Dan Abnett, the author of Darktide, describes what the “Darktide” in Warhammer 40K Darktide is and explains why it has won the devotion of the treasonous Moebian Sixth.
You won’t get much of an opportunity to get to know your foes in Warhammer 40,000: Darktide since, much like in previous co-op games that were influenced by Left 4 Dead, the point of the game is to eliminate them as swiftly as you possibly can. However, Darktide co-writer Dan Abnett, who is also the author of several well-known 40K books, claims that the sinister figures who are rising from the shadows in the Tertium underhive do have a narrative, and it’s a tragic one.
There is a new post up on the Darktide Steam website written by Abnett. In it, he discusses the history of some of the foes that we will face when the release date for Warhammer 40K: Darktide arrives in August. Many of them are humans that have been tainted by chaos, and among them is a regiment of some of the most elite soldiers in the Imperium called the Moebian Sixth.
Abnett notes that owing to the structure of the game, there is very little opportunity to learn about the unique characteristics of the grizzled veterans of the Moebian Sixth. “You might not get to know them on a personal basis,” he says, “but you’ll get to know their kinds, and from that, a picture of the Moebian Sixth will swiftly spring up.” [T]here is a possibility that you could come to know them on a personal basis.
According to Abnett, the soldiers that make up the Sixth are similar to conscripts in that they can come from any part of the Imperium. They are forced into duty at an early age and sent to far regions of space to battle otherworldly and astral horrors that they could never have imagined during their time on Tertium. The inhabitants of the planet are familiar with this danger, and they call it “the dark tide.”
According to him, if the experience does not end directly in death, it is almost often a terrible one.
Abnett notes, “Of course, there are certain soldiers who serve magnificently and heroically while yet remaining loyal.” “Yet some, though, succumb to the sneaky influence of the Darktide’s touch. They come into contact with the corrupting influence of the Warp, and as a result, they are altered. They end up becoming – in some instances, very literally – the same thing that they are battling against.
You’ll face a variety of Moebian Sixth soldiers during Darktide, including melee fighters, flamers, heavy weapon teams, and snipers. The Moebian Sixth employs a wide variety of troops, and you’ll face numerous of them throughout the mission. Abnett claims that the armed group possesses “everything you would need in an armed squad if you intended to take down a world.”
If you are interested in learning more about how the gameplay of this sequel to Vermintide feels, be sure to check out our hands-on impressions of Warhammer 40,000: Darktide from the Summer Game Fest.