Last week, we wrote about how Warhammer 40,000: Regicide is coming to Steam Early Access.Well, now we’ve had the game’s opening cinematic.
In Regicide, the noble game of chess is given a twist: players can use special abilities, command different races, fight for varied game objectives and call in assaults from off-board to aid your war effort. The gameplay itself will be a blend of classic strategy with new cinematic action-heavy elements, taking place over 50 different missions. And, judging by the trailer below, we’re in for a suitably dark story befitting the grimdark Warhammer 40k universe.
The trailer gives us our first glimpse into the world of Regicide, and the results are rather unnerving. A space marine’s video log chronicles his investigation into a mysterious whispering sound that he’s detected in video transmissions, and his descent into madness because of it. In the log, he details his discovery of the noise, and how no one else thinks that it’s important, but it’s interspersed with footage of him chanting quietly, looking off into the distance, or just laughing like a crazy person.
In the universe of WH40k, the Warp – a chaotic dimension filled with demons and all manner of nasty things, but essential for faster-than-light travel throughout the galaxy – can have profound effects on the people and things inhabiting it. Time travels differently, for one thing – you could end up arriving at your destination before you even left at the start of your journey. The warp can also cause disgusting mutations, and the many evil things that inhabit it can invade men’s minds and corrupt their soul.
If you’re a fan of Warhammer 40,000 or chess (or both!), you can check the game out on Steam Early Access on May 5, and (eventually) on Android and iOS devices – Hammerfall has said that the game “is intended to be 100% cross-platform compatible, including synchronization for saved games and multiplayer with the PC edition of the game.”