New Edition of Warhammer: 40k Pre-Order and Release Date Announced

By Polar_Bear
In 40K
May 23rd, 2017

June 3rd. That’s not that far away, really. A week and a half. That’s when you’ll be able to get your name on the list to get the newest edition of Warhammer: 40k from Games Workshop. Once your name’s on that list, it’ll be a 2-week wait until you get your game, as the official release date is June 17th.

From Warhammer Community:

June 3rd – mark your calendars folks, because that’s the day you’ll be able to pre-order your copy of the new edition of Warhammer 40,000. You’ll then be among the first to get your hands on it come release day on June 17th.

Incredible stuff! Here in the Warhammer Community Team, we think that the models alone make this the best Warhammer 40,000 box set ever made. Discussion has already begun about who’s buying two sets in order to bulk out their forces and, as is a time-honoured tradition, there are plenty of pledges of swapsies as the team vie to gain either more Space Marines or Death Guard.

And yet, Dark Imperium is really just the beginning. The launch lineup for the new edition of Warhammer 40,000 is the most extensive we’ve had for any game we’ve ever released. So brace yourself, and let’s dive on in!

This is an awesome box set. Inside, you get two armies of brand new miniatures, the full hardback Warhammer 40,000 book, dice and range rulers. Even the outside is covered in gorgeous artwork, and the sight of all those goodies as you open the box for the first time is very satisfying… but a bit more on that later…


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  • odinsgrandson

    No comments? Seriously?

    • Davos Seaworth


      • odinsgrandson

        Caps lock engaged!

        Sir, he means business.


        What? This isn’t an Age of Sigmar article.

    • Kaleb Eubank

      I’m looking forward to it, myself. New GW has really turned themselves around the last 2 years.

      • odinsgrandson

        That’s true. These past two years have seen a much better GW than we’ve been accustomed to (and it looks like they’re turning around their downward financial trend as well).

        They haven’t written a new system since 3rd ed, so this is at least daring.

        Right now, the biggest threat is that they’ll focus on making the Primaris marines into super badasses instead of balancing the game.

    • ZeeLobby

      I’m cautiously waiting, haha. Played plenty of much better and more balanced systems lately, and AoS has just seemed really shallow imo. 40K is basically AoS with tweaks, so we’ll see. I find it hard to pretend that it is going to be balanced out the gate as well.

    • DB

      Death Guard! Yay!
      Space Marines! Expected…except these are Primaris marines (truescale RL, modified/improved geneseed in-game somehow), which are a thing. I like the Plasma Rifle/Hellblaster squad, because nothing makes my inner ork jump with glee than the prospect of marines self-immolating.

      It sounds like they’re doing the Indices the way they did the earlier “Grand Alliance” books, except this time with points. Hopefully better points options than AoS.

      40K is WYSIWYG, but AoS (from the various army books I’ve seen) isn’t any longer. You have x points for Y number of models in a unit, with another X points for additional Y number of models in that unit until you reach a total number of Z. Do you want Y+1 models in the unit? Tough noogies.

      It’s less strict than before, for good or bad.

      • odinsgrandson

        It looks like they’re simplifying army building- and I’m not completely sure how I feel about that.

        On the one hand, it is so much better to play something like Warmachine or Malifaux where you can say “hey let’s play a 50 point game” and five minutes later have a full list made.

        But the bulk of the strategy in every edition of 40k I’ve ever played was done in the list building and planning stage.

        So simplifying that aspect might bring some emphasis on other aspects, but it also might strip 40k of what depth it has.

        No reason to judge until it is released, though.

        • DB

          I’m wary, but I’ll stay guardedly optimistic. 😉 We’ll see how it is.

        • Jared Swenson

          What you are talking about is the power level points system, which is very simple and akin to AoS style points. Power level points are meant for quick games of open play or narrative play games. They will be releasing with the game a full points system we are familiar with today, where you buy the individual models, their wargear and options. That is the matched play points system.

  • Jared Swenson

    This was definitely exciting news when it came up. I have been loving just about every rules article that I feel will make this game into the game it deserves to be. I skip around to a lot of different games often, and this seems like it could be the one to stick with. It blends the good parts of AoS with the core of the game that makes 40k what it is. It’s releasing just in time for Father’s Day too!

    • odinsgrandson

      I’ve been following the updates as well- and there’s a good chance that this will be a very positive edition for 40k.

      I don’t think it is enough to suck me back in. And while I love some of the changes they’re making in the fluff (the divided Imperium sounds great) I don’t like others (new marines are extra mariny marines).

      Then again, I don’t think that GW could suck me back into any mass combat game like this. I’ve found that my hobby and gaming life just works better with smaller model count games (I do love Blood Bowl).

      • Jared Swenson

        Fair enough. If anything, the core rules will be free, and the index books which have all army rules will be only about $25 us, so fairly inexpensive. So if you already have a 40k army, you really only need to buy the appropriate index (the army book) to play it. This is nice because if you don’t consider yourself a consistent 40k player, if people at your local shop want to get a game in with you, you can do so without investing too much more in the game.