The Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calth Brings Warhammer to VR

By Joe Robinson 06 Dec 2017 0

Another week, another Warhammer 40K licensed product… although, if you want to get technical, The Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calth is Warhammer “30K”, as it’s set during the infamous period where the Chaos Legions first broke faith with the Emperor.

This is a turn-based skirmish game with an apparent focus on small groups of units. There is a Games Workshop spin-off product of the same name that is essentially a couple of dozen space marines, some Terminators and a Dreadnought pitched against each other, so this already feels like a very specific adaptation. Here’s what they’ve said about the game so far:

  • Original Horus Heresy Narrative: Developed by Black Library author, Rob Sanders, out-wit a plot that introduces untold threats and schemes against the Emperor.
  • Single-Player Campaign: 24 combat scenarios; the story progresses linearly, and each level presents unique challenges intertwined with the drama of the narrative.
  • A Living Battlefield: While players decide on their next action or wait on their opponent, the world around them continues to animate and fight.
  • Multiplayer Skirmish Mode: Players can choose between the Ultramarine and Word Bearer factions. More character classes will be added up until the final game release.
  • VR Mode: The “human-scale” view of Space Marine combat gives the player the feeling of being on the battlefield during Warhammer 40k action. Stand next to an 8-foot tall Marine and order him to lay down suppressing fire.
  • Cross-Platform Multiplayer Matchmaking: Play on PC, HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. As a turn-based game, PC vs. VR provides no advantages, only differing user experiences of the world.

8. The Horus Heresy Betrayal at Calth Occupy

It’s being created by Steel Wool Studios, who’ve created a number of interesting VR experiences to date, including another turn-based VR strategy game called Quar: Battle for Gate 18.

This is allegedly going to be the first Games Workshop licensed game created specifically for Oculus and HTC Vive, so we’ll definitely let Josh have a crack at it.

 

Betrayal at Calth is due to hit Early Access later this month, so we’ll bring you further coverage ASAP.

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