Necromunda: Underhive Wars - Gameplay Overview #1

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Welcome to the Underhive!

Greetings, friends and fellow Necromunda fans.

We’re extremely happy to take to the Forums again today, in order to bring you this first iteration of our DevBlog series, aimed at shedding more light on some of the cool elements you can expect to find in Necromunda: Underhive Wars. Today’s entry will not be focusing on a single feature, but will instead provide you with a first overview of the game’s basic gameplay mechanics.

And so, without further ado - get comfortable, grab your favorite beverage, and let’s dive right in!

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Answer the Call

Before testing your mettle in Necromunda: Underhive Wars’ multiple Game Modes (which we’ll cover in more details in an upcoming DevBlog), the first thing you’ll need to do is create a Gang - your Gang, which will belong to one of the planet’s infamous Great Houses.

At launch, players will be able to choose from Houses Escher, Goliath and Orlock, each of which will come with their own flavour, special House Perk and Bonus Stats. Many of the skills that your Fighters will use in battle will also have special variants, depending on the House your Gang belongs to.

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Assemble your Crew

You’ll then want to assemble and customise an Active Crew of up to 5 Fighters, in order to represent a force capable of facing the multiple dangers of the Underhive. Each Fighter will fill a specific battlefield role, first determined by its chosen Career: Deadeye, Brawler, Heavy, Saboteur or Lay-Mechanic.

Each Gang will be able to recruit a total of up to 15 Fighters at once, with 10 members held in Reserve - in case Active Fighters get injured, or to create different character combinations and synergies depending on the situation. Players will be able to freely rotate Fighters between each mission.

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Each of the 5 different Careers will grant Fighters a unique Signature Skill, as well as special Career Perks and bonuses to certain stats. In terms of fighting capabilities, all Fighters will be able to learn and use a great number of general Skills, but many abilities will also be exclusive to certain Career paths.

Your Gang will also always need a Leader - a Fighter of any Career who has reached (or been recruited at) a higher experience level. Leaders will have access to a special selection of “Heroic” and “Order” Skills, extremely powerful (but sometimes limited) abilities meant to inspire their allies and tip the scales of battle in tense combat situations.

Load up!

Before jumping into battle, you’ll also want to make sure all your Fighters have the best possible loadout, which includes Stats, Skills and Equipment.

Stats are used to represent and measure a Fighter’s attributes and proficiency. Stats are separated in two main categories - Primary and Secondary. The 9 Primary Stats are the ones you’ll be able to upgrade whenever a Fighter ranks-up. Each of these will directly affect two of the 18 Secondary Stats, which will be used and modified by Skills, Equipment and other factors (such as Injuries) in combat.

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Skills come in two main categories - Passive (which will automatically trigger when certain conditions are met), and Active (which need to be performed manually). Depending on their level, each Fighter will be able to learn, upgrade and use a loadout of up to 5 Active and 5 Passive Skills at once, and successful players will make sure to create synergies across the abilities of multiple Fighters in order to increase the effectiveness of each individual unit, and the Gang as a whole.

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Equipment will also play an important role in Necromunda: Underhive Wars, with each Fighter being able to equip various Weapons, Armour and Consumable Items (of both Tactical and Offensive nature), as well as Implants and Bionics. While some equipment pieces will be restricted to certain Careers, a great majority will be available to use by any Fighter. From dual-wielded Laspistols, to devastating Heavy Bolters and iconic close-quarters Chainswords - the choice of how you want to build and specialize each of your Fighters will be entirely yours!

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Of course, you’ll also be able to apply extensive cosmetic customization to your Gang and Fighters, but we’ll cover this feature in its own upcoming, and dedicated, Blog Post.

To Battle!

Once your Crew is ready, you’ll be able to select from multiple Online and Offline Game Modes (a topic for a future DevBlog) in order to face off against rival Gangs in the Underhive! Whilst there are many mechanics and tactics that will be important for you to master in order to be successful, let’s review the very basics for today.

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Rounds and Turns

Necromunda: Underhive Wars is a turn-based strategy game, but with a twist. Each battle will be split in a number of Rounds, during which each of the participating Fighters will get their own Turn to act. At the beginning of each Round, every Gang will be able to select one Fighter to put into action - the Initiative stat of each of these chosen characters will then be compared to determine the order in which they take their Turn within the Round.

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Moving and Performing Actions

Knowing how to maneuver through the battlefield and how to use all the tools at your disposal is half the battle, or so they say. In combat scenarios, performing most Skills will require Action Points (AP), while each meter moved will require a Fighter to spend one Movement Point (MP).

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Movement Points will only be spent when either ending a turn, using a Skill or suffering the effects of one (such as triggering a Trap or receiving damage), meaning that you will normally be free to move your Fighters in real time before committing to a move.

Up High & Down Low

The battlefields upon which your forces will wage combat are humongous places, desolate and covered in wreckage from times long forgotten. Although these locations are very different from one another, they all have one thing in common - Verticality. From Makeshift Bridges, ancient Ziplines, winding pipe works and disused cargo Elevators, you will have to make the most out of all three dimensions in order to survive the brutal fights that await your Gang.

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On top of letting your Fighters traverse the terrain more efficiently, making use of verticality is also useful for gaining Height Advantage, which will provide your forces with accuracy bonuses when targeting less elevated enemies with ranged weaponry.

Using Verticality, Terrain and Cover to your Advantage

In Necromunda: Underhive Wars, cover is dynamic, and it is based on the percentage (%) of a target’s body that is visible by attackers. Kneeling behind crates, concealing oneself around tall objects, or getting to higher floors will make combatants harder to hit. At the opposite, getting caught off-guard on open ground will most likely be an open invitation for a carefully placed - and most fatal - Heavy Bolter hit to the head.

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While most default attacks will always target random body parts, some Offensive Skills (such as the Aimed Shot pictured below) will also allow Fighters to aim at specific body parts (in exchange for a higher AP cost to use the skill) - a prime occasion to focus attacks on unarmoured locations, or body parts clad in armour pieces that are weak to a weapon’s particular damage type.

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Tactical Tools at your Fingertips

While it may be easy to become disoriented inside the Underhive, fear not! Necromunda: Underhive Wars will provide you with a host of powerful and user-friendly tools to get your bearings, and to maintain your battlefield awareness at all times.

Special view toggles such as the Tactical Overlay and Strategy View (3D Map pictured below) are extremely useful to plan strategies, allowing players to visualize the location of all Fighters, Objectives, Interactable Objects, Extraction Zones and other objects of interest.

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Thank You!

This concludes today’s first entry into our DevBlog Series. Thank you for taking the time to read through this Blog Post, and we sincerely hope you liked it!

Although we’ve only just scratched the surface of all the game has to offer, we sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed this first foray into Necromunda: Underhive Wars’ gameplay coverage - there’s plenty more to come in the near future, starting with a first look at the different Game Modes the title will have to offer at launch, later this Summer!

In the meantime, don’t hesitate to join our official Discord, as well as follow us on Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitch to be among the first to know more about Necromunda: Underhive Wars.

Best regards,
The Rogue Factor and Focus Home Interactive teams

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Thanks for this, answered the one thing holding me back from preordering. Looking forward to future updates, looks good so far.

Really looking forward to this. Don't be shy about inviting me to test 🙂

The graphics look amazing!

Sounds a lot like Mordheim at its core - that's a good thing, though, I loved Mordheim! Will be interesting to see more, hope momentum will be kept.

Suggestion for future devblogs: upload the screenshots in (at least) 1080p. The current ones are a rather tiny 800x450.

whoo hoo thanks for the intel. some varied terrain there, loving the shipping containers all over the place.

I've preordered and despite being a little apprehensive i am excited about it.

I'm not that keen on the idea of 5/5 would like the option of more gangers on the map at once but lets see how it works.

I was disappointed in Mordheim, i stopped playing early. Now maybe i'm not remembering correctly but felt like every battle the computer would just mirror my team and it was a slogfest every game, i would like the option to outnumber enemy or take different units if i wish but for lessor gains like in tabletop.

Hopefully there will but a little more option to customize your playstyle in the game a little more and allow you to take more or less gangers into the fight?

Looks great, better than Mordheim, but I’m still a little upset about how little is trickling through. It supposed to be released in around a month, or maybe less, and no date, no data, and not a word from the developers about anything.

So, if this is Gameplay Overview #1, do you have any idea when we can expect Gameplay Overview #2?

@TheDefiler1
Potentially tomorrow,
Hopefully.........

It definitly looks like Mordheim with new Skins. So why the long development time?

I was pretty upset about Mordheim back then, when two new factions were released as pricy DLC, which I felt were OP as a selling proposition, while four were default.

Now here's only three factions. That's bad. Delaque, Van Saar and Cawdor are planned DLC, I'm afraid. That's a shift in the wrong direction.

I will not buy before seeing some reviews.

@TheDefiler1 It isn't supposed to come out in under a month or a month. Summer just started like two weeks ago. Their release date can be at late as September 22nd and still be on time.

I can't wait for this game to be completely abandoned 5months after its release just like every other games published by Fuckus.

@Strife The window I’ve been hearing said late July to late August, direct from an admin on the Facebook Underhive Wars page. And if it did come out on the last day of Summer, that would just be dirty. We’ve all been waiting long enough already, and if they were just gonna tease us with that, they should have just kept their mouth shut.

I have long wanted a Necromunda game like this (along with a Goraka Morka and 40k game, but thats for another time). Like others on here though, I am not a fan of the 5 member max. I wish in the spirit of the source material each mission had a point max instead. Each member would be given a point value based on their skills and abilities. The higher a member ranks up, the more points they are worth. That would like you pick what you want to do....overwhelm with rookies or take a few high skilled characters.

The practice would work for multiplayer as well. Newer players would have access to lots of "red shirts" and fight against a few veterans of the other player. Eventually the newbies red shirts would level up to be equal to those who have been playing a while.

I like the look of the character progression, as that is one of the things that makes the miniature game so fun. The longer a member survives the more character they develop in skills and injuries. The danger though is that as the game progresses every character becomes a superhero, as in X-Com where it is necessary to beat the final missions. Part of the miniature game is that not ever member is a super hero. While they are all individual characters some of them just aren't that dependable.

Id also love to see a multiplayer campaign in which you can get a few mates together, start with a new gang, and fight for the control of a spire. I think it would be a shame to put all this development time in to the game and not have a multiplayer option in which you can grow your gang at the same time as a few friends all fighting each other.

I'll pre-order and hope it meets a few of my expectations!