce that a new free expansion for their WW1 Eastern Front shooter Tannenberg has been released. Join the Latvian Riflemen in their battle against German invaders on a swampy new map set along the Baltic coast, wielding new weapons including smoke and gas grenades!

Watch the trailer and get a look at the marshes and dunes of the new Baltic region: https://youtu.be/WsfSaPbK5QQ

Players can buy Tannenberg now on Steam for 50% off: http://store.steampowered.com/app/633460

Free expansion introduces Latvia

The latest free expansion for Tannenberg introduces the Latvian Riflemen, a marshy Baltic map, and new weapons for Russian and German forces - including special grenades which will allow players to deploy smoke and gas without waiting for an artillery barrage for the first time in the WW1 Game Series.

In 1915, as the Germans advanced into Latvian territory, the Russian Tsar gave his approval for the creation of Latvian Riflemen units. Despite Russian efforts, there was still a strong nationalist streak in the Latvian people, and Latvian politicians argued that all-Latvian formations would fight hard to push back the Germans. They were proved right - due to the high number of volunteers, three battalions were formed rather than two as had been originally planned.

Meet the Latvian Riflemen

In Tannenberg, the Latvian Riflemen are a support squad equipped primarily with Japanese import rifles and older Winchesters. They are renowned for their composure under fire, and their NCO ability can remove weapon sway at key moments in battle, allowing perfect shots by skilled marksmen. For trench assaults they carry plenty of grenades and a few squad members carry the iconic US M1911 pistol.

Several weapons have been added to the game - Latvian troops will be able to use the newly added Japanese Arisaka Type 38 and Colt 1911 pistol, while Russian squads get the Vetterli M1870/87 and chemical gas grenades. German troops gain access to the Type N Nebelbombe smoke grenade. These last two special gas grenades are a first for the WW1 Game Series, and will give players new tactical options for attack and defense.

Brave the new Baltic map

Arriving along with the Latvian Riflemen is a new map set in their home region! The Baltic map features distinctive wooden fortifications built on and around the lakes and swamps. Lead assaults across pontoon bridges, or scramble for cover amidst the sand dunes and pine forests surrounding the marshes. The variety in terrain will challenge even the most seasoned Tannenberg players!

Lead Developer Jos Hoebe said: ‘Creating a map for the Baltic regions was especially interesting due to the swampy terrain, which isn’t something we’ve represented in the WW1 Game Series so far - the Flanders map in our earlier game Verdun probably comes closest. Combining the different landscapes found in the Baltic region into a single map was challenging, but we’re very happy with the result, bringing a novel battlefield to the game.’

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WW1 Game 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 release of Tannenberg in February 2019, the WW1 Game Series throws players into intense warfare inspired by the chaos and fury of iconic battles from the First World War. With over 1,650,000 copies 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.

Related Links

Official website: www.WW1GameSeries.com/Tannenberg

Steam page: http://store.steampowered.com/app/633460

Press kit: https://www.ww1gameseries.com/press-kit/

About the Developers

M2H and Blackmill Games started working together on the authentic squad-based WW1 FPS game Verdun, which was Greenlit on Steam in July 2013. Verdun was released in April 2015 after a year of Early Access, and went on to see releases on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One, along with many free updates. Standalone expansion Tannenberg was released from Steam Early Access on February 13th, 2019 and has received several free expansions since then.

For more information on the two studios, visit www.M2H.nl and www.BlackmillGames.com.

Press Contact

Bram and Stephanie (Game Drive)

Public Relations WW1 Game Series

E-mail: [email protected]

Twitter: @WW1GameSeries