8th Edition Warhammer 40,000 Confirmed (Yeah, I'm late to the party)

So for those of you that haven't heard, 8th edition Warhammer 40,000 was announced. 

This is a pretty great picture by the way. 

This is a pretty great picture by the way. 

So I'd like to go over some of the things mentioned briefly and my thoughts on each point.

How can I get the rules?

We’re going to make it easier than ever to get your hands on the rules and start playing. The core rules for the game will be free, and you’ll have several options on how you get your hands on the full rulebook. Watch this space for more.
— Warhammer 40,000 8th Edition FAQ - Games Workshop Limited
  • THE CORE RULES ARE FREE! I REPEAT THE CORE RULES ARE FREE! AS IN YOU DON'T PAY MONEY FOR THEM! This is a great day for Warhammer 40,000 players! No more will you have to buy a rulebook every 2 years in order to keep playing. No more will you have to photocopy it from a friend. Yes it sucks that your rulebooks will be out of date, but that has been going on for years since the game was founded. You HAD to buy a 75 USD retail rulebook in order to update the game you were playing. Now all you have to worry about is the miniatures themselves. Which leads to point number 2.
Can I still use all my models?

Yes. Every Warhammer 40,000 miniature we sell today will be usable in the new edition of Warhammer 40,000. What’s more, they’ll be supported with new rules, which will be available from the get go in handy, low-cost books.
— Warhammer 40,000 8th Edition FAQ - Games Workshop Limited
  • What exactly is meant by "low cost" is yet to be determined, but if I had to speculate (and this is just speculation) I would imagine that this would be on a similar price point as the warscrolls and ebooks in the Warhammer Age of Sigmar app. To give you an idea of this, an army warscroll (which is basically like a formation in Warhammer 40,000) is 1.99 USD. I do however, hope that like in Age of Sigmar, the rules for the models we currently have will also be freely available like in some of the box sets released previously. It would make the most business sense since you want people to use their shiny new models right out of the box without having to rely on a codex. This is also a step in the right direction with Games Workshop as other companies like Privateer Press and Wyrd Miniatures also follow this same practice to make access to their games that much easier. Even Privateer Press has gone down the digital app route with War Room 2, an app available for iOS and Android that automatically updates rule changes for miniatures as needed for free with the purchase of the faction in question.
Is my army still valid?

Yes, it certainly is! You’ll still be able to use your army in the new edition of Warhammer 40,000. All current armies will be supported with new rules.
— Warhammer 40,000 8th Edition FAQ - Games Workshop Limited
  • Well duh. Even the armies that got discontinued in Age of Sigmar have rules available to them. It would certainly suck to have an army you've collected over the years suddenly be obsolete. That would be bad form. *looks at his miniatures with square bases on them and sighs*
  • But on a more serious note, this is good as the models you have will still be usable.
What do you mean “3 ways to play”?

We [realize] that people like to play Warhammer 40,000 in different ways. 3 broad systems are covered in the new edition: 1) Open play is the most flexible, and easiest to get started with, allowing you to use any miniatures you like. 2) Narrative play is where you can [re-fight] the iconic battles of the 41st Millennium, or create your own campaigns and sagas. 3) Matched play is designed for more balanced and competitive games, ideal for gaming clubs, leagues and tournaments. However you want to enjoy playing Warhammer 40,000, there will be rules for that.
— Warhammer 40,000 8th Edition FAQ - Games Workshop Limited
  • Games Workshop is learning! They took the feedback from Age of Sigmar's biggest complaint and seem to be moving forward with it. Also a good step in the right direction. They will be having a point structure at launch for this new edition to make games a bit more balanced. The only 'wait and see' is on the rules themselves and how they will affect your local game scene. If I had to speculate (and again this is just speculation) I would imagine that vehicles would have a wounds profile similar to units and monsters. 

One other thing to note is that the release date hasn't been announced as of yet, but if I had to speculate (again: Speculation) is that it should release sometime this year. 

That's all I'll talk about on this subject for now, but I'll be releasing more articles later as the story develops with my thoughts. The full article can be found here. I'm curious as to your thoughts on the newest edition. What do you think? Do you think they are going in the right direction? Leave a comment below and let me know! :)