Necromunda: Underhive Wars gameplay and factions revealed

Focus Home Interactive and developer Rogue Factor have given us a much deeper look at their upcoming third person strategy game, Necromunda: Underhive Wars.

It’s a name that should be instantly familiar to tabletop nerds, especially if you’ve had a brush with Warhammer 40,000 in the past. Underhive Wars is a video game adaptation of Necromunda – a popular Games Workshop spin-off set in the same universe as 40K but with a much narrower focus. Instead of epic battles, Necromunda presents a series of skirmishes with the option to personalise your own warband between sessions.

That makes it perfect for a video game adaptation and Rogue Factor definitely seem up to the job. Although rough around the edges, their last game – Mordheim: City of the Damned – was their attempt to translate another tabletop classic for the video game masses.

Necromunda: Underhive Wars is just a couple of weeks out from its official launch date and now we’re getting a much better look at how the game plays. We’ve also been treated to an overview of the game’s three playable faction. The video above shows off how combat and progression will work, adapting the board game into some that looks similar to Valkyria Chronicles or XCOM.

As for the factions, Necromunda fans will no doubt recognise the three playable houses which include the Orlocks, Escher, and Goliaths:

  • The Orlocks are ranged specialists capable of incredible accuracy. They’re also tough to kill and the richest of the gangs thanks to their ownership of key industrial areas in the Underhive.
  • The Escher are a women-only gang that control a ludicrous amount of chem and stim production within the Underhive. They’re also brutal, psychotic killers with a penchant for melee combat.
  • Goliaths are gene-forged monsters of humans – the muscle of the Underhive. They don’t care for subtlety and will happily engage the enemy with any sort of massive weapon.

Of course, as those who follow Necromunda will know, there are more teams that exist within the source material. Don’t be surprised if these turn up in a future free update or as premium DLC.

Necromunda: Underhive Wars launches on September 8th for PC as well as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Source: Press Release

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