Chess appears in all manner of fiction, so it’s no surprise that the gargantuan Warhammer 40,000 universe has its own version called Regicide. Perhaps its a portmanteau of “regimented suicide” because really, we’re looking at neat ranks of Space Marines and Orks patiently waiting for their turn at a violent demise.

Warhammer 40,000: Regicide, by Hammerfall Publishing, was first revealed in October last year. The game will offer two game modes, Regicide and Classic, which are described as follows:


Plan the attack and command your soldiers through two phases of combat. Open fire on your enemies, utilise tactical abilities and unleash psychic powers to crush your foes. Fight your way through violent single and multiplayer gameplay and destroy everything that stands between you and certain victory.


Sharpen your tactics in both single and multiplayer games based on traditional chess rules, executing brutally violent kills in diverse battlefield terrains. Select your race and battle it out online against opponents from all over the world or lead your army through the Space Marine Blood Angels campaign, unlocking new challenges, powers and elite units.

So it’s not some reskinned Battle Chess, which is nice.

I’m only sharing the news now as Hammerfall have finally released a video via PC Gamer. It’s just a trailer so don’t take anything you see as guaranteed gameplay, but it  gives us a rough idea of what to expect.

Warhamer 40,000: Regicide is just one of many future titles in development, now that Games Workshop has opened up to the idea of videogames once again. We’ve mostly seen mobile releases thus far, some of which disappointing, so we’re still hoping for that one current-gen title to give the license justice.

Frankly Regicide isn’t going to be it due to its limited scope, though that doesn’t mean Hammerfall can’t make a great game out of it anyway. I’m curious about their single-player mode, which would be amazing if it turns out to just be a slice-of-life peek at two Imperial officers, playing to pass the time and chat about current affairs. Just don’t shove freemium concepts down our throats, thanks.

And Games Workshop, there’s more to Warhammer 40,000 than genetically modified giants and greenskins, ya know?

Via: PC Gamer