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Warhammer 40K invades handhelds


Cyborg of Death


THQ will bring Games Workshop's sci-fi universe to DS, PSP this fall with Squad Command.

Earlier this year, THQ announced it had signed on Vigil Games to bring the Waaagh!! invasion to the massively multiplayer online scene with an as-yet-unnamed Warhammer 40,000 MMOG. To help humanity prepare for the oncoming horde, THQ announced today Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command, a portable turn-based strategy game that centers upon the conflict between the Imperium of Man and the malevolent race known as the Chaos. Squad Command will ship for the Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable this fall.

On both handheld platforms, Squad Command will feature single-player and multiplayer modes. The single-player campaign follows the Imperium's Ultramarines over the course of 13 missions as they fend off Chaos' forces.

In multiplayer mode, players will be able to join together online to compete against opponents from a worldwide pool in one of nine missions. The multiplayer mode also lets gamers play as either the Imperium or Chaos factions. According to THQ, Squad Command will fully make use of the two platforms portable functionality, including the DS's dual screens and stylus controls, but no mention was made of local or ad hoc play.

Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command has not yet been rated or priced.

Tom Magrino 06/19/07