The End Times : Vermintide Rises In Warhammer

The city shudders and things chitter in the darkened alleys and shadowed paths. There is the stentch of warpstone on the air and rotting flesh abounds.


Independant developers Fatshark are inviting us to step into that city plagued by the Skaven. They’ve announced a PC and console four person co-op game, Warhammer: The End Times Vermintide.


Vermintide reads like the Warhammer Fantasy equvialent of Left 4 Dead set in the city of Ubersreik in the Empire. Players will be able to take the battle to the filthy ratmen on Playstation 4, XBox One and PC some time in the second half of 2015. The End Times themselves are an ongoing event within the Warhammer Fantasy universe.

Martin Wahlund, CEO of Fatshark was quoted as saying:

“Combining gritty combat with cooperative multiplayer action, Vermintide will provide the player with a completely new perspective of the Warhammer Fantasy universe, through the eyes of the heroes they play. Staying true to the fantasy lore, with familiar foes and locations, we look forward to winning the hearts of enthusiasts and newcomers with this new take on the Warhammer story”.


So then, given the recent spread of titles from Games Workshop across the old world and Warhammer 40,000 how do we feel about this idea? Four heroes picked from a pool of five against the vicious and cunning Skaven.

Personally? This beats the hell out of 40k semi-chess. Bring on the hordes. Show the Skaven what “manthings” can do.

For the Empire!

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.

(Of course I included the scrawl, I’m a Warhammer lore nerd. I had to.)

Source: Press Release

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About Jonathan Doyle

Once long ago Westwood made a space game. Earth And Beyond was the start of the journey. From there, through Paragon City and to the fields of Altdorf, there were battles. Westwood brought me to MMOs. City of Heroes refined my love for them. Warhammer brought me to writing about them. He loves all things space, sci fi, Warhammer or heroic.