Finally landing on consoles and the PC is the newest RTS set in the Warhammer world, Realms of Ruin – Age of Sigmar.
A new age
Though it’s been out for a while in the tabletop space, Age of Sigmar might still be pretty new to video gaming Warhammer fans. A reboot of sorts for the high-fantasy Olde World, Age of Sigmar reordered things quite a bit, creating new factions and new storylines.
It also introduced what some fans dubbed the game’s own ‘space marines’, with the Stormcast Eternals. And true to that line of thinking, the new force is indeed taking a central role in Warhammer: Age of Sigmar – Realms of Ruin, though it’s not alone. Along with the Eternals, players will be able to field Orruk Kruleboyz (Orks), the spectral Nighthaunt, or the Chaos forces of the Disciples of Tzeentch.
All of those forces will factor into the game’s full campaign, which Frontier Developments says will be “a rich, character-driven story of desperate conflict,” from writer Gave Thorpe. His is certainly a name that WH fans should know, as he’s a part of the Games Workshop’s Black Library imprint.
The action won’t stop there though, as Realms of Ruin will also allow for 1v1 and 2v2 online multiplayer. So if you’re up for a skirmish, it should have you covered. There’s also a Conquest Mode, which will offer what sounds like one-off single-player action, and some robust customization options.
Not only can fans create and share their own maps, but they can paint up their armies in true Citadel style.
In Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realms of Ruin, players command one of four factions in tense and tactical battles. The mighty Stormcast Eternals bring a versatile squad selection to the field, as well as heroes who provide vital buffs and crowd control of enemies. The cunning Orruk Kruleboyz offer cheap units, surprise attacks, strong defensive squads and brutish monsters to the fray. The ethereal Nighthaunt thrive through swarm tactics, have high mobility and can even resurrect dead units to continue fighting. Finally, the masters of manipulation known as the Disciples of Tzeentch are deadly at range, using powerful spells to control the battle and bringing the astonishingly powerful Lord of Change to control the late game. Understanding their various strengths and weaknesses, and how they interact, is a vital part of the journey players will take with Realms of Ruin.Frontier Developments press release
Ready for action? Warhammer: Age of Sigmar – Realms of Ruin launches on the PC (via Steam and Epic), PS5, and Xbox Series X|S on November 17th. If you’d like to get a jump though, you can actually play right now if you get a copy of the Deluxe or Ultimate Editions (out for all platforms).