If the pre-orders for Warhammer: The Old World are any indication, Games Workshop has released a goldmine. Yesterday, Games Workshop opened pre-orders for the game, a reimagining of the classic Warhammer Fantasy Battles game.
During the first hour after launch, both Launch Boxes sold out of the UK allotment. Meanwhile, the US sales lagged behind a bit but Bretonnia’s Core Rulebook and launch box have already sold out on the Games Workshop US website. The first of two launch boxes focuses on the Kingdom of Bretonnia and the other focuses on the Tomb Kings of Khemri
It appears that Warhammer’s original setting is on its way to being a success. Some of the launch items will be available at retailer stores and Games Workshop stores when the game launches later this month.
Interestingly, Games Workshop is hitting on a new trend in the development circle. Studios are hitting nostalgic notes by bringing back original games with new lore and improved characters. Epic Games did with Fortnite and had huge success. Horizon followed, the F! 23, and the list goes on.
Likewise, many Warhammer: The Old World miniatures are relics of previous games, so it is not surprising that pre-orders have been strong. The nostalgia is contagious enough that even tabletop games fall prey to its lure.
However, some Warhammer Fantasy fans have expressed disappointment in Games Workshop’s decision to support Warhammer: The Old World. And it has to do with nostalgic envy.
According to Games Workshop, seven Warhammer Fantasy factions are now classified as “legacy factions,” meaning they will not be added to the game. These include the Lizardmen, Dark Elves, Skaven, Ogre Kingdoms, Vampire Counts, Daemons of Chaos, and Chaos Dwarves.
In a statement, Games Workshop noted that these factions were inconsistent with Warhammer: The Old World, which was set several centuries before the era covered by the original Warhammer Fantasy.