Games Workshop today has sent out a correction to its last newsletter for Digital products. What happened it looks like, is that the newsletter listed out functions for the psychic powers app that are not yet available.


So what this does, is gives us some cool insight though to what is just around the horizon for new functions of the app. It sounds cool, and caught my eye the first time I read it, and was a little sad that it was not part of the app right now. Luckily for me, I dont have a phone or ipad that can run it yet, so hopefully I will be upgrading my phone soon, to be able to take advantage of some of these cool new features.

Here is the correction that came today.

via Games Workshop Newsletter
In our recent newsletter about our digital products we made a mistake regarding an update to the Warhammer 40,000 Psychic Powers app.

We said that the new version of the app contained the ability to purchase the new psychic disciplines of Change, Excess and Plague, and all the Psykers from Codex: Chaos Daemons. We also said that there would be an option to connect to your opponent's copy of the app via Bluetooth and track both players' Psykers, giving you instant access to the powers they have available.

These options are not yet available.

We're really sorry if you wanted to download the app to take advantage of them. We'll let you know when the app has been updated and those options become available. However, Warhammer 40,000: Psychic Powers still contains plenty of fantastic features.

For those of you who have not yet experienced it, the app brings the psychic devastation of the 41st Millennium to your iPhone® or iPod touch®. You'll be able to browse through all the psychic disciplines and powers from the Warhammer 40,000 rulebook, and keep track of psychic powers during your Warhammer 40,000 battles.

You can also photograph and name your Psykers, generate powers for each Psyker before the game, and even listen to the sounds of arcing bio-lightning and the screams of the dying as you manifest psychic powers. It's an easy-to-use reference for every psychic power from the rulebook. You can also:

- Search or browse the psychic powers by discipline
- Tap on special rules and keywords for a detailed explanation
- Catalogue your Psykers
- Choose from every unit entry with access to the new psychic disciplines
- Photograph, configure and name your Psykers
- Keep track of your Psykers during games:
- View an at-a-glance summary of each Psyker's powers, Warp Charge and Mastery Level
- Record units under the effect of powers with the camera
- Updated Chaos Space Marine Psykers
- Updated Dark Angel Psykers
- Access to Chaos Space Marine Nurgle, Slannesh and Tzeentch disciplines through in app purchase

Don't forget, you'll still need a copy of the Warhammer 40,000 rulebook and the codex for your army in order to use this app.

The App has been built for iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, 5 and iPod touch running iOS 5.1 or later. Please note that the full text of powers will only be accessible if you have bought the relevant in-app purchases.

21 Comments:

  1. weird to see them actually say that they made a mistake

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  2. Whilst in my local GW (in the uk) on release day, I mentioned that I had pre ordered the Daemon battle force and the staff member told me there is a mistake listed and a mistaken picture in White Dwarf. The picture shows and the text clearly states you get 5 screamers in the set but he said you actually only get 3.

    The reason he gave? Because the photographer placed 5 there and when the editor of white dwarf saw it, assumed it was correct so they went with it.

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    1. Also, it appears that the new version of the Battleforce isn't on the GW site anymore. Either under pre orders or the daemon sub section

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    2. Er... you don't get any screamers.
      "This set contains 20 Bloodletters, 10 Daemonettes, 10 Pink Horrors and 5 Seekers. These miniature are supplied unpainted and require assembly"
      They are still up for order on the website too.
      http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/catalog/productDetail.jsp?catId=cat440198a&prodId=prod1290027a

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    3. What you're quoting and linkinging is the old Battleforce.

      There was a new Battleforce set for release alongside the new codex. It was up for pre order on the website.

      Called customer services today and was wild it was delayed and should be released next weekend meaning the 16th

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  3. This is about as much use as tits on a fish considering most people have android.

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  4. This digital crap is worthless unless its available on Android. I'm so pissed at GW for leaving us of the Green Robot Army out.

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    1. I agree. My the snub for android? Any news on an android version? I do have the option to change phones in a few months but I realy dont like Iphone....

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    2. Why the snub for Android? Because over 60% of all cell phones in the developed world use Android. Why would you sell to that market?

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    3. The answer is pretty straightforward, you can build iBooks using the iBooks Author software, which is free, which gives you a graphical editor that's pretty easy to use. If GW wanted to do the same on Android, they'd either have to hire a developer or license Adobe's expensive publishing suite, and which has less features. They are dealing with a niche product (at this stage anyway), and chose to go with the option that was near zero barrier to entry. It also helps that users appear to be more prone to spend money on Apple's platform, and piracy is harder because a device must be jailbroken to pirate anything. If digital publishing winds up paying off, expect android releases.

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    4. I keep seeing this iBooks Authoring tool as an excuse as to why digital media doesn't exist on Android. Its a poor one.

      I understand that iBooks has some multimedia features that are unavailable in the other ecosystems' default tools - but multimedia isn't something that we need. We would be happy with simply a Google Books, or Kindle ePUB/mobi version of the codexes.

      The barrier to that entry is "basically zero" especially seeing as how Black Library already does it in house. Its not difficult to figure out how to do.

      If you want to go more "designer" then you can get Adobe inDesign for $500. At today's eCodex prices, that would be, what, 7 copies in sales to make up the cost? Trivial.

      Also as for the requirement to be jailbroken to be able to "pirate" things...

      The same can basically be said of Android. Sure you don't have to be rooted in order to sideload things onto your device (unless you run certain AT&T devices which disable sideloading), but people who know how to sideload are likely rooting their devices anyways - usually just to get rid of carrier and manufacturer bloatware - not so that they can pirate content.

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    5. GW could've sold PDF files with DRM any time in the last decade. They didn't because they don't want to. You have to get over that fact, they are only interested in digital publishing with interactive features that to them "justify" paying the full retail price of a physical book. ePub and Kindle would produce a worse product than a PDF, due to the wildly varying ways different applications render them. Imagine reading a codex on a grainy black and white kindle screen. Not something GW wants to produce. They will develop for android if and when their digital products are bringing in enough revenue to justify it.

      And free vs 700 per license of In Design for a new product category is a no brainer, especially when you consider they are exclusively publishing on tablets, not phones, so the iPad's market share lead helps make that equation even easier.

      And I think you're underestimating both the piracy within the 40k community and the android platform writ large. And generally this is over $1-10 dollars. GW charges 50 for a codex. If an 8 dollar game like Shadowgun has a 90% piracy rate upon release, imagine what would happen with a full featured digital codex? PDF files of 2 of the last 3 codexes (not sure about daemons) were circulating within a week or 2 of their release. As far as I'm aware there aren't even cracked versions of the ipad codexes available.

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    6. That 80% piracy rate lie was blown out of the water a long time ago.

      Piracy exists. Thats a fact. It will always exist despite the best efforts of the people trying to curtail it.

      As for the fact that there are no cracked iBooks codexes out there... I don't know for sure, I stay as far away from the land of rotten fruit as possible - but my friends who have iPads don't buy the iBooks codex, they put the PDF's on their tablets instead.

      Thus really proving my point that we don't WANT more than just a PDF for a reasonable price. There's no way in hell I'd pay full codex price for an eBook - even as fancy as the iBooks version is. I would purchase a $15 copy of the rulebook as a PDF or other reader format without blinking - like I do for all the Fantasy Flight books.

      So in essence, because GW insists on making their premium content priced so high instead of making a suitable offering thats available across all platforms, they are in fact encouraging people to pirate their content. This is the exact same thing that caused the recording industry to finally embrace the internet and digital media.

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    7. Ian has it right. GW doesn't care if you would purchase a rulebook for $15. You would need to jailbrake your apple device to use pirated content, a bridge many users don't bother with. We all like android because it gives power to the user, but that sucks balls for publishers like GW. The sooner you get over it the better off you will be. Besides if you just want PDF and not the fancy content pirate it like all your friends already did.

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  5. So there's the reason - free development software on Iphone - makes 110% sense to me now!

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  6. Then why do gw bother with black library releases, you know the ones I buy for my Xperia s ANDROID phone every month !??

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  7. Most people I know have iphone . . .not saying you're wrong, just as an iphone user I like the ap.

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  8. Well most people I know have an android phone. Not saying your wrong either but you see more android phones about in people's hands than you do I phones, which is why it would make sense to make it available to the android community much like black library releases.

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