'Warhammer 40000: Regicide' Gameplay Footage: This Isn't Your Granddad's Game Of Chess [VIDEO]

By Steve Buja , Updated Apr 27, 2015 02:51 AM EDT

Australian developer Hammerfall Publishing has released a new gameplay video for their Early Access project, Warhammer 40,000: Regicide. The game might look a lot like chess, but as Cathrin Machin - the title's project lead - tells us, it's more than just moving a piece into position.

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It is broken down as follows: during a player's turn, you can move a piece on the chessboard, much as you would in a regular game of chess, but may then use up that unit's 'Initiative pool' in order to unleash abilities. The game will put the 'battle' back in Battle Chess, the classic 1990s game. Obviously, most of these abilities involve the unleashing of death upon your enemy, but they are broken down even further into unit abilities and player abilities, the latter of which are buffs and effects that you, the user, changes. Utilizing psychic abilities, for instance, you can increase the amount of initiative per unit, allowing it to unleash even more abilities during its turn.

Be warned, though: the stronger the ability, the more Initiative it uses up.

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The game does feature a robust single player campaign 'Regicide' as well as options for off-line play against an AI difficulty of your choice, but the real beauty in the title is its cross-functionality. This is a game that will be available for both PC and mobile devices, and as long as you have an account, your data will be saved, allowing you to start a game on your PC, and finish it during your lunch break.

Warhammer 40,000: Regicide is currently in Early Access via Steam. It's set for release later this year.

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