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Introduction

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada is the RTS videogame adaptation of Games Workshop’s classic tabletop game, pitting the Chaos, Imperium, Eldar, and Orks against each other in visceral space-battles. Additionally an extensive multiplayer mode with persistent fleets where up to 4 players can battle simultaneously, Battlefleet Gothic: Armada also features a big story campaign, taking place during the 12th Black Crusade and putting players in the middle of the Gothic War that raged between the Imperium and Abaddon the Despoiler. Players will be at the centre of every fight, commanding fleets of gigantic ships as the Chaos unleash a sequential chain of surprise attacks on Imperium worlds – the start of 20 years of warring in the sector.

Developed with Unreal Engine 4, Battlefleet Gothic: Armada offers deep management of every ship composing the player’s fleet, both during and between battles. From the fastest frigates to the gigantic, miles-long battleships, the player will customize all aspects of his ships: weaponry, defense and support sub-systems, but also crew, captains, and more... each customization affecting the very performances of the ship and the special abilities available during battle. From battle to battle, the admirals and crew of surviving ships will gain experience and promotions, improving the battle-readiness of the ships for future, bigger and more dangerous battles.

At the heart of the battle

The ships of Battlefleet Gothic often exceed the kilometer mark in length, and can reach up to 8 kilometers. They are strongly armored, heavily weaponised behemoths. As such, battles in space are not about dogfighting. Instead, these titans require careful maneuvering, to position your fleet in a favourable way to unleash hell on the enemy ships. These are sea battles from the ancient times of Terra, transposed in space with the technology of the 41st millennium!

The ships, particularly the larger Battleships and Dreadnoughts, take time to veer, reach speed and slow down. Flanking the enemy, carefully aligning your path with that of a target to launch a salvo of torpedoes or to violently ram them, and sliding close to expose your broadside cannons and unleash a barrage of heavy fire, every action has weight and inertia... mistakes will rarely be left unpunished by your opponent.

Tending to the fleet

Multiplayer

Your fleets in Battlefleet Gothic are persistent: your captains and their ship's crew increase in levels, as well as yourself. Gaining ranks as an admiral allows you to field a broader variety of ships, including the biggest Battleships. When captains get new levels, it opens new skill slots for their ships to increase their performances. While destroyed ships are not entirely lost – you can either wait for repairs, or pay a hefty sum of Renown points to get an immediate replacement – battles may have medium-term effects. For example, a ship lost in the warp will remain so for multiple battles, requiring you to rely on other ships in the meantime.

Weather the storm

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