CRPG devs Owlcat Video games have introduced the primary closed playtest of the upcoming Warhammer 40K RPG, Rogue Dealer. Purchasers of the Developer’s Digital Pack or Collector’s Version variations of the game can have entry to an alpha check beginning December 7.

Rogue Dealer is the primary traditional, Baldur’s Gate-style RPG set within the Warhammer 40K universe, and Owlcat is adapting the principles of the tabletop system of the identical identify. It will get round the entire “crushing oppression of the darkish future” factor by casting you as a hyper-elite agent of the Emperor of Man tasked with exploring the galaxy and making offers with its varied inhabitants.

Mainly you get to be a Starfleet captain or Council Spectre, however as a substitute of working for a socialist utopia or the Area UN, your bosses are a bit extra demanding.

This is not the primary time Owlcat has damaged new floor in adapting a tabletop RPG⁠—Pathfinder: Kingmaker and Wrath of the Righteous are up to now the one videogame diversifications of the Pathfinder ruleset, although its shut connection to Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 gave Owlcat just a few examples to comply with. 

Rogue Dealer is predicated on d100 rolls as a substitute of the traditional d20, and Owlcat has said that the game will solely be flip primarily based versus actual time with pause. Owlcat’s earlier launch, Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous, allowed you to toggle between the 2 in the midst of a struggle, however the studio said {that a} narrower focus will assist it with balancing the game. Moreover, actual time with pause and its penalties have been a catastrophe for the human race.

Pathfinder: Kingmaker was a little bit of a flawed gem, however Wrath of the Righteous was an enormous enchancment that is solely gotten higher with post-launch help and an ongoing sequence of DLC add-ons together with a secondary, low-level marketing campaign, a bonus endgame dungeon, and a roguelite mode. I’ve obtained a variety of religion that Owlcat can maintain its upward trajectory, and Rogue Dealer is unquestionably one among my most anticipated upcoming video games.