Swedish indie developer Fatshark hosted a livestream yesterday morning, in which they revealed a title that some gamers have been readily looking forward to for some time: Vermintide 2. The game is a sequel to Vermintide, and builds off of Fatshark’s modest attempt at creating something akin to a medieval fantasy version of Left 4 Dead. The game will open the door to a hugely expanded mythos, full of fantastical creatures and untold dangers beyond just the Skaven rat-men which terrorized the first game.
Players will be able to choose from fifteen different career paths in the game, each endowing the heroes with different abilities, appearances, equipment, and talent trees. These new aspects will be put to the test, as the heroes unite in order to take on what is left of the Skaven army. The Skaven army isn’t alone, though. Having allied themselves with the Chaos faction, they will present a bigger, deadlier challenge to the players this time around, as they seek to destroy the empire. Vermintide 2 will continue the series’ love for four player co-op campaigns. Players can either join up together, or work with NPCs to traverse and survive all thirteen of the deadly levels which will take place on the border of the empire, around the fortress-like city of Helmgart.
According to the developer, the game will come integrated with Twitch functionality, but there’s not much information available on just how exactly that will be done. However, Fatshark has stated that they will be holding another livestream in December, so there’s a good chance that we might get that information at that time.
Martin Wahlund, CEO of Fatshark, gave an encouraging statement for those of us who love the Warhammer series. “Vermintide 2 is the evolution of the genre”, he says. “If you liked the first game, you’ll love the second. We have listened to the community, analyzed hours and hours of online playthroughs, and combined this with our passion for co-op games to bring you the very best experience possible.”
With the fantastic things that Fatshark does with co-op gaming, this is a pretty promising statement. Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is set to release during the first quarter of 2018 for consoles and PC. However, pre-orders on Steam are currently available, according to the developer’s Twitter account.