Warhammer 40,000: Darktide has not had the best of receptions following its launch in November, but that is due to a perceived lack of polish to put it lightly. Players have complained of performance issues and clunky gameplay mechanics that could all do with smoothing out.
Developer Fatshark has taken notice and is addressing the criticism while promising updates (via IGN). Fatshark CEO Martin Wahlund used the Darktide 40K official Twitter account to publish an open letter to players where he laid out the studio's plans for the game.
Writing that the team wanted to create a "highly engaging" stable game with a level of depth that keeps players active for weeks rather than hours, Wahlund admitted that they "fell short of meeting those expectations".
He continued: "Over the next few months, our sole focus is to address the feedback that many of you have. In particular, we will focus on delivering a complete crafting system, a more rewarding progression loop, and continue to work on game stability and performance optimization."
This also means that the Xbox Series X/S launch will be delayed. In addition, upcoming releases of premium cosmetics for the game is suspended. "We just couldn't continue down this path, knowing that we have not addressed many feedback areas in the game today," Wahlund wrote.
Originally, the Xbox Series X/S verion of Warhammer 40K: Darktide was supposed to launch shortly after the game's November PC release, but since the team will now focus on addressing the gameplay and performance issues this version will be delayed while no release date has been provided. Planned seasonal content rollouts for this version will also be coming at a later date of course.
While the title has had solid reviews (TheGamer awarded it 3/5), with exciting combat, varied enemies, and rewarding strategic gameplay, players have been facing persistent framerate drops and grindingly dull progression. With the extra work that Fatshark will be putting in, it's hoped that whenever the Xbox Series version of the game is finally released players will be getting a more polished experience as well as similar updates for the PC version.
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