The Skulls Spotlight on the Warhammer franchise also got strategy fans’ hearts heard! With Warhammer: Age of Sigmar – Realms of Ruin, Frontier Developments has finally announced another genuine real-time strategy game in the fantasy universe.
Frontier Developments announced last night the new real-time strategy game Warhammer: Age of Sigmar – Realms of Ruin, officially continuing this series. The release will be “soon” for the platforms PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/s and PC (via Steam and Epic Games Store) in partnership with Games Workshop, but a specific release date has not yet been announced.
The new real-time strategy epic is set in the sprawling fantasy universe of Age of Sigmar and features four playable factions with their own peculiarities. With these you can compete in dynamic real-time battles. There is a story-driven single-player campaign as well as cross-platform 1v1 and 2v2 online multiplayer with different modes.
What’s the topic? Warhammer; Age of Sigmar – Realms of Ruin is set in Ghur, the savage realm of beasts – a harsh, violent land where only the fittest survive. In the single player campaign, the forces of order dispatch the celestial, reforged champions known as the Stormcast Eternals to reclaim this realm. After gaining a foothold in this dangerous place, their stronghold settlement faces serious threats from the Kruleboyz, the sinister and violent Orruk faction that Ghur calls home. When Sigrun, the leader of this Stormcast commando, learns of a source of arcane power that can protect against the Kruleboyz, they venture into the swamps at great risk to retrieve it – and thus begins the cinematically staged tale of desperate survival in this campaign.
Co-written with Black Library writer Gavin Thorpe, this tale is based on the Dawnbringer Crusades from the last installment of the tabletop game.
On consoles, controls adapted to the controller will be on board. The developers call the implemented system DirectStep, a new interface intended to enable tactical immediacy. You can use your analog sticks and a few simple button presses to quickly switch through your troops, give orders and attack opponents, that’s the promise of the makers. On the PC, however, there is a classic mouse and keyboard control.
The different factions should be strategically completely different from each other. Otherwise, you’ll scramble over Arcane Conduits to gather resources, upgrade and specialize your forces using Tech Trees, and control combat on multiple fronts. Authenticity is a top priority, because each unit is precisely modeled on the tabletop models.