There’s nothing quite as OTT sci-fi as gigantic lumbering spaceships helmed by Space Marines and Tyranids, fighting to the death in The 13th Black Crusade, and fans of such epic-scale slaughter will be chuffed to hear that Battlefleet Gothic is back. The suitably named Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 once again continues the real-time strategy adaptation of one of Games Workshops' famous tabletop games.

In true sequel form, BG: Armada 2 is all about being bigger, better, and grander, beginning with upping the faction count from the original’s four all the way up to 12, the same as the tabletop game. This includes the Imperial Navy, Space Marines, Adeptus Mechanicus, Necrons, Chaos, Aeldari Corsairs, Aeldari Craftworld, Drukhari, the T’au Merchant and Protector Fleets, Orks, and finally, the Tyranids.

Developer Tindalos Interactive promises single-player fans will be well catered for, with the Gathering Storm of the 13th Black Crusade providing the backdrop for several dynamic story campaigns. I’m sure if you have the slightest know-how about the 40K universe that probably means something to you. But, I haven’t, so I’m going to guess it’s a great excuse for some right old intergalactic fisticuffs.

GD’s very own Stu loved the original, awarding it an 8.5 and saying “Battlefleet Gothic Armada is a great game and another one of the nice surprises that can occasionally emerge from Games Workshop's plan for world domination.” With a little refinement and heaps more content, Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 could shape up to be something pretty special for strategy fans.

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 will be coming to PC later in 2018.