Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is a beautiful first-person hack-and-slash game set in the Warhammer fantasy universe. Vermintide 2 follows the cast of the Ubersreik Five as they fight and slaughter their way through hordes of Skaven, Chaos, and other monsters. Set in the End Times, players can team up with three friends in this glorious groundbreaking melee action game. However, as wonderful as Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is fun to play, is it cross-platform?
Suppose you haven’t played Warhammer: Vermintide 2 before. In that case, you could closely relate it to a game like Left 4 Dead, except with a melee combat-centric focus themed around parrying and utilizing different variations on light and heavy attacks to take out swarms of enemies functioning very similarly to zombies.
The game requires you to partner up with three other allies, be they bots or players, to seek an objective while saving each other from overwhelming hordes of foes and the occasional elite unit with a unique game-changing gimmick.
Is Vermintide 2 Cross Platform?
Vermintide 2 was released in March 2018 for PC, then later in the year for Playstation 4 and Xbox One. Unfortunately, Vermintide 2 doesn’t support crossplay (aka cross platform gameplay) between different groups on alternate platforms. So PC players can only play with other PC players, Xbox players can only play with Xbox players, and so on. For anyone considering picking up this game to play with friends, make sure you are all on the same platform.
Why isn’t Vermintide 2 Cross Platform?
A significant reason why Vermintide 2 isn’t cross-platform is for technical differences and balancing changes made to compensate. The critical difference between playing Vermintide 2 on Console vs. PC is that hordes of enemies are smaller but have higher HP. This HP buff applies to everything from common cannon fodder enemies to elites.
Even balance changes made to the different heroes or classes in Vermintide 2 would affect both PC and Console, but the technical horde changes are set in stone. Due to the differentiating health values and sizes of the hordes of enemies, crossplay for Vermintide 2 doesn’t look like it will happen anytime soon.
Along with these technical differences, Vermintide 2 may be nearing the end of its development cycle. Due to the immediate release of Darktide, Vermintide 2’s development may result in a decline in content to focus more on Darktide. We will likely still see the final DLC career for Sienna, along with a few more updates, but crossplay won’t be likely for Vermintide 2.
We highly recommend the PC version when playing Vermintide 2 between console and PC. Fighting through enormous hordes of enemies is a lot more fun than cleaving through smaller but tankier foes. Also, due to the changes between the PC and Console versions for Vermintide 2, the meta builds are different, and ranged classes are typically weaker due to the limitations on Console.
Hopefully, if Vermintide 2 gets a sequel, crossplay will be a reality. Current generation consoles can keep up with the PC’s performance power. We also hope the best for their upcoming game, Darktide. Because of its similar gameplay flow, we hope that we will be able to play with our friends no matter what platform in the grim dark universe of Warhammer 40k.
If you are a PC fan with friends who only have consoles, or vice-versa, check out our other companion articles on whether Doom Eternal is cross platform enabled or if Risk of Rain 2 support cross platform gameplay. For those rare games that support this feature, it’s definitely worth checking out!