Namco wields the Warhammer for new RTS title

Games Workshop's fantasy world the base for a new, "revolutionary" RTS title from Namco and developer Black Hole Entertainment

Namco has lifted the lid on Warhammer: Mark of Chaos, a PC real-time strategy title set in the fantasy universe created by Games Workshop that we're reliably informed is a "faithful adaptation" of the Warhammer table-top game that "offers epic battles on a massive scale".

Warhammer: Mark of Chaos is in development at Black Hole Entertainment (responsible for Armies of Exigo) and is due late 2006. According to some press blurb the game will feature huge landscapes and an "astounding" level of detail with Namco president and CEO Nobuhiro Kasahara adding: "With Warhammer: Mark of Chaos, the emphasis is centered on warring armies and mighty champions and less so on the tedious aspects of base management that can often take away from the epic battles."

Apparently we can look forward to fully customisable units and maps too with a number of play modes and multiplayer options also promised. And as for Warhammer: Mark of Chaos's storyline, well here's the scoop:

"Over a year has passed since the Great War, during which the brutal Chaos armies swept across the Empire lands. Many fierce battles still rage across the Old World. Portions of the defeated Chaos armies have retreated to the distant Northern Wastes, while others have fallen to hostile groups. Among these tribes, new Champions rise up in an effort to reunite the Chaos forces, yet eventually all fail. None can match the power of their fallen leader, Asavar Kul.

The united Empire and High Elf forces hunt the Chaos hordes from the Empire territories, still alert because danger lurks around them in the form of smaller enemy war bands that loot the settlements of the border lands. Now, four powerful armies - Empire, Chaos, Skaven and High Elves - along with other "dogs of war" including Orcs, Dwarfs, Vampires and Goblins, clash amidst breathtaking scenery in an epic battle for land and power."

A few, sadly tiny, screenshots can be seen here along with a trailer.