Darktide is the most detailed vision of Warhammer 40,000 we’ve ever seen


I like to see a familiar setting reinterpreted in different art styles. Rachel Harrison’s Warhammer 40,000 novel Blood Rite was once released as a Japanese light novel complete with bishi illustrations of Sanguinius and Astorath the Grim (opens in new tab), and that made me want an entire 40K manga drawn in the same style. So I don’t mind when 40K games look like they take their art cues from unexpected places, whether webcomics and Flash games like Shootas, Blood & Teef, or the sprites of ’90s shooters like Boltgun. 

Still, there’s something to be said for fidelity. The 40K universe is famously the origin of the phrase “grim darkness”, a place that’s gothic, baroque, industrial, and heavy metal all at once, as typified by John Blanche’s artwork (opens in new tab). And Darktide has fidelity to that, all the way up to its purple Cadian eyeballs. 

(Image credit: Fatshark)

The universe is a big place, and whatever happens, you will not be missed