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Warhammer: Age of Sigmar: Realm Of Ruin Is Exciting New Territory For RTS Players And Fantasy Fans

In the world of Warhammer video games, the lion’s share occupy either the Old World of Warhammer Fantasy or the grim-darkness of 40k. With Warhammer: Realms of Ruin, however, Frontier Developments is aiming to tip the balance towards the Age of Sigmar. This newly announced real-time strategy game is headed “soon” to not just PC (via Steam and the Epic Games Store), but also PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, with two open multiplayer betas planned.

As GameSpot’s resident Warhammer nerd, I got a brief taste of what Frontier described as a “modern take” on the real-time strategy genre in a hands-off preview. And at the risk of putting both my strategy gaming and Warhammer fanatic reputations on the line, I left that preview feeling rather optimistic.

This isn’t the place for lengthy Warhammer lore, and there are already folks who have done it more justice than I could, but for anyone unfamiliar–or for those who mostly consume Warhammer via the games–the Age of Sigmar (AoS) setting was laid out by Games Workshop before it threw a twin-tailed apocalypse at The Old World (Total War: Warhammer’s setting) in order to create a new, more mystical story to layer on top of the Warhammer Fantasy material that came before.

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