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Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader Alpha Released

Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader Alpha Released

Game News - posted by Infinitron on Wed 7 December 2022, 22:00:00

Tags: Owlcat Games; Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader

I had some doubts about whether they would manage it, but last week Owlcat announced that the Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader alpha build was on track for release this year. Unlike previous Owlcat alpha releases, the Rogue Trader alpha is not under NDA and can be freely streamed, so we already know a lot about it. They even put together an extensive alpha guide describing its mechanics in detail. These include a turn-based space combat layer that is already proving controversial. The official press release provides a good summary of the alpha's major features. I quote:

Nicosia, Cyprus - 7 December 2022: The Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader closed Alpha test has arrived! Award-winning studio Owlcat Games confirmed that all early founders who pre-purchased the Developer’s Digital Pack or the Collector's Edition will be able to download and play the Alpha from today.

https://roguetrader.owlcat.games/preorder/en#packs

The closed Alpha will eventually transform into the Beta version of the game, and will remain live until Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader‘s release, meaning that anyone who pre-purchases the Developer’s Digital Pack or Collector's Edition will still be able to try the game early starting from today. In-game progress will not be transferred from one version to another

Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader is the first cRPG set in the legendary grim darkness of the far future of Warhammer 40,000. Set to be released on PC and consoles, the game features turn-based combat and is being produced in close collaboration with Games Workshop.

Owlcat recently unveiled a new gameplay trailer during the PC Gaming Show 2023 Preview, giving viewers a taste of what it truly means to be a Rogue Trader. Together with the trailer Steam and GOG wishlists were opened for the eagerly-anticipated title.

About Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader closed Alpha


Players will visit a number of worlds in the Koronus Expanse, where they can aid the Emperor's loyal subjects, punish heretics, or even show treasonous sympathies and abet renegades. The Alpha features one of five chapters of the game.

Among other signature locations in the Koronus Expanse, brave explorers will be able to plot a course to:
  • Footfall – a void station populated by pirates, religious zealots, and common workers. A dangerous place even for a Rogue Trader, but one ripe with opportunity!
  • Dargonus – the hive world capital of the player's empire and the Rogue Trader's family seat
  • Janus – a jungle-covered agri-world where the player will decide the fate of a conflict between a rebel group and the local governor
  • Kiava Gamma – an industrial world where dark and strange things are happening
Among other signature locations in the Koronus Expanse.

Players will travel between worlds through the warp, repel pirate attacks in open space, explore new planets, and found colonies – all from aboard the Rogue Trader's majestic voidship housing thousands of subjects and crew members.

On their journey, the Rogue Trader will receive assistance from their companions - their loyal Seneschal, a Tech-Priest of the Adeptus Mechanicus, the ship's Navigator, an Interrogator of the Inquisition, a Battle Sister of the Adepta Sororitas, a smuggler, a diviner psyker, and even a xenos. However, it is up to the player to decide if they want to build solid relationships with their crew, help resolve conflicts between party members, or leave them loose!​

As mentioned, the Rogue Trader alpha is available to those who preordered the game's $100 Developer's Digital Pack. Everybody else will have to wait until the beta launches sometime next year.

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