Perhaps best known for their War of the Roses and War of the Vikings games, Swedish developer Fatshark have turned their attention to Warhammer’s End Times universe with their latest title – Vermintide.
Officially launching on Steam on October 23rd, the EGX demo showcased a game whose mix of fast paced action, co-operative play and beautifully realised environments are sure to be a hit with fans of the franchise and those looking for the next great fantasy adventure.
Heavily influenced by Turtle Rock Studios’ Left 4 Dead, Vermintide lets you take control of one of five different Heroes in a battle against the rodent like Skaven – and it is gloriously fun to play.
Want to charge right in? Go ahead Dwarf Ranger. Prefer to pick Skaven off from distance? The Waywatcher is probably the Hero for you. The ability to approach a situation in different ways certainly adds depth, but it is the team work elements Fatshark have been so keen to push that make Vermintide stand out.
Offering up to four player co-operative play, this is truly a game best experienced with friends. Whilst the friendly AI is solid, the need to work together during set pieces and look out for each other as the Skaven hordes swarm make Vermintide a wonderfully engaging affair as part of a team.
The city of Ubersreik is suitably gloomy and grimy, and frequently tempts you in to further exploration – but separation from your fellow heroes can mean death if the Skaven isolate you, ensuring that ‘brothers in arms’ ethos holds throughout. Lone wolves need not apply here and the experience really does feel stronger for it.
The keyboard and mouse controls made the PC demo easy to jump in to, and the set up and style of the game mean it’s not difficult to picture Vermintide running on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 – something the Stockholm studio are planning to introduce in the future.
Perhaps the greatest strength of Vermintide is that it both benefits from the Warhammer license, instantly tying itself to the popular Games Workshop franchise, whilst also having the chops to stand on its own two feet for players not familiar with the End Times universe.
In a marketplace that can sometimes make it hard to shine, with powerhouse titles such as The Elder Scrolls and Dragon Age dominating the fantasy genre, EGX suggested Vermintide is shaping up rather nicely. Rather nicely indeed.
You can pre-order Warhammer: The End Times – Vermintide on Steam now