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Here’s everything we know (so far) about Warhammer 40,000: Darktide

Warhammer 40k Darktide Trailer ImageSource: 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, Xbox Series S 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 40k Darktide Pre Alpha

Source: Fatshark

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.

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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, investigating a cult called the Admonition.

Warhammer 40K: Darktide trailers

Warhammer 40k Darktide Pre Alpha

Source: Fatshark

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.

During the Game Awards 2020, a new gameplay trailer was debuted, showing off glimpses of what the frenetic combat looks like in action.

Warhammer 40K: Darktide gameplay and features

Warhammer 40k Darktide Pre Alpha

Source: Fatshark

Right now, we still 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, so it could end up being one of the best Xbox shooters available. 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. Much like in Vermintide, there’ll be various characters to choose from, including an Abhuman Ogryn, large ogre-like beings loyal to humanity.

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?

Warhammer 40k Darktide Pre Alpha

Source: Fatshark

As of right now, no. Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is going to be a console launch exclusive on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, meaning it’ll only be available on the next-generation Xbox consoles for a period of time. It will likely come to PS5 sometime after release, though.

Is Warhammer 40K: Darktide coming to PC?

Warhammer 40k Darktide Pre Alpha

Source: Fatshark

Yes. In addition to launch on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, 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. It’ll be available on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PC when it launches. It’ll also launch day one into Xbox Game Pass.

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This post was written by Samuel Tolbert and was first posted to WindowsCentral

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