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
6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Product received for free
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
2 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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1 of 8 people (13%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
Bought it for me and a friend so we could play the chess part of it.
No amount of fiddling with it would allow us to play
2 friends on steam... both game devs... both very computer savvy... could not get a game with each other... while we were connected on Skype and discussing different approaches to solve the issue.
good luck with this. it's unfinished.

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171 of 194 people (88%) 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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144 of 169 people (85%) found this review helpful
141 people found this review funny
59.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 1, 2015
A right and proper game of strategizez where da ummies try to outthink our boys,but da gitz aint got da DAKKA to win!
What are you waitin' for?BUY IT!

But dont forget ya Squig ointment!

11/10 would WAAAAAAGGGGHHHHH again
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108 of 123 people (88%) 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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97 of 108 people (90%) 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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138 of 169 people (82%) found this review helpful
147 people found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 15, 2015
You defeat the enemies of the emperor

Why wouldn't this be good

Are you a heretic?
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119 of 146 people (82%) found this review helpful
102 people found this review funny
5.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 21, 2015
Play Chess. But do it FOR THE EMPEROR!
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68 of 72 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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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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0.1 hrs
Posted: September 15
The worst
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8.9 hrs
Posted: September 14
You are now entering the whine zone:

Only two races - nuff said.

Very few factions - new ones are pay to play or take ages to earn.

No controller support - for such a simple platform this is unacceptable; especially considering there is local co-op. Who wants to pass the mouse around on the couch?

Animations get tedious fast - you will see the same animation for each pair of units again and again. Adding a few extra animations would have done a great service to this game. C'mon guys, battle chess in 2015.

This isn't a bad game by any means, I've enjoyed it, but I wouldn't recommend purchasing for over $5.
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5.6 hrs
Posted: September 12
It's fun enough if you thought chess was a great game but really needed a gory do over. The animations are fun, and it never tires to watch your space marines butcher an ork. That being said regicide mode is heavily in favor of the orcs over the space marines, and the RNG on the campaing seems to hit impossible shots on a regular basis. Campaign gives you a good idea of how regicide mode works, and then spices it up with different terrain modifications. Starts out fun but gets deviously hard that you'll be wanting to sacrifice blood to the blood god just to win a match. This is a game to get if you like playing chess and thought it needed cool animations. For general warhammer fans you may want to pass over this since this requires a lot of skill and a stupid amount of luck. Hail to the Emperor!
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8.2 hrs
Posted: September 11
I thoroughly enjoyed this game. I found the chess mode very calm, and Regicide mode was very well emplimented, I honestly think that this game is well worth every cent of the $15 price.
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1.9 hrs
Posted: September 8
The game is beautiful, but I can not advise the purchase. It is frustrating that space marines with a 64% chance hit barely do, and orks with a 52% will rip you to shreds at distance. Compared to the orks SM are basically feeble, which is contradictory to my understanding of the lore.

The intent of the game is imho ingenious, but the execution is lacking.
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