I never thought I'd have trouble keeping track of all the upcoming games based on Games Workshop's Warhammer license. Yet, here we are. The trailer for Warhammer: End Times — Vermintide appeared in early March, but today's the first time I've heard about it. A co-op, first-person romp involving the slaughter of hordes of Skaven? Where do I slap down my wax sigil of approval?
Scheduled for a release sometime later this year, Vermintide from Fatshark Games has me rather excited. There's a website and a Steam page for the curious. For the unconvinced, here's a list of features.
Delicious, scrumptious features:
Cooperative survival for up to four players — Band together with your friends or die alone. Vermintide will continuously test the teamwork and skill of you and your friends. Diverse heroes — Five distinct characters to choose from, each with their own personality, agenda and story to tell. Learning what it means to work together is key to the groups survival. Experience the Skaven like never before — A rising tide of malicious and cunning rat-men, hacking, clawing and eviscerating all that stand in their way. Face vicious packs of clan-rats and deadly specialized elites. Unpredictable enemies — Vermintide features a dynamic spawn system providing a constant set of new challenges lurking behind every corner. Engaging story — Games Workshop veterans have banded together to write a fantastic new addition to the Warhammer lore, offering a new perspective on the cataclysmic events of The End Times. Nowhere is safe — The Skaven boast incredible mobility, able to climb and leap fantastic distances to make life a living hell for the Players. No matter where you go, they will be there, ready to pounce. Rewarding loot system — Focused on rewarding teamwork above all else, the loot mechanics reflect the general game design while staying true to Warhammer lore. Choose Your play style — Be it melee or ranged, find your favourite style using a combination of the 100+ unique weapons and trinkets available.
Watching the above clip and looking over this array of tidbits, comparisons to Turtle Rock's Left 4 Dead are natural. I guess Skaven are a bit like furry, athletic zombies — just don't tell that to anyone who own's a painted army of them. They might take offense.
But yes, Vermintide. I'm looking forward to joining forces with three of my friends and embarking on my new career as a glorified pest slayer.