Warhammer 40,000 turn-based strategy coming from Slitherine

Warhammer 40,000 fans, your prayers to the Emperor (or Gork, Mork, Isha, or whichever vile daemon you heretics worship) have been answered. A turn-based strategy adaptation of Games Workshop's grimdark tabletop wargame is coming, but not from the usual source. While Relic developed and THQ published the 40K RTS series Dawn of War, this is by specialist strategy developer and publisher Slitherine.

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Warhammer 40,000 fans, your prayers to the Emperor (or Gork, Mork, Isha, or whichever vile daemon you heretics worship) have been answered. A turn-based strategy adaptation of Games Workshop's grimdark tabletop wargame is coming, but not from the usual source. While Relic developed and THQ published the 40K RTS series Dawn of War, this is by specialist strategy developer and publisher Slitherine.

We don't know much, though. Yesterday's announcement said it's being made for multiple platforms with "best talents in design and development" available to Slitherine. And that's about all.

"Slitherine are clearly established and successful masters of their genre of games, and there are many fans of their work here at [Games Workshop]," head of licensing Jon Gillard said in yesterday's announcement. "It's a pleasure to work with such like minded individuals who share our passion for strategy games of all types."

As well as the Slitherine brand, the Slitherine Group includes Matrix Games and Ageod.

This isn't the only turn-based 40K game in the works either. Space Hulk is in development for PC, Mac and iOS at Frontline Tactics dev Full Control, complete with co-op.

Relic was working on a Dawn of War III, but it ended up sidelined while the studio focused on Company of Heroes 2. Relic was bought by Sega in the great THQ shutdown sale, and it's not yet clear what will happen with 40K there now.

[That image up top is from Relic's Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Retribution]

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    March 15, 2013 10:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Warhammer 40,000 turn-based strategy coming from Slitherine.

    Warhammer 40,000 fans, your prayers to the Emperor (or Gork, Mork, Isha, or whichever vile daemon you heretics worship) have been answered. A turn-based strategy adaptation of Games Workshop's grimdark tabletop wargame is coming, but not from the usual source. While Relic developed and THQ published the 40K RTS series Dawn of War, this is by specialist strategy developer and publisher Slitherine.

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      March 15, 2013 10:03 AM

      Here's to hoping that it uses the same rules as the tabletop game.

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      March 15, 2013 10:07 AM

      Did they have that name before or after Harry Potter?

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      March 15, 2013 10:08 AM

      I like that turn-based is making a comeback.

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      March 15, 2013 10:11 AM

      Yeah I've never understood why they haven't made a warhammer 40k game based on the table-top gameplay... it seems so fitting to the rule set to convert into a game.

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      March 15, 2013 10:11 AM

      Consider me intrigued

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      March 15, 2013 10:38 AM

      Man, I haven't even heard of any of their games.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slitherine_Strategies

      Please don't suck. Please don't suck.

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        March 15, 2013 10:48 AM

        Matrix Games is also part of Slitherine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matrix_Games

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          March 15, 2013 11:53 AM

          huh, was not aware of that.

          also just noticed there is a new close combat game out that ive never even heard of. WTF! im slipping. >:(

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            March 15, 2013 2:20 PM

            Dont feel bad, I used to do art for Close Combat games. There's a lot of them out there no one knows about.

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              March 15, 2013 2:43 PM

              yeah they dont get much coverage these days i guess which kinda sucks. i'm suprised i missed panthers in the fog though, its been sometime since i visited the matrix site it would appear.

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                March 15, 2013 2:45 PM

                i should have mentioned CC is one of my favourite strat games which is why i am a bit gutted i only just noticed it.

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        March 15, 2013 10:50 AM

        These guys are in the UK where Warhammer is the strongest. If these guys are strategy buffs I could make an educated guess that they are very familiar with 40k's rules. Now, translating them to a PC game is another story entirely.

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        March 15, 2013 1:40 PM

        So much agreed. Love the 40k universe, hope this will be awesome

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      March 15, 2013 10:46 AM

      Please don't have X-com levels of RNG frustration.

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      March 15, 2013 10:58 AM

      AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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      March 15, 2013 10:59 AM

      ohhhh shitttttt

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      March 15, 2013 11:00 AM

      It should just be a roundtable of Warhammer fans talking up their favorite Warhammer units and ultimately resolve which units would win in a one on one fight.

      Then pit them up against Teddy Roosevelt.

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      March 15, 2013 11:47 AM

      I played a ton of Warhammer: Chaos Gate back in the day. It was quite good. Wish it would pop up on GOG.

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      March 15, 2013 11:49 AM

      Everyone knows if you don't follow someone who can blow up your soul just by looking at you you're a dirty heretic and exterminatus should be called in.

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      March 15, 2013 12:21 PM

      I'm really more of a hufflepuff gamer myself.

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      March 15, 2013 1:10 PM

      FOR THE EMPEROR! FUCK YES!

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        March 15, 2013 1:14 PM

        Though mention of DoW III getting sidelined pisses me off. I really hope they pick that up again after CoH II comes out.

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      March 15, 2013 1:39 PM

      I am simultaneously elated and horrified.