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Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is a new co-op FPS from the makers of Vermintide

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At the Xbox Games Showcase just now, Fatshark revealed its third game in the Warhammer universe. Like both Vermintides before it, Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is also a four-player co-op FPS. But, as the name suggests, this one takes place in Warhammer's 401st-century sci-fi setting.

In Darktide, players will journey to the depths of a hive city—a self-contained, densely populated arcology that should contain millions of humans. In the trailer, though, our heroes instead meet the forces of a Chaos cult.

"Players will not be able to hide behind lethal ranged weapons," explains Fatshark's press release, "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."

In seems as if players will take the role of Inquisitorial Acolytes, which would make sense given Vermintide's penchant for eclectic misfits. Beyond that, though, details are slim. Obviously Warhammer 40K is a vast universe of fiction (there are more than 100 novels (opens in new tab) alone), and if Vermintide is any indication, we'll probably see Darktide expand to focus on different army units, enemy factions, or environments.

Hopefully we'll learn more in the coming months, ahead of Darktide's 2021 release. In the meantime, you can visit the Steam page (opens in new tab) and see some dark and foreboding screenshots below.

(Image credit: Fatshark)

(Image credit: Fatshark)

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.