Vermintide 2 developer Fatshark has announced that its upcoming co-op game, Warhammer 40K: Darktide, has been delayed. Slated for a September 13 release date, Darktide is now scheduled to launch on November 30 on PC, with an Xbox Series S|X launch to follow sometime later. However, some fans may jump in early, as Fatshark plans to run tech tests and betas ahead of release.
“Delaying a game is perhaps one of the toughest decisions a developer faces and one we’re not keen on making,” said Martin Wahlund, co-founder and CEO of Fatshark. “Nevertheless, we hope it shows our commitment to taking the time and doing whatever it takes to bring you the best game possible.”
Fatshark doesn’t go into detail about what prompted the decision to delay Darktide. The build we tried out at Summer Game Fest in early June was fun and playable, although some normal pre-launch bugs with animation and asset loading were noticeable. Developing a live co-op FPS game that will run on a variety of hardware configurations and connectivity conditions is always a tall order, and it’s increasingly important for developers to make a great first impression.
This latest delay, which amounts to approximately 10 weeks, follows a first that saw Darktide exit its initial late 2021 release window, in part due to development challenges created by the global COVID-19 pandemic. and the sudden need to work from home. .
Fatshark says it will bring in volunteer players to help test Darktide ahead of launch, starting in August. You can register on the official website. However, different tests will look for different types of hardware configurations and will have different scopes. Participating therefore does not guarantee that you will be able to participate in all or any of the tests.
The studio also says that if you’re selected for one of the tests, you shouldn’t expect any progress you make in Darktide to trickle down to live play when it launches in November.
You don’t have to pre-order Darktide to participate, and Fatshark says that’s currently working how to recognize players who have pre-ordered the game. “We recognize players who pre-order as some of our most engaged players and while we don’t have anything to share today, it’s safe to assume that we will have a few things in reserve for these players in the future,” the studio says in its Tech Test FAQ.