When Owlcat Games, identified for creating video games based mostly on the tabletop RPG system Pathfinder, began dropping hints its subsequent venture can be sci-fi I anticipated both a game based mostly on Pathfinder’s spin-off Starfinder, or perhaps one of many Pathfinder campaigns with a little bit of planet-hopping. I didn’t anticipate a full-on cRPG set within the 40K universe, however that is what Owlcat simply introduced in the course of the Warhammer Skulls showcase.
Owlcat’s game might be a “classic cRPG” with turn-based fight and a celebration of recruitable companions. Possible occasion members embrace, “A mighty Space Marine, a mercurial Aeldari Ranger, or even a courageous Sister of Battle armed with bolter and ardent prayers”. It appears like there is a tech-priest and a psyker in a number of the screenshots too.
Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader will cast you as one of many voidship captains who explores the fringes of the Imperium. Somewhere between Star Trek captains and 18th century privateers, Rogue Traders have Warrants of Trade that permit them bend the in any other case strict guidelines of the Imperium to commerce with aliens, journey freely, and reclaim misplaced know-how. They can act as sanctioned pirates, conquistadors, or colonists, and their ships are baroque monstrosities with hundreds of crew.
The first version of the Warhammer 40,000 tabletop wargame again in 1987 was subtitled Rogue Trader, nevertheless it looks like Owlcat’s game might be drawing from a tabletop RPG, additionally referred to as Rogue Trader, printed by Fantasy Flight Games in 2009. Owlcat’s press launch says, “The action will unfold in the Koronus Expanse, a dangerous and unexplored region on the far frontiers of the Imperium of Man”, which is identical nook of the galaxy detailed in Fantasy Flight’s RPG.
“The grim darkness of the 41st millennium is a harsh place of unbound evil, untold sacrifices and large-scale threats and challenges that perfectly transitions into an exciting roleplaying narrative that allows an exceptional freedom of in-game choice for the player,” stated Oleg Shpilchevsky, head of Owlcat Games. “We endeavor to bring to the game everything that fans of the cRPG genre love and expect: fateful decisions, non-linear stories, strong and diverse companion cast together with addictive and complex gaming systems to master.”
Where Owlcat’s earlier video games relied on Kickstarter for funding, promotion, and participant suggestions, Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader is providing a founder’s pack pre-order that features entry to the beta. No launch date has been introduced.