Space Hulk: Tactics Announced; Taking the Series Back to Tactical Board Game Style

Return to the board game setting with two different campaigns for each side and a fusion of a tactics and card-based system in Space Hulk: Tactics.

on February 2, 2018 2:26 PM

Focus Home Interactive and Cyanide Studios have just announced Space Hulk: Tactics, a new game based on a Warhammer 40,000 board game Space Hulk.

Many Warhammer 40K fans may be familiar with Space Hulk: Deathwingthe first-person shooter that takes place within a giant, derelict spaceship with Space Marines battling waves of Tyranids. Yet, what some may not realize is that the original board game is actually played at a slower, more tactical pace.

In fact, another thing some may not know is that Space Hulk will now have three video game iterations attached to its name. There’s Deathwing, as mentioned before, as well as the original game simply called Space Hulk, which more closely resembled the board game. It was very thin on story, mostly focusing on being just a digital representation of the tabletop title.

Space Hulk: Tactics seems to be a mix of being an homage to the board game, while also bringing more to the table on the video game side. There hasn’t been much in the way of gameplay revealed, but the game is going to be fully unveiled fully during a press event in Paris later this week.

It’ll come for PS4, Xbox One, and PC in 2018.

We have, however, been teased with three images and a read-out of planned features for the game. Take a look:

Bringing a unique twist to the classic gameplay of the cult board game, engage in bloody battles through an immense Space Hulk – a twisted mass of asteroids, wrecked ships and debris – as either a squad of Terminator Space Marines or the deadly alien Genestealers. Which side will you choose?

Battle through two distinct, narrative-driven campaigns, from the points of view of two different factions: one campaign puts you in control of a Blood Angels squad, which you will customise and upgrade as you progress, while the other puts you in control of the Genestealers for the first time in a Space Hulk game!

Space Hulk: Tactics is based on the rules of the popular board game, given a fresh new spin in the form of the unique Card system. Cards give more ways to customize your squad before a match, and allow you to turn the tides of battle with abilities that trigger game-changing effects when used at the right moment.

Test your skills against other players in the expansive online competitive multiplayer, letting you command a swarm of Genestealers or a custom squad of different unit types from one of four Space Marine Chapters – the Blood Angels, the Space Wolves, the Ultramarines, and the Dark Angels. Multiplayer modes and tools offer a rich and deep online experience, and include an intuitive map creation tool, which gives players everything they need to create original maps with custom objective, and share them with other players to play either online or against the AI, all from within the game!

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Steve is a journalist with an undying love for video games. He loves to play them, write news about them, review them, and talk about them on a regular basis! RPGs, builders, and indie games are some of his favorite genres.