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Warhammer 40,000: Darktide

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Warhammer 40,000: Darktide
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide cover
Autodesk Stingray Engine[1]
Release dates
Windows November 30, 2022
Metacritic 75
OpenCritic 74
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions Currency
Modes Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Shooter
Art styles Realistic
Themes Fantasy
Series Warhammer 40,000
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide on HowLongToBeat
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide on IGDB
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide on MobyGames
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide on Wikipedia
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This game requires a constant internet connection for all game modes.

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is a multiplayer first-person and third-person shooter game in the Warhammer 40,000 series.

General information

Official Discord server
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Xbox Game Pass for PC
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Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)

Version differences

The game requires a constant internet connection for all game modes
The Steam and Microsoft Store version did not support cross play at launch, [2] but this was changed in Patch 11.[3][4]


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Imperial Edition Upgrade

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Steam %APPDATA%\Fatshark\Darktide\user_settings.config
Microsoft Store %APPDATA%\Fatshark\MicrosoftStore\Darktide\user_settings.config
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1361210/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Xbox Cloud


Video settings
Video settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Cutscenes are cropped around 16:9
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
As a slider between 45°-85° (vertical).[5]
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Off, FXAA or TAA.
A Sharpen filter is available when using TAA.[5]
High-fidelity upscaling
DLSS 2.0, FSR 1.0, FSR 2.2
[5][6]DLSS Frame Generation is supported.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Choice between 30/60/120 FPS caps and unlocked framerate.[5]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.
Ray tracing (RT)
Reflections and global illumination.[5]

Set custom FPS limit

Change config value[7]
  1. Open config file:
    • Steam: %APPDATA%\Fatshark\Darktide\VIDEO\user_settings.config
    • Microsoft Store: %APPDATA%\Fatshark\MicrosoftStore\Darktide\user_settings.config
  2. Set value nv_framerate_cap to desired framerate.



Audio settings
Audio settings
Interface settings
Interface settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Sound Effects and Music Volume sliders.
Surround sound
Up to 5.1 channels.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Brazilian Portuguese


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
4 Co-op

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 12 [5]
Shader Model support 5.1
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

Issues unresolved

Hitches when moving around in the game

The game can slightly hitch very briefly when moving around in the environment of the game, especially when walking into new rooms. This is independent from settings or hardware, and is not shader compilation-related as shaders are pre-compiled for this game. It is likely related to loading.[9]

Issues fixed


Bypass launcher
  1. Right-click Warhammer 4,000: Darktide in Steam library
  2. Click Properties
  3. Paste the below into Launch Options
  4. Ensure <path-to-game> matches your installation
"<path-to-game>\binaries\Darktide.exe" %command% --bundle-dir ../bundle --ini settings --backend-auth-service-url --backend-title-service-url

You should launch the game normally (Remove the above launch option temporarily) after video driver updates and game patches to make sure the shader cache is up-to-date.


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Epic Online Services
Anti-cheat Easy Anti-Cheat

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-6600
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 50 GB (HDD)
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
AMD Radeon RX 570
Minimum requirements target 1920 x 1080 resolution on Low settings (with FSR on) with expected framerate of 30 to 45 FPS. Recommended requirements target 1920 x 1080 resolution on Medium settings (with either DLSS or FSR on) with expected framerate of 60 FPS.
Additional requirements can be found in the developer's vlog.


  1. File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/1361210/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1361210) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Our Machinery plans to "take a significant chunk of the engine market" - last accessed on 2022-11-16
    "The pair later left Grin to build a general engine that would become known as Bitsquid, which was used in Arrowhead and Fatshark's titles such as Warhammer: Vermintide and Warhammer 40K: Darktide."
  2. Is Crossplay and Cross-Save Coming to Darktide? - last accessed on 2022-12-07
  3. Patch #11 - last accessed on 2023-08-27
  4. CrossPlay F.A.Q - last accessed on 2023-08-27
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Warhammer 40,000: Darktide - DEV BLOG: PERFORMANCE - last accessed on 2022-11-16
  6. Content Drop - Tools of War - Steam - last accessed on 2023-03-23
    "AMD FSR has been updated to version 2.2 - with improvements across the board, particularly with ghosting. You can read more about FSR 2.2 on the AMD blog."
  7. Different framerate cap options - Reddit - last accessed on 2023-11-29
  8. Pre-order Beta - What to expect - last accessed on 2022-11-16
  9. Warhammer 40,000 Darktide PC - DF Tech Review - Optimised Settings, Performance Analysis + More - YouTube - last accessed on 2022-12-08