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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