Warhammer 40k: Sanctus Reach gameplay screenshot of Orks vs Space Marines

Oh how the times have changed. A couple of years ago you'd be hard pressed to name even a single modern Warhammer 40k game beyond Relic's Dawn of War series, but these days you can find an example in nearly every genre. You've got Eternal Crusade to cower your shooter needs, Battlefleet Gothic: Armada for those more inclined towards real time strategy, the upcoming Inquisitor - Martyr for those itching for some hack & slash action, and the list goes on.

However, among the various genres there is one that to my knowledge doesn't have a proper Warhammer 40k game tied to it, and that's the turn-based strategy one. Thankfully the upcoming Sanctus Reach, a 3D turn-based strategy that follows the struggles between the savage Space Wolves and equally savage Orks, is here to finally fill that little gap. Here's the brief teaser trailer to give you an idea of what's going on:


Each of the two available factions, the Orks and Space Wolves, will come with 30 unique units with which you can wage war. From what I understand so far, your army size and the quality of their upgrades will be limited by a certain amount of points, so proper team composition and a good awareness of your strengths and weaknesses is going to be an important skill for anyone that plans to survive for more than a single battle. Most interestingly, however, upgrades and level ups are carried over between scenarios, so if there is any sort of permadeath attached to the campaign I could see this being an incredibly compelling (and occasionally frustrating) way of handling strategy gameplay.

As far as the campaign itself is concerned, there will be two chapters to play: Stormclaw which brings with it over 20 missions and skirmishes and Hour of the Wolf which has a slightly larger set of 25 missions and skirmishes. If that's not enough for you, worry not as Sanctus Reach will release will a fully featured map generator, so you're always going to be able to either create your own or download the very best the community has to offer.

While the details are all a bit shaky right now, you can read more about Sanctus Reach by heading over to its Steam page. The release date is set for November 2016, but the price is currently unknown.

Warhammer 40K Sanctus Reach brings with it turn-based tactical gameplay

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