Games Workshop Announces New Edition of 40k

Well, many people have been thinking this was going to be coming, and it’s finally here. Games Workshop has announced a new edition of Warhammer 40k. Let’s take you right to the announcement.

Marking the 30 year anniversary of the setting, this latest incarnation of the game promises to be the best yet. For existing gamers, this edition represents a fresh start. With a sleek core rules set that is still recognisably the game we know and love, it allows you to play more games in less time and fully supports open, narrative and matched play. This is the game you have asked for. This is the best Warhammer 40,000 ever.

There’s a FAQ they’ve posted as well, so you can see some of the changes that’ll be made.


  • J Murdoch

    I am intrigued, and willing to pay attention to what comes next. They’ve earned that, at this point.

    • I keep hoping that every new edition will basically make the game go back to 3rd edition. It wasn’t a perfect game, but I greatly enjoyed playing it and thought it was as good an edition of 40k as has existed.

      • J Murdoch

        I think 3rd was a good one, too, and much better than some of the more recent ones. I think I’d like something of a 2.75 better.

      • ZeeLobby

        3rd and 5th were probably my favorites. There’s just so many good options now though. When it was the only choice it was easy. It doesn’t help that they let go of most of their game design talent. While AoS may be in a better place than 8th edition fantasy, its still a somewhat shallow system compared to other offerings. At least imo.

      • Alexander Brown

        I keep hoping for a return to 2nd Edition, myself. Heck, I wish they would do something like make all the old 2nd edition and White Dwarf Rules available in PDF.

        • I started with 2nd edition. I played Orks. I almost never won my games. I once lost in deployment (Virus Outbreak). But, all that said, I did have a good time playing because it was a race: could you blow up my army before I blew up my army? And I had an advantage there, I knew all the best ways to blow up my own army. And I had fun with all of it.

          So while I think 2nd was a horrifically imbalanced system (swooping hawk exarchs with bright lance, fast shot, crack shot, and a displacer field, anyone?), it had enough color and just “weird as hell” stuff going on to somewhat make up for it.

  • Purple-Stater

    I’m intrigued as well. My game group started playing in 5E, bought into 6E but we briefly rotated back to WHFB and Flames of War, then GW brought out 7E and everybody was looking at their unused 6E stuff and said screw it. 40K stuff went in the closet and we picked up Bolt Action. AoS ended out WHFB times (switched solidly to Kings of War, and now happily experimenting with 9th Age).

    So, there are four of us that are interested in 40K 8E yet, depending on what it looks like. What looks like another increase in model scales is extremely off-putting, so there is much hesitancy. But we’re hopeful.

    • ZeeLobby

      Yeah. Well space Marines are now getting larger as well. Im not sure how much longer a 4×6 will fit games, lol. It’s like they want to make a skirmish game but don’t want to reduce table size so they just make all the minis bigger.

  • Jared Swenson

    I may actually look forward to playing games of 40k again, rather than avoiding them as of recently.

    • ZeeLobby

      It would be nice to dust off my armies, haha. Our group should have stopped playing in 6th, going through half of 7th left a bad taste in our mouths. Not sure how many will come back from other systems, or how many will give 40K a fair shot.

      • With the core rules being free, and the codex tax gone, I have to think that a lot of people who reluctantly left will dip their toes in. If the water is nice, they just might stay.
        My tanks are still sitting on my shelf, they aren’t boxed up. If a friend of mine who played Orks is game, I’ll try it out. If it’s fun we might do it again, and then…

        • ZeeLobby

          Haha. I mean it’ll definitely depend on their ability to overcome first reactions because having played GW games for decades, 2 things are true: 1) It’s going to be imbalanced as balls. GW never internally tests anymore, and their initial announcement has made it clear that they’re going to involve our feedback to do so and 2) The rules will have issues, but hopefully they’ll FAQ them asap.

          • They are claiming that the new edition has been rigorously playtested by people in the community (like Forntline Gaming). They are saying all the right things so far.

          • ZeeLobby

            True. I mean mk3 was rigorously tested inside PP as well and still had some glaring issues for 6 months. I just don’t want it to become ” hey, we released a unit based on random guesswork, submit criticism and we’ll fix it in the new handbook 12 months from now.” I hope they keep that engagement year round.


    They’ve basically promised they won’t ruin the background like they did with Age of Sigmar. The FAQ is less clear about whether they’ll ruin the rules.

    • ZeeLobby

      Well. And the new map shows the galaxy with a giant crack in it. We won’t get bubble wars, but my guess is we will get animated, comic book style stories from now on.

  • DB

    “Why should I trust you?”

    At least they’re acknowledging (to some extent) that their fanbase got scorched mighty and hard by Age of Sigmar.

    At least, that’s what I’m taking away from this selection from the Frequently Asked Questions. If your customers ask that of them Frequently, then perhaps you’ve got an image problem, GW. Best not screw this one up.