Bell of Lost Souls reporting that 6th Edition is on the way out

By Polar_Bear
In 40K
Apr 29th, 2014

Bell of Lost Souls is reporting that Games Workshop is pulling 6th edition 40k and 7th edition will be along soon.



From the post:

Mutiple reports from retailers are saying the days of Warhammer 40,000 6th are numbered. Here’s the latest:

Multiple Retailers are reporting GW reps are calling to inform them the following products are being pulled:

– Warhammer 40,000 rulebook
– Dark Vengeance starter set
– Warhammer 40,000 Psychic Powers cards
– New Edition Release date of May 24th

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  • blkdymnd

    I just found an article about the 7th edition. It started with: “first of all, let me just say how blessed we are to have 7 editions of our beloved game. No other table top game can boast that many…” BECAUSE ITS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE SOMETHING YOU BRAG ABOUT!

    • GreenJello

      Honestly, it depends on the period of time it occurs over, and what you’ve added to your game between editions. In GW’s case it’s been WAY to short a period of time, and I’m not sure they’re actually adding anything.

      • mathieu

        That will indeed be the shortest amount of time between two 40k editions. But excluding this possibly premature 7th that’s six editions in over 25 years. Not necessarily unreasonable. A number of other games have had faster turnarounds.

        • n815e

          The first four editions were 6 years apart.
          The next two 4 years apart.
          Now they are down to 2 years.

          • BDub

            By the end of next year 40K will be a living document.

          • n815e

            With a monthly subscription to access it!

          • mathieu

            This (still current) edition lasted 2 years. Beyond the fact that this short life span is due to the relative lack of success of 6th, one data point is hardly enough to call it a trend.

        • Soulfinger

          Ten to twelve years seems like a good span between editions to me. That was the case with Rogue Trader and 2nd, as well as 1st through 3rd edition D&D.

          Unless it is a game like Call of Cthulhu — which has a new edition every 2 or 3 years but with only minor tweaks (I think they just update when they do a new print run) — what is the point in buying anything for these games with a 4 year or less shelf life? At least with WH40K, there is some backwards compatibility, as an army book is good until a new one supersedes it, and the new rulebook is, from what I understand, more of a tweaked 6.5 revision. However, I feel bad for people who drop money on a game like 4th edition D&D, which I doubt will be all too compatible with the new edition coming out this Summer.

          • I am annoyed that a new edition is coming out so soon.

            However I wanted to point out that Rogue Trader was 1987, 2nd Ed was 1993 – a bit less than your 10 – 12 years. I think it often feels like longer because there were so many changes during RT’s lifetime, whereas later editions have kept a more consistent style.

          • Soulfinger

            You’re right. Apparently, I juxtaposed the last two numbers in my head.

  • n815e

    Considering their stock took a huge hit, it’s not a surprise they were going to produce something to up sales this year. New editions or one-off box games are their means of boosting their annual sales numbers.

  • -DE-

    Here’s my hard-earned $100… NOT!

  • The Beast Rampant

    Here’s for hoping for a return to some pre-3rd edition mechanics! And space dwarves.

    And while were at it, I would also like a pet basilisk. That one’s probably the most likely.

    • Soulfinger

      Oh, you’ll love the new starter set. It comes with starter forces for Sisters of Battle and Squats.

      • Lemminkaeinen

        And Zoats because 40k is now a 3-player game.

        • Soulfinger

          No. Zoats would get bundled back into the tyrannids army. Isn’t that wild!? Tyrannids used to have zoats.

    • I’d play that. While not a perfect game, I had the most fun with 3.5 edition 40k. I still have my army and if I had people to play against on a regular basis, I might not be looking to try and sell them.

  • Hexenjaeger

    Warhammer Fantasy is headed for 9th Edition.

  • Marauder

    Isn’t it a little late for April Fools?

  • Sejanus

    ah GW…how we laugh.

    I bailed on them at 3rd and havent looked back.

    once, it was a fun playable game, now it is just about who brings the most pricey models to the table.

    a two year turn around is hysterical.

    there are better games out there folks….honestly.

    • KelRiever

      Good news! The hardcover preorder of Wood Elves costs $0.49 less than the e-books edition.

      Because electronic commerce costs more to conduct than shipping, like in the rest of the world!