The developer of Warhammer 40,000: Darktide, the Left 4 Dead-like cooperative shooter set within the 40Ok universe, has delayed the sport to spring 2022, according to an announcement posted Thursday to Twitter. Stockholm-based Fatshark stated, in a well-known chorus, that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted its unique plan to ship Darktide later this yr.

Marin Wahlund, founder and CEO of Fatshark, introduced the delay on social media, explaining, “We have a responsibility to deliver the best game we possibly can, and frankly we need more time to accomplish this goal. It’s no secret that building a game during a pandemic is a challenge and we are not immune to this. We are planning to use the extra time to both focus on the level of quality at release, as well as invest in more systems to support Darktide for years to come.”

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide’s delay follows comparable slips for 2021 video games like Ghostwire: Tokyo and Resident Evil Re:Verse, which had been introduced earlier this week. Fatshark’s announcement means one much less Left 4 Dead-like this yr, making room for Back 4 Blood, Rainbow Six: Extraction, and Aliens: Fireteam Elite.

In Darktide, gamers will tackle the position of a bunch of Imperial Guardsmen, the disposable grunts of the Warhammer 40,000 universe, below the path of an Inquisitor. Inquisitors are secretive brokers, recognized for rooting out heresy towards the Emperor of mankind. As such, they recurrently work with forces just like the Imperial Guard on an ad-hoc foundation. The setting is deep inside a hive metropolis, the place zombielike creatures roam the halls committing untold ugly acts.

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is coming to Windows PC and Xbox Series X, and might be included with Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass subscription service.