Frontier has unveiled a new RTS game set in the beloved fantasy tabletop world of Games Workshop’s Warhammer series. The game, called Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realms of Ruin, is reminiscent of classic RTS games like Starcraft 2 and Company of Heroes.
Unlike other Warhammer RTS titles, Realms of Ruin will be console-friendly and will be released on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, as well as Steam and Epic Games Store. The game will feature the DirectStep interface, which allows controllers a great deal of precision and adaptability when issuing orders to their units.
The game stays true to the RTS formula, offering squad-based combat where armies compete for resource points while developing their tech trees. What sets Realms of Ruin apart is its commitment to the Age of Sigmar setting. The two factions revealed in the sneak peek, the Stormcast Eternals and the Orruk Kruleboyz, are Warhammer at its best. The faithful recreation of the look and feel of the tabletop game is impressive.
The game has two features that distinguish it from the pack. The first is the fantastical and over-the-top Age of Sigmar setting, and the second is the DirectStep interface. The intuitive UI framework allows controller users a great deal of adaptability when issuing orders to their units. The game will feature a story mode, co-written by Black Library author Gavin Thorpe, that follows the Stormcast Eternals on their quest to bring order to the Realm of Beasts.
Frontier is planning to offer a multiplayer experience as well, catering to 1v1 and 2v2 skirmishes with crossplay support. Four factions will be available at launch, but the company aims to release more through planned series DLC.
The first gameplay trailer for Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realms of Ruin will be released in June. The game is a welcome surprise for fans of RTS, Warhammer, and high fantasy. Frontier has yet to prove themselves with this new technology, but the upcoming gameplay trailer will showcase their potential for success.