Sunday, December 16, 2012

Is Apocalypse Second Edition coming?



It looks like Games Workshop will be releasing the second edition of Apocalypse in 2013.


A few different sources are saying that we will be seeing Apocalypse Second Edition soon.  Apocalypse formations have been pulled from the Games Workshop website.  If you still need them, join the Apocalypse40K forum.  Various GW employees have said the Datasheets and formations were removed as they are obsolete and about to be replaced.  GW  typically pulls all the old merchandise from the shelves in order to get ready for the new releases.

As far as expansions go, Apocalypse is certainly the most successful ever.  It has created a whole sub category of gamers, like myself, who only play big games now, and ever the average gamer has the ability to play in bigger games on special occasions.  Apocalypse is a huge driver of sales for GW.  Apocalypse gamers beef up their forces to ridiculous levels (I have have 25,000 points of both Space Marines and Imperial Guard) and that means buying lots of models. Up until recently, Forge World has been singularly focused on creating models that were usable only in Apocalypse games.  Forge World has been the Apocalypse model maker.  

However, this year Forge World released the second edition of Imperial Armour Apocalypse.  It updated data sheets for lots of models and created a system that noted which models were usable in regular games of Warhammer 40,000 and which models were only available for Apocalypse.  So now an average gamer can add certain models from Forge World to their regular 40K forces.  Obviously this expands the game of 40K, but it also helps drive sales to gamers who previously only bought models they could use in regular 40K games.



Apocalypse was originally released at the end of fourth edition and is now two editions old.  Gamers have adapted, and House Rules are critical to a well run Apocalypse game.  But with the new rules in 6th edition, Forge World has released an FAQ and updates on their downloads section to help update the game.  Vehicles with structure points now get 3 hull points per structure point, among other things.

So stay tuned for a new edition of Apocalypse.  And I certainly hope we see some new warmachine models, like the Baneblade or Ork Stompa we saw with the original release, with Second Edition.  Maybe the long rumored plastic Thunderhawk?

The Big Game II Los Angeles Battle Bunker

Good Hunting!

Loken

6 comments:

Damn The Valley said...

Apoc Second edition is already out...

http://www.forgeworld.co.uk/Warhammer-40000/Imperial_Armour_Books/IMPERIAL-ARMOUR-APOCALYPSE-SECOND-EDITION.html

Has been for a while

xNickBaranx said...

That's not what he's referring to. He's referring to a 6th Edition update of the official GW Apocalypse 40K Expansion.

Damn The Valley said...

The three books that are out on Apoc are Apocalypse, Apocalypse II, and Apocalypse Second Edition. It would be silly to call the new one Apocalypse Second Edition if there is already a book with it, and since there is also a book with the number "II" next to the title, what else is left? Apocalypse III or Apocalypse Third edition would be the only logical choices left for book titles.

Loken said...

Actually not correct. There is Apocalypse, Apocalypse Reload, Imperial Armour Apocalypse, Imperial Armour Apocalypse, Second Edition (which replaces the first) and Imperial Armour Apocalypse II. The last three are from Forgeworld and are supplements, not Games Workshop Rulesbooks.

'Mad Bob' Emmerson said...

It would be entirely reasonable for it to simply be called "Apocalypse" (with 2nd ed. only written inside the cover).

This would correlate to the main rulebooks and codices, it's not like the current Codex: Space Marines says 5th (or 3th) edition on the front cover.

Ian Close said...

I think that GW will wait for all the codex's to be re done before the apoc rules are re done, so ready for Christmas 2013 i think!!

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