Yesterday’s Warhammer Skulls event brought a new announcement for role-playing fans among you: The developer studio Owlcat Games, known for the Pathfinder series, has announced Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader, the first CRPG within the franchise.
For the first time you will be able to play a classic, turn-based RPG in the Warhammer 40K universe – thanks to Owlcat Games. The developer of the successful Pathfinder series will place the new title Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader, which is being developed in close cooperation with Games Workshop, on PC and consoles alike.
You take on the role of a Free Trader, scion of a venerable family of daring privateers who rule a trading empire and explore the fringes of the Imperial sphere of power in the name of the Emperor himself. Thanks to the Trade Authority, Free Traders have privileges and powers, and are also tasked with expanding the borders of the Empire.
You have a gigantic void ship and a huge crew at your disposal. How you treat your subordinates, whether you show mercy or treat them with contempt, is up to you. This also applies to the decision to remain loyal to the Emperor or to join forces with enemies of humanity. In the end, however, every decision you make will affect entire solar systems and change the in-game world and its inhabitants.
In terms of setting, the game is set in the Koronus Reach, a dangerous and uncharted region on the outer frontier of the human empire. There you have – typical for CRPGs – also complex companions such as Space Marines, Eldar Ranger or even a member of the Adepta Sororitas available.
Those who can’t wait to get their hands on an earlier version of the title and help develop it can now do so on the Owlcat Games website Purchase a Founder’s Pack and become part of the team behind Rogue Trader. This way you can secure access to alpha and beta versions of the game and give the team valuable feedback along the way.