Warhammer 40,000 9th Edition Is Coming - Here's what we know so far

By Joe Robinson 28 May 2020 0

The rumours were true - Warhammer 40K is getting a new edition! Games Workshop announced the next evolution of their iconic sci-fi table-top wargame during a live-stream event this past weekend, so prepare yourself (and your wallet).

The new version will be bringing on board all of the changes and feedback the team has received over the past 3-4 years, as well as building off the new foundations that have been rolled out as part of Psychic Awakening expansion (which it turns out were written with the new rules in mind).

A headline new feature includes a new ‘Crusade’ system, which is a way to narratively link your battles with the same army by adding persistence, unit experience and evolving rule-sets (Oh god, do I have to start getting into 40K again?-ED). This can be tracked by a player individually, so it doesn't necessarily need to be part of a 'League' although we imagine the main focus will be there, especially if you don't play with the same people consistently.

Other highlights include changes to terrain, where 'true' line-of sight is probably going to be scrapped, how strategic reserves and Tank combat works, as well as a general overhaul of the Command Point system. 'Soup' armies, whereby you mix and match a bunch of different factions for a net-gain, aren't like to be as strong. Or at least not as obvious in terms of the upsides.

Here’s the narrative trailer they created for the event. It focuses on the Space Marines, Sisters of Battle and Necrons, which seem to be the front-runners for the new edition:

And here’s a follow-up video highlighting a bunch of interesting talking points about the new edition:

There is an extensive FAQ document we suggest you read here, but to summarise the more pressing points:

  • There will be new models, such as the Assault Intercessor and new Necron models.
  • All of the old models and armies still work.
  • All of the current codexes still work. As do campaign expansions like the Vigilus series, Psychic Awakening and White Dwarf Supplements.
  • Forge World will be changing.
  • New Codices will also be released after the new edition launches.
  • The Dark Imperium set will be retired soon, and a new set is probably on the way.
  • Kill Team will remain as-is, and will receive support for new models.
  • Release window: “We’re a few weeks off just yet”

The new Warhammer 40,000 Rulebook will be available in full in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese and Japanese. The core rules of the game will be available to download digitally for even more languages.

We’ll bring you more about this new edition as more information is released. In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!

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