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Warhammer 40000: Mechanicus Brings XCOM To 40K

Our resident Warhammer: 40,000 nerd Dave got a very early look at the new squad-based Warhammer game, Mechanicus.

Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus delves deep into the lore of the Warhammer 40,000 franchise, melding the story with Xcom gameplay mechanics into a turn-based strategy experience that fans of either series will find familiar. The game is coming some time this year, and not much is known about it, but GameSpot did get an early look at Mechanicus. Check out the latest gameplay in the video above, wherein Dave and Tam talk about how the game is very XCOM on the surface, but filled with deep, nerdy, Warhammer lore within.

Mechanicus puts you in the role of Magos Dominus Faustinius, senior Tech Priest of The Adeptus Mechanicus army. If you're not familiar with the Warhammer 40,000 universe, the Adeptus Mechanicus are humans, augmented with machine technology, who live on Mars and serve the Imperium. In Mechanicus, Magos must lead an expedition of Tech Priests on the newly re-discovered planet Silva Tenebris, while managing resources, discovering new technologies, and planning tactical operations using Noosphere technology. Strategy is key, as is planning your turns carefully to keep your Tech Priests alive.

The story is written by Warhammer Black Library author Ben Counter, with branching narratives based on your decisions and multiple endings with different outcomes. There's lots of a customization, too, as Tech Priests' limbs can be upgraded with mechanical augments. Teams can be shaped to suit different play styles, with hundreds of different possibilities. There still aren't many details on Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus, but keep an eye on GameSpot's full coverage of the game for the latest news and updates. You know Dave is on top of it.