Darktide, the follow-up to Fatshark’s excellent rat-killer Vermintide 2, received a full 2-minute trailer.
Darktide is the latest foray into the dark darkness of World of Warhammer 40,000
- Genre: Hack and Slash, Action-Adventure
- Developed by: fatshark
- Published by: fatshark
- Release date of: September 13, 2022
- Price: $39.99
- Platforms: Windows (Steam), Xbox Series X|S, Xbox GamePass
In the gloomy darkness of the 41st millennium, there is only war. This has never been truer than today, as fans of the Warhammer 40k universe have another opportunity to get their hands dirty against the forces of Chaos.
This year’s Summer Games Fest has a ton of announcements, reveals, and gameplay trailer hype. One of the games that found a place was Fatshark’s Darktide, its version of the dark 40k sci-fi myths. The two-minute trailer showed us what we were most looking forward to: gruesome, satisfying combat filled with gratuitous monster slaying.
The arrival of the black tide
Darktide’s story is similar to most of the Warhammer universe. Tertium is an ancient bastion of imperium that is being taken over by the forces of chaos. It will be up to the player and three companions to fight the darkness and regain control over Tertium.
Our Darktide story is also being written by New York Times bestselling author Dan Abnett. It’s no secret that Abnet is no stranger to the Warhammer 40,000 universe. He has written dozens of novels about the myth, including entries in The Horus Heresy, Eisenhorn, and Gaunt’s Ghosts.
His involvement in the latter two is perfect as they focus on the common man in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, as well as Darktide.
Rejections will increase
Players will be able to choose and customize from 5 character archetypes, unlike the Vermintide games which had 5 distinct fully developed characters. This time, players can modify their characters’ appearances, voices, backgrounds, weapons, abilities, and more.
Don’t worry though, if you expect to miss out on the wonderful banter between characters in Vermintide 2. The team at Fatshark worked tirelessly with various voice actors to ensure that players can still experience thousands of battle cries, brawls, and more among the cast. colorful.
Most of the footage so far has shown the gameplay of four archetypes so far. We have an Imperial Guard, a common soldier who is adept at guerrilla warfare and ranged attacks. Another character is a “fiery fanatic” who wields a huge thunder hammer. We can also see a psyker, a human who is adept at using The Warp’s dangerous power. Lastly is the gigantic Ogryn, a massive warrior who can attack and take down enemies with ease.
Beware the Alien, the Mutant, the Heretic
The main antagonist of Darktide will be the corruption generated by the forces of Chaos. Players will defeat these horrors entirely in high-action first-person combat. The party will slash, slash, stab, parry and decapitate or overpower their enemies. Combat appears to be just as frantic and chaotic as its predecessor, which is what fans definitely want.
Likewise, taking down enemies feels equally satisfying. Every swing and swing of the chain sword feels extremely painful and impactful. Even a simple combat knife the Ogryn wields is devastating in its massive hands.
Hordes of enemy mutations, demons and cultists flood the screen at any time. His unbridled thirst for destruction and death (his death) is a terrifying sight to behold. Enemies literally look like a tide of darkness, rushing to cut you to pieces.
While melee seems to still be a big focus, just like in Vermintide, the ranged options get more emphasis this time around. In Vermintide, ranged weaponry was just a way of shooting high threat targets or as a secondary form of violence. This time around, it looks like firearms will play a big role in eliminating chaos mutations.
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide Launch
Darktide will launch globally on September 13, 2022. The base game can be pre-purchased for just $39.99 or its regional equivalent. Additionally, players can opt for the Imperial Edition for $59.99. This set will include cosmetics in the form of class outfits, weapon skins, and profile portraits.
For more on Warhammer, check out Rogue Trader, Chaos Gate Daemonhunters, and Magic: the Gathering Universes Beyond Crossover.
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