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Warhammer 40,000: Darktide

Platform(s): PC, Xbox Series X
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Level Infinite
Developer: Fatshark
Release Date: Nov. 30, 2022

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'Warhammer 40,000: Darktide' Pre-Order Gets You Beta Access, Available Now - Trailer

by Rainier on Nov. 17, 2022 @ 10:25 a.m. PST

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is a four-player co-op game set in the 41st Millennium, taking you deep into the hive city and facing hordes of enemies you have only seen in your nightmares.

Fight together with your friends against hordes of enemies in this new Warhammer 40,000 experience.

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.

Players will not be able to hide behind lethal ranged weapons, they'll need to combine both FPS and melee skills as they get up close and personal in visceral clashes between Imperium and Chaos factions. Warhammer 40,000: Darktide will bring everything you have come to expect from the developers of the multimillion selling award-winning Warhammer: Vermintide franchise.

Fatshark is excited to open the pre-order beta (Steam or Windows Store) for Warhammer 40,000: Darktide ahead of the full release on November 30th. 

Although life in the hive city of Tertium is grim, the sun shines on everyone who has pre-ordered Warhammer 40,000: Darktide

Starting now, players can choose from 4 missions across 4 zones. More missions will be added throughout the Pre-Order Beta period, while the team will also run in-game events (conditions) to challenge players in new and exciting ways. This ramp-up allows for fine-tuning and scaling heading into a full release while offering players regularly. The in-game store will be closed until the launch of the full game. 

“Running this Pre-Order Beta is our way to actively address common issues games experience at launch and also a  ‘Thank You’ to our most committed fans,” says Martin Wahlund, CEO of Fatshark. “We know it’s been a long wait, but Darktide is finally just around the corner”


Let’s face it: Launching a game is not easy. More often than not, day-one issues will prevent many people from jumping right in. We cannot guarantee our launch will be as smooth as an Ogryn’s forehead, but our Pre-Order beta aims to help optimize the launch experience. We plan on doing this by slowly ramping up our service over the next two weeks.

In practice, this means that joining us on November 17th, you and your friends will pick your class, create your characters, and then dive into 4 missions, across 4 zones, at several difficulty levels available. We will also give you access to an entirely new zone to explore: Dust.

Now, that’s not all, Rejects. You will get the whole experience of our training grounds to familiarize yourself with the game mechanics, 60+ weapons to choose from, 4 random conditions that’ll impact your in-game experience (from power outages to… worse) - and we will increase the number of missions regularly. Here’s a high-level rundown:

WEEK ONE (November 17 - 20)

  • Full access to the game hub and mission board.
  • 4 changing missions across 4 zones
  • We will regularly run in-game events (Conditions), namely Power Supply Interruption and Ventilation Purge. We don’t want to spoil them too much. We encourage you to experience them for yourself :)

WEEK TWO (November 21 - 27)

  • Up to 8 changing missions across 4 zones
  • In-Game Events, other surprise additions we do not want to spoil right now

WEEK 3 (November 28 to 30)

  • Up to 10 changing missions across 4 zones
  • Downtime to get the game ready for wide release: Tuesday Nov 29, 202219:00 UTC


  • 13 missions across 5 zones
  • 1 New Zone (We do not want to share its name yet)
  • New Conditions (In-Game Events)

We will also deploy hotfixes as we carefully monitor the Pre-Order Beta feedback and respond accordingly.


Our goal is to ensure all progression will carry over from the moment you start playing through full release - but we cannot fully guarantee at this moment. The reason is that we are still using this period to test our progression systems, and we want to reserve the opportunity to change or reset things in the event something unforeseen or critical happens.

But we assure you that we will do our best to ensure all your characters and progression carry over!


Two editions of Warhammer 40,000: Darktide are available for pre-order on Steam, Windows Store and Xbox Store.

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide ($39.99)

  • The Atoman Star Weapon Trinket: A cosmetic weapon trinket awarded to those who answered in the hour of Atoma’s need.
  • Vanguard of the Imperium Portrait Frame: A cosmetic portrait frame reserved for those first to enter the fray, and last to leave it.

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide - Imperial Edition ($59.99):

  • Base Game
    Loyalist Pack: Purge heresy in style with these 4 unique class outfits, 8 weapon skin patterns, one headgear, and an Ogryn body tattoo.
  • Mortis Veteran Portrait Frame: A cosmetic portrait frame used to pay tribute to the fallen defenders of Tertium Hive.
  • Caducades Backpack: A cosmetic backpack for human characters. Scavenged from the fallen troops of Cadia, this backpack has been repurposed to serve those still alive and fighting.
  • 2500 Aquilas (premium currency)
  • The Atoman Star Weapon Trinket: A cosmetic weapon trinket awarded to those who answered in the hour of Atoma’s need.
  • Vanguard of the Imperium Portrait Frame: A cosmetic portrait frame reserved for those first to enter the fray, and last to leave it.

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide will be coming to PC (Steam) on Nov. 30, followed shortly by Xbox Series X|S launch.

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