Vermintide 2 gets an in-game store that sounds pretty good

Vermintide 2 will soon let its motley group of heroes adorn themselves with cosmetic items without making sacrifices to the little RNG gods. Instead of praying that their random loot gets them what they want, players will be able to open a new in-game store, and for the most part, they won’t have to dip into their wallets.

Every time a game adds a store after launch, there is some growl in the community. This happened recently with Rocket League, which ditched loot boxes for an item shop and blueprint system, disrupting the player economy. In the case of Vermintide 2, however, the store scope is smaller and simpler. Fatshark CEO Martin Wahlund said the goal was to get gamers to get their hands on more cosmetics.

“Right off the bat we had a lot of cosmetics in the game, but it’s hard to get them,” he says. “They are rare and sometimes people couldn’t target the ones they want. We thought we should have a system where people can have long term goals to work on certain cosmetics for the classes they want. play or whoever they like. ”

You won’t need to juggle many different currencies or craft items like you would in Rocket League or Warframe. You just have to choose the item you want and buy it with your quest earnings.

“You earn currency through daily and weekly quests,” Wahlund explains. “These quests have been in the game for a while and we’ll be adding more over time. If you do them you earn a certain amount of coins and buy stuff in the store. I can see it go by. many iterations in the future, but it’s very simple. “

The top three things you will be able to collect are Hero Skins, Hats, and Weapon Illusions, but more may be added in the future. The vast majority of items will indeed be available for free, costing only in-game currency. You will only be wasting your time, not your money. Premium items will be available, however, and this is how Fatshark is hoping to fund new DLC.

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While Vermintide 2 does offer a few expansions, it also offers maps for free and allows anyone to play premium items by joining a game with someone who already owns it. Wahlund wants to be able to offer more DLC like this and will be monitoring the store’s performance to see if that’s possible.

“We are patient,” says Wahlund. “We’re in no rush to do anything. We want to make sure people have a good time playing the game for a long time.”

Premium items also won’t require you to purchase currency bundles. One of the most egregious microtransaction tricks is to sell incremental lots that encourage players to buy more than they need. If an ax costs 1,000 Bullshit Bucks, there’s a good chance the nearest lot will be 1,100 BBs. In Vermintide this will be done through Steam using the regular currency and you will be able to purchase the item directly.

With Chinese publisher Tencent owning 29% of the company, news from the store has left some gamers wondering if this is a company-inspired change rather than Funcom. According to Wahlund, however, the plans for the store predate Tencent’s purchase of those shares. Originally, it was going to be launched shortly after Tencent arrived on the scene, but Fatshark was concerned about player perception and therefore resisted.

“It’s something we wanted to do,” he says. “Tencent is very passive. They don’t tell us what to do or change our business model; it’s up to us to decide 100%. We are the majority shareholders, so we control the company. They got one in five board seats, so they don’t have a mandate to tell us what to do.

Tencent has a lot of experience with this type of business model, however, so the publisher was able to provide some feedback. Wahlund points out, however, that it’s all about Fatshark’s creation.

I wasn’t really on board before, but as someone who is fed up with being a victim of RNG, I come back to this, especially allowing players to buy cosmetics with in-game currency instead. real money. . Fatshark has launched a beta to get player feedback, and the store will be added to live play later this week.