I’ve noticed that here are some lore references to Castle Wittgenstein and the village of Wittgendorf in the lore pieces given when the game is loading. And I think this is a hint about what is to come in regards to the next expansion, as well as my speculation for what else we might get with the expansion.
Just so you know where you saw it first.
Castle Wittgenstein and Wittgendorf
Now for those who don’t already know Castle Wittgenstein is a location that’s part of the “Enemy Within” campaign to the table top Warhammer RPG, first version of it was written in like the 1980s or such and new versions have been released since then, and specifically the part called “Death on the Reik”.
Its a location where a noble brought a big chunk of warpstone (the green stuff that the Skaven uses in their technology and can be seen lying around in “Into the Nest”. Warpstone is essentially crystalized magic with many dangerous qualities) to his castle and put it down in the basement.
To cut things short the influence of the warpstone drove his family insane and caused them to start to mutate so in the campaign the place is essentially shunned and the family and many of the servants have essentially become heavily mutated lunatic shut-ins doing all kinds of horrible stuff to whomever they get their hands on. As per the lore piece in Vermintide the adventurers saving the Empire in 2512 IC in “Enemy Within” have already cleared out Castle Wittgenstein once but left for the Pactsworn to move in since then.
Wittgendorf is a nearby village to Castle Wittgenstein but untoched by the warpstone’s influence.
Thus I think, if the expansion does indeed have three maps as seems to be the most expected number, that one map will be in Wittgendorf, one in Castle Wittgenstein and that there’s a reason which then leads the Ü5 to the Chaos Wastes for a final showdown with whoever it is that’s been doing naughty stuff and then presumably fled north, probably through a portal. Just because we will go to the Chaos Wastes in the expansion does not mean every map will be set there, after all.
Creatures of the Chaos Wastes
And another thing that I would comment on is the presence of certain monsters in the Warriors of Chaos Armybook for the 8th edition. Its my belief that we’ll either get a new monster for Chaos or that the final end event will be against some horrifically mutated Chaos creature, more animal than sentinent, instead of another humanoid lord from the Rotbloods or Clan Fester.
My favorites for what could be included are the following three.
Mutalith Vortex Beast