Games Workshop seems to be letting anyone try their hand at making games based on Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 these days. Some don't look fantastic.
But this one's got promise.
End Times Vermintide is a Left 4 Dead-style kill-the-Skaven Warhammer game from Fatshark, the studio behind War of the Roses. It's just released the first gameplay footage of the game, and it looks great.
Vermintide is a co-op first-person shooter and melee combat game due out for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at some point during the second half of 2015. Four players team up to kill hordes of Skaven, Warhammer's rat-men, in the city of Ubersreik.
Yes, it looks like War of the Roses in Warhammer form, but that's no bad thing. The video, below, shows off pre-alpha gameplay, so the visuals should improve between now and release.
Here's the wonderfully-Warhammer-flavoured official blurb to go along with it:
The time of mortals is ending, and the reign of Chaos draws ever closer. The Dark Gods are at last united in a singular purpose, loosing their madness across the world as never before. In the Empire of Sigmar, Karl Franz's gaze is focused on the incursion of the savage northmen, but it is not the only threat. As the Chaos moon Morrslieb waxes full, shrill voices echo through tunnels gnawed far beneath the Empire's cities, and a Skaven host swarms towards the surface. It emerges first in the city of Ubersreik, a screeching mass that consumes all before it. Soon Ubersreik is a charnel-town, drowning beneath the malevolent shadow of the Horned Rat.
Yet even in the darkest times, there are always champions to light the way. As Ubersreik cowers, five heroes, united by capricious fate, carry the fight to the rat-men. It remains to be seen whether they have the strength to survive, let alone work together long enough to thwart the invaders. One truth, however, is beyond all doubt: should these five fall, then Ubersreik will fall with them.