Op-Ed: The Perfect AAA Video Game Age Of Sigmar Needs
To really come into it’s own Age of Sigmar needs to get its own Major Studio video game, just like this one…
Age of Sigmar has slowly grown from its rather shaky start to me a major and popular game for GW. The past year has seen not only a well received 2nd Edition but the game really working to remake classic fantasy (and Fantasy) races in its own image. It really feels like AoS has found its voice and is taking off. One of the things that has however plagued the game is a perceived lack of background and fluff. Thought this has been changing, particularity with AoS 2.0, many people still find the lore of AoS a bit thin, especially when compared to what it replaced. I think one of the biggest things GW could do to help fix this and push AoS along is to license a major AAA video game.
Fantasy Video Games
Games Workshop has a long history if adapting its setting for video games. They’ve been doing it since 1991 and show no sign of stopping. Its not only help visualize the settings but also help make them more mainstream. The Old World of Warhammer Fantasy has had a ton of video games set in it. From old classics like 1995’s Shadow of the Horned Rat ( a personal favorite) to modern AAA titles like Warhammer Total War II. Thought GW blew up the old world in 2015 and killed off WFB there have amazingly been been no less than 14 videos games set in the Old World to have come out since then.
AoS Needs One
In contrast to the 14 Old World games to have come out since 2015, there have been two AoS games announced since then. Both are mobile phone games; one an app for playing a card game, while the other isn’t out yet. Now obviously video games take a while to make and come out, so I wouldn’t expect a ton of games after only 3 years to be out, but that fact that we haven’t had any major games announced at all is strange to me. Video games are really good for a tabletop game, they help visualize the world and setting, make the lore easily accessible and draw in a more mainstream crowd. All of this would help AoS a lot. Fortunately I have the perfect idea for an AoS game.
The Perfect Game Idea
I think there is a type of large scale game that would perfectly fit AoS and if made could be really and truly amazing. I’m talking about grand party based RPG along the lines of Bioware’s Mass Effect or Dragon Age games.Something like this is an almost perfect fit for AoS. Lets take a look at a few points as to why.
- A Stromcast is a perfect player character. Like Shepard from Mass Effect, you could be male or female at will. You are automatically part of a greater whole and can thus be sent on missions. Moreover the Stormcast actually have a perfect way of dealing with player death. Rather then reloading, they are simply reforged. You could even tie this into a version of a morality mechanic, where the more you die the less human you become, ultimately effecting what endings you can get.
- Unlike other GW settings in AoS many of the races work together and can ally with each other. This is perfect for build a large diverse Mass Effect style party. You could have:
- The DPS dealing Daughter of Khaine who you have to reign in. Obviously this would be the one everyone wants to romance.
- Your two semi-generic Stormcast Buddies, one male and one female to back you up. One might have a secret.
- The grumpy Kharadron Overlord. Not only is he your tank in battle, but he also flys the Airship you use to travel around the realms.
- The Vampire who works with you to fight Choas, but will most likely betray you in the end.
- The inscrutable Sylvaneth Branchwych. Though very inhuman everyone also wants to romance her.
- The unlikely team of a Namarti Thrall and a Oger, one eats the souls of the enemy, the other eats the bodies. together they make sure nothing is wasted.
- Pretty much any other non-Choas unit.
- The fantastical nature of AoS and its setting would really lend itself well to visualization in a video game.
- As Stormcasts are already divided into different Conclaves that fight in different ways you’ve got a built in class system for the player to grow with.
- Since different races come from or do better in different realms you could give parties members bonus or penalties depending on the realm you where in, this would encourage players to mix up their parties.
- You could tell an epic story about fighting Chaos. Or start with a fight against Chaos only to find out that Nagash was the real threat all along.
It Writes Itself
I could go on and on, but I think it really writes itself in many ways. This kind of game seems like a perfect fit and I can’t help but think it would be popular. Even if it was this particular game I think AoS really needs some videos to take off. Though its become a popular miniatures game, it lakes the cultural weight of either 40K or the Old World setting. Videos games could give it this weight.
Let us know what kind of Age of Sigmar Video Game You’d Like to See, Down in the Comments!