The Warhammer 40K universe is expanding into virtual reality with the turn-based tactical adventure The Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calth, which is entering the Early Access portal for unfinished games on the Steam distribution service soon. Developer Steel Wool Studios announced the game today, and it is promising to deliver a larger more dynamic version of the Betrayal at Calth table-top experience from Games Workshop, the Warhammer owner and publisher.
The Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calth works both on PC and with PC-based virtual reality headsets. The VR experience could prove the big draw here for Warhammer 40,000 fans who also happen to have an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. The first-person VR perspective will bring the turn-based tactics action up close and give it a human-sized scale, according to Steel Wool.
“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,” director Joshua Qualtieri said. “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.”
This game will feature the same Horus Heresy lore and narrative. It will also include a single-player campaign with two-dozen missions for players to take on and hone their skills. You can then take your military mind online to play against others where, in VR, you can walk among lifelike units and environments while taking turns deciding how to attack your opponent.
Steel Wool also notes that VR players can take on their friends who don’t have a head-mounted display. Neither side will have an advantage, and the developer won’t separate the various groups from one another.