For a long time when I heard people talking about new recommendations for those who loved Left 4 Dead, one game kept popping up: Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide. One of the weirder off-shoots of the Warhammer brand, Vermintide was a first-person cooperative multiplayer title, pitting a band of heroes against the rising tide of the rat-like Skaven. It was unabashedly Left 2 Dead inspired, but that wasn't a problem, because A) it was good and B) it's not like anything is happening with Left 4 Dead right now.
Based on the success of the first game, developer Fatshark has officially announced Warhammer Vermintide II. The basics will remain the same, but like any proper sequel, the developer is adding much more. That means new environments, more hero classes, talent trees, and most importantly, the addition of the Chaos Army as an enemy faction. Warhammer Vermintide II is coming to PC and consoles in early 2018.
"Vermintide 2 is the evolution of the genre. If you liked the first game, you'll love the second," said Fatshark CEO Martin Wahlund in a press release. "We have listened to the community, analyzed hours and hours of online playthroughs, and combined this with our passion for co-op games to bring you the very best experience possible."
Interested folks can pre-order the game on Steam right now, with a swank 10 percent discount off the $29.99 asking price. Pre-ordering Vermintide 2 will offer access to the game's beta and a free copy of the upcoming Death on the Reik downloadable content for the first game.