Despite WHFB still being a reasonably popular game with viable sale figures GW seems to have forgotten about it. With Imperial Knights this week and Adeptus Mechanicus next week, and the months of 40k releases before this, it would be easy for new comers into the hobby to assume that GW only has one game. This is annoying for me and other fans/players of WHFB because there are still 3 armies yet to get 8th ed books, and i am pretty sure this drought isn’t because GW is about to drop WHFB or because its unpopular, my concerns about WHFB’s popularity and sales figures have been put to rest, but that doesn’t help to answer the question of why haven’t we seen anything for WHFB in the past few months?
I have a theory about this. With the conclusion of the End Times and destruction of the Warhammer World (this doesn’t really count as spoilers by now) all current army books have been invalidated fluff wise. For example in the Wood Elf Army book Wild Wood Rangers exists to guard the Wild Wood, however the Wild Wood no longer exists (neither do the rangers) so their reason for being in the Wood Elf book is gone. All we can say with certainly about 9th is that it will have a new setting meaning any of the old army books will be incompatible, what if in the new setting there is no Wild Wood, what happens to that unit entry into the Wood Elf army book?
My theory is that the reason why we haven’t heard anything for Fantasy right now is that GW has been pushing out all its planned 40k release prior to 9th edition coming out because when 9th releases it will come with a Get You By army booklet (similar to Ravening Hordes between 5th and 6thy edition) containing just the bare basics for WHFB armies in 9th edition and that GW will then spend the rest of the year giving releasing full 9th ed books for all WHFB races.
At the end of the day I have nothing to back this theory up but to me it solves a lot of the issues that destroying the Warhammer World caused while at the same time explaining why we have had nothing but non stop 40k for the last few months. And its not like GW hasn’t done the “Get You By” thing before with Sisters of Battle, Blood Angels and Warriors of Chaos all having GYB lists before as well as all the fantasy armies in between 5th and 6th edition.
Regardless of the reason I cant wait to see 9th edition now if only to break up the seemingly endless 40k releases. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy 40k but I enjoy WHFB far more and am eager for anything new and WHFB right now. Until next time.
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