The Warhammer 40000 universe has had many video games over the years – but Darktide looks particularly special.
A big part of that is thanks to developer Fatshark, who were behind the acclaimed Warhammer: Vermintide 2, which was considered not only one of the best Warhammer games, but also one of the best co-op experiences in recent memory.
So hopes are high for Darktide as co-op hack-and-slash gameplay gets a makeover for the 41st century – here’s everything you need to know.
When is the Darktide release date?
Darktide release date is Wednesday, November 30th on PC.
An Xbox Series X/S launch is expected “shortly after” – although the Xbox Warhammer 40000 Darktide website still lists the game as “upcoming 2022”.
Darktide was initially slated for a 2021 release, but has been delayed multiple times due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a desire to “improve stability, performance, and key mature systems.”
Can I pre-order Darktide?
Yes! You can pre-order Warhammer 40000 Darktide on Xbox Series X/S from Game and Argos and on PC via Steam.
Anyone who pre-orders any version of the game on PC will get access to a pre-launch beta that began on November 17th and will run until November 29th before the game launches. While the full game won’t be fully available just yet, eight missions across four zones are currently playable, with two more missions set to be added on November 28th.
All 13 missions and five zones will then be available on release day. Developer Fatshark has stated that its goal is to carry the beta progress over to the full version, but cannot “fully guarantee” that this will be the case.
What consoles and platforms can Darktide be played on?
Darktide will be released on PC and also launches in PC Game Pass on day one. The Warhammer 40000 game is also coming to Xbox Series X/S at a later date, where it is expected to release simultaneously on Xbox Game Pass.
Darktide gameplay and story details
Developers Fatshark previously spearheaded the well-received co-op action game Warhammer: Vermintide 2 and are now replicating the winning formula in the Warhammer 40k universe.
Once again, gameplay will be four-player co-op action, but Vermintide’s fantasy melee weapons have now been replaced with futuristic chainsaws, power swords, and ranged weapons. You can now also customize your character by choosing between the four classes Veteran, Zealot, Ogryn and Psyker and by choosing your gender and appearance.
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Written by Dan Abnett, a franchise veteran who has written numerous Warhammer novels, the game’s story follows a group of Inquisition agents investigating the hive city of Tertium for possible infiltration by the Chaos. Based on the ship Mourningstar, players are sent to different sectors of Tertium by the Inquisition to fight the Nurgle infestation and build the game’s wave-based combat gameplay.
Darktide aims to be a live service game with story and gameplay evolving over time.
Is there a Darktide trailer?
There have been multiple trailers and gameplay showcases for Darktide – although this recent overview trailer covers all the bases with a comprehensive look at the game:
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