Warhammer 40K Darktide is on the way, but you’re not sure what you’re getting into? Welcoming a new Warhammer co-op into your house can be intimidating, but here is everything you need to know beforehand about Warhammer 40K Darktide.
Darktide was developed by Fatshark, who have done work on Warhammer stuff before — they were the makers of the award-winning Vermintide franchise. Fans can expect a similar experience to that series — fast-paced co-op gameplay from a first-person view. There is one major difference from Vermintide, however: while that series focused on melee combat, Darktide puts a much greater focus on ranged strategies. If you mindlessly rush the enemy forces this time, you’ll probably bite it. You and your friends will have to work together and think up strategic maneuvers to take your opponents down.
Warhammer 40K Darktide will feature cutting-edge graphics on PC including NVIDIA DLSS, Ray Tracing, and Reflex. DLSS allows for more complex and realistic AI, Ray Tracing creates true-to-life reflections on surfaces, and Reflex helps reduce latency time to (hopefully) almost nonexistent levels. If your computer doesn’t have the beef to support these features, you can use NVIDIA GeForce NOW to stream the game from the cloud.
There are two versions of Warhammer 40K: Darktide to consider. One is the standard version at $39.99, which comes with two bonus items when you preorder:
The Atoman Star Weapon Trinket: A cosmetic weapon trinket awarded to those who answered in the hour of Atoma’s need.
Vanguard of the Imperium Portrait Frame: A cosmetic portrait frame reserved for those first to enter the fray, and last to leave it.
But there’s also the Imperial Edition for $59.99 that includes the base game and the two items listed above, plus all this:
Loyalist Pack: Purge heresy in style with these 4 unique class outfits, 8 weapon skin patterns, one headgear, and an Ogryn body tattoo.
Mortis Veteran Portrait Frame: A cosmetic portrait frame used to pay tribute to the fallen defenders of Tertium Hive.
Caducades Backpack: A cosmetic backpack for human characters. Scavenged from the fallen troops of Cadia, this backpack has been repurposed to serve those still alive and fighting.
2500 Aquilas (premium currency)
Whichever version suits you, preorders are open now for both. Warhammer 40K Darktide will be released September 13 for PC and XBox Series X|S.