Swedish developer Fatshark have confirmed that Warhammer 40,000: Darktide has been delayed to 2022. The grimdark shooter didn’t have a firm release date but was expected to launch on PC and Xbox Series X|S sometime in 2021.
The studio made an announcement via the game’s official Twitter account. They cite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic as a major contributing factor and want to ensure Darktide hits their high quality standards at launch.
Here is what Fatshark CEO and Co-Founder, Martin Wahlund, says:
Today, we made the difficult decision to move our release date of Warhammer 40,000: Darktide to the Spring of 2022.
We have a responsibility to deliver the best game we possibly can, and frankly we need more time to accomplish this goal. It’s no secret that building a game during a pandemic is a challenge and we are not immune to this. We are planning to use the extra time to both focus on the level of quality at release, as well as invest in more systems to support Darktide for years to come.
We couldn’t be more excited about Darktide. In fact, the toughest part in this decision is the fact that we won’t be able to put the game in your hands sooner. But I hope that you will join us in Hive Tertium early next year!
Fatshark is the same team that brought us the very popular Warhammer: Vermintide and its sequel. Both titles are focused on first person hack n’ slash gameplay as groups of four carefully tread through levels overrun with hordes of fodder enemies and tougher elites. Darktide could well be a sci-fi counterpart to this, swapping mages and Skaven, for guardsmen and chaos horrors.
If you’re looking for more Darktide clues, here’s the game’s official blurb:
“Fight together with your friends against hordes of enemies in this new Warhammer 40,000 experience. From the developers of the best-selling and award-winning co-op action franchise Vermintide, Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is a visceral 4-player co-op action game set in the hive city of Tertium.
In the depths of the hive, the seeds of corruption threaten an overwhelming tide of darkness. A heretical cult known as the Admonition seeks to seize control of the planet Atoma Prime and lay waste to its inhabitants. It is up to you and your allies in the Inquisition to root out the enemy before the city succumbs to Chaos.”
If the Vermintide II is anything to go by, we can expect Darktide to be supported for years after its initial release.