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Warhammer: End Times—Vermintide gets new DLC today and its biggest patch yet

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The Skaven have invaded the Dwarfen fortress of Karak Azgaraz, and it's up to you to fight them off and warn the nearby settlements of their incursion! Which is another way of saying that the Karak Azgaraz DLC for Warhammer: End Times—Vermintide announced last month is now live on Steam. 

Karak Azgaraz features three new maps leading through the settlement of Kazid Kro to the beacon atop the snowy Grey Mountains, a pair of new character-specific weapons—the Warpick for the Dwarf ranger Bardin Goreksson, and the Falchion for witch hunter Victor Saltzpyre—and a trio of new Steam achievements.  

Vermintide developer Fatshark has also rolled out the biggest patch yet for the base game, taking it to version 1.5 with a number of new features, optimizations, and balance changes. The full changelog is way too long to list here, but highlights include: 

  • Added some weight and variation to ragdoll behaviours
  • Added physics to a number of props in the Inn which were previously static
  • A new HUD has been added when playing with controller
  • Added options to switch between XboxOne and PlayStation(R)4 icon sets for controllers
  • Added option to switch between different controller layouts
  • Added Auto-aim support when playing with controller
  • Added mouse scroll inputs as keybindings
  • Added option to disable/enable "Give Items with Block Key"
  • Franz Lohner no longer whistles cheerfully. It is the End Times after all!
  • Lots of code has been moved to less used CPU-cores, and runs more in parallel.
  • Added multi-level navigation pathing for enemies. So enemies should not get stuck no matter how far away from players they are.
  • Heavy optimization of all shaders.

As with previous DLCs Schluesselschloss and Drachenfels (don't you just love these Vermintide subtitles?), people who own Karak Azgaraz will be able to invite and play with Vermintiders who do not. Warhammer: End Times—Vermintide - Karak Azgaraz (whew) will set you back $9/£6 on Steam.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.