Warhammer 40,000: Regicide Checkmates Steam Early Access in Two Weeks

Warhammer 40,000: Regicide, Hammerfall Publishing‘s chess-like strategy game based on Games Workshop’s tabletop universe of Space Marines versus Orks, will be taking the Steam Early Access road to release beginning May 5th.

Every few weeks throughout the Early Access phase, the game’s full single-player Blood Angels campaign will be expanded upon until it reaches its total of 50 planned story missions. “New Chapters, Clans and a host of incentives, rewards and unlockables for participating in the Regicide online forums and community” are also on tap to be included with the regular updates.

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Eventually the game will expand onto mobile devices by mid-2015, with support planned for cross-platform multiplayer to help build a thriving, unified player community.

Don’t be fooled by the game’s seemingly simple gameplay style. Regicide is inspired by the rules and board game confines of chess, but its storytelling and strategy RPG influences supposedly hit on elements from games like Final Fantasy Tactics. Just by watching the opening cinematic embedded up top should give you a clear indication that there will be a gripping, highly polished storyline to dig into. When was the last time you saw a chess game with Blizzard-quality CGI cutscenes?

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