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Xbox Series X, S shooter Warhammer 40,000: Darktide delayed to early 2022

Warhammer 40k Darktide Pre Alpha
Warhammer 40k Darktide Pre Alpha (Image credit: Fatshark)

What you need to know

  • Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is an upcoming first-person shooter for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PC.
  • The game sets players loose against the forces of Chaos in four-player co-op.
  • Originally scheduled to launch in 2021, Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is delayed until Spring 2022.

Fatshark's upcoming co-op shooter Warhammer 40,000: Darktide was originally supposed to launch exclusively on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PC in 2021. Fatshark announced on Thursday that Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is delayed until Spring 2022, citing the need for more time as the lingering effects of the pandemic impacted development. The team of over 150 developers is also working to further polish the game's overall quality in time for launch.

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Warhammer 40,000: Darktide builds on the combat and co-op gameplay systems in Fatshark's previous Warhammer game, Vermintide 2. Darktide eschews the fantasy End Times settings for the Gothic science-fiction of the 40K universe, with esteemed author Dan Abnett writing for the game. Whenever Warhammer 40,000 Darktide does launch, it'll also be included in Xbox Game Pass.

Fantasy Warhammer isn't being left out this year however, with Creative Assembly's Total War: Warhammer 3 currently slated to launch in late 2021.

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.