Warhammer: Vermintide 2

A highly accomplished sequel that innovates without losing sight of what made the first one great.

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Warhammer: Vermintide 2 announces first DLC Shadows over Bogenhafen

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 announces first DLC Shadows over Bogenhafen

Grandfather Nurgle with test heroes like never before.

The first additional downloadable content for Warhammer: Vermintide 2 has been announced. It's called Shadows over Bogenhafen and will be released 28th August on PC and Xbox One. Vermintide 2 isn't yet available on PS4 but will be at some point later this year.

There's not much known about Shadows over Bogenhafen yet - and the trailer barely reveals anything - except it will apparently, according to a press release, test heroes like never before. The baddie behind the mayhem is Plague Lord Nurgle, also known as Grandfather Nurgle (and a string of other names).

Bogenhafen, in the world of Warhammer, is a market town. Presumably it's now in rather a bad situation you will have to clear up.

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Warhammer: Vermintide 2 gets imminent Xbox One release date and open beta

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 will launch for Xbox One on 11th July, developer Fatshark has announced, with an Xbox Insider open beta available from today.

Vermintide 2 will also be an Xbox Game Pass game, so if you pay the 8 monthly sub, or regional equivalent, you'll be able to play the game from 11th July for free.

But what about PlayStation 4? "Yes, the PS4 version is coming," a Fatshark spokesperson told me this morning. "We don't have a date for it yet, but will communicate that soon. We don't expect it to be too far away, but we want to do one system at a time to be able to maintain the highest quality of the releases."

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Video games aren't that good at friends. Oh sure, they can be great for making them. Various multiplayer games have facilitated very real and valid friendships, but the games themselves scarcely contain an ounce of the same stuff in their characters. Bonds of friendship in-game are generally left to barks and grunts of command. Vermintide 2, despite taking place in the grimmest, darkest fantasy land there is, somehow manages the impossible and gives us a party of unlikely heroes whose bond feels terribly sincere.

Vermintide 2 patch aims to lower difficulty

Vermintide 2 patch aims to lower difficulty

Buff-buff man thing, yes-yes.

A sizeable new update for Warhammer: Vermintide 2 has been released by developer Fatshark, aimed at fixing a number of issues with the game's difficulty.

The patch - 1.0.5, for those keeping count - includes buffs for all 15 of the game's career paths, making each playable hero more powerful against the game's Skaven and Chaos enemies. The individual hero tweaks are too numerous to list here, but largely revolve around increasing the percentage outputs of damage buffs, while also boosting abilities aimed at damage reduction.

A few changes have also been made to Vermintide 2's Chaos enemies - Marauders have had their cleave hit mass reduced by 25 per cent, meaning they block less incoming damage to adjacent enemies; Blightstormer and Lifeleech Sorcerers have been given a headshot hitzone; and Blightstormers have had their health pools shrunk down by a third.

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Warhammer: Vermintide 2 sells 500,000 copies in under a week

The freshly reviewed - and Recommended - Warhammer: Vermintide 2 has raced out of the gate, selling more than 500,000 copies on PC in less than a week. It was only released Thursday, 8th March.

"We are proud and happy that gamers worldwide have taken Warhammer: Vermintide 2 to their hearts," said Martin Wahlund, CEO of developer Fatshark. "500,000 games sold was a milestone that we had, but not less than a week after release."

Vermintide will come to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and we hope this year, although when exactly hasn't been announced. Betas will be available in the spring, Fatshark said.

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Warhammer: Vermintide 2 review - a sequel done right

When it comes to tinkering with a game like Vermintide, it's very easy to muddle what made the original work - the video game equivalent of messing with the thermostat rather than putting another jumper on. I remember feeling that way when Left 4 Dead 2 launched; I loved the first game, but there was something about the sequel that felt off. I had issues with the pacing, chiefly, but there was something else about the experience that didn't quite work, like it had lost some essential part of what made it great along the way.

Warhammer: Vermintide 2

Developer: Fatshark

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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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