It’s no secret at all that my favorite board game is Talisman, considering how often I’ve posted about it in the past. I even picked up the Steam and iOS versions of the game. Now it appears that the developer of the video game version, Nomad Games, is releasing a new version called Talisman: The Horus Heresy.
Talisman: The Horus Heresy is a sci-fi game based on Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 universe. The titular Horus Heresy is an event that takes place ten thousand years before the 41st millennium setting of the game universe, where half of the human Space Marine legions turned traitor and aligned themselves with the evil Chaos Gods, leading to a Imperium-wide civil war. As the title suggests, the game takes place during the Horus Heresy, where players play as either a Loyalist or Traitor Space Marine legion commander, making their way through the regions and gathering forces and equipment, before reaching Terra and facing either the Emperor of Mankind or Horus (warchief of the traitor legions).
Making a Talisman game set in the universe of Warhammer 40,000 might seem a little strange, but the two have been linked previously. While Talisman is currently published by Fantasy Flight Games, the original developer and IP owner is Games Workshop. More, the second edition of the game had an expansion called Talisman Timescape, which included characters and concepts from Warhammer 40,000.
The game is currently scheduled to be released on Steam next month, with pre-orders opening on the 26th. Nomad Games was less specific about the release date of the mobile versions, saying only that they’d be out in spring. Personally, I’ll be waiting for the iOS version before I buy the game; while I have the Steam version of the original game, I almost never play it except to play friends in online multiplayer. Most of the time I play on my iPad.
In any event, if The Horus Heresy is as polished as the original game, I’m sure I’ll have a lot of fun with it. I’m looking forward to when it drops. :-)