Darktide queue: Expect short wait times on launch day

  • November 30, 2022

Yesterday I was watching my colleagues queue up (opens in new tab) for World of Warcraft’s new Dragonflight expansion with a bit of schadenfreude. Good thing I wasn’t trying to play a massively multiplayer game on launch day, I thought. Everyone knows servers can only handle so much strain, and the only way for developers to prevent that strain is to implement a login queue.

This morning I took a big sip of water and pressed the Play button on Warhammer 40K: Darktide and got this. Hoisted.

Darktide queue

(Image credit: Fatshark)

Fatshark’s last two co-op brawlers, Vermintide and Vermintide 2, both ran on peer-to-peer networking. For Darktide, Fatshark has switched to dedicated servers, and aims to make its hub world a more populated space for players to mingle in. That change will hopefully pay off with smoother live play and a more flexible live service model for adding new quests and items to the game. But at least on launch day, it also means a login queue.