The Eldar wreak havoc in new Battlefleet Gothic: Armada trailer

Battlefleet Gothic Armada

The Orks took the stage a couple of weeks ago in an unexpectedly musical trailer for the Warhammer 40K RTS Battlefleet Gothic: Armada, dropping the hammer on a fleet of “little toy ships” without even slowing down to see what was left in its wake. At the end of the trailer, an Ork shouts, “Every screen's gone red!” leading another to reply, “Dat means I'm super-fast!” But as it turns out, no, that's not what it means at all.

What it really means—or meant—is that the Eldar have arrived. As you can see from the trailer, their ships are sleek, fast, and highly maneuverable. Unfortunately, they're also as delicate as they look: They lack heavy armor, and only their battleships have shield generators. Instead, they rely on speed, agility, “advanced Holo-fields,” and hit-and-run tactics to avoid getting hit in the first place.

The Eldar are not, by the way, the new faction teased by developer Tindalos Interactive when it rolled out the Ork trailer in March; they, along with the Chaos, Imperium, and Orks, were one of the original four factions announced with the game. The new faction still hasn't been revealed, but Tindalos said more information on it is coming soon.

The Eldar will be added to the Battlefleet Gothic: Armada beta next week, access to which can be had by pre-purchasing the game. It's set to launch on April 21.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.