The Warhammer 40,000 franchise is finally getting its own CRPG. Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Traders, which was announced during the Warhammer Skulls streaming event on Wednesday, is the first 40K isometric RPG developed exclusively for PC. Best of all, it’s made by the veteran developers of Owlcat Studio, the same team behind the esteemed one Pathfinder: Kingmaker and Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous CRPGs. An Early Access release is expected soon, and pre-orders will begin on Wednesday.
In 40K lore, a rogue trader is an explorer who has been officially sanctioned by the god-emperor of mankind to carry out his duties. Since exploration generally takes place far beyond the reach of Imperial space, Rogue Traders have absolute authority over their own operations. Some get rich after making lucrative trade deals with unknown civilizations, while others put those unknown civilizations to the sword instead. From Wednesday’s press release:
Thanks to their Warrant of Trade, the Rogue Trader is endowed with unimaginable privileges and power, and tasked with expanding the borders of the Empire. At your disposal is a gigantic void of immense strength and countless personnel ready to follow the leader’s every venture. Show mercy or scorn to your subjects, remain loyal to the Emperor or ally with enemies of mankind – every decision and every action of the Rogue Trader sends ripples through entire star systems, changing the game world and those who inhabit it.
Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Traders will take place in the Koronus expanse, a space region on the northwestern edge of the Empire. The player’s party may include “a mighty Space Marine, a spirited Aeldari Ranger, or even a brave Sister of Battle armed with bolder and fervent prayers.”
villain trader has no release date yet. Owlcat Studio said in its press release that fans who pre-order a Founders Pack will get access to both the early alpha and beta versions of the game.
The name Rogue Trader is a nod to the very first incarnation of the now legendary tabletop miniatures wargame. Rogue Trader: Warhammer 40,000, written by Rick Priestley and published in 1987. While the original lore in that book remains the foundation of the franchise to this day, the gameplay was very different back then. In fact, it felt a lot more like a traditional RPG, with intricate character creation and a game master deciding his battles.
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