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 published as a Japanese light novel complete with bishi illustrations of Sanguinius and Astorath the Grim (opens in a new tab), and it made me want a whole 40K manga drawn in the same style. So I don’t mind when 40k games look like they get their art from unexpected places, whether it’s web series and Flash games like Shootas, Blood & Teef, or sprites from 90s shooters like Boltgun.

Still, there is something to be said for fidelity. The 40K universe is famously the origin of the term “ugly darkness”, a place that is gothic, baroque, industrial and heavy metal all at once, as characterized by John Blanche’s artwork. (opens in a new tab). And Darktide holds true to it, right down to the purple Cadian eyeballs.

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