A while back we were looking a 6th edition release date of July 7th, and that seemed to be very consistent through the world of rumors. Then suddenly we had Games Workshop release a video with nothing more than a big date on it. It was pretty obvious that the date was for the release of 6th edition, but what was the date for?

It was assumed, and seemingly correct that this would be the big announcement date, along with being the first day of pre-orders, then we would have a June 30th release date. However there are some that contend that the 23rd is the actual release date for 6th. The picture above is quite convincing, What you do you think?

via Ieuan from Sons of Isis
23 VI 12 is release date! Well it's got to be right, you wouldn't get one of these (shown on my local stores Facebook page, GW Oxford) just for a pre order date!

via Commissar Merces
"Prerelease party on the 23rd, come in and get your WD and have a tournament with an announcement later that day"
"The real party is going to be on the 30th, the 23rd is just the warm up. But come on in for fun events and there will be a bit announcement that night."
"We don't know of any sponsored event on the 23rd, only on the 30th."

via REDEATH
I heard that digital (iPad) edition of 6th won't be available till September to be released with the starter set. (I guess so they get everyone that buys the hardback in June that owns an iPad will go and buy the digital version too) I also heard that the 6th and all the forthcomming codexes will have a code to purchase a discounted digital version....so if you buy the lets say hard back Chaos Marine Codex for $42 then you can get the digital version at $22


There are quite a few out there that still say the release date is June 30th. I suppose we will know for sure in a couple days.

via BramGaunt
It's the 30th.

via Darnok
It's the 30th

42 Comments:

  1. Where are my Emperor's children rumors, I Hav a fully converted sonic army. I want my rumors

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    1. And I want my TURTLE SOUP!

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  2. Wow, only $64 dollars for a book, with it's digital copy! What a bargain! /sarcasm

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    1. Agreed, although I appreciate the idea of hardback to digital discounts.

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    2. It would be nicer than nothing. But a discount for the second overpriced product you buy, once again iPad only... Just doesn't seem that cool. Maybe I've been spoiled by amazons digital products. Where digital versions are always cheaper, not just when you also buy a hardback. And you can get them on all platforms for tablets and phones.

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    3. As I understand it's not really an ebook but an app that contains a book, using a bunch of iOS specific stuff. Hence the current lack of an Android version.

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    4. Kevin: Not always true, I've encountered a few Kindle books with less expensive physical copies, and many where the price is the same. Presumably GW will be releasing future dexes above the 42 dollar price point and wants unified pricing on the digital codexes. Don't get me wrong, I think its dumb, $25 flat price and mabye a $10 copy for those who buy the physical book makes much more sense, but GW doesn't want to canabalize sales of their books, and they feel the book is worth that much.

      pboyle,
      Not exactly, its a modified ePub format used with iBooks, the iOS specific stuff is extensions apple built off of the standard ePub format that allows for interactive content, including some really cool stuff GW didn't bother with (they could've included an army list builder easily for example). Anyhow, its still an ePub book, its just got extra features, but the catch is that Apple makes a free content generation suite available for it called iBooks author, which basically makes everything GW included drag and drop. You or I could build one of these interactive codexes if we had the text, images, and 3d files (all of which GW had already). The downside is that the iBooks format is only compatible with the iBooks store, so you were rigt in that regard. GW will need to hire a programmer or programmers to write the same features into a version for android/kindle fire, or they will just release the equivalent of a simple pdf. Whichever they choose, there is an opportunity for piracy on that platform that greatly dwarfs the iBooks store, for as far as I know, nobody has cracked the fairplay DRM used for iBooks yet.

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    5. Well, I'm not saying they should release a PDF. By the kindle app is now providing comic books, children's books, and other non-text books. Youre description of the "app" they're releasing is correct, in that it is basically just an exported version of the print file. However, I have to disagree that they'd need to "hire all new programmers" to make an android version. They would need to upload the file to amazon, and that's it. Having been involved with a print shop, digital design and ebook publishing in the past, it really would be that easy.

      To clarify: I'm not suggesting they should make an interactive app for iPad, iPhone, android and the kindle. Just put it on amazon. Amazon would take a cut, but apple is taking one instead and they're leaving money on the table.

      And yes, sometimes used copies are cheaper than digital, and sometimes new books go on sale for less than digital. But digital products cost less than Msrp price. I've yet to encounter a book where the amazon normal price is cheaper than kindle.

      The fact that it's iPad only still seems like a slap in the face. I have a Mac, a pc, an iPhone and and android tablet and I STILL can't buy GWs latest ripoff product? Fuck that, guess its unashamed piracy for me. It's like they don't even want my money for all their asshat decision making.

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    6. Kevin,

      You aren't correct, the file that is generated by iBooks Author isn't compatible with Kindle, it only works with iBooks. The Kindle format is not compatible with most of the features in the iBooks version. If they publish it on Kindle, it will basically have to be a PDF version, with little to no interactive content. Otherwise, they need to develop it as an application for the Android platform, which I expect to be how they publish there, as no equivalent interactive format exists currently.

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    7. Can't you view the ibooks inside of itunes? I've never bought an ibook, so I'm not acrtually sure, but it would be retarded if you couldn't.

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    8. Ano: Not currently, iBooks Textbooks (which is the format of GW's codexes currently) are iPad only, they don't work on iPhones or iPods either, since they are built on a 10" format that has a lot of touch based inputs. The software that creates them is capable of outputting a basic file that can be read anywhere, but whether they do anything with that is the creator's call, that file is a PDF, so its easier to pirate etc.

      Similarly Barnes and Noble only publishes their textbooks to the NookStudy PC app, even though they make an eBook reader and 7" tablet. These formats will work themselves out eventually, I'm sure, but currently this is iPad only.

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  3. I got the same card as well from Warhammer World last night (I live 3min down the road by bike from WW) and the guy working there joked that its Jervis Johnson's birthday. They say there will be an event going on in Warhammer World and every other GW store on the 23rd. I reckon it won't just be pre-order, there will also be a demonstration of the new edition, we might even get a glance at the new rulebook. I doubt it will be for sale till 30th, but who knows... Either way, we will definitely get to confirm if the rumours are true on 23rd.

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    1. Yea, demo copies becoming available in store would make the most sense.

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    2. JJ's birthday is the 12th of june btw

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  4. I'm looking forward to the new book and artwork and fluff, even if it's nercon/blood angel love type bad. I may have to be selective with what I buy at those prices but I'm still looking forward to something new.

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  5. So I own Vanilla Space Marines codex, where's the discount to get it digitally?

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  6. so if the discount offer finished after a while and further buyers didn't get it, you'd give the difference you saved back would you?

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    1. If you get a voucher on the back of your grocery store receipt and don't use it, do you get the difference you would have saved refunded back to you?

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    2. I guess u could just eBay the voucher, or sell to a friend at your flgs

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  7. It would be hilarious if this date was just for the release of a flyers book for 5th edition and 6th is actually still months away.

    After all, all we have is a date and rumours about what the date is.

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    1. Ha! Im really hoping this is true!

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    2. The giant roman numeral 6 and the removal of 5th edition rulebooks from sale would be awfully trolly on GW's part if that were the case.

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    3. and the voice of reason is sounded for the lowly trolls!

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  8. My local store is doing a midnight opening on the 22nd, the staff didn't know if it was for a release or for pre-orders, but still, thats a pretty big deal!

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  9. Man the Cardiff GW store said on its facebook page that they had boxes delivered with the aquila on and seemed to insinuate it was the 'biggy'.

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    1. Quick we need the boxes! Who will go and pull of the the greatest ruleboom theft in GW history with me :P

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  10. Does somebody remember if previous videos of this sort have been pre-order or full release. It seems to me the simplest way to work out this argument is to use historical data.

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  11. Ha I love how we dont know when the damn thing is gonna be released :P. The sooner the better but I would have to say itd be sometime in july.

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  12. Has GW or anyone asked about how digital copies can be purchased through local stores? Has GW though how that would hurt income of their stockist?

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  13. Just checked my GW faceboom page. It said the 23 they would be playing the Scramble mission from WD and they would be announcing " BIG NEWS"! that day as well.

    Hmmmmm announcing?

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  14. "so if you buy the lets say hard back Chaos Marine Codex for $42 then you can get the digital version at $22"

    Because giving the digital version for free for the customer that have bought the hard back is too mainstream.

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    1. "too mainstream" that's funny.

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    2. To be fair, it's not just a straight PDF copy. It's not like DVDs that include digital copies, where it's just a straight rip of the video; instead, it's a fully-interactive book that would have taken a lot more effort to create. (I wouldn't say no to having access to a normal PDF file if I purchase the book, though. Would save plenty of time scanning it myself, but I imagine GW doesn't want to undercut sales of its new digital media.)

      Though, you'd think that the crazy profit margin they must be getting from book sales would be enough to cover this. However, if they just give the digital version out for free, what would be the point of buying it from iTunes? I think that offering a discount on another product is fair enough.

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  15. Yeah, also it makes much sense marketing-wise to sell the rulebook without advicing it will be changed. Also is very in line with how GW managed previous releases. I'd say that first saturday of july sounds more like it.

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  16. I might go digital!

    6th Ed and Codices for discount on ipad, with WD updates for armies too(such as Ork and SM flyers).

    My very own dataslate!

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  17. I've only got back into the hobby since October, and every time I've seen any video on the GW website with a date on it has been an announcement date, so for them to spring the new edition on the date in the video as an actual release would go agains their own trend.

    Guy in the Birmingham uk store said well likely have a few weeks of pre orders considering how big it is gonna be

    He also said something quite interesting... He basically said "add the numbers from the date together and see what I get"


    Very clever!

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    1. Ahh 41!!! Very very clever indeed. Thats like something youd see on Lost. So no advanced timeline :( shoot!

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  18. A little disappointed that the digital rulebook would only go on sale in September, but not surprised in the slightest. I would have just bought the digital version, personally, if it was available at the same time; now, I might almost be tempted to get both, especially if they're offering a discount with the physical book. We'll see.

    Also, Darnok has also said that one of his birdies has suggested that the digital rulebook might be available from the 23rd, but doesn't put much stock in it.

    http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?340923-2012-releases&p=6266125&viewfull=1#post6266125

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  19. Well, I for one will be downloading a PDF whenever it makes its way onto the web, then buying the book on iBooks. I haven't bough a physical book that wasn't required for school since I got my first Kindle back in 2008, unless you count the little pamphlet version of 5th edition that came with AoBR.

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