UnknownGames Workshop is continuing its push to license out the Warhammer brand to video games with the newly-announced Warhammer 40K: Chess - Regicide, Polygon reports. The game is being headed up by Hammerfall Publishing, and as you can probably guess by the title, is a version of chess set in the Warhammer 40K universe. According to the official press release, "The game has gone beyond the standard boundaries of chess to revolutionize the way it is seen." Hammerfall wants to keep the brutality of the W40K universe intact, and Regicide will feature "hundreds 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." Wow, sounds intense. Here's a brief teaser for Warhammer 40K: Chess - Regicide, which feels ripped straight from Terminator 2.

Warhammer 40K: Chess - Regicide will feature both single-player and multiplayer modes. The single-player campaign will follow the Blood Angels storyline and was penned by Games Workshop published author Ross Watson. The levels themselves were created by Grandmaster chess champion GM Zhao Zong-Yuan. I spoke recently on our podcast about how I was happy that Games Workshop is spreading their Warhammer license to a bunch of different genres of games, and I actually think a chess game will fit right in with the lane-defense, side-scrolling brawler, and top-down dungeon crawlers that we've seen already. While no platforms have been confirmed for Warhammer 40K: Chess - Regicide, Hammerfall describes themselves as "creating cutting edge experiences for PC, tablet, and mobile platforms." I feel pretty confident we'll see Regicide on mobile, but we'll let you know once that's actually confirmed. For now, if you think Warhammer 40K: Chess - Regicide looks cool, keep your fingers crossed for an iOS version.


  • blindmuggy

    I have to say none of the warhammer games have impressed me so far, they felt rushed and unfinished, like they shouldve been really awesome games but werent not sure ill invest in another

    • ste86uk

      You clearly haven't played Warhammer Quest then or just hate all games.

    • Jake7905

      I hope you're not including Warhammer Quest in that "unimpressed" list of yours. That was the one Warhammer game that was done right. Everything else that's followed has been a GW cash-in.

      • andrew9oh7

        Pretty sure he meant warhammer 40k games

      • Jake7905

        That was my hope.

  • Morgan01

    Trailer says nothing about the game or game design. Sure, it is about Warhammer, but it is difficult to get excited about any game with relatively little detail. Sorry, but I also haven't been very impressed with their IOS releases so far.

  • TigerBoat

    I wouldn't normally use this word but Games Workshop is being very, very slutty.

  • ste86uk

    I love chess and a Warhammer chess like game would be good if done right. I like it when people do mixes of chess with other games, my favourite on iOS still has to be hero academy though.

  • Bloodangel

    Battle chess but with war hammer 40k then?

    • iammane

      What I was thinking. Could be cool!

  • David Ratner

    Ok, so warhammer 40k is a tabletop, right? Can someone explain to me why we have not seen a genuine port of the actual game yet? I'm not trying to be snarky. I'm genuinely curious. It's a game I have always wanted to try, but I am horrible at painting models and it seems a little cost prohibitive for newbies.

    PS: warhammer quest is one of the best mobile games out there

    • ste86uk

      I imagine because it would likely be a gigantic undertaking and take a long time given all the armies and rules ect and most people would prefer to make something quicker and make money.

      • Baracus

        Yep, this is why 🙂

      • vid_icarus

        That definitely jives with how GW has been licensing lately. I wonder, though, what was the dev cycle on the dawn of war games?

      • Morgan01

        I think the developers is trying to appeal to the mass audience using portable devices and are trying to make Warhammer accessible to casual players. A true port would be nice but highly u likely.

    • Larni69

      They would never do a full pen and paper to video game: it would affect the amount of ridiculouy overpriced models people would buy if they could do it all in a video game. More than anything else, GW is about making money.

  • AJShadowz

    This game won't be very popular I'm sure, as most people prefer fast action and many generally are too stupid for a game like chess. However if this is done right, I believe it may very well be amazing for those with big juicy brains who take the time to learn it and perfect their strategies. Hope it turns out as good as I want it to be.

    • NinjaKitteh

      Spot on point. Given the appstore's proclivity for drawing out the Walmart people of the world I doubt this game will impress most.

      • Baracus

        Sad, but true (tho I don't know what a Walmart person is but I get your point hehe)

  • FookedonHonix

    I hope this is chess with battle animations. That would be awesome! This is the chess game I have been looking for.

  • RinoaHeartily

    Is this going to be the typical chess game? With knights castle etc? That will be awful!! Butttt if they do it something like UHR... Then it will be a nice welcome!!!

  • Stormourner

    I knew there will be more Warhammer games, keep on coming =D
    I do need a Warhammer game and this time it must be about the Skaven clans

  • djstout

    Love chess and warhammer, ill get this one

  • Cookies

    I'm a bit lost in the fact that this is chess. What's the twist? Animations? Different pieces? Is it actually just going to be like chess?

    Chess with Warhammer 40k slapped over the top just sounds ultimately lazy.

  • setarrif

    I wonder if the Warhammer license was recently falling into public domain, as it doesn't feel like anyone is in charge anymore), or if they simply dress the bride to sell the company... Following that path we will soon see a Flappy Blood Angel coming.

  • Tom Sawyer

    Stupid trailers where you can see absolutely nothing of the actual gameplay.

  • otakuzod

    I'll want to see how this one pans out. BTW, am I the ONLY one who liked Space Hulk?! Speaking of chess, I'm STILL waiting for Star Wars Chess (the version R2 & Chewie were playing, anyway)