The week-long Warhammer Skulls event kicked off with a series of announcements. Topping the pack are three new games: the CRPG Warhammer 40,000 Rogue Trader, the digital card game Warhammer 40,000: Warpforge, and the FPS Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun. Warhammer 40,000: Shootas, Blood & Teef, 2D action platformer, also got a release date. It will be released on October 20.
Well, let’s take these one by one, starting with Warhammer’s first CRPG. Rogue Trader is made by Owlcat Games, which has a long history of making Pathfinder RPGs.
Players will take on the role of the newest explorer in a dynasty of pirates, head off into unknown worlds, hunt for treasure in the name of the Emperor, and shoot a group of aliens in the process – though there are some hints you might be able to “consort” with them instead , which is an interesting act.
Rogue Trader will offer turn-based combat “in the fabled dark darkness of the distant future,” or more specifically the Koronus Expanse, “a dangerous and unexplored region on the far frontier of human power.” And, of course, you’ll have a team of buddies to joke around or bicker with on your travels.
Founder Packs are available today and will grant Alpha and Beta access as the game evolves, as well as additional in-game items.
The next big announcement was the digital card game, Warpforge. It’s coming out next year and it’s free, and it will feature all of the major Warhammer factions. In the single-player campaign, players will be able to explore the lore of Warhammer, and in draft and multiplayer modes created, they will be able to fight for card-based glory.
Different factions will require different play styles, and developers Everguild say that more factions will be added to the game through regular updates.
Third, the show revealed Boltgun, a single-player Retro FPS, also slated for release in 2023. Players will step into the giant boots of Space Walkers and blast their way through levels filled with enemies in a distinctly ’90s throwback.
In addition to the new announcements, a lot of updates to existing Warhammer games have been revealed. A roadmap for the next six months of Warhammer 40000: Battlesector includes a new faction, Sisters of Battle, which should be out by the fall. There is also a horde mode called Demon Incursion Planned, although there is no history for that yet. The remainder of the year will also see the addition of hidden units and improvements to the Planetary Supremacy mode as well.
Meanwhile, Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is getting a Be’lakor expansion, which launches for free on June 14. The update will add a new level, Temple Of Shadows, and a new enemy type, Shadow Champions. I feel the subject here. There are also new perks and traits and curses to come.
As for upcoming games, we’ve got a brief behind-the-scenes look at Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2, most of which are part of the Mapping for the Honorary Space Infantry. Oliver Hollis-Lake, creative director of Saber Interactive, said he’s noticed a lot of excitement from the community about what they’ve shown so far and promised there’s more to come, although not much of it is shown here.
Blood Bowl 3 also appeared. The fantasy football simulation game (like in goblins and such) (like in America) is currently back in beta from today until June 12 after being delayed last year. They introduced two new playable teams, the Old World Alliance and Chaos Renegades. The alliance can be a little more shaky than their name suggests, because they are clearly not very good at co-op, which is something you will have to face during the match. On the other hand, Renegades are able to access spikes in order to give themselves maximum flexibility on the playing field.
Speaking of the pitch, we took a look at three of them, each with specific obstacles like lava, sea monsters that can be awakened, or an interfering god that you have to keep in mind while recording those landings.
There was also another trailer for Total War: Warhammer III’s 2.0 update, Immortal Empires, which is still slated to release in open beta in the third quarter, and a new trailer for Warhammer 40,000: Darktide, the co-op action game released in September 13. It just focuses on how your player characters look. Types of true scum of the earth, it seems.
Phew. That’s it. Warhammer is celebrating 30 years of video games, and the event runs through June 8. For a summary of any of this or to see other Warhammer stuff happening this week, visit the event’s website.
Disclosure: Alec Meer wrote (RPS in peace) for Total War: Warhammer 3.