GW: New Game “Shadespire” Announced

A new game has been announced from Games Workshop – Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire!

Games Workshop has a quick tease for a brand new game set in the mortal realms during the Age of Sigmar. This one looks a little ominous…check out the teaser trailer below:

via Warhammer Community

This is a new game, set in the Mortal Realms during the Age of Sigmar. It has been designed specifically for competitive, organised play, to support our growing community of gamers out there. For the moment, pretty much all we have in terms of detail is the cryptic video above, but you’ll be hearing much more about this new game, and seeing some of the new miniatures, very soon…

Shadespire sounds like Games Workshop is branching out even further. This isn’t a Warhammer Age of Sigmar game, it’s a new “brand” so-to-speak “Warhammer Underworlds” and it’s “designed specifically for competitive, organised(sic) play” from day one. Could this be a Mordheim revival? It very well could be – we just saw Games Workshop show off an updated Necromunda style game.

Whatever it is, the Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire will have some new miniatures and has my attention. A new game, new miniatures and a new “brand” from Games Workshop? Consider my interest piqued.


What do you suppose this one is? What do you think of that logo and the new “brand name” Warhammer Underworlds?

  • mrpage

    I’m sorry did you honestly just “SIC” the English spelling of “organised”..?

    • Aezeal

      Amerikans… they should learn proper English before reading UK (GW) texts.

      • euansmith

        Yeah, innit?

      • palaeomerus

        US English is proper English. The US formally codified & standardized English before the UK did thanks to the efforts of Noah Webster. The US outnumbers the UK by a factor of 4.8.

        The Czech’s in the male.

        • bobrunnicles

          You mean apart from Samuel Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language that was written in 1755 (and remained the standard for 150 years), predating Webster’s dictionary by over 70 years?
          Keep the Czech 😉

    • I’m kind of enjoying the English irritation with BoLS’ Americaness that’s been popping up here lately. I feel it’s karma for all the extra letters they put in your their city names that aren’t actually used in the pronunciation.

      • Revolver Rossalot

        As someone that grew up around Leominster, which is to say Lem-ster: How very dare you!

      • Patriarch

        *cough* Pittsburgh *cough*!

        • Munn

          Yeah, that’s British too.

    • orionburn

      Have to really laugh at that given how many articles get posted with spelling or grammatical errors on a regular basis…lol

      • Shawn

        No doubt, especially considering both versions of English are considered correct.

    • Ty Hayden

      Don’t lose a monocle over it. No matter what they do, someone will complain about spelling.

      • Loki Hargreaves

        It’s not the spelling that is the issue, more that the author felt the need to stick a (sic) after it.
        The suggestion then is that the spelling used is wrong, when it isn’t, it’s just not been simplified/Websterised yet.
        Yes, Websterized is the Websterification of Websterised. Have fun with that

        • Ty Hayden

          Sorry, its all perturbed British mumbling to me!

          Really, I just meant that if they didn’t add the [sic], then you would have a bunch of American-English speakers complaining about ‘bad’ editing/spelling. Sometimes its easy to forget the world shares the internet and we expect perfect insert-language-and-dialect here. I’ll admit, I do it sometimes too.

  • euansmith

    This sounds interesting. Particularity the bit about, “designed specifically for competitive, organised play”. Of course, it might be “designed for”, but totally miss the target.

    • Patriarch

      Yeah, was Mordheim really competitive? I thought it was too much like an RPG…

      • ZeeLobby

        Mordheim really wasn’t as all. The community cleaned up the ruleset, but I still wouldn’t really consider it competitive. Definitely a dangerous tag to to throw on anything out of GW.

      • euansmith

        Yeah, what ZeeLobby said. It seems odd as Mordheim and Nercomunda both suffered from hugely unbalancing campaign mechanisms, making them anything but competitive. Fun, but not in any way balanced.

        They are hardy alone in this, as most campaign skirmish games suffer the same issue; winners get stronger, losers get weaker, and the rules just drive this as a feedback loop.

        Fingers crossed, GW have come up with something cunning.

        • Munn

          Keep in mind that they haven’t actually told us anything about the game yet, people are saying it’s a new mordheim on hunches. It could be a combo-miniature/CCG game for all we know.

          • euansmith

            Yeah, I’m hoping it will be something new and exciting.

    • luke snell

      yeah, the specific calling out of the ‘competitive’ aspect of this game has me intrigued, and perhaps a bit concerned? at least it sounds like there will be new models, as opposed to everything else they seem to be releasing in a boxed format. I love that they are still behind and pushing the new wrappings of Warhammer Quest in the AoS Mortal Realms, just really wish we had at least one or two new models in the Hammerhal box.

  • Christopher Witecki

    Yup. Another not specialist game. I think GW is misunderstanding us when we asked for Specialist games to return. In 8 months this will be out of print right?

    • Aezeal

      Aw… to bad… now look for a high building, climb it and jump.

      • Lewis Everitt

        Ouch, bit extreme don’t you think?

  • Aezeal

    So…. mordheim is shadespire now? And Aelfs there?

  • SilentPony

    So wait, is it another terrible iOS game or just another boxed set of new models?

    • Aezeal

      “and seeing some of the new miniatures, very soon…”

      • frankelee

        So at least two new miniatures in the reboxing.

      • Walter Vining

        reading is hard for some people. give him a break

  • ZeeLobby

    Now THIS really has me interested.

    • Aezeal

      You like Mordheim?

      • ZeeLobby

        Mordheim was great back in the day. We’ve been playing Frostgrave, which is basically a smoother playing Mordheim, lately. What interests me is the “competitive” reference on there. Mordheim was definitely never in a state that could be considered competitive, haha.

        • “Competitive” is what has me worried. Do they understand what that means? For a company that is fairly infamous for doing the bare minimum of play testing to make such a statement is bizarre.

          • ZeeLobby

            Haha. True. If they even make the attempt it’ll be better than anything they’ve done before though…

  • Sonic tooth

    Fingers crossed hoping for dark elvesundead. Would be a win/win for me. Hopefully no stormcast

  • Daniel Lee George Zimmerman

    I’m going to go out on a limb and say, like SOA this is going to be a re-brand Necromunda. which hopefully will be as good as everyone said it was.

  • Xodis

    This is super excited and hopefully builds off of what Warhammer Quest started in the new expansion.

  • amaximus167

    “This isn’t a Warhammer Age of Sigmar game,”

    They said taking place in the Mortal Realms, would that imply AoS?

    • Severius_Tolluck

      Anything written as mortal realms is AOS, they made that very clear. Each of the 8 realms comprise the term “Mortal Realms”

      • amaximus167

        Right, exactly my point. BoLS says not AoS even though the trailer says Mortal Realms.

        • ZeeLobby

          Yeah… Who knows why they do what they do. LoL. Maybe a Freudian slip of someone hoping that something will be based in the old world?

      • Dan Wilson

        AoS is the game, which obviously specifically includes the rule set. Both the Warhammer Quest games take place in “The mortal realms” but they’re not AoS, they’re Warhammer Quest. Underworlds is , it would be reasonable to infer ,lies along the same vein. Different ruleset same or similar setting. The use of plural certainly implies more than just a standalone game.

        • Severius_Tolluck

          Yes but Age of Sigmar is the continuity for all their fantasy settings. So therefore, Mortal Realms and Age of Sigmar are far from mutually exclusive. So the author was incorrect to see it is not AoS.

    • Xodis

      I think they mean that its not an AoS ruleset expansion, but a new game set in the same world.

  • ZeeLobby

    Completely unrelated. I’m shocked that BoLS hasn’t posted anything about CMON picking up the Game of Thrones IP for a tabletop wargame.

    • Severius_Tolluck

      Shame I really liked that company darksword that was doing all those amazing sculpts!

      • ZeeLobby

        Well they’re working together. Doesn’t sound like they’re going anyway, just collaborating on this.

        • Severius_Tolluck

          Sweet! wasn’t sure, figured some one else would do the figs.

    • GW news has precedence on BoLS and there has been a lot of GW news today.

      • ZeeLobby

        True. Word was out on the GoT stuff yesterday, but I guess I shouldn’t be shocked.

  • frankelee

    My first thought was an Age of Sigmar version that worked better in tournaments because they’re worried about losing their competitive play crowd. But maybe AoS Mordheim.

    • Munn

      AoS works fine in tournament play ATM, it needs some tweaks but it’s a lot better than 40k has been lately.

      • Karru

        Yeah, the only real issue that AoS has in the tournament scene is currently the lack of different armies. It’s mostly Sigmarines and other armies that already have battletomes of their own. It would be much nicer if GW released more stuff for other armies and stopped releasing any major stuff for Sigmarines for at least a year. Maybe some random campaigns or singular boxes/character models, but no Battletomes or new “chambers” for a good while.

        • Mikey_V

          Do you even follow the AoS competitive scene? The top army is changing constantly.

  • Hamish

    Wouldn’t surprise me if its a re-release of Mordheim, flaccidly rebranded as AoS.

  • EnTyme

    Did GW imply that this was based on Mordheim, or are people just inferring it since Shadow Wars is based on Necromunda?

    • Severius_Tolluck

      more the later

      • EnTyme

        That’s kind of what I thought. Not saying this isn’t AoS Modheim, but it could just as easily be a rank and file ruleset, or a MOBA-style tower defense on the tabletop, or Fantasy Chess for that matter. The point being, I think we need a lot more info before we know what to expect.

        • Severius_Tolluck

          To be fair, it is a safe bet. Considering what they did with Armageddon Also one that many a greybeard would not mind.

          • EnTyme

            It’s definitely the Occam’s Razor solution here. I just hate that I’ve already seen people on DakkaDakka complaining about how “I want actual Mordheim, not some half-baked reboot!”. Then again, that’s just Dakka. If Dakka had been around when God said “Let there be light”, Dakka would have called the light “Nu-darkness” and then complained about how he just invalidated darkness.

          • Christopher Witecki

            From the perspective of darkness wouldn’t that be true?

  • Hussein Alobaidi

    It’s going to include the Khorne Bloodbound and Stormcast Eternals 😀

  • Julius Petrone

    Maybe the new “Mortheim “?

  • Dan

    Damn it, just bring back the Old World GW!!!!!

  • C G Bloom

    My money is on a MOBA inspired game.

    • Cristhian Mario Landa Rivera

      That’s ambiguous. Every PvP game is a MOBA by definition. Even regular tabletop wargames counts as MOBAs.