- Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader has quickly become a top seller on Steam, thanks to Owlcat Games’ previous success with Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous and the popularity of other CRPGs like Baldur’s Gate 3.
- The game offers a strictly turn-based combat system, a diverse roster of companions, and a voidship for exploration, drawing inspiration from Games Workshop’s tabletop and delivering a unique RPG experience.
- Fans of Baldur’s Gate 3 may find Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader to be a worthy companion, despite its smaller budget, as it provides an enjoyable gameplay experience within the Warhammer 40,000 setting.
Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader has skyrocketed to the top of the Steam charts, and based on its glowing reviews, it seems Owlcat has delivered yet another thrilling RPG experience following Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous. Owlcat Games’ rise to prominence began with Pathfinder: Kingmaker, a modern adaptation of the Pathfinder Adventure Path bearing the same name. Though Kingmaker initially had a mixed reception due to its numerous bugs and glitches, Owlcat slowly patched up the game, and followed it up with Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous, whose critical acclaim and commercial success ultimately eclipsed Kingmaker.
Fans wondered where Owlcat would go next, whether it would be a new Pathfinder Adventure Path or something else altogether, as the team ultimately settled on creating an RPG in the popular Warhammer 40,000 setting. The role of a Rogue Trader was always considered ripe for creating a role-playing game in the style of Baldur’s Gate 3, and based on the game’s reception, Owlcat seems to have capitalized on the idea with glowing marks.
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Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader Is Fifth On the Top Sellers Steam Chart
Though Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader had an early access period, it launched on December 6 for PC, and Owlcat’s latest title has been picking up steam ever since. Rogue Trader is currently in fifth place on the Top Sellers list on Steam, only behind Baldur’s Gate 3 as a full-price title ($49.99). The factors for its success are arguably threefold: the high acclaim of Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous turned Owlcat into a household name among CRPG fans, the trendsetting popularity of Baldur’s Gate 3 shone a light on the genre as whole, and perhaps the most important factor of all – it seems that Rogue Trader is just a good game in its own right.
Whereas Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous allowed players to pick between turn-based and real-time, the gameplay in Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader is strictly turn-based. Set in the Koronus Expanse, the latest Owlcat release places players in the role of a Rogue Trader, a kind of merchant prince and conquistador sanctioned by the Imperium of Man to explore the uncharted regions of the galaxy. Boasting an alignment system, a diverse roster of companions, and a voidship at players’ disposal, Rogue Trader takes inspiration from Games Workshop’s tabletop, marrying it with features that fans have come to expect from Owlcat Games.
Players who enjoyed Baldur’s Gate 3, and are in want of something similar, may find Rogue Trader to be a worthy companion. While it may not have the same budget as Larian’s award-winning epic, fans seem to enjoy Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader just fine.