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Warhammer 40,000: Darktide looks like Left 4 Dead in the grim darkness of the far future

Four-player cooperative action against the forces of Chaos

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is a new four-player cooperative first-person shooter headed to Xbox Series X and Windows PC. Developed by Fatshark (makers of the Warhammer: Vermintide franchise), it will be included in the Xbox Game Pass program.

In Darktide, players will take on the role of a group of Imperial Guardsmen — long the disposable grunts of the Warhammer 40,000 universe — under the direction of an Inquisitor. Inquisitors are secretive agents, known for rooting our heresy against the Emperor of mankind. As such, they regularly work with forces like the Imperial Guard on an ad hoc basis. The setting is deep within a hive city, where zombie-like creatures roam the halls committing untold gruesome acts.

While the game clearly draws inspiration from classics like Left 4 Dead, there’s also a comedic tone in the voice of the Inquisitor who narrates the trailer. These Imperial Guardsmen clearly have no idea what they’ve been signed up for. Something a little less self-serious than other titles in the grim dark 40K universe would be a welcome departure.

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