New Warhammer 40K Game Looks a Lot Like Civilization

By Luke Plunkett on at

There are far too many Warhammer 40K games out there at the moment, most of them forgettable, but even through that fog of bore I’m still a little interested in the upcoming Gladius – Relics of War, the franchise’s first attempt at a 4X game.

Developed by Proxy (Pandora) and published by Slitherine (Panzer Corps, Order of Battle), Gladius is set on a single planet where four factions (Space Marines, Astra Militarum, Orks and Necrons) are fighting over...something? Everything? The grim dark future doesn’t really need a reason for a war.

As said, it’s a 4X game, which means “Explore, Expand, Exploit and Exterminate”. Think Civilization, or Endless Legend, or Master of Orion. It’s turn-based, and you research new tech while building outposts, raising armies and doing battle over a hexagonal landscape.

It’ll be out early next year on PC.