Tasty the Attention-Whore has posted a new rumor over on Blood of Kittens members-only forum. Here it is so that you don't have to register:
”By the end of the next Olympics we will treated to 6th ed Warhammer 40k”The next Olympics is in the summer of 2012.
Now that is something that people that follow GW trends have suspected for awhile. So really that is not that earth shattering. What makes 6thed potentially earth shattering is the version of AoBR we will get. For the first time ever neither Xenos, the Warriors of Roboute Guilliman, or the Sledgehammer of the Emperor will be chosen to fill the starter box.
If the rumor is true (and stays true) My best guess is that we get Chaos Marines + Sisters of Battle. Both codices need updating and have yet to appear on the rumor circuit. Both armies would also be playable at 500 points or so.
Chaos Marines + Eldar would be a stronger combo in my opinion, but that contradicts the rumor.
Regular Marines (Wintergreen, Blueberry, and Cherry) already sell quite well, so there's really no reason to put them in a loss-leading product like a starter set that would dilute their strong sales.
My only real concern is that 18 months isn't long enough (at the current rate) to complete the updates of the 7 codices that are still waiting in the wings. So I presume that the recent FAQs for Dark Angels and Black Templars are meant to hold them over until after the 6th Edition rollout. That leaves 5 codices.
- Necrons (Rumored for October/November 2011)
- Tau Empire (Rumored for January/February 2012)
- Chaos Marines
- Sisters of Battle
What do you guys think?