Games Workshop and Slitherine Software are getting together to make an iPad and PC turn-based strategy game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, the duo have announced. Oddly, that's all we know about the upcoming project; the press release doesn't bother to tease neat stuff like a release window, the protagonists, or any features. Weird.

This is the third Warhammer mobile game announced in the recent past. Rodeo Games and Full Control are handling a fantasy strategy game and Space Hulk respectively. Slitherine, like these two devs, have a long history of doing strategy games. Battle Academy and Slitherine's Legion are the biggies on the App Store.

It'll be interesting to see what this upcoming game is about. The teaser image that came along with the announcement has an Ork on it, which maybe narrows down the possibilities... who knows? We'll keep our eyes on this one.

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  • pinta_vodki

    50 points to Slitherine!

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  • Flowinho

    They are walking in pretty huge footprints here, W40: DoW was one hell of a strategy game.

  • MidianGTX

    Space Hulk looks and sounds the most promising so far. Most devs tend to avoid being compared to XCOM but these guys are constantly name-dropping it... if they deliver this could be the best thing that's ever happened to anyone.

    • Maniacfive

      I'm going to have to respectfully disagree, while I'm sure Space Hulk will be good, and im psyched for it. (Although not as psyched as I would be if it were the Deathwing.) the work Rodeo have done for Warhammer Quest looks amazing, that seems like the cherry on top of the space hulk, talisman prologue pie right now.

      Although a full 40k experience from slitherine would be ridiculously exciting.

      • ianlogsdon

        I get the impression GW doesn't want a full 40k experience recreated though, they realize that some gamers would, bare minimum, spend a lot less on models if they could play a recreation of the game. That's why they went after Vassal, and that system was crap compared to a modern computer game.

        I will say that I think its a flawed strategy. I think they should probably have a more or less duplicate version of 6th edition on computer, and should be trying to get the cost of some of their kits to reasonable levels, thus using the game to recruit new players. Sadly they seem to be dead set on reducing the player base to its smallest possible components of late. Less sales, more profit = great short term strategy.

      • MidianGTX

        I respect your disagreement! I just couldn't get into Hunters, but regard XCOM as one of the finest things to hit strategy games in the last decade, which is the basis for my reasoning. I hope all of these games turn out fantastic though, can't complain about having three instead of one 🙂

      • finbikkifin

        The only one I'm not eagerly awaiting is Talisman. Never did like that game much. Now, Warhammer Quest, there's an amazing dungeon crawler.

  • metalmandave83

    I want.

  • Bool Zero

    A good soldier obeys without question. A good officer commands without doubt. I have "faith" that this will be a good game! For the Emperor!

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  • Bool Zero

    ... Oh, and, I want too...

  • ianlogsdon

    Ah, you left out Zattikka's announcement they are working on a PC/Mac/Tablet free to play game centered on the Titan Legions of Warhammer 40k:

    Add in the fact that Sega has a license to make Warhammer Fantasy based games and recently bought Relic, which developed the Dawn of War series, and we have a potential renaissance of GW based games. Oh and someone is working on a mobile version of Talisman, but the game currently is only a brief and limited version of the board game, so I won't be buying it until the full game is available.

  • avwave

    Hells yes. I hope it's Epic40k though. That scale needs more love.

  • Oooooomonkey

    "Feed me more" 40k games 🙂

  • The_Blue_Sticker

    I thought about starting reading these but didn't know where I start... Any suggestions?

    • Lucion

      Anywhere is fine as long as it isn't the middle of a series (most are trilogies). I started years ago with two short books by James Swallow about the Blood Angels Space Marines and went from there. Now I think I have all that have been printed, but I am behind on the newer ones.

      There is an overall universe that everything fits in, but it is do large and shared between so many authors that they don't step on each others toes. You just pick up on more and more lore as you go.

      From your first books you can continue with Space Marines, regular troopers (Imperial Guard), the Inquisition, your favorite aliens, etc. There are books for all interests now.

      There are anthologies of short stories which might be a good sampling, but they are mostly focused on one type mentioned above.

      The Horus Heresy series is about a big event in the history of 40k, which you will learn about in the background. I wouldn't think it a good place to start, but others might disagree.

      That might not as been as helpful as "start here", but it's only because I am confident you can start anywhere that might interest you.

    • finbikkifin

      Most 40K books start with this, which should give you a basic feel for the setting:

      "It is the 41st Millennium. For more than a hundred centuries The Emperor has sat immobile on the Golden Throne of Earth. He is the Master of Mankind by the will of the gods, and master of a million worlds by the might of his inexhaustible armies. He is a rotting carcass writhing invisibly with power from the Dark Age of Technology. He is the Carrion Lord of the Imperium for whom a thousand souls are sacrificed every day, so that he may never truly die.

      Yet even in his deathless state, the Emperor continues his eternal vigilance. Mighty battlefleets cross the daemon-infested miasma of the Warp, the only route between distant stars, their way lit by the Astronomican, the psychic manifestation of the Emperor's will. Vast armies give battle in his name on uncounted worlds. Greatest amongst his soldiers are the Adeptus Astartes, the Space Marines, bio-engineered super-warriors. Their comrades in arms are legion: the Imperial Guard and countless planetary defence forces, the ever vigilant Inquisition and the tech-priests of the Adeptus Mechanicus to name only a few. But for all their multitudes, they are barely enough to hold off the ever-present threat from aliens, heretics, mutants - and worse.

      To be a man in such times is to be one amongst untold billions. It is to live in the cruelest and most bloody regime imaginable. These are the tales of those times. Forget the power of technology and science, for so much has been forgotten, never to be re-learned. Forget the promise of progress and understanding, for in the grim darkness of the far future there is only war. There is no peace amongst the stars, only an eternity of carnage and slaughter, and the laughter of thirsting gods."

      It is a very silly place. Dan Abnett's Gaunt's Ghosts books are OK, Sandy Mitchell's Ciaphas Cain series is better if you're me. Both focus on the Imperial Guard, but in a different way - Abnett's serious, Mitchell's more Blackadder mixed with Flashman.


      Actually, ignore 40K - if you want a good intro to the setting, just watch some British black comedy and read some old 2000AD. Mix in war films and classic SF, with a fair bit of fantasy, and a heavy emphasis on British stuff, and you'll do all right.

      Just remember that it's all dead serious, and also hilarious.

  • Wootus

    Is it too much to hope that this will be a video game version of the actual table-top game?
    Either way I'm all for anything 40k!

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  • Andrew Boyes

    An Ork on it? That's not just any Ork, that's Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka, Prophet of the Waaagh! From the Third War of Armageddon.

    • finbikkifin

      Unfortunately, the real-life inspiration for his name is still alive.

  • goosicus

    ok, 3 40k strategy games, please for the love of god someone make an ipad version of space marine! something grizzly gory where I can 3rd person chainsword some sucka!

  • Assassin129812

    If they do make this game and its anything like battle academy, then I can't wait for it! I play the with the models and also play dawn of war and seeing the models "come to life" is really cool so I can't wait!