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Orcs vs Marinesies: Warhammer 40,000 Storm of Vengeance

My ears will always prick at news of a new Warhammer 40,000 game. One day, The Dream Game will happen. One day. This one I’m can’t quite draw a bead on, though. Is it a kind of casual moba? Or is it more Plants vs Zombies with Games Workshop dudes in? I suspect more the latter (and with an added multiplayer mode), but we’ll find out when Eutechnyx’s ‘lane strategy game’ Warhammer 40,000: Storm of Vengeance launches at the end of next month. Turn the dread eye of the Imperium towards the below trailer to see if you can get a clear sense of what this mobile-focused-but-also-on-PC dude-marching game is going to feel like.

Hmm. I can see why it might be successful, but it really doesn’t scream 40K to me. Slowly marching queues isn’t how I ever pictured ‘only war.’ A high death toll and a persistent edge of cruelty perhaps is, however.

Eurogamer have a breakdown of how the thing works – sounds fairly involved, with resources and cards and all sorts. It’s certainly not any kind of direct 40K adaptation, though. Why can’t we have that? Cos Games Workshop doesn’t want to cannibalise its physical products, that’s why. But man, just imagine. That impossible dream game would be the one to make me crack open my wallet and dive deep into the scary world of DLC and microtransactions, I am quite sure.

Anyway: Storm of Vengeance is out March 27th on Steam, costing £7. It will have day-one Impy Goo DLC if you want it, and no doubt other factions will follow if the game finds an audience. It’s also out on fruity phones and robo-phones, if you like.

I put a picture of a Squig at the top of this post, because Squigs.

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