Last summer, Vermintide developer Fatshark dropped a pretty big surprise with the reveal of the upcoming Warhammer 40,000: Darktide. Set in the dystopian and extremely far future of the Warhammer 40K universe, Darktide is the spiritual successor of Vermintide 2, taking players away from the mystical ruins and crumbling stone cities of the fantasy world, and into the dingy and mutant-infested bowels of an Imperial Hive City that’s fallen under the influence of a Chaos cult.
The big question on fans’ minds is, when exactly does Warhammer 40,000: Darktide launch? The first trailer for Darktide was released on July 23, 2020, and according to interviews, Fatshark had already been hard at work on the game for a while by that time. If we use Vermintide 2 as an example, we can expect the game to be just around the corner. Vermintide 2 had a public incubation of eight months from initial announcement to release. However, Vermintide 2 didn’t have the misfortune of being developed under pandemic conditions, as is the case with Darktide.
Indeed, in a July 15 community update Fatshark explain that they have had to push back their original launch window to contend with the difficulties of developing from home. Currently, Darktide is expected to launch in Spring 2022.
Darktide builds upon the foundation of Vermintide 2 and will likely be a much more polished and replayable experience at launch. Vermintide 2 was well-received back when it came out, and over the following years, Fatshark continuously updated the game with bug fixes, performance improvements, AI tweaks, and meaty content expansions. We can expect Darktide to be a really robust multiplayer offering at launch, more complete and rewarding than any previous Fatshark game.
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide will be available on PC in Spring 2022, and you can wishlist it on Steam already. The game will also arrive on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S, either alongside the PC release or shortly after it.