AS Warhammer 40,000: Darktide's launch approaches, publisher and developer Fatshark has shared an overview trailer that gives us a look at the co-op title's core aspects, preparing us for the Battle for Tertium.
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide's overview trailer quickly establishes that things aren't all that great in the hive city of Tertium. It happens to be on the brink of destruction, as the traitorous soldiers of the Moebian 6th consort with Chaos, working to grow its corruptive influence.
That's where players come in, stepping into the shoes of convicts conscripted into the ranks of a warband led by one Inquisitor Grendyl.
As you set off to do the Inquisition's bidding and save Tertium one heretic at a time, you get to choose between four playable classes.
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide also does away with preset characters, letting you customize the looks, voice, and background of your convict.
The mission terminal on the Mourningstar, the game's hub area, always has multiple missions to choose from. They refresh periodically, sending you to different areas of the hive city and asking you to perform various tasks, like retrieving supplies or eliminating targets.
Each mission has its own difficulty level, which you can see before accepting it. On top of that, special conditions can further up the challenge.
You'll face a variety of enemies ranging from basic cultists to armored Ogryns, and several monstrosities bearing the taint of Chaos.
The arsenal and skills at your disposal changes based on your chosen class but regardless of who you play, you'll have to position yourself properly and make good use of blocking and shoving enemies when the horde has your party in its sights.
Thankfully, you won't be tackling the agents of Chaos alone in Warhammer 40,000: Darktide. Inquisitor Grendyl's warband happens to be quite sizeable, and you'll always have three other rejects by your side.
Aside from not being vulnerable to enemies like the Chaos Hound or Trapper, staying close also quickly replenishes Toughness, which acts as a shield of sorts.
As you level up, you can specialize characters using Feats, while the resident tech-priest grants access to the Shrine of the Omnissiah, which lets you upgrade a weapon's rarity or refine its Blessings and Perks using materials obtained from missions.
Since duty ends only in death, post-launch support will bring "new objectives, new maps, new dangers, and new challenges."
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide's pre-order beta is currently live prior to its full PC launch, scheduled for November 30.
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