Games Workshop has announced Deathwatch Overkill, a new board game set in its iconic Warhammer 40,000 universe, schedule to release on March 5.

Set in the mines of Ghosar Quintus, Deathwatch Overkill chronicles life-or-death battles between the Imperium’s most elite force of “xenos-hunters,” the Deathwatch, against a cult of alien Genestealers.  The game includes nine story-based scenarios that follow the efforts of Kill Team Cassius, created to confront this alien menace.

Deathwatch Overkill is played on 8 geomorphic game board tiles using 50 plastic Citadel miniatures created exclusively for this stand-alone game.  The models include 11 unique Deathwatch Space Marines, including a Devastator, Terminator, and one mounted on a bike.  The Genestealer side includes a large Patriarch model, a Primus, Magus, 2 Purstrains, 4 Aberrants, and 28 Hybrids.  The game also includes 6 dice, game cards, counters, a range ruler, and 48-page rulebook/scenario book.  MSRP is $165.00.  The game will be available in English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian versions.

Fans of the Warhammer 40,000 tabletop miniatures game can use the models in Deathwatch Overkill in that game as well, using rules published in upcoming issues of White Dwarf magazine.

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Deathwatch Overkill is the second stand-alone board game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe that Games Workshop has released in recent months to expand interest in its science fiction brand (see “‘The Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calth’”).  A new boxed starter set for the tabletop game was also announced recently (see “Games Workshop Offers ‘Battle for Vedros’”).