XCOM 2’s delay to February of next year leaves an undeniable gap in this fall’s strategy game lineup – a hole that other studios seem eager to fill.
Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch – Enhanced Edition capitalizes on XCOM: Enemy Unknown’s isometric perspective for its turn-based firefights, in which players must halt the spread of the franchise’s insect-like Tyranids on the edge of Imperial space. Recruit more than 30 veteran Space Marines from the Dark Angels, Imperial Fists, and Black Templars, gain experience and equip additional abilities to form the first and last line of defense against bio-mechanical horrors such as Genestealers and Carnifexes. With at least 150 weapons and items tailor-built for your elite squad as well, no situation is too dangerous for the Deathwatch.
The team at Rodeo Games has not been resting on its laurels, either. While Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch debuted on iOS devices this past July, the developers have already made strides in improving the campaign for newcomers. The upcoming Enhanced Edition still features the 40 missions from the handheld version, all spread across asteroid deserts, Imperial cities and the Tyranids’ Hive Ships. In addition, Rodeo Games will take advantage of the Unreal Engine 4 to bring PC players better lighting, special effects and graphics, an intuitive, revamped user interface, and custom key bindings for a keyboard and mouse.
Multiplayer has also been listed as “coming soon” on the developer’s website, but the Enhanced Edition’s Steam page only shows a single-player option at the time of this writing. Whether the game’s four-player skirmishes will appear in the PC version – at launch or at a later date – is currently unknown.
Do you have what it takes to honor your Space Marine chapter next month? Check out the latest trailer below, and expect a full review when Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch – Enhanced Edition ships on October 20, 2015.