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For The Emperwhaaa? Warhammer 40,000: Regicide Trailer

Wait this isn't just Chess: 40K Edition

The announcement of Warhammer 40,000: Chess – Regicide last May left me bemused, bewildered, befuddled, and bedraggingthisout. Even with Games Workshop's recent lax approach to licensing, chess wot has Space Marines instead of chess men seemed a lazy cash-in. Well!

Developers Hammerfall Publishing have released Regicide's first "gameplay" trailer, and it looks chess-ish but not chess. It plonks different classes on Space Marines and Orks on chess boards, and they start moving like chess pieces but then oh! that pawn's tossing a frag grenade and wounding a whole load of orks several rows away! Oh!

Now named simply Warhammer 40,000: Regicide [official site], the game's evidently more than plain old chess. Units have multiple abilities and combat doesn't seem to be one-hit-kills chess rules. The board on show here has obstacles too. It's definitely built around a core of chess, but doing Warhammer-y combat on top of that. Curious.

I'm certainly not about to go pre-ordering it, but this soft spot I have for 40K is pleased to see it's more than Chess: 40K Edition.

Actually, speaking of pre-ordering for once, I am fascinated by how Regicide's pre-orders seem to be a sneaky way to sell 40K-branded t-shirts and hoodies. And certificates. You could have a certificate certifying that you pre-ordered a game. Just imagine. You could frame it and hang it on your wall.

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Alice has been playing video games since SkiFree and writing about them since 2009, with nine years at RPS. She enjoys immersive sims, roguelikelikes, chunky revolvers, weird little spooky indies, mods, walking simulators, and finding joy in details. Alice lives, swims, and cycles in Scotland.

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