Owlcat Games, the studio behind the CRPG series Pathfinder, announces the first ever CRPG in the Warhammer 40,000 universe – Rogue Trader.
Pathfinder developers from Owlcat have announced Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader, the first CRPG in the renowned Warhammer 40,000 universe. The news will likely be exciting for fans of the Warhammer 40K franchise, since most of the games the franchise is known for remain solidly in the realm of tactics and strategy games.
One of the most recent examples of a tactical video game in the Warhammer 40K universe is Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters. It’s a PC-exclusive turn-based RPG that was released at the beginning of May. In it, players are tasked with commanding a squad of Grey Knights against the chaotic threat of the Bloom, which is a Warp plague used to infect Imperium worlds and turn them to Chaos. The game is primarily focused on turn-based combat, while role-playing components come from progressing the Grey Knights’ skills and abilities over time. Owlcat’s freshly announced Warhammer 40K game, on the other hand, will offer a more profound and robust RPG experience.
The Owlcat Games studio, best known for the recent Pathfinder series, has announced a new classic CRPG titled Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader, which will join dozens of other Warhammer 40K games of varying quality on PC. The announcement is followed by a debut trailer that contains gameplay scenes and sets the in-game story. In Rogue Trader, players will take the role of an eponymous scion belonging to an ancient dynasty of interstellar merchants. The protagonist will be tasked with an honorable objective to expand the Imperium of Man by exploring and claiming the Galaxy’s outer regions – the so-called Koronus Expanse. Players will be offered multiple companions to pick for an efficient team composition to take on quests and rush into turn-based battles. As teased in the trailer, some of these combat encounters might feature Necrons.
While the announcement of Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader is starting to build up anticipation amongst fans of both CRPGs and Warhammer 40K, it also means that the days of Pathfinder are over, at least for the nearest future. Owlcat still needs to fulfill the promise of Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous console versions, which were delayed to Autumn 2022 back in January. According to developers, the console ports needed more time to be polished and brought to perfection. Additionally, the game’s PC version received its final DLC back in April, marking the end of content support.
Apparently, Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader will not differ drastically from the Pathfinder series, which sounds promising for all the CRPG fans out there. The quality of the role-playing part of the game is in good hands. However, the expansive Warhammer 40K lore, along with its faithful incorporation and representation, is worth being concerned about. Only time will tell if Rogue Trader manages to live up to Warhammer fans’ expectations. For now, the sheer fact of having the first proper CRPG in the widely popular sci-fi universe is enough to get one’s hopes high.
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Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader is coming to PC sometime in the future.
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