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- Oct 18, 2006
Alexander Gusev, creative director Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader talks about the game:
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Arguments, hard choices, and deals with aliens await.
Casting 'magic' in the Warhammer 40,000 universe is incredibly risky business. A psyker (see: space wizard) must draw their power from the Warp, a volatile dimension that's home to daemons and chaotic gods. As such, every spell, no matter how trivial or powerful, comes with the chance of injury, insanity, demonic possession, or death. In Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader, the upcoming RPG from Owlcat Games, you'll have to weigh up that risk every time you consider eviscerating a foe with your mind.
Perils of the Warp, the system that governs whether your head explodes or you live to cast another day, is one of Alexander Gusev's favorite mechanics from 2009's Rogue Trader, a tabletop RPG set in the grimdark future of the 41st millenium. He and other members of the Owlcat dev team played the game for years, and so the chance to turn this pen-and-paper hobby into a video game was something of a dream. But one golden pitch to Games Workshop later and that dream is a reality; Gusev is now creative director on the very first Warhammer 40k video game RPG.
"We were making more sandbox-style RPGs than most [other developers]," Gusev says, referring to the studio's incredibly open Pathfinder games. "You had your kingdom. You were traveling, exploring the map, learning stuff about this unknown place, The Stolen Lands. And this constantly reminded me about what parties in Rogue Trader do."
Most Warhammer 40k video games have you take part in mankind's millenia-long quest to wipe out every other race in the galaxy (there are no good guys here, sorry). But the Rogue Traders, with their opulent spaceships and impeccable fashion tastes, are not your battle-hungry Space Marines. "Rogue Traders shine in a way that differs from many other factions in Warhammer's Imperium in that you can also interact with xenos [aliens] in ways other than just killing them," explains Gusev.