Source: Fatshark (screenshot)
During the Xbox Games Showcase, an intriguing new co-op game called Warhammer 40,000: Darktide was revealed. It’s coming to Xbox Series X and PC at some point in 2021. While we don’t know a lot at this time, the teaser trailer promises a dark co-op fight against the horrors of Chaos.
There’s a few tidbits of information we can parse through based on what the developers have said so far. We’ve gathered up everything we know about Warhammer 40,000: Darktide so far.
What is Warhammer 40K: Darktide?
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is a co-op first-person game being developed and published by Sweden-based studio Fatshark. Fatshark previously developed the Warhammer: Vermintide games and stated in a press release that fans have been asking for a similar type of game set in the Warhammer 40K universe.
The game takes place on the world of Atoma Prime in the Hive City of Tertium. Hive Cities are massively dense, packed foundry worlds of the Imperium. The factories of these sprawling cities produce the many materials used by the Imperium, while many members of the human population eventually end up joining the Astra Militarum, more commonly known as the Imperial Guard.
Players take on the role of a squad of Imperial Guards, who are investigating a cult called the Admonition.
Warhammer 40K: Darktide trailers
The first trailer that accompanied the game’s announcement was revealed during the 2020 Xbox Games Showcase. You can see the reveal trailer for the game below.
Warhammer 40K: Darktide gameplay and features
Right now, we don’t know a lot about the gameplay in Warhammer 40,000 Darktide. It’ll be first-person like in the Vermintide games and will similarly support four-player co-op. While melee combat will be included, ranged combat will also be a viable option.
During the trailer, we see one guardsmen’s Lasgun repeatedly fizzle and malfunction, perhaps indicating that players will face electronic challenges in navigating the dark underbelly of Tertium.
Fatshark is currently promising that Warhammer 40,000: Darktide will be 4K 60FPS on Xbox Series X as part of being Xbox Series X Optimized.
Is Warhammer 40K: Darktide coming to PS5?
As of right now, no. Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is going to be a console launch exclusive on Xbox Series X, meaning it’ll only be available on the next-generation Xbox for a period of time. It will likely come to PS5 sometime after release, though.
Is Warhammer 40K: Darktide coming to PC?
Yes. In addition to launch on Xbox Series X, Warhammer 40,000: Darktide will be available on PC through Steam.
Warhammer 40K: Darktide release date
There’s no exact release date for the game at this time. Fatshark says that players can expect Warhammer 40,000: Darktide at some point in 2021. When it launches, it’ll be available on Xbox Series X and PC. It’ll also launch day one into Xbox Game Pass.
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