As promised, I'm going to go through and give an analysis on everything we see and hear in the 'Forging a Sequel' video released by FHI and bring it it all to you in a big list. However, seeing as I've been in a humorous mood I am going to be commenting on basically everything, so expect a lot of useless comments. In other words, if you want the useful information look for the bold text. With that said, enjoy the read...
0:00 - 0:03: Mandatory Games Workshop Logo
0:03 - 0:07: Focus apparently needs to hire an electrician...
0:08 - 0:11: Tindalos prefers to be a bit spooky apparently
0:13 - 0:18: Tindalos Studio BFG Tabletop Montage. Battlefleet Gothic, imperial Fists and Necrons spotted.
0:19 - 0:21: Mood Lighting, Flora and Warhammer... Good looking studio.
0:23 - 0:25: Ork Stompa (Red Sunz?) in the background as well as a lot of books and models.
0:29 - 0:32: In-game footage of a Scythe Class Harvest Ship in the foreground. There appears to be an Adeptus Astartes Strike Cruiser a short distance away, which is dwarfed in length by the Necron vessel. In the background we can see another Necron Vessel (Shroud Class Light Cruiser Possibly?) either exploding or being hit with a weapon similiar to a Nova Cannon, albeit red tinged. As the opposing vessels appear to only be Space marines, this may either be a weapon rework or a skill such as a plasma bomb with a changed colour. [EDIT: This appears to just be an explosion as the vessel was destroyed.]
0:36 - 0:36: Space Wolves Montage
0:45 - 0:46: Game is set within the gathering Storm
0:46 - 0:48: Blackstone Fortress falls and collides with a Hive City. The city burns significantly, and in the background Chaos warships can very vaguely be made out through the fiery haze as they open fire on the city.
0:49 - 0:52: Planet torn apart, this appears to be a direct game cinematic which causes me to believe that the campaign will use the same art style as it's predecessors campaign.
0:52 - 1:01: Artwork showing the area the Cicatrix (Expanded Eye of Terror) covers. Only several systems are noted within the artwork, and this may perhaps be related to gameplay in campaign terms.
1:02 - 1:03: Great Unclean One? In a design studio....... seems appropriate.
1:07 - 1:13: Ship Listing Time: Chaos Desolator BB, Chaos Despoiler BB, Chaos Styx CA, Chaos Hellbringer CL, Chaos Murder LC , Chaos Carnage LC, Chaos Slaughter LC, Chaos Infidel Raider, Chaos Iconoclast Raider, Imperial Mars BC, Imperial Sword FF, Imperial Cobra DD, Imperial Dauntless or Enforcer CL, Imperial Dominator LC, AdMech Ark Mechanicus BB, AdMech Cruiser LC, AdMech Light Cruiser CL.
1:07 - 1:13: After careful observation, it appears the weapon systems of Ad Mech Warships may have the same treatment as Ork vessels in BFG:A(1), with the hull remaining the same but the weapons being chosen by the player. This would certainly match their lore of "We get only the best gear."
1:15 - 1:16: They like their inspirational posters it would seem.
1:18 - 1:25: More factions than the original game, which we know as numbering 12 at current times. Interestingly though, we know that there will be MULTIPLE campaigns based upon the words of Romain during the interview. (Lord Admiral Ravensburg on the old forums).
1:25 - 1:26: Background of a Necron Tomb World that is very much awake is visible, and we can see 2 Cairn Class BB's, 2 Wraith Class CL's and 2 Scythe Class Harvest ships up close.
1:26 - 1:28: Cairn Class BB is capable of a apparently mid to long range beam attack. This is against an Aeldari fleet apparently, which appears to include a Shadow Class Cruiser and an escort whose origins I am unsure of. (See far right at 1:27) [EDIT: Either a Dragonship or Wraithship]
1:28 - 1:30: Kroot Warsphere & Demiurg Stronghold can be seen attacking a Necron fleet consisting of 7 Scythes and a Cairn Class. It is notable that there are other Tau vessels giving fire support outside of the picture, but a Necron fleet of that size is indicative of just how 'large' these battles may become.
1:30 - 1:31: (Possible) Aeldari Corsairs fleet consisting of a Voidstalker Battleship, several Shadow or Eclipse Class Cruisers, a Solaris Light Cruiser, a Drukhari (Dark Eldar) vessel that is brand new and didn't exist within the original game mounting what appears to be a varaient of Pulsars and a Wraithship Cruiser against a Necron Fleet (Wraith + Cairn) although it is indicative that there are more enemy vessels based upon the direction of the Eldar vessels firing. Of even more interest though is the background, which contains a Dark Red and White Craftworld of massive proportions, perhaps Saim-Hann?
1:32 - 1:32: Eldar x Necron fan fiction moment with Wraith and Eclipse Class vessels.
1:32 - 1:33: Hellebore Frigate + Horde of Aeldari bombers up close and personal with a Necron vessel, possibly a Dirge or Jackal Class Raider. A second Aeldari vessel appears ot be directly in front and obscured by explosions, and a Green Beam (Gauss) is either being fired by the Necron Vessel to a target off screen or vice versa. IF it is the former then this is major, as it means they can use some form of [Scary Death Beam] in any direction, not just in a forward arc. Also, again over a Craftworld. [EDIT: Necron Particle Whip is the weapon apparently]
1:34 - 1:35: Wide shot of the Aeldari vs Necron battle. Another new addition spotted, the Wraithship (looks similar to the Dragonship but only 1 Solar Sail) amongst the horde. After an attempt at counting the frenzied mass, it appears there is roughly 24 Aeldari vessels present of various sizes, from Escorts to Cruisers. (This includes wrecked vessels) The Necron fleet appears to number only 8 vessels at most in comparison...
1:35 - 1:38: TIME FOR SOME FREE FOR ALL FUN!
1:35 - 1:38: Battle Barge in the foreground firing on a Scythe Class ship. Quite a significant amount of Necron Vessels are present. but the real gem here is the Tyranids. The Tyranid vessels look completely unlike their models to the point where I think GW has given Tindalos free reign on their design. They appear to have heavily armoured 'head' sections and apparently liek to close with their enemy and ram them. A possible Hive Ship (Middle Back Right) is visible and appears similiar to it's original design, and includes some form of blue ranged beam attack. ALSO we catch a glimpse of black particles swirling around the Tyranid vessels. Perhaps this represents the Shadows of the Warp, some form of living shield to save it from damage or a swarm of creatures. The exact nature is as yet undetermined. *[EDIT: Massive Spore Clouds acting as effectively a shield.]
1:38 - 1:44: Necron Fleet Pornography... Effectiveness Not limited to Necron Players
1:45 - 1:48: Tyranid Player Pornography... Not so effective for others...
1:49 - 1:54: All 12 factions are available in Skirmish + Multiplayer from day one.
1:55 - 1:57: This appears to be the large Tyranid creature from the release trailer. Againwe see the design of a well armoured 'head' with an exposed rear. Also, the creature appears to have a sort of contracted muscle in four places on the side of it's body, perhaps a kind of organic launch bay or weapons bay?
1:58 - 2:00: Close up on a Cairn Class, we can see it's stats as well as it was then. 1200 HP, 0/50 Shield, 75 Armour all around, 14 defense turrets, 150 speed, 0/4 rotation speed, 7500 detection and 60 troop resistance. Not sure how accurate these stats are but it they are then it means the necrons either have an amazing ability range or have been toned down power wise to meet everyone else.
1:58 - 2:00: MASSIVE IMPROVEMENTS IN HUD! When a ship is selected the stats are clearly showed on the left, with large easy to read text, clearly visible HP bars and basic toggle modes above this panel. On the bottom of the screen we can see an ability panel, with many abilities from BFG:A(1) staying from the game apparently. And in the top right corner we have a nice and easy to read list of all ships within the faction!
1:58 - 2:00: There appears to be 7 ships in the display necron fleet on the mini-map and ship list, whilst there opponent has significantly more. Perhaps Necrons will stay as far less numerous, and the stats from before are just partial placeholders?
2:00 - 2:10: Aeldari Craftworld Montage featuring a big as all hell Craftworld. Saim-Hann still?
2:11- 2:13: Drukhari / Dark Eldar vessels appear to have gotten an overhaul, but coupled with earlier images it appears that the Dark Eldar will be combined with some Craftworld Eldar vessels to create a combined Corsairs fleet with vessels from both the Aeldari & Drukhari to make a full list.
2:14 - 2:16: Very limited angle close up on a Ark Mechanicus mounting a lance battery and two macro cannon batteries.
2:17 - 2:20: We get a glimpse of the Tau Merchant Fleet, and it's interesting. In the bottom left we can see some traditional vessels, a pair of 'Hero' Class Cruisers from the tabletop and in the background a few smaller vessels from the Tau protector fleet can be spotted, such as a Emissary class Light Cruiser. [MAJOR EDIT: Ship in the centre is a generic Merchant fleet vessel apparently, I just had a major brain failure...]
2:25 - 2:27: Imperial Fist Fanboys (Looking at you Valrak) may now proceed to wet your pants in excitement, as this appears to be the moving fortress Phalanx on screen. It may also be a star fort of generic description, without seeing an certain iconography on it I cannot be certain.
2:28 - 2:30: And because Adeptus Astartes are just soooo awesome we know have a GLORIANA class super battleship, because they Totally needed more reasons to be the stars of the show didn't they...
2:31 - 2:35: Three things here. 1) The purple beam in the background has been thought to be a Blackstone Fortress. Entirely possible, albeit unconfirmed. 2) The terrain for the battlefield looks very good. 3) You'll notice that the ships have taken on an almost model like appearance, I'm unsure if this is because of a change in game art style or just a side effect of this particular clip being an animation rather than a direct gameplay clip.
2:33 - 2:35: I AM DUMB! SAY HELLO TO DA BIGGEST AND DA BESTEST OF DA ORKY TEKNOLUGE! INTRADUCIN DA ROK, BIGGEST AN BADDEST ROK IN DA GAAXEE!
2:38 - 2:40: Unidentified Eldar vessel, I cannot work out what it's supposed to be and couldn't get the image clean enough to read the text. [EDIT: Apparently this is a customised Dragonship for a Prince.]
2:38 - 2:40: Also, last time I checked the models were not 10cm long sadly.
2:39 - 2:39: Craftworld in progress.
2:40 - 2:42: Unidentified structure. Possibly a fortress of some sort, or maybe a space station?
2:44 - 2:45: Am I going crazy or does that vaguely look like a Grand Cruiser hull with a Imperial Prow... I believe Caliger wrote about just such a ship... GIVE ME MY GRAND CRUISERS! [EDIT: It appears to just be a Chaos Heavy Cruiser after all, unless it's an entirely new design.]
2:47 - 2:56: Artwork Montage
2:57 - 3:34: The Designers are long term 40K fans which I think is a good thing, and it showed with the level of detail they put into the last game in my opinion.
3:21 - 3:22: A horde of 'Daemons' sown emerging from the walls of a building. Titled "Cathedral of the Warp 02" in a rough translation, looks liek someoen is going to have an unfortunate day...
3:29 - 3:30: There appears to be a significant amount of different designs for the Tyranids. As earlier mentioned, they seem to have a black shadow moving around them, their HP bars seem to average 4 and they appear to have a shield of some sort, or at least a blue gauge for something beyond HP. One creature in particular though has more HP and appears significantly bigger and better armoured. (top left)
3:35 - 3:40: Aeldari / Drukhari Flying Montage
3:40 - 3:42 Aeldari / Drukhari Crying Montage
3:43 - 3:44: Mandatory Guilliman Scene
3:45 - 3:49: Closing Ad Mech vs Chaos Battle Scene
3:50 Onwards: Closing Credits
This concludes my findings based upon the video, if you have more to add or want to discuss my findings, feel free to bring it up below.
Good luck Admirals,