Owlcat Games reveals Turn-Based Classic RPG Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader for PC and Consoles

Pathfinder series developer Owlcat Games have announced their next RPG, Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader. It is slated to release on PC and consoles, though no console platforms have been specified. No release date or window has been shared either. Owlcat Games is working with Games Workshop in producing the game.

Players control a merchant empire as a Rogue Trader and travel along the outer edge of Imperial space. Since people take on the role of a Rogue Trader, they can exercise the privilege of wielding the Warrant of Trade at their disposal to forge their own destiny. With a voidship at their command, players can remain faithful to the Emperor Himself or work against Mankind through their own means.

Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader touts itself as the "first classic CRPG in the Warhammer 40,000 universe" and will be turn-based. Some of the party members joining players are a Space Marine, Aeldari Ranger, and a Sister of Battle.

Oleg Shpilchevsky, Head of Owlcat Games, had this to say about the studio's next big project.

We’re really excited to open a new chapter in Owlcat Games history. Working on such a remarkable universe as Warhammer 40,000 is a great honour but also a responsibility and challenge for us as a team. The grim darkness of the 41st millennium is a harsh place of unbound evil, untold sacrifices and large-scale threats and challenges that perfectly transitions into an exciting roleplaying narrative that allows an exceptional freedom of in-game choice for the player.

We endeavor to bring to the game everything that fans of the cRPG genre love and expect: fateful decisions, non-linear stories, strong and diverse companion cast together with addictive and complex gaming systems to master.

Those who wish to support Rogue Trader early can head to the game's official website and choose from one of several Digital Founder's Packs. The initial Core tier grants beta access, while higher tiers offer a Unique Voidship Model, Digital Artbook and Digital OST. The Developer's Digital Pack unlocks Alpha Access to Rogue Trader for those who want to partake in Rogue Trader's game development in a more direct manner.

Check out the Announcement Trailer for Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader along with its first screenshots.

Award-winning studio Owlcat Games is thrilled to announce Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader - the first classic roleplaying game with turn-based combat in the legendary grim darkness of the far future of Warhammer 40,000, produced in close collaboration with Games Workshop to be released on PC and consoles. The World Premiere, including the first glimpse of gameplay, was announced at the Warhammer Skulls Showcase as part of the festival of video games. Players that are eager to get their hands on the early version of the game and contribute to the development can obtain exclusive Founder’s Packs that are available from Owlcat Studio's website starting today.

Players will take on the role of a Rogue Trader, a scion of an ancient dynasty of daring privateers, that reign over their own merchant empire and explore the fringes of Imperial space  with the blessing of the Emperor Himself. Thanks to their Warrant of Trade - the Rogue Trader is endowed with privileges and power beyond imagination as well as the task of expanding the borders of the Imperium. At their disposal is a gargantuan voidship of immense strength and innumerable personnel ready to follow any undertakings of the leader. Show your subjects mercy or disdain, stay faithful to the Emperor or consort with enemies of Mankind - every decision and every act of the Rogue Trader sends ripples throughout entire star systems, changing the in-game world and those who inhabit it.
The action will unfold in the Koronus Expanse, a dangerous and unexplored region on the far frontiers of the Imperium of Man. Many explorers have fallen victim to this dangerous place and never returned.
Remarkable and sophisticated companions are one of the pillars of cRPGs and Rogue Trader is no exception. A mighty Space Marine, a mercurial Aeldari Ranger, or even a courageous Sister of Battle armed with bolter and ardent prayers are just a few of the many characters that will join the Rogue Trader during your adventures.

Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader