Warhammer: Vermintide 2 adds mod support, more hats

First-person ratbasher Warhammer: Vermintide 2 today blasted its first content update, following a string of patches with fixes and tweaks. Along with officially launching mod support, the update adds new challenges and daily quests to complete for loot, and boshes in loads of hats, skin recolours, and other cosmetic bits. The mod SDK doesn’t include a map editor, sadly, but it does let modders fiddle with game logic, graphics effects, the user interface, textures, and other bits of gameguts, so it’ll be interesting to see what people make.

Visit your pal Franz in the keep and beside him you’ll find a skully book presenting tasks and offering rewards. Okri’s Challenges are one-off, (mostly) long-term tasks: complete all this, craft this many items, murder one of those enemies in this specific way, do this neat environmental murder in that level… achievement-y sort of tasks.

The book also offers daily challenges, which hang around until you finish ’em then roll in new challenges to fill empty slots every day. My three challenges for today, for example, are to: slay 3 bosses as a party; retrieve 4 tomes; and complete 2 levels as Sienna. The reward is, of course, booty for the persistent grind-o-rama.

New booty is in too, with over 100 hats, skins, and portrait frames added in the update. The skins seem to be recolours rather than whole new looks but hey, you can customise your warmen a little more. Some cosmetics are exclusive to Challenges, some just come in any old chest.

As for mods, you can easily download ’em through Vermintide 2’s Steam Workshop. If you fancy making a mod yourself, start with this guide. Some mods will block players from the persistent progress tracks, mind.

“Since Warhammer: Vermintide 2 contains progression systems, we cannot allow mods that ‘cheat’ or make the game easier in ways that go against our design philosophy,” developers Fatshark say. “The type of mods we will allow (sanctioned mods) are quality of life mods, certain UI mods and similar.”

To stop that, they’re whitelisting mods on a case-by-case basis, which will let them be used in the main game on the ‘Official Realm’. Mods they haven’t checked or which they disapprove of will only be playable on the ‘Modded Realm’.

See the update 1.1 notes for more on all this, and see some of the pretties in this trailer:

18 Comments

  1. Chem says:

    Wait they added cosmetics without micro transactions?

    ..but that will make them go out of business

  2. SonofaShepherd says:

    Don’t be fooled folks. People have been opening the literally hundreds of chests they’ve been saving and not getting jack. no cosmetics, no veteran equipment, nothing. If people manage to get cosmetics or veteran equipment, they then proceed to receive nothing else but duplicates of the items they already have. After HUNDREDS of loot chests. This game remains a disaster and a travesty. Stop trying to convince people otherwise RPS.

    • zaygr says:

      I got 2 hats and one veteran item after opening about 140 chests, mix of vaults and commendation chests. But RNG is still RNG and there are no pity timers or anything, and so far the dailies only give more chests. So unless we get progressable bounties that give specific items or chests that for example guarantees a red or cosmetic, the new changes don’t mean too much if you’re purely for the loot.

    • mcnostril says:

      …it’s still a fun game? It has balance issues and bugs and those should definitely not be glossed over, but it’s still a really fun experience. I have 300+ hours at this point, and I’m still enjoying it despite the flaws.
      Though the RPS coverage has been fairly optimistic considering Fatshark’s track record of patching something and breaking 5 other things in the process.

      Drop rates are weird, some people get nothing, I just got like 5 reds and a hat from 17 vaults. I guess if mad loot and Progreshiun Systums are that important to someone, they should probably not be playing this game.

    • Beefenstein says:

      “This game remains a disaster and a travesty. Stop trying to convince people otherwise RPS.”

      57% of recent Steam reviews are positive, and therefore I think that your words are too harsh. Overall this game is getting a mixed reception because there are problems, but it is still the case that most people are recommending the game.
      Of course I will agree with you if there is a trend towards more negative reviews on average after these changes.

    • West44 says:

      It’s still a fun game. You sound like the typical idiot who’s more concerned with cosmetics than actual gameplay.

    • Boozebeard says:

      It’s a game about killing hordes of skaven. It’s really fun to kill hordes of skaven. How is that a disaster? Why are people so fucking obsessed with loot. If you don’t enjoy the combat for the combats sake and just want loads of loot go play an ARPG? Not every game has to be an endless hamster wheel of progression.

      Also there are lots of cosmetics unlocked through the new challenges FYI. They aren’t all loot drops.

    • SaintAn says:

      Are chest contents rolled the moment you get the chest? Like Overwatch does?

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    phuzz says:

    Particularly fine work on that alt-text Alice :)

  4. Daymare says:

    Waitaminit, is that Klovis the Redeemer on the right side?

    The one with the magnificent burning crown? But … he’s from WH40k! I know him from that hilarious comic of the same name.

  5. cpt_freakout says:

    Too bad about there not being a map editor – I was really hoping mod support would include it, since that’s what’s given L4D such a long life, I think.

  6. Stromko says:

    57% positive lately? That’s actually horrible. APB Reloaded has a 67% positive rating and it’s a trash fire.

    Only people who’ve bought into a game in some way can leave a review, so reviewers are predisposed toward being positive towards it. My rule of thumb is ‘mostly positive’ means average quality or a contentious game.

    I actually like Vermintide 2 a lot, mind you. I think it’s a fun game even if the progression system weren’t there, as the combat is meaty and challenging, though most of the longevity depends on the lure of loot. Once I found a gear set that worked for me, I just had to get my fill of the combat and see all the content and was then kinda done.

    • Stromko says:

      That was in response to another commentator that mentioned the recent steam user reviews (in the last 30 days as of this writing) are 57% positive, but from the context they seemed to be suggesting that meant people were generally happy with it.

  7. njury says:

    Fun game but the lack of available stats ruins it for me.
    Loot based game without being able to actually tell if a piece of gear is better than another.

    If they had made a minimum of stats available be and my buddies would still be playing it.

  8. BaronKreight says:

    Reading comments on their steam wall.

    “We change the color of skins.
    We add mods.
    We put the same system we put on the first.
    It’s major no?”

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