Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is postponing the console release indefinitely to focus solely on fixing issues with the PC version. The game was set to release on Xbox Series S/X shortly after its PC launch in November, but did not provide release information prior to this announcement. As a result, developer Fatshark has also decided to delay the promised seasonal content rollout for the game and provide feedback in terms of building a “complete” crafting system, a rewarding progression loop and optimizing performance on PC . While console players may be a little disappointed by this announcement, judging by the overall mixed reception of Warhammer 40,000: Darktide on Steam, it seems like the right move.
“We are extremely proud of our ability at Fatshark to deliver a game for millions to enjoy. This was what we set out to do with Warhammer 40,000: Darktide – make a highly engaging and stable game with a level of depth that will keep you playing for weeks, not hours,” reads the open letter from Fatshark CEO and co-founder Martin Wahlund. “We were unable to meet those expectations.” In addition to delaying the Xbox Series S/X version, the developer will be suspending the upcoming release of premium cosmetics, diverting focus solely to polishing up the game. developer claims that it could not continue on the path of releasing new content, without addressing the growing concerns of players.
Released at the end of November, Warhammer 40K Darktide seemed destined for success, thanks to its visceral combat and highly detailed environments. Borrowing the four-player co-op formula from the previous fantasy-based entries Warhammer: Vermintide 1 and Vermintide 2, it almost felt like a good idea to add 40K’s of gunplay to the mix to get better results. In it, players are thrown into the brutal hive city of Tertium to face off against bloodthirsty enemies – a heretical cult called the Admonition, seeking to seize control of the planet Atoma Prime. Customization is broken down into class, appearance, and gender, with an additional focus on the crafting system. Unfortunately, the latter gave an incomplete impression, which Fatshark, as mentioned above, intends to fix.
Fatshark was recently releasedThe signal update, the first content drop for Darktide, which added a new Comms-Plex 154/2f mission, two new weapons for the Zealots and Ogryns class, and the highly requested private sessions feature. The update also included two new mission modifiers, with “Hunting Grounds” featuring an increased number of Pox Hounds, and Assault missions that increase ammo collection while decreasing healing power.
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is available to play on PC via Steam and PC Game Pass. As mentioned above, the Xbox Series S/X version has been postponed indefinitely.