Privateer Press announced today the official launch of an all-new edition of the award-winning tabletop miniatures game WARMACHINE. The new edition, WARMACHINE: MKIV, is available for free through the WARMACHINE app from the Apple App Store and Google Play. The app features complete MKIV rules, a new-player training guide, all of the stat card information for every model available for MKIV play, a robust army-building feature, list-sharing, and match play, as well as an optional subscription that delivers premium content to the app library every week. After an extensive beta phase that began at the end of October last year, the WARMACHINE app has officially launched with its full feature-complete release.
“A new edition provides an opportunity for lapsed players to re-engage and for new players to jump in for the first time,” said Matthew D. Wilson, creative director and owner of Privateer Press. “For the existing community of players, it’s a chance to renew excitement and to introduce the game to friends. It’s also an opportunity to put our twenty years of experience to work to make the best version of WARMACHINE that has ever been done.”
For the first time, Privateer Press is releasing all game rules and model stats through the newly developed WARMACHINE app, allowing for instantaneous updates as new models are released. Players will no longer need to rely on FAQs or annual postings to ensure they have the most current and accurate rules, as they will be updated universally in the app and are accessible for free. The WARMACHINE app optional subscription plan will provide unlimited cloud storage for army builds, access from multiple devices, and weekly premium content releases including fiction and lore, scenarios, and Organized Play resources.
All new models for WARMACHINE: MKIV will be created using 3D printing technology, which has allowed for the production of complex models in fewer pieces than traditional manufacturing methods permit. “We believe 3D printing is the future,” said Wilson. “We know that 3D-printed miniatures are becoming more mainstream through a multitude of services, and in many ways it solves the challenges of manufacturing today. In the end, we know the quality will speak for itself.” Models manufactured using 3D-printing technology enable the production of complex parts that reduce the required assembly of kits as well as create the opportunity for new features that enhance the game experience. Warjacks, for instance, the giant automatons at the center of the game’s battles, have been designed to be easily equipped with small magnets that allow for customized armament loadouts between games.
Three all-new armies are now available for WARMACHINE:MKIV with expansion materials releasing over the next few months: Orgoth Sea Raiders, Cygnar Storm Legion, and Khador Winter Korps. A fourth army, Dusk House Kallyss, will follow in Q2 of 2023. In a departure from previous editions, MKIV armies will be released across a limited number of SKUs, including a Core Army Starter that presents a complete, ready-to-play army with options. An expansion box and four a la carte SKUs make up the remainder of what each army will entail in the first year of the new edition’s release.
Official Organized Play support for the MKIV edition releases next month with Journeyman Slow-Grow kits, followed by the Resurrection League beginning in later this spring, which will pair with the ongoing narrative campaign available through the WARMACHINE app.
With the new MKIV edition, HORDES, the companion game for WARMACHINE, is being rolled under the WARMACHINE brand with comparable rules, model, and play environment modifications and updates. The games will no longer be sustained as different brands. The first warlock-led HORDES armies are expected to release summer of 2023.
For more details about WARMACHINE MKIV, please visit privateerpress.com/warmachine-mkiv/.