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Why Vermintide 2’s Store Might Not Be the Sucky Cash-Grab You Expect

Last Updated September 23, 2020 1:31 PM
William Worrall
Last Updated September 23, 2020 1:31 PM
  • Vermintide 2 is essentially Warhammer meets Left 4 Dead.
  • The Fatshark title is getting an in-game store.
  • Surprisingly, this one doesn’t look like a naked attempt to exploit you for profit.

Adding in-game stores to a title that has already launched almost never goes over well. So when Fatshark announced it would be opening one in Vermintide 2, gamers immediately feared it would be a naked cash grab.

Weirdly, though, it looks like this one might not suck. At least not at first.

The Case for the Vermintide 2 Store

Vermintide 2 is a gamer’s paradise. Think Warhammer meets Left 4 Dead. Sadly, it’s flown under the radar since its release in Feb. 2018.

According to Steam Charts, it averages around 2,500 active players . Those players are insanely dedicated, but they’re few in number. (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive averages roughly 500,000 players.).

Vermintide 2 - Steam Stats
Vermintide 2 players are insanely dedicated. There just aren’t very many of them. | Source: Steam Charts 

Fatshark wants to reward Vermintide 2’s dedicated fanbase with new content, but they can’t do that off the back of three pieces of year-old DLC .

Launching a store is a sensible way of generating funds to keep new content coming.

And it looks they’re going about it the right way.

Most products can be bought using in-game currency. Only a few premium items exist, and both types are exclusively cosmetic.

The Fatshark Store Is Still on Shaky Ground

Vermintide 2 in-game store
Will Fatshark resist the temptation that launching an in-game item store presents? | Source: Fatshark/Steam 

I’m still a little bit worried. The Vermintide 2 store doesn’t sound like it’s going to suck, but having premium items at all means that Fatshark must endure the constant temptation to take it a step further.

It would be so simple to just sell one premium item that gives in-game bonuses and can only be purchased with real money. But we all know they’d never be able to stop at one. All it takes is poor sales on a new DLC package to change the equation for a developer.

Let’s hope that Fatshark sticks to its guns. We don’t need another fun game ruined by an exploitative storefront. Where else are we going to satisfy our righteous Sigmarite fury?