If you, like me, are both a fan of Warhammer and gaming, then it's a good time we live in. In part, there have recently been a number of solid games for PC and console based on Games Workshop's popular tabletop games. However, there is also a lot of new stuff on the way, which, based on the initial information, bodes well.
At Gamescom this year, there have been quite a few updates for upcoming Warhammer games set in both the Age of Sigmar/Fantasy and Warhammer 40,000 worlds.
Vermintide II - Necromancer
The somewhat aged Vermintide II game is still popular, and has quite a few players and gets regular updates. The latest update in the collection is a new playable character. However, it is not a completely new character, but rather a completely new playstyle for the sorceress Sienna Fuegonasus. After a clash with her twin sister Sofia Fuegonasus, she has now gained access to Necromancy instead of the Pyromancer style that you have been able to play so far.
The new Necromancer expansion lands on October 19 on all platforms.
Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realms of Ruin
We have continuously received information about the upcoming RTS game Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realms of Ruin. So far we have only seen two of the total four factions in the game. So far we've seen the Stormcast Eternals and the Kruleboyz orcs.
At Gamescom, however, we got a sneak peak at the third group, which will be the undead Nighthaunts.
At the same time, we also got a date for the launch of the game. Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realms of Ruin lands on PC, Xbox and PlayStation on November 17.
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide
Fans of the 40K setting also got delicious news at Gamescom. Initially, there was news for the Darktide game that was released in November last year. In part, it was announced that Darktide is now also coming to Xbox Series X/S on October 4. It was celebrated with a new trailer for the game.
However, PC players who have already taken up the fight against Nurgle's infection also have something to look forward to. Along with the launch on Xbox, there will also be updates to the existing game. It is an overhaul of the characters with the addition of new skill trees. Players can continuously unlock new abilities and skill points, which they can use in three different skill trees.
In this way, you can now choose to a much greater extent which way you want to go with your character and choose abilities, buffs and passive abilities that suit exactly the style of play you prefer.
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marines 2
The long-awaited sequel to the Spare Marine game from 2011 also got some news at Gamescom. Captain Titus is back again! This time, however, no longer as Captain after his turn with The Inquisition at the end of the first game. What has happened in the intervening time the story does not report anything about yet, but I wonder if that story is part of the upcoming Space Marine 2 game.
At Gamescom we got a nice new bit of Gameplay material that creates a good atmosphere of the game and the fight against the hordes of Tyranids that Titus and his Space Marine brothers come up against.
Space Marine 2 can be played in Single Player, but can also be played with two friends in three player co-op. Along with the information from Gamescom, a number of game media have also been given the opportunity for a hands-on preview of the game. Although we were unfortunately not in that group, the initial feedback seems to be very positive.
Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader
Although we haven't seen anything from it yet, Games Workshop itself has teased a little so that during the week we can also look forward to the upcoming RPG game Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader. The information we have received so far gives the impression of a large and comprehensive game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe.
The developers Owlcat have previously given us games like the solid and deep Pathfinder RPG games, so there are good people behind the development. However, it looks like it's going to be a game for fans of deep and expansive games. The elements do not exactly seem inviting for casual play. For fans of the Warhammer 40,000 universe, however, it could be a deep dive into the universe in a digital game, as an alternative to the Tapetop games.