Warhammer 40,000: Darktide has postponed its console release indefinitely to focus on fixing issues on the PC version. The game was supposed to arrive on the Xbox Series S/X shortly after its November PC launch, but no release information was provided ahead of this announcement. As a result, developer Fatshark has also decided to delay the launch of the game’s promised seasonal content and address feedback in terms of building a “full” crafting system, rewarding progression loops, and optimizing PC performance. While console gamers may be a bit frustrated with the announcement, judging by Warhammer 40,000: Dark Tide’s overall Steam reviews, it seems like it’s the right move.
“We are very proud that Fatshark is able to deliver a game that millions of people can enjoy. You play for weeks, not hours,” Fatshark CEO and co-founder Martin wrote in an open letter to Wallender. “We didn’t meet those expectations.” In addition to postponing the Xbox Series S/X release, the developer is also pausing any upcoming premium skins to focus entirely on perfecting the game. The developer claims that it cannot continue releasing new content without addressing players’ growing concerns.
Released in late November, Warhammer 40K Darktide seemed destined to succeed thanks to its inherent combat and highly detailed environments. Borrowing from its past fantasy-based entries Warhammer: Vermintide 1 and the four-player co-op mode in Vermintide 2, it almost feels like a no-brainer to throw 40K gunplay into the mix to produce better results. In the game, players are thrown into the ruthless hive city of Tertium to face off against a bloodthirsty foe – a heretic cult called the Admonition, who are trying to seize control of the planet Atoma Prime. Customization is broken down into ranks, appearances, and genders, with a special focus on the crafting system. Unfortunately, the latter gives an incomplete impression, which, as mentioned above, Fatshark intends to address.
Fatshark recently postedsignal update, the first content drop for Darktide, which adds a new Comms-Plex 154/2f mission, two new weapons for the Zealots and Ogryns classes, and the highly requested Private Sessions feature. The update also includes two new mission modifiers, an increased number of Pox Hounds in “The Hunting Grounds”, and an increased ammo pickup for Assault missions while reducing healing.
Warhammer 40,000: Dark Tide is available on PC via Steam and PC Game Pass. As mentioned above, the Xbox Series S/X release has been delayed indefinitely.