Warhammer 40,000 Brings Grimdark to Chess

Warhammer 40,000 Brings Grimdark to Chess

When Warhammer 40,000 comes to mind, typically I envision eight-feet tall beefcakes wearing bulky-as-hell armor that’s virtually impenetrable, armed with bolters that fire shells that detonate upon penetration. Think of it as a walking tank with a rapid-firing rocket launcher as the weapon of choice.

What also comes time mind is the critically acclaimed real-time strategy series Dawn of War and its subsequent expansions.

While the Warhammer 40,000 franchise will soon be receiving an MMO, titled Warhammer 40k: Eternal Crusade , which was announced back in 2013 and whose Founder’s Program was recently detailed , a spin-off I would have probably never even thought of (yet am extremely intrigue by) was revealed on Wednesday, May 14.

Entitled as Warhammer 40,000: Chess – Regicide , the normally calm and strategic game of chess will now have a touch of grimdark to it, where the iconic Space Marines will fight it out against familiar 40k opponents.

“The game has gone beyond the standard boundaries of chess to revolutionize the way it is seen” said Cathrin Machin, the game’s project lead at Hammerfall Publishing, Regicide’s developer. “In creating the ground-breaking new Codex chess engine, the campaign mode represents a world first in strategy gaming.

When this game was envisaged, it was like two worlds which belonged together had collided.” Machin continued. “The game honours the sheer brutality of the Warhammer®40,000® universe. It features a multitude of merciless kill and death animations that were created in a state-of-the-art motion capture studio, utilizing military trained fight and stunt choreographers.

The game combines these exciting features along with environments, weapons and upgradeable characters which have been meticulously crafted by some of the industry’s leading artists.”

In Regicide , you will be able to choose from either singleplayer or multiplayer classic chess gamemodes. In previous 40k games, the chosen Space Marine chapter have either been the Blood Ravens (the Dawn of War series), the Ultramarines ( Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine ) or the Dark Angels ( Warhammer 40,000: Storm of Vengeance , which was announced back in late-2013 ). This game’s chosen chapter is the Blood Angels, as featured in the game’s cinematic trailer.

The Blood Angels will even receive their own campaign mode, and you’ll be able to choose from several 40k factions from the franchise’s popular races. So, anticipate to see Orks, Imperial Guard, Chaos Marines, Eldar and the Tyranid (and so on and so forth) as additional races to play in the game.

The game will aso offer seamless cross-platform gameplay between PC, Tablet and mobile. While there’s no declaration of such platforms being what the title will release on in the actual announcement, I’m going with what the developer has been touted to be specialised in, which was explained at the end of the announcement.

Currently there is no information on when the game will release or how much it will sell for as of yet, and the chosen platforms of the game have also yet to be officially announced.

[ Warhammer40kChess.com ]

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