Sadly it looks like "Age of Darkness" has been left by the wayside.
Yes we unfortunately lost Alan Bligh, pretty much the visionary of the Heresy but that was years ago now and there's no doubt that there are people just as passionate as he was about the setting (check out people like Mournival Events for example, outstanding work). Anuj recently departed FW as well, leaving a single person to deal with the meat of the lore and the rules. FW were attempting to recruit someone else to the Heresy but I'm currently unsure if they have or not (I don't recall seeing any announcements). We desperately need some new blood in the FW Heresy team to help gain some momentum. Yes, Covid has certainly caused some issues but Necromunda, Blood Bowl, Adeptus Titanicus and Lord of the Rings are receiving regular miniature and written support.
Regarding the books:
Crusade, the most recent was significantly shorter than the other projects (incidentally Anuj has declared that significant work had been done on book 10 before his resignation), yet apparently the Dark Mechanicum were cut from it as there wasn't enough room. This could be beneficial meaning that the Dark Mechanicum may be a significant army list.
FAQs have been sadly lacking. The last general FAQ was over two years ago, leaving us still with unanswered questions and rather funnily, playtest rules for a significant period of time. Recently there was an unannounced FAQ for Crusade, which feels horrifically unfinished and the fact that no Community post or email has yet been received is confusing. What is more concerning though is the fact that Malevolence, the book before Crusade is in fact still in need of a FAQ.
We're currently still awaiting the release of the Word Bearer Praetors, miniatures that were shown in April last year. This has got to be one of the longest previews that we've seen from FW/GW in history.
There are still plenty of units currently not represented with miniatures support, which means even if books are currently on the back burner due to lack of resources that these could at least be filled out. FW claimed to want a Legion Leviathan as well as TDA and AA Praetors for each Legion. The fact that very few models have come out for AoD in the past year makes me think that they've frustratingly reallocated most of the sculptors to other games systems which are receiving regular support.
Getting into The Heresy is difficult as GW is moving away from Firstborn Marines with their Primaris. Stores are less and less likely to have MkIII, MkIV, Cataphractii and Tartaros boxes in stock. The removal of the (by comparison) fantastic value Betrayal at Calth and Burning of Prospero boxes (the only place to get two of the Heresy's Special Characters) hit hard and made entry into the Heresy even more prohibitively expensive.
I think the worst thing is just not knowing FW's plans. Heresy weekenders have become "Specialist Games" weekenders or just cut (even if they couldn't hold a physical one this year surely they could have done a virtual event, a bit of a roadmap etc). The Heresy sells, they know that. Is that why we've been waylaid?
What I feel we need:
•Communication from FW about the intended future of The Heresy
•New blood in the writing department and sculpting, even if it's reassigning current assets
•FAQs to be updated
•A way of starting a force with some savings as opposed to having to buy all the boxes independently
Obviously I'd like to see GW releasing some more kits in plastic, such as Deimos Rhinos (FW could sell Predator, Whirlwind kits etc), Assault Marines with Heresy Era armour (again, maybe sell as a Despoiler Squad and FW provide Jump Packs). Could we see this sort of thing happening with GW looking to produce less MkVII miniatures due to the rise of Primaris? Maybe.
I DO still have hope for Heresy, and I sincerely hope it comes back in a big way after a couple of disappointing years.
I would value your input.
Edited by Hfran Morkai, 20 March 2021 - 04:14 PM.