Following the Warhammer Skull Showcase, Darktide remains an anticipated title with devs revealing more about its features. One of the devs at Fatshark, the studio working on the game, has released a detailed post about how the game's character customization functions. Despite Warhammer's huge library of gaming, Warhammer 40,000: Darktide will be the first to feature fully customizable characters as well as a co-op FPS scenario.
The Darkide Character Customization System
The Warhammer 40,000 universe is vast with Darktide taking place in only a small part of it. A team will be sent into a condemned city in order to clear it of hostile forces. Those unlucky enough to be picked are known as Rejects, who are considered criminals and outsiders.
Players will be able to customize their Reject to a surprising degree. The dev Juras Rodionovas explains how this will be done. It starts with deciding on a backstory for your Reject, which covers details about their crimes and general history. Physical traits such as tone of voice and perks will be determined based on what players choose for their Reject's class and personality in addition to their story. Since the characters are meant to be rogues who are ostracized from society, they will have an overall weary and scarred appearance, which players will be able to cover up with gear they choose from an entity known as the Inquisition.
Rodionovas goes on to explain that the purpose of the Darktide character customization is so that players develop a personal connection to their character. This will be important as the task ahead of them is daunting with a very low chance of survival. Though they'll have some support from the powerful Inquisition, they'll need to work hard to earn favor with it. This includes performing tasks and completing objectives. Since looting will not always provide the best gear, playing to earn reward from the Inquisition can be a favorable option.
The post also reveals screenshots showing the amount of details that has gone into facial features and apparel to make every character feel like they're part of the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Come September, players will get to be part of Warhammer 40,000: Darktide.