We’ve seen a massive exploration into the Warhammer and Warhammer 40K worlds of late. If you know anything about Games Workshop‘s hit series I’ve a feeling you’ll have played at least something from one of these universes. I’m still playing Inquisitor: Martyr myself. That’s brilliant, by the way, and as a little self plug you can read the review Monique Sheldrake and I wrote together a few months back here. Martyr is, of course, adding to the ever growing list of recent games from the franchise including, the Total War series, Bloodbowl 2 and the latest iteration of Space Hulk, to name but a few. Further adding to this list is a new one set in the Warhammer Fantasy Battles world. It’s called Warhammer: Chaosbane and it’s coming to our screens this June. It’s also available for pre-order for those of you wanting to get in early.
Warhammer: Chaosbane is the first hack n’ slash style game to take place in the Warhammer world. You will be plunged into the Old World, a continent marked by the ravages of the Great War against Chaos. Here you will take the role of human, high elf, wood elf or dwarf and set out into iconic locations from the Warhammer Fantasy Battles universe.
You won’t have to face the tide of Chaos alone. You can go into battle both locally or online with upto four friends. If you want to stem the tide of Chaos you’ll have to work as a team in a game where co-operation and strategy are key to success. Each character offers their own distinct skills and gameplay allowing you to find the style that suits you. You will also be able to unleash Bloodlust, a unique mechanic to Chaosbane which allows each character to let loose a devastating power strong enough to alter the outcome of the battle.
As I’ve mentioned, Warhammer: Chaosbane is now available for preorder from the Xbox Store and for those PS4 fanatics at the PS Store here. You can also order from select high street retailers. The game will also be available on PC come release. The full release date for Warhammer: Chaosbane is planned for June 4th but those of you pre-ordering will be invited into two closed beta phases which are starting next month. You’ll also get an XP boost for the entirety of your character’s progression as well as a pack of four legendary crates.
The first beta phase begins in March and will be giving players an exclusive opportunity to discover the beginning of the campaign and test the different classes and their synergy in co-operative mode. If you happen to miss the March beta (and you shouldn’t, I’m telling you about it now), you’ll get another chance in the second session which will be this coming April. The exact dates and times for these haven’t been released yet but will be announced soon.
So there you have it. I’m really hoping this will be a nice new addition to what is already a pretty impressive library. The Warhammer worlds are so expansive, there is still loads more that can be done with them. If the game is good I’m sure we’ll see other new additions in the future. Sadly, we all know what can happen to a franchise if one of its titles isn’t. Fingers crossed this won’t be the case. My only early reservation is I’m seeing crates involved. If these are just contained things that we can all find in the game great; let’s hope they leave any purchasable loot box content out of the mix. Definitely one worth keeping an eye on for hack n’ slash fans out there.