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News video games 25 January 2023, 14:24

author: Adrian Werner

Darktide Fails to Live up to Expectations; Devs Make a Difficult Decision

The developers of Warhammer 40,000: Darktide have admitted that the game has disappointed the players. That's why they delayed the release of new content and console versions so they could focus on fixing the game.

Last year's Warhammer 40,000: Darktide, a co-op FPS from the developer ofWarhammer: Vermintide, studio Fatshark, was not among the fully successful titles. The game was criticized for technical errors, poor optimization and aggressive monetization. Now the developers have admitted that they let players down and have announced how they intend to fix the game.

  1. Fatshark will spend the next few months improving the game.
  2. The developers will focus on introducing a full crafting system, improving the engine's optimization and stability, and reworking the progression mechanics in such a way that it gives players more satisfaction.
  3. Working on these improvements will consume the attention of most of the studio's staff. Therefore, the release of new content will be delayed.
  4. The console version of the game, heading for the Xbox X Series X and Xbox S Series will also be delayed..
  5. The release of new cosmetic items will be suspended until the game is fixed.
Darktide Fails to Live up to Expectations; Devs Make a Difficult Decision - picture #1
Fatshark studio's open letter to the community. Source: Twitter.

Gamers divided

Fan reactions to the announcement are mixed. Some of them praise Fatshark for sincerity and willingness to fix the game, but others stress that such a declaration came almost two months after the release, which is far too late. Many players have also lost faith in the studio's abilities.

Recall that Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is for now available only on PC. The game is also available through Game Pass since release.

On the day of its debut, the game was met with warm reception on Steam - 79% of player reviews were positive. After that, however, various problems of the game began to dampen the enthusiasm. Currently, only 55% of Steam user reviews praise Darktide, and counting only those from the last 30 days - only 34%, which is categorized as "mostly negative" reception.

The number of players is also dwindling at a rapid pace. Yesterday, at the hottest time of the day, Warhammer 40,000: Darktide was played by 8470 concurrent users on Steam, while shortly after its release the game recorded daily scores of more than 100,000 players.

  1. Warhammer 40,000: Darktide - official website

Adrian Werner

Adrian Werner

A true veteran of the Gamepressure newsroom, writing continuously since 2009 and still not having enough. He caught the gaming bug thanks to playing on his friend's ZX Spectrum. Then he switched to his own Commodore 64, and after a short adventure with 16-bit consoles, he forever entrusted his heart to PC games. A fan of niche productions, especially adventure games, RPGs and games of the immersive sim genre, as well as a mod enthusiast. Apart from games, he devourers stories in every form - books, series, movies, and comics.


Warhammer 40,000: Darktide

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