Finally brandishing a release date, Games Workshop fans can look forward to playing a little Rogue Trader this holiday season.
Into the void
Helming a void ship and setting sail into uncharted regions of space very soon is Warhammer 40K: Rogue Trader. From Owlcat Games, Rogue Trader is set in Games Workshop’s sci-fi fantasy universe, and will be looking to bring a little cRPG magic to the license for the first time.
Owlcat is well known for that of course, as the developer has previously worked on the excellent Pathfinder series of fantasy RPGs. Not that Rogue Trader will quite play the same as those titles, being that this new game will be a strictly turn-based adventure.
Today brings a new trailer along with that release date, introducing a new member of the crew called Marazhai. A member of the Drukhari race, Marazhai should present an… interesting addition, being that Drukhari feed on “pain and anguish”.
Normally, bringing a xenos onboard an Imperial vessel would be a no-no, but a Rogue Trader’s ship doesn’t have the same operating restrictions as most, and the title carries a certain carte blanche. Basically, just get the job done and complete the mission, no matter the means.
Of course, as the one blessed with the Warrant of Trade, the Rogue Trader is the captain of their own vessel, and their word is law. It is up to you where the ship goes, who of the panoply of potential companions is let aboard, and how you interact with your crew. Perhaps you lead as a suave pirate captain, letting your sweet words do the work for you. Or shall you crusade in His glory, crushing all before you and leading with an iron fish and unshakeable will? Or perhaps you’ll find a new calling. A path of promises, darkness, and the service of a new lord…Owlcat Games press release
As mentioned, Warhammer 40K: Rogue Trader’s launch is coming up quick. Fans can expect to see the turn-based title arrive for the PC, Mac, Xbox Series X|S, and PS5 on December 7th, 2023. Both digital standard and collector’s editions are savable now for pre-order right from Owlcat’s site, and either will get you access to the beta, which is currently ongoing.
One note though, as Owlcat has revised the launch a tad, with online co-op play hitting on day one for the PC version, but coming some time thereafter for all others. There’s no date yet for those, so hang in there for word.