Warhammer 40,000: Darktide – Everything You Need to Know About Fatshark’s New Game

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is a religious successor to the favored co-op Warhammer Vermintide video games. The Swedish developer Fatshark is shifting from the Warhammer fantasy setting to the sci-fi Warhammer 40K universe, which inherently requires a number of modifications to the system.

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide was first introduced in July 2020.

Launch date, platforms, pricing, editions

The sport initially focused a 2021 launch window, although Fatshark formally delayed it to Spring 2022 a couple of yr after the announcement. Then, a smaller delay nailed down the discharge date of Warhammer 40,000: Darktide to September thirteenth, 2022.

The sport shall be accessible on PC (Steam, Microsoft Retailer) and Xbox Collection S|X. Cross-play will not be accessible even between Steam and Microsoft Retailer customers at launch, although the builders mentioned they’re exploring it.

The usual version might be pre-ordered now for a value of $39.99, although it’ll even be accessible as a part of the Recreation Move subscription.

The Imperial Version is priced at $59.99 and contains the next gadgets:

  • Loyalist Pack: Purge heresy in fashion with these 4 distinctive class outfits, 8 weapon pores and skin patterns, one set of headgear in addition to an Ogryn physique tattoo.
  • Mortis Veteran Portrait Body: A beauty portrait body used to pay tribute to the fallen defenders of Tertium Hive.
  • Caducades Backpack: A beauty backpack for human characters. Scavenged from the fallen troops of Cadia, this backpack has been repurposed to serve these nonetheless alive and combating.
  • 2500 Aquilas (premium forex)

Pre-ordering any model of the sport offers the next bonus gadgets:

  • The Atoman Star Weapon Trinket: A beauty weapon trinket awarded to those that answered within the hour of Atoma’s want.
  • Vanguard of the Imperium Portrait Body: A beauty portrait body reserved for these first to enter the fray, and final to depart it.

Style and setting

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is an motion recreation performed in first-person view with a deal with cooperative gameplay, similar to the Vermintide titles.

The sport is about in Tertium, a hive metropolis situated inside the Atoma Prime world. Atoma Prime lies on the middle of the Moebian Area, an important fiefdom composed of a number of Imperial worlds that manufacture huge quantities of products for the Imperium of Man. The Moebian Area is nevertheless threatened at its borders by each Xenos (hostile alien races) and Daemons (forces of Chaos), colloquially referred to as the Darktide. As such, many regiments of the Astra Militarum had been raised on Atoma Prime to guard towards these threats.

Finally, although, Chaos forces despatched by Nurgle, the Lord of Decay, managed to infiltrate Tertium with the so-called Admonition cult. Chaos additionally turned a few of the aforementioned regiments, such because the embellished Moebian Sixth, to its aspect. A Lord Inquisitor is subsequently dispatched to Tertium, the place he orders a handful of convicts – the participant characters – for use as brokers of the Inquisition.

The story of Warhammer 40,000: Darktide has been written by famend writer Dan Abnett, whose credit span fictional universes as numerous as Marvel, DC, Physician Who, Warhammer/ Warhammer 40,000, 2000 AD, and Tomb Raider. Within the gaming house, he was a co-writer on Artistic Meeting’s Alien: Isolation.

Darktide additionally contains over 75K voiced traces to maintain the get together banter contemporary relying on the state of affairs, the get together composition, the participant character’s rank inside the Inquisition, and different components.

Gameplay mechanics

As talked about above, the moment-to-moment gameplay will largely resemble that of the Vermintide video games. Gamers will face off towards hordes of standard enemies, some Elite enemies, and some Specials. Nonetheless, there’s one key distinction: Warhammer 40,000: Darktide options a lot larger deal with ranged fight as a result of setting. Whereas the 2 Vermintide titles had been nearly solely about melee fight, Darktide guarantees to be roughly even break up.

Fatshark builders have referred to as this Hybrid Fight. Gamers should discover ways to use and when to modify to essentially the most applicable weapon kind. The studio has loosely divided this into Far Fight (relegated to fight rifles), Shut Fight (shotguns, submachine weapons), and correct Melee Fight (in Warhammer 40,000: Darktide, energy swords or a thunder hammer). Confirmed weapons additionally embody a Ripper Gun and not less than two totally different Lasguns. Most weapons could have secondary fireplace modes.

The mechanics in Warhammer 40,000: Darktide have been up to date to account for the more and more dynamic fights, introducing sprinting, vaulting, superior recoil, and suppression fireplace. Moreover, given the significance of ranged fight, Fatshark added a regenerating defend referred to as Toughness that lets gamers soak up a few ranged pictures earlier than they’re surprised after which killed. Do word that it will solely be accessible whereas sticking close to the remainder of the group.

The extent design on this recreation can be totally different than that of the Vermintide video games. Whereas missions and ranges had been tied collectively in these titles, Fatshark determined to create ranges independently of missions in Warhammer 40,000: Darktide. As such, will probably be potential for various missions to happen in the identical space.

One other key differentiator from Vermintide is that the 4 lessons (Veteran, Zealot, Ogryn, and Psyker) aren’t tied to particular heroes. Gamers will as an alternative create their very own characters by way of a selected character creator system. They will begin with selecting a backstory on how they grew to become convicts: dereliction of obligation, insubordination, misplaced religion, or sedition.

Look tweaking choices embody physique kind, face, eye shade, coiffure, facial hair, face tattoos, physique tattoos, scars, top, and character. Warhammer 40,000: Darktide will even enable for deeper visible customization, as gamers can combine and match their favourite beauty gadgets within the following slots: headgear, higher physique, decrease physique, and equipment. Whereas the sport itself is performed in first-person view, the social hub the place gamers take up contracts and missions is displayed in third-person digicam in order that the characters might be displayed in all their custom-made glory.

In contrast to Vermintide, there are not any class restrictions at play on this recreation, so you could possibly decide 4 Psykers when you needed to. They are often arrange very in another way anyway, as leveling up offers gamers with the selection of 1 between three perks. The remainder of the character development is a mix of randomized rewards, buying weapons by way of a store (for in-game forex), or establishing a contract to unlock a weapon of alternative. Crafting stations let gamers salvage undesirable gadgets and use these supplies for one thing extra helpful.

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide could have an evolving narrative with which Fatshark goals to maintain the sport as contemporary as potential for returning followers. The builders additionally plan to make fast tweaks to common missions every so often, resembling blackouts that make areas a lot darker instantly requiring the usage of flashlights.

The Aquilas Foreign money (Microtransactions)

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide does embody microtransactions by way of the Aquilas premium forex. Most beauty gadgets shall be bought by way of the in-game retailer for real-world cash, whereas others shall be unlocked by way of in-game milestones resembling progressing by way of the story.

Fatshark additionally mentioned they’re open to including different forms of purchasable content material to the sport sooner or later. They pointed to Weapon Packs being fashionable in Vermintide 2.


Under is a group of all of the official Warhammer 40,000: Darktide trailers printed by Fatshark.