I, like many people, have very little experience with Warhammer. I was never quite to the level of ignorance where I would accuse it of ripping off the Blizzard mainstay Warcraft (Warhammer was first released in 1983 and Warcraft in 1994) but my experience with the game’s setting is limited to a short time playing the ill-fated (but actually pretty solid) MMO Warhammer Online and a very short stint with the excellent Dawn of War series.

But the name Warhammer has been cropping up repeatedly over the past few months. I’ve always known the game has had a cult following (which I am totally prepared to admit that I’ve underestimated), but hot damn there are a lot of Warhammer games out there. Dawn of War, Dawn of War 2, Space Marine, Warhammer Online, Space Hulk: Ascension, Armageddon, Bloodbowl, Mordheim… the list goes on and on. According to the list of licensed products on Games Workshop’s website (the creators of Warhammer), there are 22 franchises in the Warhammer video game line, to say nothing of expansions and sequels – Dawn of War has three expansions and a ton of DLC and the sequel has two expansions. All told, between Warhammer and Warhammer 40k, there’s probably around 35 games in the franchise.

That is a ton of games for one franchise.

Far from slowing down, however, Games Workshop is still cranking out material for their classic fantasy and sci-fi franchises with a number of games recently released and still in the works and expected between soon and very soon. The list includes (*deep breath*): Warhammer 40k: Regicide, Battlefleet: Gothic Armada, Space Hulk: Deathwing, Warhammer: The End Times – Vermintide, Warhammer 40k Inquisitor: Martyr, Eisenhorn: Xenos, Bloodbowl 2, Warhammer 40k: Dark Nexus Arena, and Warhammer 40k: Eternal Crusade.

That’s a lot of colons.

There’s even a new Total War game coming out with a Warhammer veneer, which sounds awesome even to a Warhammer ignoramus like myself.

Here’s a brief rundown of the upcoming titles so we can hopefully keep them all straight.

Warhammer 40,000: Regicide

Developer: Hammerfall Publishing

Publisher: Hammerfall Publishing

Platforms: PC (Steam Early Access), iOS, Android

Release Date: May 4 (Early Access), Mobile TBA


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Called a “brutal take on one of the greatest turn-based strategy games of all time,” Regicide was only released for public consumption in early May, but it’s already gotten extremely positive user reviews. The game boasts a chess-like play field and turn-based combat that promises “a new take on one of the most established strategy games of all time, evoking the grim setting of the iconic Warhammer 40,000 universe and hearkening to the roots of traditional gaming.”

The game evokes the feel of Warhammer chess but promises multiple game modes in which capturing the “king” will not always be the route to victory. Units have different abilities and equipment to spice up the game. There is, however, a classic chess mode that reportedly plays just the same as the age-old strategy game.

Regicide is currently available on Steam Early Access with a mobile release on iOS and Android coming.


Battlefleet: Gothic Armada

Developer: Tindalos Interactive

Publisher: Focus Home Interactive

Platform: PC

Release Date: Q1 2016

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True to the game’s name, Battlefield: Gothic Armada tasks you with leading a fleet (an armada, if you will) complete with customizable ships and even captains who reportedly have personalities and can even disobey your iron-fisted command of the armada. Eschewing the franchise’s turn-based roots, Gothic Armada will feature real-time space battles, but since it focuses on entire fleets of hulking battle cruisers, the battles will be centered around positioning and will have a slower pace than other real-time strategy games. Early reports from the developers mentioned having to monitor and operate hundreds of weapon systems simultaneously.

Fortunately, it sounds like you’re more of an admiral and not a god of war on high commanding each ship like a piece on a chess board, so there will be some autonomy from the other ships in the fleet, who will follow programmable AI patterns that you determine before the battle or even on the fly in mid-battle. This may be a double-edged sword, however. Read: my previous comment on belligerent subordinates.

With its focus on ship and captain progression and real-time space combat, it promises an interesting and unique take on Warhammer 40k warfare.


Space Hulk: Deathwing

Developer: Streum on studio, Cyanide

Publisher: Focus Home Entertainment

Platforms: PC, PS4, XBox One

Release Date: 2016


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Deathwing is an upcoming FPS RPG in which you will reportedly take on the role of a Deathwing Librarian leading your own band of space marines. The Deathwings are a sort of elite company in the 40k universe and librarians are human psychics… or something. Look, like I said, I’m totally ignorant when it comes to Warhammer lore. But the trailer we saw back in February (and another just last month) looks pretty slick.

We haven’t heard much information on the game besides the basics, but some sources imply that, despite the action-packed and flashy trailer we’ve seen, the game will feature a claustrophobic, almost horror-like feel, calling on you to traverse the ruined husk of a ship drifting lifelessly through space. Alien: Isolation, Warhammer Edition anyone?


Warhammer: The End Times – Vermintide

Developer: Fatshark

Publisher: Games Workshop

Platforms: PC

Release Date: September, 2015


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With all the Warhammer 40k titles coming out, you’d be forgiven for thinking I left the “40k” out of this one, but no, it’s plain old vanilla Warhammer. I suppose it makes sense that Games Workshop would shy away from their fantasy Warhammer releases with the popularity of Warcraft, but it’s good to see they haven’t completely forgotten their roots.

This one’s title was so long they had to include a hyphen (double colons is a big no-no), so we’ll just call it Vermintide. Vermintide is called a “co-operative action first person shooter and melee combat adventure set in the End Times of the iconic Warhammer Fantasy universe,” the End Times being the sort of prophesied cataclysm or apocalypse of the Warhammer universe. So not a real fun time for anyone involved.

Vermintide, which some sources list as having a September release date but is listed as “Q3 2015” on Steam, allows players to take on the role of one of five heroes, each with varied roles and abilities in combat. They will then work with up to four other players to fend of waves of invading rat men (called Skaven in Warhammer lore).

Oh. VERMIN TIDE. I get it.

The first-person hack-and-slash gameplay focuses on cooperation and promises to reward teamwork over individual performances. Over 100 weapons and trinkets will be available for players to personalize their play style.

There is currently a beta signup over at the Vermintide webpage.


Warhammer 40k Inquisitor: Martyr

Developer: NeocoreGames

Publisher: NeocoreGames

Platforms: PC, PS4, and XBox One

Release Date: TBA 2016


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Only just announced last month, Inquisitor: Martyr is being called a “persistent sandbox action-RPG,” with the sandbox mode kicking off after the game’s campaign. Developer NeocoreGames have this to say:

“The single player campaign pitches players into a grim and secret war among the stars as the agents of the ever-vigilant Inquisition. After the end of the campaign the story continues in a colossal sandboxed game set in the same secluded sector of this vast universe. This persistent setting grants years of constant entertainment, gradual development and a continuous flow of content that enriches the Action-RPG gameplay.”

A teaser trailer was released last week, though it revealed very little about the game itself.


Eisenhorn: Xenos

Developer: Pixel Heroes Games

Publisher: Pixel Heroes Games

Platforms: PC, iOS

Release Date: TBA


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Based on the novel of the same name, Xenos is one of the few mobile releases on the list, slated for a TBA iOS release… which makes it all the more surprising that it is an action-y hack-and-slasher reportedly in the realm of God of War – a rarity for Warhammer-licensed video games and mobile games alike. A PC port has also been announced for Steam release, but Pixel Heroes has stated that the only real difference will be some visual effects.

The main character – the titular Gregor Eisenhorn as voiced by the impeccable Mark Strong – will use guns, swords and psychic powers (and the obligatory-for-the-genre quick time events) in God of War-style combo-based combat. Stealth will also play a role and some battles may be avoided altogether at the player’s discretion.

The combat is also said to be “rhythm based” with less stamina used with each sword swing or gun shot if you utilize them with careful timing.

The game is also expected to be somewhat cinematic, following Eisenhorn and the story of the novel trilogy.


Blood Bowl 2

Developer: Cyanide

Publisher: Focus Home Entertainment

Platforms: PC, PS4, XBox One

Release Date: September 22, 2015


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A follow-up to the moderately-popular Blood Bowl, which itself is based on the 1995 MS-DOS game of the same name, which itself is based on the original miniature-based board game version of the game, Blood Bowl is basically Warhammer meets American Football except less violent. Players can win by scoring the most touchdowns or “violently eliminating the other team’s entire roster” of up to 16 players (with 11 on the field at any given time).

The game will feature a campaign mode in which the player guides the formerly-great Reikland Reavers back to glory, and a persistent online mode that tasks players to form their team of players from the eight Warhammer races (Humans, Orcs, Dwarfs, Skaven, High Elves, Dark Elves, Chaos, and Bretonnia) which become more experienced and skilled players over time. You know, unless they die. Then they’re about as useful as the Minnesota Vikings starting lineup.


Warhammer 40k: Dark Nexus Arena

Developer: Whitebox Interactive

Publisher: Games Workshop

Platforms: PC

Release Date: TBA 2016


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Dark Nexus Arena is an upcoming “multiplayer battle arena” – because of course Games Workshop is working on a MOBA. The game is actually called a “blend of the twin stick shooter and MOBA genres,” so it varies itself from the surge of MOBAs in that respect, at least.

Dark Nexus Arena has players, in teams of four, battle to the death as veterans from the various races’ armies across Warhammer 40k lore, from Space Marines to the Orks to the Tau.

The game was announced in February and the dev team has been pretty active with their blogs since then, detailing some aspects of the combat and some of the revealed “veterans.”

The game is currently in early access with keys available at their store. No release date has been revealed but early estimates put an official launch of the game in 2016.


Warhammer 40k: Eternal Crusade

Developer: Behaviour Interactive

Publisher: Square Enix

Platforms: PC, PS4 XBox One

Release Date:TBA


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Eternal Crusade is an upcoming massively multiplayer third-person shooter. The game will thrust the player into the shoes of a soldier that is just one member of a larger army fighting for supremacy on huge maps. Players will be able to sign on as Space Marines (vanilla or CHAOS flavored), Orks, and the Eldar initially, though other races (such as the Tau and Dark Eldar) are expected to be added over time. Each race will have access to a number of classes to choose from and even some hero classes, which will require in-game resources to use.

No release date has been announced, but early access is expected to come this summer.


Total War: Warhammer

Developer: The Creative Assembly

Publisher: Sega

Platforms: PC

Release Date: TBA


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Announced in April of this year, Total War: Warhammer (or Total Warhammer as some are cleverly calling it) is a Warhammer (not 40k, mind) game with Sega’s popular Total War mechanics. If that doesn’t tell you everything you need to know about the game, I don’t know what will.

Total Warhammer will feature massive real-time battles and turn-based sandbox campaigns of statecraft, politics, and empire building, all things that fans of the Total War series come to expect. It should be interesting to see the Total War campaign mechanics introduced into the Warhammer universe, as most of the games to date have focused solely on combat. Four playable factions are expected at launch: the Empire, the Greenskins, the Dwarves and the Vampire Counts.

Additional stand-alone installments have also been promised the “the largest Total War experience ever,” which will be quite a feather in the cap of the Warhammer franchise.


So, what do you think? Is it good to see the Warhammer franchise getting so much love? Or do you think this borders on oversaturation? Which games are you most looking forward to? Leave your opinion in the comments.

Brienne Gacke
Writer, journalist, teacher, pedant. Brienne's done just about anything and everything involving words and now she's hoping to use them for something she's passionate about: video games. She's been gaming since the onset of the NES era and has never looked back.

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  1. cool. Definitely looking forward to checking one of the console titles and exploring a little bit of this universe.

    1. Armada seems pretty slick, I’m not ashamed to admit.

  2. I didn’t know about a few of these, so I’m pretty excited.

    I recommend checking out some of the Warhammer 40k or Fantasy novels if you like to read, they’re very enjoyable. You get to learn how much of a badass Space Marines are (usually outnumbered by huge amounts on the battlefield) — and Fantasy is fun too.

    For Fantasy, I recommend checking out the Gotrek and Felix omnibuses (omnibii?), they’re really fun.

    For 40k.. I’ve only read a few of the Blood Angels books, and one of the Deathwatch books (the one with the Mantis Warriors, which was really good imo)

  3. Read the horus heresy and everything falls into Place

  4. oh ya Martin, just read HH. hey, its 31+ books so far. im on 23, been reading at a nice clip for a year now. loving it, but you dont just read it, you live and breathe it

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