Thankfully we were reminded of one when Focus Home Interactive released a new gameplay video for its new space Real Time Strategy (RTS) Battlefleet Gothic: Armada which does draw its inspiration from the Games Workshop world.
Developed on Unreal Engine 4, Battlefleet Gothic: Armada is an RTS in which the player takes command of one of these battlefleets composed of the most powerful spaceships from the Imperial, Chaos, Eldar and Ork forces, in a no-quarter given struggle for the control of the Gothic sector of space.
After revealing the Imperium ships and gameplay in a previous video, Battlefleet Gothic: Armada, the latest showcases the Chaos fleet and its ships. For those not familiar or a little rusty with the Warhammer 40K lore, grab a pen and prepare to take notes.
Over the millennia, many ships and their crew have betrayed the Imperium to join the Traitor Legions. As such, a big part of the Chaos Warfleet is composed of ancient ship designs that have long since been decommissioned from service in the Imperial Navy.
But make no mistake, this does not make them less fearsome. While not as heavily armored, Chaos ships are faster than their Imperium counterparts, and out-range them with extensive use of weaponry such as Lances and attack crafts. These traits work well in synergy with the Stasis Bomb: teleported from your ship, the bomb traps enemy ships and their ordnance, while allowing your own lances to rain destruction on them. Astute Chaos admirals will be able to inflict considerable damage to the enemy fleet before they may even return fire.
Chaos ships, and their crew, may also receive the favors of the four Gods of Chaos. Khorne, Slaanesh, Tzeentch and Nurgle will reward your prowess in battle with Chaos Marks, each giving different bonuses and abilities to your ship, while warping their hull, dramatically affecting their appearance.
From this detailed description it’s clear the developers have put a lot of effort and attention into this project. They are promising a huge array of authentically recreated Battlefleet Gothic ships with the real-time strategy experience retaining many of the tactical Battlefleet Gothic elements.
Battlefleet Gothic: Armada offers deep management of every ship composing the player's fleet, both during and between battles. From the fastest frigates to the gigantic, miles-long battleships, the player will customize all aspects of his ships: weaponry, defense and support sub-systems, etc. each customization affecting the very performances of the ship and the special abilities available during battle. From battle to battle, the admirals and crew of surviving ships will gain experience and promotions, improving the battle-readiness of the ships for future, bigger and more dangerous battles.
The game will feature an expansive single-player campaign across the Gothic sector as well as tactical PVP multiplayer offering infinite replayability.
If all this has PC gamers ready to ship out for the great battles and even greater glory, prepare yourselves. Battlefleet Gothic: Armada warps in on PC beginning of 2016.