Warhammer 40K Darktide writer is Dan Abnett, the novelist who has launched a dozen books for the grimdark franchise. The announcement was made today during the Warhammer Skulls streaming event hosted by Games Workshop, the company that created and owns the long-running grimdark franchise.
While Abnett’s official title is “writer,” which conjures up images of him delivering fat reams of text to directors, designers and performers, what this actually means is that he’ll be lending his vast experience with the universe to Fatshark, the studio developing Warhammer 40K Darktide.
Abnett’s best known work within 40K is most likely Horus Rising, which started the Horus Heresy, a saga now on its 54th book. Beloved characters within the 40K universe such as Colonel-Commissar Ibram Gaunt, leader of the ragtag infantry group known as Gaunt’s Ghosts, and Inquisitor Eisenhorn find their origins from Abnett’s pen.
Abnett’s description of his duties as the Warhammer 40K Darktide writer sound more in line with those of a narrative designer, someone who helps come up with lore-based answers to design-based decisions for the game. It won’t be his first time writing for videogames though. He co-wrote the critically acclaimed hiding under tables game Alien: Isolation for Creative Assembly back in 2014.
Darktide is one of those games we’ve not really heard much from since its announcement at the Xbox Games Showcase of July 2020. In it, players will control a unit of Imperial Guardsmen, considered the cannon fodder of the Imperium. They’re tasked with exploring the hive city of Tertium under the direct orders of the Inquisition.
While some reporters have compared the game to Left 4 Dead, Darktide’s lineage is more obvious: it’s the dark science fiction successor of Fatshark’s own Vermintide games. That means multi-player co-op action against hundreds of enemies, perhaps a swarm even, in a hostile landscape and possibly some of that satisfying heavy melee action that is Vermintide’s signature.
Rather than playing as one of the vaunted (and overpowered) Space Marines, Darktide will task you to be a mere mortal against impossible odds. Warhammer 40,000: Darktide doesn’t have a release date yet, but it was announced for Xbox Series X|S and as a launch title on Xbox Game Pass.