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Warhammer: Chaosbane is an action-RPG that looks a bit familiar

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Warhammer: Chaosbane, the fantasy Warhammer action-RPG, was announced back in June, but only now are we getting to see it in action. Developer Eko Software posted a ‘first look’ video, showing off two characters and an appropriately gloomy, chaos-infested dungeon. 

The video boasts that Chaosbane is the first action RPG set in Games Workshop’s fantasy universe, which is a bit of a surprise. There are so many Warhammer games and this seems like a really good fit, so it’s strange that it hasn’t been tried before. I’d argue that Vermintide almost counts, however; it’s basically a first-person action-RPG. 

It all looks pretty familiar. Obviously Diablo provides plenty of inspiration, but what’s not really clear from the video is how it’s been inspired by Warhammer. Sure, the enemies we see are all followers of the Chaos god Nurgle, while the warrior is dressed like you might expect him to dress as someone from the Empire, but otherwise it plays out as you might expect, right down to the heroes’ abilities. Mostly. 

There’s drop-in co-op, which is always welcome, and while showing that off, the video introduces another character, a High Elf wizard. This fella just hangs back and spams lightning attacks, but apparently he has a handy unique ability that allows him to manually place any of his spells and redirect them. Pretty helpful when you’re dealing with an army of Nurglings and Abominations. 

While the video doesn’t offer up many surprises, it looks a lot prettier (and slicker) than its 40,000 counterpart, the mouthful that is Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor - Martyr

There’s no release date yet. 

Fraser Brown
Fraser Brown

Fraser is the UK online editor and has actually met The Internet in person. With over a decade of experience, he's been around the block a few times, serving as a freelancer, news editor and prolific reviewer. Strategy games have been a 30-year-long obsession, from tiny RTSs to sprawling political sims, and he never turns down the chance to rave about Total War or Crusader Kings. He's also been known to set up shop in the latest MMO and likes to wind down with an endlessly deep, systemic RPG. These days, when he's not editing, he can usually be found writing features that are 1,000 words too long or talking about his dog.