Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide

A thrilling twist on Left 4 Dead's co-operative action, but minor balancing issues can make it hard to warm to at first.


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Warhammer: Vermintide 2 confirmed for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 confirmed for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

UPDATE: First game gets Xbox One X update too.

UPDATE: Fatshark has announced the Xbox One X upgrade for Vermintide 1 has also gone live, bringing native 4K support, darker shadows, a smoother framerate and enhanced textures.

ORIGINAL STORY: Rejoice! Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is coming to consoles as well as PC, just as the first game did. And by consoles I mean PlayStation 4 and Xbox One - there's no mention of Switch I'm afraid.

"Although speculations have been correct all along, today we are happy to start talking more console specifics as the Xbox One and Playstation versions has been confirmed," said Martin Wahlund, boss of developer Fatshark.

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Xbox Live Games with Gold December lineup announced

Xbox Live Games with Gold December lineup announced

Back to the Future! Warhammer: End Times - Verminintide! More!

Microsoft has announced the Xbox Live Games with Gold titles for December.

On Xbox One, Gold members can download Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide for free next month.

Telltale's Back to the Future: The Game - 30th Anniversary Edition is also available as a free download on Xbox One from 16th December to 15th January.

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Warhammer Vermintide gets free, hardcore DLC

And its first new player skins!

Dust off your copy of Warhammer: The End Times - Vermintide because free new content has arrived on PC. As for console: "We're working on it," Swedish developer Fatshark told me this afternoon, "but no date yet. Same goes for the Stromdorf DLC."

Warhammer Vermintide getting Karak Azgaraz DLC and biggest patch yet

UPDATE 1ST DECEMBER: Karak Azgaraz will be released 15th December on PC, developer Fatshark has announced. PS4 and Xbox One release dates for the paid DLC haven't been confirmed.

ORIGINAL STORY 26TH NOVEMBER: Paid downloadable content Karak Azgaraz has been revealed for fantasy action game Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide, and is in open beta right now.

Developer Fatshark also documented its biggest ever patch for the game. There's a three-posts-long changelog on the Vermintide forum. My favourite alteration: "Franz Lohner no longer whistles cheerfully. It is the End Times after all."

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Warhammer: The End Times - Vermintide has a console release date

We finally have a release date for the long-awaited console version of Warhammer: The End Times - Vermintide. Players can look forward to killing skaven on PS4 and Xbox One from October the 4th.

The console edition comes complete with the wave-based Last Stand mode and its two attendant maps, alongside the Sigmar's Blessing and Drachenfels DLC packs. While developer Fatshark will self-publish the digital versions, partners Nordic Games will handle the boxed copies.

We last glimpsed the console version of Vermintide at GDC, where the Xbox One version was made playable for the first time.

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Three new DLC maps announced for Vermintide

Rat mashing fans rejoice - developer Fatshark has announced three new maps for Warhammer: The End Times - Vermintide, to be released on the 26th of May.

The maps, each of which takes place outside of the Ubersreik region, will be bundled together in a DLC called Drachenfels. Not the catchiest of names, but then it is a vast improvement on the last Vermintide DLC, which was Schluesselschloss. Try saying that five times after a few jars in the Red Moon Inn.

The first map invites you to explore Castle Drachenfels, an ancient ruin and former home to a powerful necromancer. The Dungeons takes place in the belly of Drachenfels, pitting Vermintide's heroes against a number of traps, while Summoner's Peak will task players with destroying some Nurgle portals.

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Watch: Five minutes of Vermintide Xbox One gameplay

VideoWatch: Five minutes of Vermintide Xbox One gameplay

An interview with one of the developers, too.

Chris is out at GDC this week, the lucky so-and-so, and managed to become one of the first people outside of developer Fatshark to play the Xbox One version of Warhammer: The end times - Vermintide. That title certainly doesn't get any shorter with time, does it?

Anyway, after playing his way through the demo, Chris grabbed one of the developers to discuss what fans can expect from the long awaited console version of Vermintide.

Watch the video below for details on the new controller mapping, future updates and the possibility of PC / Xbox One cross-play. Let us know what you think - tempted to pick it up on Xbox One?

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The nice thing about running the Eurogamer YouTube channel is that we can get away with doing game of the year a little differently. Eschewing the voting process whereby one game is selected (and thereby ensuring we don't end up murdering one another), each member of the video team has made a video about their personal game of 2015.

Given that I have already bored my friends, colleagues and loved ones to tears talking about Vermintide, it feels strange to be writing about it as one of the unsung gems of 2015. I have talked about this game a lot - to the point, frankly, where I feel I owe several people an apology.

Free and upcoming Warhammer Vermintide content revealed

Survival mode! Private mode! Red weapons! An altar at the Inn!

Dark and delicious four-player Warhammer action game Vermintide has sold 300,000 copies, Swedish developer Fatshark has announced. And it will get some juicy new - and free - content on 3rd December (which is still too far away dammit).

Warhammer: The End Times - Vermintide review

Gaming has focused so much on the Warhammer 40k universe, with its zealous militarism, sci-fi trappings and outlandish weaponry, that it's easy to forget that there was always normal Warhammer as well. The original's fantasy setting has rarely been visited in games, and the extravagantly punctuated Warhammer: The End Times - Vermintide does a good job of showing us what we've been missing.

As that verbose title suggests, this game is set during the last desperate struggle of the city of Ubersreik as it is overrun by the Skaven, a race of savage rat-people. Playing as one of five heroes, together with three other players (or AI bots), you must tackle a series of missions to try and restore order.

In gameplay terms, that means Vermintide is incredibly easy to describe. It's Left 4 Dead, but with ratmen instead of zombies and dwarves, witches and knights instead of survivors with shotguns.

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VideoWatch: Chris, Ian and Johnny play Vermintide live!

Skaven dismembered from 5:30pm GMT.

Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide is a bit of a mouthful. It's also a very good video game that came out on PC last week. It's fast becoming a bit of a favourite among the video team, in fact, even if Chris Bratt is an incorrigible med pack thief.

VideoWatch: Eurogamer plays Vermintide

Left 4 Dead meets Warhammer.

There were a bunch of interesting games tucked away in the Rezzed area at this year's EGX, but one I really wanted to play was Vermintide (Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide, to give its full name). Now I run the risk of gaining a reputation for only talking about games involving Warhammer, but if it helps, this one isn't part of the strategy genre!

Warhammer: End Times Vermintide debut gameplay video released

Warhammer: End Times Vermintide debut gameplay video released

Left 4 Dead-style Skaven game looks great.

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.

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