Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is 5 years previous, and meaning it is free to play over the weekend. The massive birthday celebration additionally sees the return of A Quiet Drink, a particular occasion stage through which gamers brawl with a horde of Ratmen and Chaos Warriors whereas looking for someplace to get a drink.

We favored Vermintide 2 an terrible lot when it got here out in 2018, declaring in our 80% evaluation that its dangerous matchmaking and RPG development had been greater than made up for by “feverishly enjoyable” fight and stage design. Since then it is gotten a gentle stream of updates, each free and paid, together with the nice roguelike-inspired Chaos Wastes mode. Vermintide 2 was a serious hit for Fatshark, and stays well-liked to this present day: In reality, its peak concurrent participant depend over the previous couple of months hasn’t been far off that of Fatshark’s most up-to-date launch, the troubled Warhammer 40,000: Darktide, which simply launched in November 2022. Work on that game continues, however Fatshark apparently additionally has plans to proceed with Vermintide 2.

“I believe it’s truthful to say that none of us thought Vermintide 2 would have such a long-lasting affect and nonetheless be so well-liked after half a decade,” mentioned Martin Wahlund, CEO of Vermintide 2 developer Fatshark. “We’re immensely happy with what we’ve achieved with the game and nonetheless fairly enthusiastic about its future. In fact, we wouldn’t be right here with out all of the assist from our gamers, so keep tuned for much more Vermintide 2 in 2023.”

The Warhammer: Vermintide 2 free weekend runs till March 13, and it is on sale for 80% off on Steam—that is $6/£5/€6—till March 16. Fatshark can also be awarding triple XP to all Vermintide 2 gamers till March 19.