Indie virtual reality (VR) developer Steel Wool Studios has already made a name for itself with titles like Quar: Battle for Gate 18 and puzzle title Bounce but now it’s taking on a much bigger beast, getting the license for Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 universe to build The Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calth for PC and VR players.
The Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calth is a tactical turn-based strategy videogame where you control units of Ultramarine Legionnaires, guiding them through the underground arcologies of Calth. From basic Legionnaires, Veterans, and Sergeants, to elite units of Terminators, and the Contemptor Dreadnought, you’ll have their full arsenal at your disposal with which to slay the heretical Word Bearers. Whether that’s using the ranged accuracy of Bolters, Plasma Guns, Flamers, and Rocket Launchers, to the close combat might of Chainswords, Power Fists, and Lightning Claws.
Featuring a single-player campaign and multiplayer PvP skirmish mode, the former has 24 combat scenarios exploring the conflict between two factions of Space Marines. In the multiplayer skirmish mode you’ll be able to choose between the Ultramarine and Word Bearer factions. Steel Wool Studios also plans on adding more character classes as the title nears its final release..
“Our team has always wanted to play a Warhammer 40k Horus Heresy game where you actually felt like you were in the midst of the battle… where your mastery had true consequence,” said Joshua Qualtieri, Co-Founder and Head of Development in a statement. “We can’t wait for fans like us to play this game and let us know how they feel and what we can improve on. That’s the great spirit of Early Access.”
The Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calth will feature support for Oculus Rift with Touch and HTC Vive support, as well as cross-platform gameplay in the multiplayer with standard PC users.
The Steam Early Access launch is planned for ‘early 2018’ state the studio, featuring the skirmish mode and Act 1 of the single-player. As the title is updated further, VRFocus will keep you informed of the latest announcements.