Vermintide 2 is one of our favorite cooperative games (Opens in a new tab)Therefore, I am very confident in the developer Fatshark. Warhammer 40,000: Darktide switches Swedish studios from fantasy to Games Workshop sci-fi settings.
Yes, it’s time to pick up the chain sword and fight in the harsh darkness of the 41st century. Expect to fight hordes of enemies with your friends in the depths of claustrophobia in Hive City while enjoying the story with Bunter, co-authored by best-selling 40K writer Dan Abnett.
I played Darktide and it’s great. See below for a long gameplay video and some early impressions.
Warhammer 40,000: When is Darktide released?
Darktide will be released on September 13.. Originally scheduled for release in 2021, it’s another game pushed back by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We have a responsibility to provide the best possible game, and frankly, we need more time to reach this goal,” wrote Fatshark CEO Martin Wahlund. “It’s a well-known fact that building a game during a pandemic is a challenge, and we’re not immune to it.”
Subsequent delays from the spring of 2022 to the current release date of September 13th, press release (Opens in a new tab) “For us here at Fatshark, it’s most important to provide the best possible four-player co-op experience.”
You can sign up for the newsletter at Official site (Opens in a new tab)And Darktide are currently available in the wishlist above vapor (Opens in a new tab)..It will come too Game Pass on the first day (Opens in a new tab)..
This is the complete Darktide mission: 21 minutes of gameplay
Darktide was our favorite game of “not-E3” 2022
The highlights of Darktide’s practice are:
- Goals are no longer associated with levels, so you can play in areas with different goals.
- The loot system has been overhauled. There are still some random equipment, but you can also buy weapons from the in-game shop (No Set a “contract” for the specific weapon you want to play and earn (with real money).
- Goals now include mini-games like hacking (or skull jacking) into a computer instead of holding down a button.
- There is a cloak and it is smooth.
- Hordes of Enemies are larger than Vermintide 2.
- You will still be doing a lot of melee attacks, but the gun feels great.
- All character classes have a replay shield, which is a necessary counter for bad guys with guns. Functionally, the shield is the same for each class, but Fatshark still adds its own small lore-friendly twist to each. “For enthusiastic people [class]It is her faith in the emperor that protects her. For the veteran, it’s his armor. For the cyclist, it’s her warp power. “
Who is the player character?
Darktide heroes are called Rejects, as you can see in the June trailer. Reject goes up (Opens in a new tab).. They were a group of criminals and exiles recruited to represent the Inquisition, and were subsequently sent to investigate the plague and heretical outbreaks in the Teltium Hive.
The gameplay trailer, which debuted at The Game Awards in 2020, is the first to see some of them. ogryn (Oversized descendants of humans sent to the harsh, high-gravity world many generations ago), a religion wielding a hammer Zealots Two soldiers, possibly confessors of imperial faith or other servants Veteran soldier Of the escort. One of them wore a face mask like Kasulkin, the elite stormtrooper of the planet Kadia.We scrutinized them Release date trailer (Opens in a new tab)..
With the features of Edge Magazine, we first saw another class: Cyker It draws psychic powers from the warp, but if you rely too much on it, it can explode. The cyclist is back in the trailer for Rejects Will Rise.
The Edge article also mentions that Darktide has character creators whose classes can be customized with different faces and loadouts. The two veteran imperial guards seem to be an example of how much they can distinguish the same class.
Being able to customize them means that denials aren’t personalized like Vermintide’s Ubersreik Five, but they still have a lot of funny jokes. As Fatshark explained in the development blog, the voice actor recorded “thousands of bunter lines.”
Vermintide had 5 core classes, but Darktide seems to have only seen 4 so far. That led to a lot of speculation that a fifth playable class was being held for an announcement near the release.
In an interview with co-author Dan Abnett, each refusal said, “I’m a reluctant recruit to this life serving an inquisitor. I think there’s everything to prove and everything to lose.” I confirmed that it will start. Warbands also include NPC experts who “use you as cannon feed.”
In Warhammer 40,000 fiction, Inquisition Acolytes have appeared in many archetypes, with an Acolyte hierarchy that works well as a progress system (Acolytes to proven Acolytes, Reliable Acolytes, Throne Agents, etc.). From the features of Edge, you can see that Darktide actually includes leveling up and that the character’s conversation changes to reflect how skilled they are.
Who is the enemy?
The big bad thing behind it is Nagle, the chaotic plague god with a surprising sense of humor. Grandfather Nagle, the Lord of the Collapse, energetically experiment with strains of new diseases with the ultimate goal of guiding everyone to his garden. You don’t want to go to Nagle’s garden.
At Darktide, you’ll face a plague worshiper cult called The Admonition. They seem to be prosperous. The hordes found on the trailer are poxwalkers, 40K damaged zombie masses, which make sense as low-level feed in the Left 4 Dead format. There are also armed cult followers. Some of them can be identified as traitor guards given the autogun they have and the armor they wear, but of course they have so I fixed it with a spike.
The big ugly thing that appears at the end of some trailers is the infected Chaos Ogulin, and the dog that jumps out of the dark is probably the Chaos Hound.
There are many other 40K Nurgle servants who also work with Darktide. We have already fought Chaos Spawn and some of Nagle’s demon servants in Birmintide. A small demon called Plaguebearers can be a great elite, and one of the big demons called Great Unclean Ones can serve as the finale of a big campaign.
Please tell me about weapons
Fatshark excels in close-quarters combat, and the gameplay trailer shows some well-known animations for that. One of the veterans uses the iconic 40K chain sword and the other uses the power sword. Enthusiasts have Thunder Hammers, and Ogulin has a real big knife. The last one may sound overwhelming, but it’s a normal human-sized blade. The cyclist seems to have access to the Force Sword.
Darktide focuses more on ranged weapons than Vermintide, but seems to use them a lot to change loadouts. Multiple characters in the trailer have autoguns for continuous shooting, there are two rasguns, one seems to be the sniper Longras. There are also some shotguns and perhaps real rugged auto pistols. Ogulin’s ripper gun (heavy automatic shotgun) also acts as a melee weapon. This is great.
Edge knows that plasma guns will be featured, and given that it’s a 40K game, bolt guns are a complete proof to be included. One of the other characters throws a flag grenade and at some point dismantles the horde.
“As we saw in Birmintide, players really enjoy tweaking their loadouts,” Creative Director Anders Degia told us. That’s why we are currently using a system that gives players much more freedom than Vermintide to customize the toolkit when joining a mission. “
Hive and hub
Darktide is set to a hive city called Tertium. The city of the hive is amazing. They are a vast stratified city, inhabited by a diverse population of fighting gangsters, corrupt diplomats, and billions of hard-working people who tend to die very quickly. Planetary governors and agents of the higher empire enjoy a good life at the top of the city’s spire, but in the intertwined hive corridors that form the city’s gut, citizens form gangsters and vie for territory. I am.
Within Tertium’s location are a groundwater market, a bright hub zone crowded with billions of people, a much brighter prison, a service tunnel connecting the guts of the birdhouse, and a Gothic sidewalk that spans its height.
It’s a good place for Nagle to work. A pandemic caused by chaos can destroy the entire planet if allowed to rage, increasing the risk of Darktide. As a place to explore, the city of Hive runs forever at risk of dingy, but it can be confused with architecture, from magnificent and Gothic imperial buildings to more practical spaces reminiscent of aliens.
The map will also change. Later returning to the friendly corner of Teltium, a gas leak may have expelled the inhabitants or they may have been superseded by a warning.
In between missions, return to the Inquisitor’s spacecraft in low earth orbit, collate the clues you’ve collected, tinker with gear, talk to NPCs, and select the next mission from the available missions.
“There are places where you can talk to other members of the team and other characters,” says Avnet. “I’m an important member of the Warband. I also improve myself, get new kits, briefings, etc. It’s one of the things I expect to do in the game.”
Players other than the grouped players will also participate. “Spacecraft are much larger than the Vermintide hub in terms of player numbers,” said game director Anders DeGeer. “It’s like a real hub with other players, not just NPCs and people interacting with them.”
Will it lead to 40K folklore?
Fatshark has been used to collaborate closely with Games Workshop from the development of Vermintide games, with Abnett handy to keep lore straight.In addition Writing team (Opens in a new tab) Others recognizable by 40K readers, including John French, Sarah Corkwell, VJ Hayward, Mark A. Latham, Jude Reed, and creative consultant Matthew Ward, who wrote for both Birmintide games. Contains a lot of names.