With all of the sweet looking armor, brutal axes, and epic beards, it's a wonder that we don't see more Vikings in gaming. But if you've been looking for the Norse brand of violent, close-quarters combat, War of the Vikings looks like it will have it all. We had a chance to meet with developer Fatshark and play the latest version of the now Steam Early Access title, and the new additions make the battles even more intense than ever.
In previous builds, our warrior classes only had access to a select few swords, axes, bows, and throwing weapons. This time the developers have added several new two-handed and single-handed axes and an addition weapon type: the spear. The spear is limited two normal strikes: a high stab to the face, and a low attack to the gut. In the right hands, the simple weapon is devastating thanks to the longer range, but you'll have limited defenses.
The other major addition is what the developers call battle chatter. This is a feature you might notice in some shooters out there. Team mates automatically shout out, "Grenade!" or "Sniper!" when there is danger nearby. In War of the Vikings, its that same idea, but instead of warning you of explosives, teammates will automatically yell to take cover from arrows, or to bring up your shields. It might not sound like much in writing, but when you're hacking down foes and hearing your comrades yelling for you raise you shield against and incoming arrow volley, the experience is super badass.
Interested in playing? War of the Vikings will be available to play for free this weekend starting today (12/5). Download it on Steam to get in the game. If you want more information, images, and our previous coverage of War of the Vikings, check out the following slides.