Warhammer 40K: Darktide’s latest update brings big changes to how players earn and mod gear, and looks to be a step in the right direction for a title that has been heavily criticized by fans for feeling incomplete.
Patch #4, Blessings of the Omnissiah, revamps several aspects of Darktide’s progression. For starters, players will always receive a new weapon or piece of equipment when completing a mission, something that curiously hasn’t happened until now. Completing quests on higher difficulties will increase the chances of receiving a higher rarity item.
Players have complained since launch about not being able to get the gear they want, as it has revolved around sitting at a vendor that stocks random weapons and waiting for the vendor to refresh their inventory. Developer Fatshark largely addressed this issue with the update, as players can simply purchase a base version of any type of weapon they’ve unlocked at any time from the Armory Exchange.
Blessings, a key part of Darktide’s endgame, can now be mined and weapon-modified blessings in the Shrine of Omnissiah, giving players more control of their progression. Another much maligned system, Sire Melk’s Requirement, has also been overhauled. His challenges are generally easier now and the rewards he offers have improved.
More quests will be available at any time via the quest board starting with Patch #4, which addresses another common complaint fans have had. Emotes were also added so that players can interact with each other while in the game’s core area.
The patch notes include a long list of weapon balance changes and bug fixes. Reception of the update, at least judging by the game’s subreddit, seems pretty positive. However, the positive reception to the update has not seen much of a change in user reviews of the game on Steam, which are “mixed” overall with recent reviews being “mostly negative”.
Fans have complained about the game’s microtransactions, technical issues, disappointing progression, and an almost complete lack of story since launch, and while Blessings of the Omnissiah at least addresses the progression aspect of Darktide, many players are still unhappy with the overall state of the game. . game. Many of the recent negative reviews on Steam comment on how Darktide feels unfinished or like it’s still in early access despite the game’s full release.
Fatshark recently made the decision to delay future content updates, as well as console versions of Darktide, in order to address fan feedback.
“Over the coming months, our sole focus is on addressing the feedback that many of you have,” Fatshark CEO and co-founder Martin Wahlund wrote in a statement. “In particular, we will focus on offering a complete crafting system, a more rewarding progression cycle, and continuing to work on game stability and performance optimization.”
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