January 7, 2015 by brennon
Some news broke yesterday over on Warseer talking about the future of Warhammer Fantasy Battles and just where it’s going to be heading this year. It’s certainly quite a lot to take in and BEWARE, make sure to take everything you read with liberal amounts of salt, but let’s see what we can make of it…
This is what it breaks down as…
- The Old World is utterly shattered and looks nothing like it did in the past. This shattering is so devastating that it’s on a ‘dimensional’ level separating civilisations into bubbles of reality.
- The timeline will be moved on by a couple hundred years or so.
- There will only be six factions present in the world. One of these will be a heavily armoured ‘religious’ army almost built as a mirror to the Chaos Warrior. Think ‘Space Marines’ of Warhammer.
- Skirmish based wargaming switching to round bases and ways of ‘ranking up’ with trays similar to those used in War of the Ring.
- Low model count linked to smaller range with limited run miniatures released for months at a time before vanishing again. Same with Mini-White Dwarf expansions to keep the story going.
…and some of the thoughts on the factions…
- Empire humans with a mixture of Bretonnians, Dwarfs and Ogres
- Elves reunited
- Orcs & Goblins
- Chaos including daemons and more
- Undead with a removal of most of the Egyptian theme
Now this all sounds very drastic and maybe it’s just what Games Workshop needs to do but I’m of the mindset that this might be a step too far. I like the idea of them looking at things from a skirmish level but the way that they’re reportedly playing on the fluff of the ‘New’ Old World just doesn’t seem right to be.
It also makes sense for them to cut down on the number of different factions for a game that just doesn’t sell as well for them as Warhammer 40,000.
I’m sure we’ll see soon enough but let us know what you think of the changes. There’s a forum topic open where folks have been discussing this already HERE.
What do you think?