This year’s Warhammer Skulls showcase included announcements of several new video games in Games Workshop’s far-future megagothic setting Warhammer 40,000: a boomer shooter named Boltgunone card game called Warpforgeit is a cRPG from Pathfinder Owlcat developers called Rogue Trader. So do we saw a little more of the upcoming Space Marine 2. While we wait for all that, here’s an older game to help you out.
Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate is a squad tactics game published by SSI in 1998, and you can get it for free right now on GOG as part of the Warhammer Skulls 2022 digital goodie pack (opens in new tab). The pack includes a concept art book for the 2006 strategy game Warhammer: Mark of Chaos, a wallpaper pack including some promo art for last year’s FPS Necromunda: Hired Gun (well I liked it) and some codes discount, as well as the Gate of Chaos.
Chaos Gate pitted squads of Ultramarines against Chaos forces in turn-based combat. While it didn’t have a lot of variety in enemies and lacked the strategy layers of competitors like Jagged Alliance and X-COM, it still has fans today, and it had a pretty radical soundtrack if you’re into martial beats and eerie chants. In fact, you can download the soundtrack as an extra once you claim it on GOG.
Although I reused the name, the most recent Warhammer 40,000: Gate of Chaos – Demon Hunters is much closer to modern tactical games. It pushes you forward on the battlefield, encouraging melee options like Gears Tactics, and features a strategy layer fueled with fully voiced NPCs to talk to. You’ll find the original Chaos Gate much older, of course, with an emphasis on careful deliberation and taking out Traitor Marines from a distance.
Chaos Gate and the rest of the digital goodies can be downloaded for free (opens in new tab) until Wednesday, June 8 at 10:00 PST/17:00 UTC. If you already have a copy of Chaos Gate on GOG, you will receive a redemption code via email to share with someone else.