What a week for Warhammer fans
If you thought a Warhammer 40,000-themed DLC for PowerWash Simulator or a brand new Warhammer MMO would be the only new game reveals from the Warhammer Skulls 2023 event, think again. Frontier Developments announced Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realms of Ruin, a brand new real-time strategy game developed in partnership with Games Workshop.
The game is set in the Age of Sigmar and brings the popular era of Warhammer to PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store. Alongside this reveal the studio also released a pretty epic announcement trailer.
Conquer the Mortal Realms in the Age of Sigmar
According to the press release, Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realms of Ruin takes place in the violent and savage Realm of Beasts known as Ghur. The single-player campaign’s Age of Sigmar narrative is co-written by legendary Black Library author Gavin Thorpe. I personally find the Age of Sigmar to be the most detailed and fleshed-out era of the fantasy period of Warhammer, so I’m excited to see what direction the story takes. The single-player campaign also features a wide range of mission types and modes as well as four distinct playable factions.
Although the history of RTS games on console has been rather hit-or-miss, Frontier Developments claims to have an innovative new RTS-interface called DirectStep™ to specifically enhance the experience with a controller. They claim the technology allows you to quickly cycle through squads and issue orders with the analogue sticks and a few simple button presses. PC players can of course play using keyboard and mouse controls.
Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realms of Ruin also has a “quickfire and exciting” multiplayer mode with matches designed to last 30 minutes or less. The multiplayer sounds very similar to Company of Heroes as you will need to hold more Arcane Conduits than your opponent to drain their points faster than they can yours.
There’s no release date yet for Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realms of Ruin but Frontier Developments says it will be coming soon. They have announced two multiplayer betas will be held soon across all platforms. You can register for them on the official website. According to the press release the first gameplay trailer is coming in June.