Warhammer 40,000: Regicide is a brutal take on one of the greatest turn based strategy games of all time. Regicide fuses multiple phases of gameplay with dynamic action. Maneuver your army into place and unleash a devastating array of tactical abilities to crush your enemies.
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Release Date: Sep 8, 2015

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July 17

UPDATE: Sale and Free Faction Week

Hey Imperial Citizens!

Just a heads up that users who log in over the next few days will receive White Scars totally free!

This is in celebration of our launch on yet another platform. We're excited to open up a whole new community of players for cross-platform multiplayer.

In this time, we'll also be at our lowest price on Steam, so there's no better time to pick up Regicide for your PC and mobile device.

Our most recent update ensures players can receive content like White Scars via broadcast, and can access multiplayer with players on Android devices.

Thanks for playing, see you on the Battlefield!

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June 29

Patch Notes 2.4.3

Hey all,

Just a heads up that we've made some updates after community feedback for all platforms. These are the currently implemented changes:

Improved Multiplayer Match Stability
Multiplayer match timer now resets correctly when players resume a stable connection
Increased local timeout grace period to 60 seconds
Fixed an issues where live matches would resume a connection with an opponents who left the match
Improved re-connection speeds and sensitivity to opponent disconnection

Campaign Fixes
All Campaign levels are now always accessible after an account has achieved the mission prerequisites
Captures should now award primary objectives on Da Green Tide mission: Da Wrecka
Secondary objectives should now be achievable when also achieving the primary objective in the same turn
Fixed mission and objective descriptions for Da Green Tide:
Da Wrecka
Thievin' Gits
Fist to Klaw
Green Is Best

Updated French, Hungarian, Spanish, German, Russian & Polish translations

Mobile Only:
Updated memory optimization
Fixed crashes on the iPad 4
Nerfed molten decay on unit death

If your issue is not resolved here, please feel free to send us a bug report to support@hammerfallpublishing.com

Thanks for playing!

Ally | Producer

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“This game has no right to be as good as it is”

“As brutal as you’d expect.”
PC Gamer

“Wonderfully vivid animations... It’s a mix that works”

About This Game

Warhammer 40,000: Regicide

Regicide is a brutal take on one of the greatest turn based strategy games of all time. The game fuses multiple phases of combat with dynamic action. Manoeuvre your army into place and unleash a devastating array of tactical abilities to crush your enemies. The game offers two distinct modes:

Plan the attack and command your soldiers through two phases of combat. Open fire on your enemies, utilise tactical abilities and unleash psychic powers to crush your foes. Fight your way through violent single and multiplayer battles to destroy everything that stands between you and certain victory.

Sharpen your tactics in both single and multiplayer games based on traditional chess rules, executing brutally violent kills in dramatic battlefield terrains. Select your race and go to war online against opponents from all over the world in the fully cross-platform multiplayer mode.

  • 2 unique game modes: Play in both Classic chess and extended Regicide game modes.
  • Online and single player: Test yourself against our AI in both Campaign and Skirmish and bring your new skills to bear against opponents in multiple online game modes.
  • A cunning AI: Sharpen your skills verse 5 different AI difficulty settings in both Classic and Regicide.
  • Local multiplayer: Face off against live opponents in local hotseat matches.
  • Asynchronous gameplay: Take your game with you and challenge your friends to multiple asynchronous matches.
  • Competitive online leaderboards: Compete against your friends and the world with live Classic and Regicide Leaderboards.
  • 50 mission single-player campaign: Join Captain Dracomedes as he fights for Hethgar Prime with the Sons of Sanguinius in the 50 mission, fully-narrated campaign: The Angels of Death.
  • 2 unique races: Play as the indomitable Space Marines or blood thirsty Orks, each with their unique strengths, weaknesses, abilities and strategies.
  • 11 unlockable Chapters and Clans: Requisition one of 11 iconic Space Marine Chapters or Ork Clans to field in multiplayer and skirmish matches
  • 36 exclusive models: Tailor your army's appearance by progressing through Campaign, Skirmish (VS AI) and Online Leaderboards.
  • 45 unique player and unit abilities: Unleash an overwhelming array of player and unit abilities to bring devastation to your enemies. Customise your ability loadouts to match your play style.
  • Localised in 8 different languages: Play in English, French, German, Norwegian, Italian, Polish, Russian, and Spanish.

This is only the beginning. The universe spans untold galaxies to conquer.
This is not just war. This is REGICIDE.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core (2.4 GHZ)
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT / ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT or greater
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
    • Additional Notes: Broadband Internet Connection required for Multiplayer and User Account functionality. A Warhammer 40,000: Regicide User Account is required to use the game's online services. The game's single player Skirmish mode is playable in offline mode.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
It's bloody Wizard Chess as portrayed in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Good in small doses, but not extended play sessions.
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7 of 15 people (47%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
I was foolish enough to be really hype for this game thinking there would be consistant updates and additions, but after a few years now that clearly is not the case. I had pre ordered the game through their site and even bought the space marine T-shirt. What we got at launch was what felt like a unfinished,buggy and unoptimized and glorified...chess game...the regicide mode is shallow enough that you might aws well just play the actual chess mode.That and they had launched it without the campaign even being finished, which of course is just the regicide mode with specific goals and some dialogue. There dosent seem to be ANY sign of new features or even DLC races which im fairly certain they had mentioned during its development, but no just space marines and orks, both of which consist of chapter "skins" most of which arent even memorable besides the blood ravens and ultrasmurfs. During its creation the devs were hyping it up and being very communicative but now all they do is post patch notes and "XP" events which is essentially pointless because the only thing really worth getting for leveling up are the "skins" but again, none of them are all that interesting if you dont know the chapter/WAAAGH clan. This is just another sad excuse of the warhammer 40k license being tossed out to anyone and everyone willing to make a game on regardless of if its even good or not.
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10 of 24 people (42%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
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162 of 183 people (89%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2015
Warhammer 40,000: Regicide is a turn-based strategy chess game featuring Space Marines and Orks. Regicide has two main game modes in it as well as several ways to enjoy said game modes, I'll briefly explain those now. First off, we of course have classic chess, there's not much to say about this one as it's literally just chess with Warhammer pieces. The other 'game' is Regicide, Regicide is chess where you're allowed to use weapons and abilities on top of normal chess rules, making the game a more traditional TBS game, these weapons and abilities are used in a separate 'phase' to movement and everything costs action points so you have a limit to what you can do each turn. Regicide can be enjoyed in a Campaign mode as well as online and offline Skirmish battles while Chess is only available through online and offline Skirmish.

+It's a very nice looking game and the character models are all very detailed
+Both game modes are thoroughly enjoyable, I for one prefer the chess mode since I loved playing the regular game and haven't really been able to find a good alternative in the gaming world
+The pieces/characters are all well animated, particularly in the brutal mini-cutscenes that play when you take one of the opponent's pieces
+As well as providing you with some basic abilities for Regicide, you can unlock more by spending the experience points you earn by playing
+There are several different difficulty levels for the offline skirmish mode bots, particularly helpful if your chess skills are a bit rusty and you want to ease yourself back into the game
+The Regicide campaign provides some fun levels, usually with a small number of enemies and obstacles etc. The campaign does have a story to it but I didn't pay much attention to it
+The soundtrack is great and fits nicely with the game as a whole, particularly the main menu score
+As well as abilities, your experience points can be used to purchase cosmetic changes for your teams, e.g. different skins
+Excellent voice acting

+/-A lot of people have been complaining about the RNG in Regicide. Personally I thought it worked perfectly fine, those complaining probably just got very unlucky or aren't completely aware of how probability/percentages work

-Currently the game only has two races, Space Marines and Orks
-Currently there's no way to change the map layout. Why is this an issue? Playing Regicide with the board layout of regular chess feels like you're just playing a broken game of chess, there needs to be the option of having layouts such as the ones you find in the Campaign mode where units are more spread out and there's far less of them
-Regicide only has three maps. Admittedly they each have three variants (for different times of day), effectively making it nine maps but I'd still very much like to see more variation

Worth Mentioning:
  • You have to create an account to play the game and multiplayer is done through that account rather than through Steamworks.

Worth Purchasing.

If you're a fan of Chess, this game is an absolute no-brainer with its great graphics, RPG elements and its brutal execution animations. Even if you aren't a fan of Chess but you do like Warhammer 40k, chances are you'll enjoy the Regicide mode even if not the classic Chess mode.

No drama, Just Reviews.

El K.
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103 of 118 people (87%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
34.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 4, 2015
Warhammer 40,000 Regicide. Quite an interesting premise for a game: Warhammer 40k Chess! Yet it's much more than that!

There are two main modes for this game: Classic and Regicide mode. Classic is basically what it says on the tin: Chess with a 40k skin (and awesome killcams and animations.)

Regicide mode, however, pretty much only keeps the movement and "capturing" of pieces chess-like. In this mode you have abilities, unit actions along the lines of snapping off some shots at an enemy unit, throwing grenades, or going to ground. Also including amazing animations and badass killcams! (Watching the Librarian turn an enemy unit into a fine red mist never gets old.)

The graphics and audio are top-notch, each unit has it's own unique lines and actor and the models themselves look exceptional!

In all, I could probably continue rambling on an on, but, to sum it up? This game is incredibly fun, and I highly recommend it!
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92 of 103 people (89%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2015
This game includes two modes of chess: regicide & classic.

The regicide mode of chess is classic chess with a twist, and that twist is a complex of RNG (after moving, you're given the option to use abilities to damage opponent pieces or bolster your own), game board physical barriers (a wall or giant spikey fence on a square), 40k story elements (to arms, brothers!), and limited starting pieces (e.g., a game begins with three knights instead of the entire chess compliment). Chess classic is, well, the classic mode of chess.

I bought this game to play chess classic with neat looking 40k chess pieces, and I think it's a good game to play if you like chess. The AI is actually difficult to play against on higher difficulty settings. Most new to chess can probably start at intermediate. Regicide chess is an entertaining (and sometimes a RNG infuriating) bonus.

If you don't like chess, then you've not got any business buying this game. If you want a cheaper chess classic game without the bells and whistles Regicide provides, there's a free chess game on steam and a pretty good Amazon app called ChessGenius. So largely buy this if you enjoy 40k or want to play chess with a twist.
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61 of 65 people (94%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
143.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 26, 2015
‘The King is Dead. Long Live the King’

‘Warhammer: Regicide’ is a gloriously bloody reimagining of one of the world’s oldest turn-based strategy games - Chess - set against the violent backdrop of the Warhammer:40K universe. Gorgeous visuals, tactically diverse gameplay and unapologetic violence elevate a classic board game to quite something else entirely.

Campaign: Act 1 - consisting of 10 playable missions - is currently active in Early Access. Act's 2 and 3 are to follow shortly. (This section will continue to be updated)

Gameplay | Graphics | Sound: Developed by ‘Hammerfall Publishing’ and released in May 2015, gameplay currently consists of two additional Modes beyond the main Campaign: 1. Classic and 2. Regicide. ‘Classic’ Mode: is simply traditional ‘Chess’ but one where your game pieces come to life and engage in brutal combat during movement and capture phases, much akin to the legendary ‘BattleChess’ of yesteryear. ‘Regicide’ Mode: is a different animal altogether - and while the game-board, pieces and traditional movement phases are unchanged from classic Chess - each move is subsequently followed by an ‘Initiative Phase’ where players can use a multitude of unit-and faction-specific weapons and powers (to include: Shields, Psychic Storms, Frag Grenades, Melee assaults, Life-Leeching Powers etc) to attack enemy pieces from range. This opens up a whole range of tactical gameplay options whereby players not only have to consider traditional points of focus such as ‘Protecting the King’, ‘Developing the Center’, ‘Point Values of Pieces’, ‘Combination Plays’ etc, but also contend with the realization that exposed pieces can be quickly cut down from distance. Losing your ‘Queen’ (from an uncaptureable chess position) to a barrage of ranged fire quickly reinforces the point that playing this mode as you might regular chess is suicide.

The game currently includes two playable factions – Imperial Space Marine’s and Orks (each with 3 Clans/Skins) - and each army is brought to life with richly detailed 3D models, varied and visceral battle animations, and atmospheric sound, making for some of the most satisfying and gloriously bloody battle sequences in recent memory. Additionally, 360-degree rotatable cameras, adjustable height settings and 5 ‘AI Difficulty’ levels (spanning ‘Novice’ to ‘Veteran Master’) allow for a user-customized and scalable experience. Finally, a serviceable Multiplayer component allows you to matchup with players from around the world or ‘Play a friend’ with local Hotseat functionality, and an 'XP'-based Armoury system allows players to ‘level up’ their game pieces, earn customized load-outs and bag unlockables through a progression system as well.

Flaws: While I am generally loathe to criticize such a well-refined and model ‘Early Access’ experience, featuring user-centric | responsive Dev’s as well as regular updates, it should be noted for purposes of informed choice that Act's 2 and 3 of the Campaign and 8 out of 12 (~70%) of the aforementioned Weapons | Powers, while in the works, are not active in the current build. Additionally, being restricted to only two playable factions and game boards | environments does dampen overall replayability. While much of the above will be addressed in forthcoming updates, a broader concern is the title’s overall focus on casual players – while largely ignoring both newcomers and experienced chess players. A side-by-side comparison with the standard bearer of chess titles, Ubisoft’s ‘Chessmaster’ or even the ‘Fritz Chess’ series, highlights the lack of both tutorial and learning options to wean in newer players, and progressive | varied AI | swappable chess engines, databases | analysis of classic games, strategies for openings, mid- and end-game, replay options etc that experienced players will look for to constantly improve. The inherent risk then is that without a broad userbase of enthusiastic newer players and a dedicated community of ‘pro’s’, the group in the middle will hit a ceiling and have nowhere to go.

Overall, ‘WH:Regicide’ is a fantastic update of a classic game and nearly 25 years on, and after many a charlatan and imposter, we have finally found the rightful heir to the ‘BattleChess’ throne - fans of Chess, Turn-based Strategy and/or theWarhammer:40K universe, will find a lot to love here. While the lack of tutorial and continuous learning capabilities do hold back its longevity, - stunning visuals, tactically-varied gameplay, an engrossing Campaign and multiple game modes make this a title you will find yourself returning to time and again. Very Well Recommended – Rated (8.7/10)

[Note:] Review based on WH:Regicide – (Early Access) Release Version 1.3 | Will be updated for major Updates
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74 of 85 people (87%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2015
Orcs versus Space Marines …. Meet Battle Chess?

Can this work at all? Surprisingly it works very well indeed!

Hammerfall Publishing managed to keep the Warhammer (Strategy) feeling and atmosphere, while using the basic rules of the game of kings.

The real plus though is, that they added another one and a half layers of gameplay, which enhances Regicide from just being another Battle Chess clone. So, you have a kind of second action phase, after the normal chess moving, where your units can execute different actions, which can have a great effect on your chess strategy (kinda sucks if the chess piece, with which you wanted to close your trap, get´s shot down by the orc boss and so forces you to quickly adapt).

The graphics, animations and sound/music are well done, while not necessarily impressive. There is also a nice single player campaigns with different scenarios, while of course many possibilities for multiplayer.

Conclusio: Warhammer 40,000: Regicide can offer fans of Battle Chess as well as Warhammer fans a nice variation of the genre.

Point Scale 6,5/10
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90 of 110 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
25.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
I enjoy a good game of Chess every once in a while, and I love the 40K universe. So combining them should be a perfect game yes? Well, I have a few issues.

The gameplay as far as how the chess board looks, and plays is great. The models look astounding, and the animations are almost perfect looking when taking opponent pieces.

What I'm mad at is that 40K is about variety and costom armies and such. I bought this in early access and they only had Space Marines and Orks. You only have a few skins available for the armies, but skins like Space Wolves for your Space Marines are the exact same models as all the rest. That's a problem when an army like Space Wolves have very different features like fangs, and different ornaments for armor, and even different weapons. Instead, the models look just like the others. And I was told that they were supposed to have more races than just SMs and Orks. Love SMs, but again no variety. I want to see some Tau, and Tyranids, and maybe at least some Eldar or Imperial Guard. That hasn't happened, and it doesn't look like it will.

If none of that matters to you, and you just like chess then get it. Good chess game. If you are getting this for 40K reasons, don't give your hopes up. I got it for 40K reasons, so I'm not gonna recommend it.
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72 of 87 people (83%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
A great game with superb animation, however with only orcs and space marines it feels like it would get stale for a $15 game, just the inclusion of space marines reskined as chaos marines and given altered animations would add a bit more variety. That is what I'd like to see, more variety. The Warhammer universe has so many factions that could be added like the Tyranids, Necrons, Eldar, or even other chapters like the adepta sororitas, adeptus mechanicus, and adeptus custodes.

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8.0 hrs
Posted: October 21
Well priced game, I got it on sale though :D. The campain is fun, the skirmishes are fun, the recigcide mode is fun, the animations are fun, the warhammer theme is fun, the upgrade system is meh, the game is fun.
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Chosen One
2.4 hrs
Posted: October 15
Its a fancy over priced chess simulator. Even the non chess mode plays like chess, only with obstacles to mind.
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7.8 hrs
Posted: October 12
Its chess with a warhammer 40k skin plus fancy graphics and animations, if that sounds like its worth the price of admission get this game.
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Adepta Sororitas Nun
12.9 hrs
Posted: October 10
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4.3 hrs
Posted: October 2
It's OK for a couple of hours, but quickly gets boring. I like chess, but I found the limited options sucked the potential fun out of this. Could do with some more races and animations.

For being quite a simple game it also runs pretty clunky on my machine (which copes with Doom and Fallout 4 + mods etc. on ultra settings without issue). Buy it if it's a quid, otherwise probably not worth.
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7.0 hrs
Posted: September 21
Really original take on the classic chess board. I am a fanboy of warhammer so all in all can not complain. The regicide option was fun :)

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5.7 hrs
Posted: September 18
I really like seeing a Terminator marine just punching an orc piece and taking its spot.
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