The Space Marines don’t care about the Space Orks any more. Nor are the forces of Chaos their lead antagonist. In the upcoming 10th edition of Warhammer 40,000 (aka Warhammer 40K), it’s the Tyranids that are the galaxy’s biggest threat. A new Warhammer 40K 10th Edition cinematic trailer, released in the early hours of this morning, showcases exactly that.
The Warhammer 40K 10th Edition has been a long time coming. With a suggested summer 2023 release, many fans have been expecting news for months. Today, we finally get just that. A new Warhammer 40K 10th Edition cinematic trailer showcases the infamous Space Marines going to war against the Tyranids. Narrated by a fairly competent Chris Hemsworth as Thor impersonator, it offers fans some insight into the setting of this new edition.
Warhammer 40K 10th Edition Cinematic Trailer
Warhammer 40K 10th Edition Rules Changes
While all the fanfare and impressive visuals may be one thing, arguably the more important news is the tease of the rule changes. “The rules have been rethought, reworked, and rewritten, and games will now be even more satisfying than before,” states the official Warhammer Community site.
According to Games Workshop, many Warhammer 40K players felt that the Stratagems mechanic added too much complexity. As such, these rules will be simplified in the Warhammer 40K 10th Edition. No details on exactly how this will work have been revealed, though the onus is on ‘simplified’, not ‘simple’.
What we do know is that instead of loads of faction Stratagems, you’ll have just a few top choose from. This is in addition to new ‘universal’ Stratagems for all factions.
In addition, there will be many tweaks to the basic formula of the game. Highlighted thus far have been turn structure, army selection, morale, terrain, missions, and the ways in which characters interact with units. However, the biggest change will come in the form of Datasheets.
The way core information on a datasheet is presented will be changed. And with it, every single unit in Warhammer 40K will receive a revised stat sheet. Every unit has new and reevaluated rules. Big changes, then.
An example of the datasheet was offered, as can be seen here:
Given these acts of balancing, army selection has also been refined. Pick a faction, a warlord, and the units – but no more than three of any one type – and stay within your points limit. That’s it. You no longer have to fit your army into a force organisation chart.
Codexes are Being Retired
These big changes to rules and armies mean that the current range of Codexes will no longer work. Thus, they are being retired. However, Games Workshop has promised that the rules for all your units will be available free online at launch.
Looking ahead, Codexes will return in time to replace the free rules. However, when they do the complexity of the game won’t increase. Effectively, you will only ever need your unit datasheets, plus the core rules and whatever mission you’re playing.
Warhammer 40K Combat Patrol Boxes
In addition to Crusade and matched play, Warhammer 40K 10th Edition will introduce a brand new way to play the game: Combat Patrol. This version is designed to be easy to collect and easy to play.
Combat Patrol pitches small preset forces against each other, with the armies made of Combat Patrol boxes. This simplified version is designed for beginners, but also means that anyone starting a new force has a game they can begin to play very quickly without having to build and paint 2,000 points of troops.
More details on this, and all other aspects of Warhammer 40K 10th Edition, are promised to be following very soon.
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