Darktide release date: When does Warhammer 40000 action game launch?

The Warhammer 40000 universe has had many video games over the years, but Darktide feels particularly special.

Much of this is down to developer Fatshark, who helmed the acclaimed Warhammer: Vermintide 2, which has become not only one of the best Warhammer games, but one of the best co-op experiences in recent times.

Hopes are high then for Darktide, as hack-and-slash co-op gameplay has been reworked for the 41st century – here’s everything you need to know.

When is the Darktide release date?

Darktide release date is Wednesday 30 November on PC.

The Xbox Series X/S is expected to launch “soon after,” though the Xbox Warhammer 40000 webpage Darktide still lists the game as “arriving in 2022.”

Darktide was originally scheduled for release in 2021, but has been delayed numerous times due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a desire to “improve stability, performance and mature key systems”.

Can I pre-order Darktide?

Yup! 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 kicked off on November 17 and will run until November 29 before the game launches. While the full game won’t be fully available, eight missions across four zones are currently playable with two more missions expected to be added on November 28.

All 13 missions and five zones will then be available on launch day. Developer Fatshark has stated that their goal is for beta progression to carry over to the full release, but “cannot fully guarantee” that this will happen.

Which consoles and platforms can play Darktide?

Darktide will release on PC and will also launch on day one on PC Game Pass. 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 helmed the well-received co-op action game Warhammer: Vermintide 2 and are now replicating the successful formula in the Warhammer 40k universe.

Once again the gameplay will consist of four player co-op action, however, Vermintide’s awesome melee weapons have now been replaced by futuristic chainsaws, power swords and ranged weapons. Now you can also customize your character, choosing between the four classes Veteran, Zealot, Ogryn and Psyker and choosing your gender and appearance.

More so

The game’s story was written by Dan Abnett, a franchise veteran who has written numerous Warhammer novels, and follows a team of agents of the Inquisition who investigate the hive city of Tertium for a potential Chaos infiltration. Based on the Mourningstar ship, players are sent by the Inquisition to different sectors of Tertium to fight the Nurgle infestation, creating the game’s wave-based combat gameplay.

Darktide is designed to be a live game, with the story and gameplay evolving over time.

Is there a Darktide trailer?

There have been several trailers and gameplay showcases for Darktide, though this recent overview trailer covers all the bases with an expansive look at the game:

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