Warhammer 40,000: Darktide, the upcoming cooperative action title by the Vermintide team Fatshark, is no longer landing this year as the studio today announced a hefty delay. While formerly aimed at a rather broad 2021 release window, Darktide is now looking at a spring 2022 launch with it heading to PC, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox Game Pass.
Announcing the delay on Twitter, Fatshark CEO and co-founder Martin Wahlund said the setback is due to circumstances surrounding the ongoing pandemic. He says the extra development time will be utilized for a higher quality launch experience and for investing in new technologies for post-launch support.
"We couldn’t be more excited about Darktide," Wahlund adds. "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!"
Like the hit Vermintide games, Warhammer 40,000: Darktide will offer a four-player cooperative experience that has hordes of enemies crashing upon our "convict turned agent" heroes. This time however, in addition to the weighty melee system, the latest venture has a much deeper gunplay aspect for dealing with enemies before they get too close in this popular sci-fi universe.
This is the second delay to be announced recently for a major release that was originally scheduled to land in 2021. While Darktide's delay affects the Xbox (and PC) crowd, the PlayStation 5 console exclusive Ghostwire: Tokyo (also on PC) was pushed back to 2022 just earlier this week.