A new edition of Warhammer 40,000 has been announced. It wasn’t much of a secret, speculation has been rife, but now it’s official. In its 30th Anniversary year Games Workshop’s flagship game is being revamped. Details at this point are scant. They can all be found here, on the new Warhammer 40,000 website. There is a FAQ for existing players. Much as it has done with Age of Sigmar, it would appear GW is taking a more open and user-led experience.
Here are a few things the new version promises.
- All existing miniatures will be playable in the new system. Including ForgeWorld models.
- The core rules will be free.
- Old codexes will be obsolete.
- There will be three factions. Imperial, Chaos, Xenos. I assume this will be like the new streamlined “Order, Chaos, and Destruction” from Age of Sigmar.
- There will be a new starter box.
- There will be points.
- There are assurances that it’s not “dumbing down,” merely streamlining the current, quite cumbersome rules.
- There will be three ways to play. Again similar to Age of Sigmar. Open play, narrative play, and matched play.
- The rules will be evolving with “General’s Handbook” type publications releases regularly.
I’m really psyched for this new release. As I said in a recent post, I’ve been quite invested in the 40,000 universe in a way that I haven’t before. GW is promising that this isn’t the end of the universe, but say it has plenty of narrative surprises in store. The simplified rules greatly appeal, though how simple games become remains to be seen. The core AoS rules are simple, but full battles become quite complex.