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IndustryInteractive entertainment
Video game industry
HeadquartersStockholm, Sweden
ProductsWar of the Roses
Warhammer: Vermintide series
OwnerTencent (50%)

Fatshark is an independent video game development studio based in Stockholm, Sweden.[1][2] The studio is located in Stockholm close to the Southern Station. Fatshark acted as a subcontractor for several AAA titles for PC and consoles, and the studio also develops its own games.[3][4]


It originated from a company called Northplay,[5] which subcontracted for various Swedish companies between 2003 and 2008.[4] The company is best known for its involvement with the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360; developing for both, Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 and versions of their PC game Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West.[6]

In January 2019, Tencent acquired about a 50% stake in Fatshark in a deal worth approximately 500 million kr (around US$56 million).[7]

Released and future games[edit]

As a recent and smaller developer, Fatshark has had some degree of success with its early releases. In 2010, Fatshark released Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West for PC. Described as "Team Fortress 2 meets Wild West",[4] the game received a 7.0 rating from GameSpot.[8]

A subsequent 2011 release, Hamilton's Great Adventure was received as a surprising change in the developer's choice of gameplay and genre as it focused more on single-player elements with a relatively low learning curve.[9] Several gaming news outlets covered the company's 2012 release-announcement and footage of Krater, a role-playing video game.[10][11][12]

Fatshark later released War of the Roses in 2012, and received a 7.5 rating from GameSpot,[13] 8.0 rating from Eurogamer,[14] and was listed in the Guardian as one of the best games to play in the autumn of 2012.[15] The critics promoted the game for its innovativeness and “freshness”,[16] but also noted a rather steep learning curve.[17] War of the Vikings was later released in 2014 as the next installment in the War Franchise. The game added new features such as special attacks, a new Arena mode and the ability to throw weapons, and was set during the Viking Age rather than 15th century England. In November 2014, Fatshark released Escape Dead Island, an adventure survival horror game set in Deep Silver's Dead Island universe, and is met with mostly negative reviews from game critics. In 2015, the company released Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide, which sold more than 500,000 units.[18] Followed by sequel, Warhammer: Vermintide 2 released in 2018.


Title Year Platform(s)
Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West 2010 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3
Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 2011 PlayStation 3, Xbox Live Arcade
Hamilton's Great Adventure 2011 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Android
Krater 2012 Microsoft Windows
War of the Roses 2012 Microsoft Windows
War of the Vikings 2014 Microsoft Windows
Escape Dead Island 2014 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Bloodsports.TV 2015 Microsoft Windows
Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide 2015 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Warhammer: Vermintide 2 2018 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


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  2. ^ "Fatshark profile page". Mod DB. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
  3. ^ "Fatshark official about page". Fatshark. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
  4. ^ a b c "Exclusive Interview With Lead and Gold Developer Fatshark". THGTR. Archived from the original on 2010-07-12. Retrieved 2011-11-12.
  5. ^ Arnroth, Thomas (2011-03-24). "Flatshark reste sig ur ruinerna av Grin" [Fatshark rose from the ruin of Integrin] (in Swedish). IDG.se. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
  6. ^ "Fatshark profile page". IGN. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
  7. ^ Dring, Christopher (January 9, 2019). "Tencent takes minority stake in Warhammer: Vermintide developer Fatshark". GamesIndustry.biz. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  8. ^ Watters, Chris. "Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West Review". GameSpot. Archived from the original on 2011-11-29. Retrieved 2011-11-12.
  9. ^ "'Hamilton's Great Adventure' (ALL) Developer Interview With Fatshark". Worthplaying.com. Retrieved 2011-11-12.
  10. ^ O'Conner, Alice. "Fatshark announces post-apocalyptic action-RPG 'Krater'". Shack News. Retrieved 2011-11-12.
  11. ^ Grayson, Nathan. "Fatshark announces post-apocalyptic RPG Krater, valiantly attempts to explain it". PC Gamer. Retrieved 2011-11-12.
  12. ^ Parrish, Peter. "Fatshark is making a Krater". PCInvasion. Retrieved 2011-11-12.
  13. ^ Meunier, Nathan (5 October 2012). "War of the Roses Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
  14. ^ Dean, Paul (1 October 2012). "War of the Roses Review". EuroGamer. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
  15. ^ Stewart, Keith (4 September 2012). "The Guardian Review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
  16. ^ http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-10-01-war-of-the-roses-review
  17. ^ Yasenchak, Randy. "ElderGeek War of the Roses Review". ElderGeek. ElderGeek. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
  18. ^ Jarvis, Matthew (April 1, 2016). "Fatshark's Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide passes 500,000 sales". Develop. Retrieved April 1, 2016.

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