Return to Castle Drachenfels
It feels so good to be able to keep bringing up Warhammer: Vermintide 2 in 2020. The hectic four-player smash-’em-up just started Season 2 – in case you missed it, Vermintide 2 has seasons now – and that news can only mean one thing: it’s time to get the band back together to wail on some creeps.
Along with Old Haunts, the first free map from The Curse of Drachenfels, update 2.1.0 also added Quick-Play Weaves (with AI bot support) and a cosmetic store called Lohner’s Emporium of Wonders.
I know what you’re probably thinking, and yes, there are real-money items. These so-called Premium Cosmetics are intended to “support the studio” and ensure that Fatshark can keep rolling out free content updates. The items range anywhere from $2.99 (The Golden Taurox and the Marienburg Bicorne) up to $4.99 (in the case of the Aspect of Adanhu and the admittedly rather great Stolen Swine).
These items aren’t exactly cheap, and no matter cool some of the gear looks in the store, I don’t know that I’ve ever spent money on cosmetics in a first-person game before, but the option at least exists.
That said, not everything is cash-only. You’ll be able to earn hats, hero skins, and weapon skins through gameplay. The developers are tying Shillings – the cosmetic currency – to daily and weekly quests.
Of course, there’s a little something to get players going. If you own any DLC for Warhammer: Vermintide 2, you’ll be given a “one-time bag of Shillings for each DLC, as well as additional quests.”
The next two maps in The Curse of Drachenfels will launch later in Season 2, and they’ll be free as well. “The Drachenfels of 2020 is harder than ever,” according to Fatshark CEO Martin Wahlund.
Season 2 & 2.1.0 are out now! [Vermintide]