So first off, why do I find the rumors credible? Well, the detail and level of self consistency is very high. Someone would not only have to spend an incredible amount of time to fabricate these rumors, they would also have to be a great game designer. Everything in there makes perfect sense to me. Foot units now always charge the maximum they could have in 5th ed, no more difficult terrain rolls deciding games. A simple but effective tiered USR system, suddenly the psyker levels in the grey knight book snap into focus. Flyer rules will be integrated in the main game, that explains the inflated points cost of the Dark Eldar planes relative to Ravagers. Squad leaders will be really important and can be sniped more easily, suddenly the option of Nemesis Warding Staves for Justicars and Ghost Plate for Dark Eldar sergeants make sense.
The list goes on and on, but basically these 6th ed rumors click perfectly with the recent codices. Is that proof they are accurate? Of course not, but I think it is strong evidence they are close to the real thing. My guess is most of these rules will be in 6th edition, but some details will change between now and then. So don’t agonize over specific details, but do pay serious attention to the design philosophy.
If these rumors are mostly accurate at least in spirit, what kind of game will 6th edition be? It will undoubtedly be a complete change from 5th. Nothing about our current metagame, or unit selections, or tournament formats will be relevant once 6th edition comes out. I think that is great! New rules and models are what keeps this game fresh, and honestly, after four year of 5th ed, I’m ready for something new. We have no way of knowing whether the game will be better or worse at this point, but I am encouraged by some of these rumors.
So overall I am very encouraged by these rumors. I think the upcoming Sisters of Battle and Necron codices will give us some more clues about what direction 6th edition is going. At the very least we can be confident this new edition will be something new and exciting, I’m looking forward to it!