Earlier this month, Games Workshop hosted the Warhammer Skulls 2022 live presentation event, revealing their slate of new and upcoming Warhammer and Warhammer 40k-related video games – and for all our fledgling Space Marines, we’ve summarized them all here.
The event opened with the reveal of a new cinematic trailer for Warhammer 40,000: Darktide, an FPS which finds a desperate Imperium turning to the criminal elements of the Tertium hive-city to stop the spread of a corrupting pandemic by a group of Nurgle worshippers.
Alongside the introduction of the new Psyker character, the trailer also revealed that the game will officially launch on PC and Xbox Series X/S consoles on September 13th.
Developer FatShark showed off Warhammer: Vermintide 2’s Be’lakor update. Inspired by the first Daemon Prince of Chaos, the updated Chaos Wastes game mode now features two new curses in his levels: Shadow Skulls, wherein “vicious skulls spawn out of thin air” and Shadow Totems, which places “Totems around the level [that] will keep spawning enemies.”
The update also introduces the Shadow Locus enemy type can also be interacted with to summon Shadow Lieutenants, who after being slain, drop a special crystal that can be used to destroy the monster itself.
After the Shadow Locus dies, they’ll reveal the location of the Temple of Shadows, a new expedition which “rewards players with veteran boons upon completion.” The update also adds seven new Weapon traits & 31 new boons for use across all expeditions.
The first new game to be revealed, Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader is touted as the first classic cRPG set in the Warhammer 40K universe.
Placed in control of the titular Rogue Trader – part explorer, part conquistador, and all merchant – players will set out across the uncharted Koronus Expanse, choosing to either fight in service of the God Emperor or against him.
Developed by Owlcat Games (Pathfinder: Kingmaker, Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous), the game is set for release on PC and consoles.
Games Workshop also revealed a multitude of special digital packs on offer for players who pre-order Rogue Trader.
Turning from humanity’s future to its past, Sega offered a teaser for Total War: Warhammer III’s upcoming Immortal Empires update.
Returning from Warhammer II, the map-based game mode promises to bring “the armies from all three Total War: Warhammer games” and allow them to engage in grand-scale clashes as their commanders see fit.
According to Games Workshop, who proposes that the mode is “quite possibly the grandest campaign ever seen in a video game”, the update will make its public debut in a Q3 Open Beta later this year.
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Bouncing back into 40K, another new reveal was that of Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun, a 90s worshipping title from Focus Entertainment and Auroch Digital which takes inspiration from classic “boomer shooters” and promises plenty of pixelated mayhem.
Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun is set to launch in 2023 for PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.
Focus Entertainment also shared the latest on Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2, of which little is currently known outside of the fact that it’s set to on the PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S consoles.
In their video update, the developers explained how they wanted to convey the wars of the series as fans know and loved them. Not only that, but Vikings actor Clive Standen also took the time to explain his understanding of Lieutenant Titus, who he will portray in the game.
The final new game revealed by Games Workshop was Warhammer 40,000: Warpforge, a new digital collectible card game from Everguild, the developers behind the Horus Heresy: Legions.
Coming to PC and mobile in 2023, Everguild promises that the game will feature “fast, strategic gameplay, innovative game modes, awesome art and a deep love for Warhammer 40,000 showing through in every detail!”
In addition to a single-player campaign for each available faction, the game will reportedly feature a number of different draft and constructed deck competitions, as well as team-based “alliance wars, which will test the mettle of even the most seasoned veterans.”
The release date for Warhammer 40,000: Shootas, Blood, & Teef was also announced.
The run and gun 2D side-scrolling game puts players in the shoes of an Ork who, after waging waging Waaagh! across Luteus Prime with his fellow, has their hair squig stolen and is left for dead by their own Warboss. Refusing to take this dishonor lying down, the player proceeds to embark on an epic and comical quest to rescue their hair squig.
Players will be able to choose their class and unleash dakka on ‘umies, Genestealer cultists, and Orks alike when the game will launches “Orktober” 20th (har har), across the PC, Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S platforms.
The Skulls event also saw the debut of the next faction coming to Warhammer 40,000: Battlesector, the Adepta Sororitas – better known as the Sisters of Battle.
Alongside the launch of the Sisters of Battle DLC later this year, developer Black Lab Games will release a free update introducing both some new Daemon units as a neutral faction in the Planetary Supremacy mode, as well as the new Daemonic Incursion mode, which pits players against an endless hordes of Daemons and tasks them with surviving as long as possible.
Notably, the same day as the Warhammer Skulls event, Battlesector received a patch which introduced the HQ Upgrades tech tree system to Planetary Supremacy mode and the Penitent Engine unit as a minor Sisters of Battle faction until the DLC launches, at which point the unit will be folded into the eponymous faction.
Though these updates and reveals were the major ones highlighted by Games Workshop in a post-event recap, there were plenty more.
Blood Bowl 3 developers Cyanide Studios revealed that two new teams, the Chaos Renegades and the Old World Alliance, would be heading to the arena, both of which feature roster made up of a mix of races including humans, halflings, dwarves, and treemen (for the Alliance), and humans, dark elves, scaven, orcs, minotaurs and more (for the Renegades).
Three new pitches will also bring various gameplay effects. For example, if a player dies on the Nugrle pitch, plants and maggots will begin to hinder the field movement speed of typically faster players.
Pre-registration began for Warhammer 40,000: Tacticus, while The Horus Heresy: Legions celebrated the launch of the Titandeath expansion.
The franchise’s mobile offerings, Warhammer 40,000: Lost Crusade, Warhammer Combat Cards, and Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Arena, also received respective content updates.
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