Warhammer: Vermintide

This game’s population is dumpstered, the End Times are here. Apologies to console gamers; even PC gamers feel bad for you, because we’re both screwed together.

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I mostly play Saltzpyre and Kruber these days and I couldn't catch a QP game in a bag this last weekend playing during peak hours in the middle of the USA even with the QP range set to Far. There are two groups of people left playing this game:

  1. Folks playing on their older sibling's computer
  2. Folk playing in groups of 3 or 4 who're waiting for someone to finish downloading MHW.

This game's devs have learned absolutely nothing from Vermintide 1, they've sold 2,000,000+ copies and even though they shipped a retail product with placeholder assets they've still ignored bugs from closed beta and now the game has less active population than Planetside 2, or CS:S. Bugs that were fixed in previous patches have reemerged because Fatshark lacks management enforcing a version control scheme.

There might be hope for the PC population, though I have not as yet seen any indication that the company that made VT 1.5 is still in business, but even though PC has been ignored for several months now I truly feel bad for people who paid money for this game on consoles. You got ripped off and if you never come back to this game on console then that means your brain is working. There are bugs that got fixed on PC that were reintroduced into your build of the game–and the PC builds as well. Maybe one day the devs will display the competence of a first year college project but I'm no longer sure.

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Vermintide 1 eventually was developed into a fantastic product, which made me a huge supporter of Fatshark's product support. The core gameplay loop of Vermintide is still intact! But until

–game balance

–enemy hyperdensity (chaos is not working as intended, stop making excuses for your spaghetti code and listen to your favored content creators https://youtu.be/nxW4eJFsnYo?t=121)

–game balance

–sanity checks on special spawns

Read:  Hearing Vermintide: A couple suggestions for hearing impaired accessibility

–phantom swings

–nonfunctional talents

–game balance a third time

–nav and character meshes getting fixed (again, RIP 1.08)

–and maybe a DLC because I'm a fan of the game but at this point in the game's lifecycle most Vermintide fans who got me into the game are not anymore

The lobby browser set to Far during peak hours US CST is as dead as I ever saw VT1 prior to 1.5. I hope the cash from two million sales feels good in your pockets, fatshark. You will not be getting much more until you get your act together. Certainly none of it from consoles unless they're dumber than the #pcmasterrace jokes about. They are not.

The most frustrating thing of all is that VT1 proved you can do so much better.


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