While Warhammer 40,000: Darktide doesn’t launch until the 30th of November, the game is currently available to play on Steam for anyone who has pre-ordered the game. At the moment, reactions to the game are mixed at best, with every positive review being met with an equally negative one.
A mixed reaction comes as quite a shock considering how acclaimed the Vermintide games have been, but many of the issues players currently have could just be chalked up to the “pre-order beta,” they are currently playing. To try and clear up some of the confusion players have surrounding the game, Fatshark, the game’s developer, has released a list of features not included in the beta. They have also revealed that the plan is to roll out new content, events, and fixes over a month-long update schedule.
This week players can expect full access to the game hub and mission board, with four changing missions across four zones. Next week will see up to 8 changing missions across four zones being added as well as In-Game Events.
The following week will add 10 changing missions across four zones and downtime to get the game launch-ready. On launch day, players will have access to 13 missions across five zones as well as one brand new zone and new In-Game Events.
Fatshark seems to be treating this pre-release more like a typical beta test than pre-access to the full game. It is missing most of the content and the severe technical bugs give players the impression that this is still an early-access game. Some Steam reviews point out the various technical problems in Warhammer 40,000: Darktide. One review says the game crashes at every single opportunity possible. Sometimes it is impossible to play the game at all without it crashing.
Other major issues revolve around performance as players say the game is janky with texture pop-in, frame rate dips and other technical issues dumbing down the experience. Of course, other reviews complain about the lack of features including no solo play and the clear lack of game content.
Players can only hope that when the game officially releases on the 30th of this month, the full release reflects all the changes and fixes players are so desperate to receive. Given that Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is just a few days away from its actual release, Fatshark is cutting it close. Keep in mind that the Xbox version was also delayed indefinitely. We can see why now.