In His Name, We Wage War
Warhammer is one of those franchises you can’t forget easily. I mean, theoretically, it’s possible, but you’d have to work pretty hard at it. Between the tabletop game and its countless hoardable miniatures, mobile games, console games, even more console games–wait, there’s even one for the Switch?–you get the drill. But here’s the rub: most of that popularity is reserved for the grim darkness of the 41st millennium, that death metal-sci-fi extravaganza where everyone hates each other and no one but the space marines matters. The Warhammer Fantasy setting, now going by Warhammer Age of Sigmar, hasn’t gotten as much attention, historically speaking. That’s about to change if Carbon Studio has anything to say about it. Behold the announcement trailer for Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Tempestfall.
In our expert opinion, there are only two ways to describe this trailer: ‘vaguely reminiscent of Final Fantasy VII‘ and ‘spooky.’ It’s that green lifestream-y stuff. We don’t like how it moves. And the glowy skeleton that bursts out to hiss at you certainly doesn’t help. Age of Sigmar tells the story of a world that fell to Chaos, was recreated by its greatest hero, and is now being infiltrated a second time. Tempestfall begins in the aftermath of the Necroquake, a massive catastrophe that changed the way magic itself works. Now a special team of Stormcast Eternals, those powerful warriors forged from raw magic by Sigmar himself, is about to descend into the twisted realm of Shyish to face a new threat to the Mortal Realms.
But that’s not all. Tempestfall will be a VR exclusive, which means you’re actually going to fight these foes. The press release boasts that: “coupling immersive melee combat with powerful, motion-based spellcasting, your pursuit will take you through seven-plus hours of action-packed gameplay in a world full of Warhammer lore, lurking secrets, and hidden dangers.”
You’ll be creeping through swamps and catacombs, cities and prisons, surrounded by a threat that grows stronger as you advance. What threat, exactly? We’re going to go out on a limb and say it’s probably something undead. We’re just getting that kind of skeleton vibe so far. Very seasonal. We like it. And who knows, maybe Henry Cavill will get a cameo in this game as well.
Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Tempestfall is slated for release on VR platforms in 2021.