There is something fundamentally wrong with paying $30 for 8 small pieces of plastic you then need to put together and paint yourself. “But it's the HOBBY of it!” you're probably saying as you sit there hunched over a small light and lightly feathering a $0.001 piece of plastic with a tiny paintbrush.
Yes I hear you, but it's also a way you're getting blatently ripped off. For that reason alone I never really got into Warhammer 40k as much as I wanted to. The universe is rich, the ideas behind the wargaming solid, but the price is just downright repugnant. So I've been hoping, waiting, YEARNING for a video game version of the tabletop game for years now. Something one-to-one that I can play without having to break the bank for cheap plastic.
Finally, it looks like it's going to happen.
Indie strategy developer Slitherine has obtained the rights to produce a strategy game in the Warhammer 40k Universe from Games Workshop. To put into perspective just how awesome this is...Slitherine is the developer who has basically taken over the Close Combat series post Atomic Games, and has been focusing on hardcore strategy titles for the PC and Mobile since 2000. I'm so fucking happy.
"This deal represents yet another testament to our continuous aim to reach new audiences, without losing sight of who we are and what we do best", said JD McNeil, Chairman of the Slitherine Group on the Slitherine website. "It's all about creating strategy games that are targeted to a particular audience and addressing a very specific need in the market. The Warhammer 40,000 setting is a perfect fit for the style of strategy games that we make and will be very popular with fantasy and science fiction fans alike. Joining forces with Games Workshop will allow us to bring an wonderfully deep and appropriate IP to the Turn Based Strategy genre”.
No other details have been announced at this time but it's probably for the best, for if they were the rest of my day would be taken up with long sessions of me licking the monitor of my computer and clawing at my man-bits with the ferocity of a starving third-world child trying to get into an Old Country Buffet.
Blood for the blood god!