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Chaos Wastes, the free expansion for Warhammer Vermintide 2, will arrive for PlayStation and Xbox consoles next month.

Already available on PC, the add-on will turn up for Xbox One and Series X/S on 3rd June. PS4 players get the expansion later in June.

Fatshark’s co-op rat smasher launched on PC back in 2018 to a positive response (we said it was a “sequel done right” in Eurogamer’s Warhammer Vermintide 2 review). Now, three years on, Chaos Wastes adds a number of new features – and also support for a “fifth player” via Twitch audience vote integration.

New in Chaos Wastes are Pilgrim’s Coins, which can be traded for favour or weapons, a Chest of Trials which summons an optional boss for big rewards, Shrines to call upon godly boons, and a few other bits and bobs.

If you’ve not tried Vermintide 2 yet, it plays a bit like a furrier version of Left 4 Dead. Combat is brutal – full of sword-swinging, axe-smashing, spell-casting, arrow-finging, and even the occasional gun – and the swarming hordes are giant rodent horrors, rather than your usual undead. Worth sinking your teeth into.