Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2's space battles look chaotic and massive in this new video

By Ian Boudreau 28 Nov 2018 0

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 continues its march toward our sector, and it’s now less than two months away from launch. Over the weekend, Focus Home Interactive released a new video that shows off some of Armada 2’s gameplay, and it’s looking very lively indeed.

The video speeds through the rough outlines of Armada 2’s broadsides naval combat, but right away we get a look at how much more Warhammer 40K goodness they’ve packed into the screen. The backgrounds are just gorgeous looking, with asteroid fields, forge worlds, and spacefaring behemoths setting the stages for battles. There are more ships, more eye-melting lasers, and more factions. It’s a lot - have a look:

To my eye, it’s a bit on the busy side, to be honest. The first Battlefleet Gothic: Armada was a terrific game (and if you don’t believe me, read Alex Connolly’s review over at the Wargamer), but it did suffer from a lack of clarity at times, which made maneuvering the massive space frigates a bit more difficult than it needed to be. Fortunately, the revamped UI looks terrific - it’s a slick, unobtrusive series of transparent buttons along the bottom of the screen rather than the iron panel featured in the first game. Apart from that, there’s a lot that feels pretty familiar when it comes to plotting courses and scouting, although everything seems to move much more fluidly than they did in Armada.

The new video also reiterates the fact that Armada 2 features all 12 factions from the tabletop game, and that may be what I’m most excited about. Each has its own unique playstyle, and we get a nice long look at some of the new ships. The chance to take command of a gang of gargantuan flying Tyrannid mouths is something I don’t think I’m going to be able to pass up.

In any case, Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 comes out January 24, and it’s currently available for pre-order on Steam. If you own the base game, you’ll get a 25% discount for pre-ordering. Newcomers can pre-order for 10% off. Everyone who buys the game in advance can participate in two betas, with the first of those set for December 5-12. Of course, you can also wait for our review.



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