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Necromunda: Underhive Wars Gets New Teaser, Gameplay Details, and Lots of Combative Trashtalk

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Necromunda: Underhive Wars, the upcoming video game adaptation of the popular Necromunda tabletop game by Games Workshop, has a new teaser trailer and gameplay details.

The adaptation promises turn-based tactical gameplay as the player assumes the role of one of several gangs who are battling for dominance in the underbelly of Hive Cities, which look to be a cross between the architectural sensibilities of Judge Dredd and the gang warfare of Mad Max. The source material, Necromunda: Underhive, is a spin-off from the Warhammer universe, adding yet another project to the growing list of Warhammer games currently in development. 

The teaser, which reveals no gameplay elements, depicts two opposing gangs, the all-female Eschers and the musclebound Goliaths, who players can choose to ally themselves with near the start of the game. Each gang is pushing for similarly violent anarchist ends and are battling over who will rule the remnants of the Underhive, where criminals fight in perpetual war. Details about the other gangs in the game will be revealed in the coming months, but players can be sure each gang will come from the tabletop game and fall into a similar steampunk aesthetic.

The level design seems to be focused upon verticality with each level mimicking the hulking architecture of the Underhive. Players are expected to use raised walkways to push a high ground advantage, set traps for unwitting victims, and ambush their foes before engaging them in melee and long-range combat. Though few details regarding the gameplay have officially been released, players can assume that it follows much of the same rules as the tabletop source material, with a focus on small skirmishes and violent methods of assault.

Necromunda promises an impressive amount of player customisation, with each gang having room to be moulded by the player’s experience and preferred play style. Every unit is highly customisable in loadout and appearance and has access to a career that unlocks further skills, traits, weapons, and visual elements. Similarly to XCOM, each gang member is not immortal, so when they are dead or injured, they will remain that way for the rest of the campaign.

Necromunda has no release date at the moment, but it will release on both console and PC. Rogue Factor released its debut project Mordheim: City of the Damned in 2015, which was also an adaptation of a Warhammer spin-off series.

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Ubisoft Discusses How Uplay Plus Will Improve Communication With Players

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Ubisoft believes that its new subscription service Uplay Plus will help the publisher improve communication with players.

Alain Corre, the executive director of EMEA at Ubisoft, spoke to GamesIndustry.biz where he outlined the vision and strategy for the company’s new subscription service. He explained that Uplay Plus will help boost communication with players, and the feedback it receives will help improve Ubisoft’s games.

“The reason behind our subscription service… it gives more possibilities for our fans to play our games and we can talk to them. We can keep them in our worlds, we can discuss with them and—thanks to what they say and the way they behave—we can feed that back into our games development. When we are in control of that within our ecosystem, we feel it’s beneficial for our fans. That’s ultimately what we want to do; we want to have more contact with them, more interaction, listening more to what they want and improve based on what they say.”

Corre highlighted that Ubisoft will not solely focus its efforts on Uplay Plus; players will still be able to pick up any of the publishers games either physically or as digital downloads. He explained that the company’s strategy moving into a subscription service is to adapt with modern consumer tends of gamers.

“We are still keeping the traditional model whether they buy our games in a store or download them. It’s really a case of offering the possibilities. Consumers are evolving really fast, and we want to adapt to what they want and propose new things to them, as well as keep the other means of distribution.”

Furthermore Ubisoft revealed that Uplay Plus and all past and future games will be available on the Google Stadia. Ubisoft was an early vocal supporter of Google’s new console, especially as the upcoming console focuses solely on streaming games.

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