The app companion to Warhammer 40,000 has added a new army-building feature and wants fans of the wargame to beta test it ahead of a full release.
Battle Forge allows players to create army configurations within the app, drawing on miniature rosters and stat blocks from across Games Workshop’s science fiction portfolio. The app automatically crunches the point value maths while tinkering and will support multiple lists for those whose collections span several factions.
Players can modify individual kits once their unit selection is complete and the app will again make the necessary point changes automatically. Once every detail has been decided, lists can be exported to print or save locally - they can also be shared directly to social media so your friends and competitors can complain about your decision to build yet another Tyranid army.
Games Workshop wants player feedback on the feature and is thus providing a month’s access to the premium version of Warhammer 40,000: The App, through which Battle Forge can be accessed. It seems army building will become a part of the premium suite once it officially releases.
Dicebreaker reported on the app earlier this year, discussing the convenient access to the new Ninth Edition core rules and ability to redeem digital versions of codexes players may physically own. Eighth Edition rules, including those for factions and units that haven’t yet been brushed up for 9E, are also available “while valid”.
However, early user reviews for the app looked fairly dismal for a number of reasons - limited free features, bugs, frequent crashes, organisation of material - and recent reviews suggest many of these complaints have seemingly not been addressed in full. Perhaps that’s why Games Workshop has decided to beta test the Battle Forge feature for free this time around.