I have actually seen the prototype of the new version. They are testing it out here because it's a niche market and they hope the information wouldn't leak.. well, too bad they ran into a BGG'er.
Anyway, the new version involves the following:
- Plastic hallway pieces that stand on small legs so you can reach underneath with magnet sticks (explained beneath).
- Each miniature has a small magnet on its base. Addionally, genestealers are fitted with a small battery which makes them move their arms
- To reinforce the "realistic experience" (as stated in the manual), you are not allowed to touch the pieces directly but have to use magnetic sticks which you stick under the boards and use them to move the figures "remotely". This sounds ridicilous but actually works just fine. GW stated that if this catches on, they think about including "magnet sticks" in the Warhammer series.
- SH has a new ruleset that does away with those pesky " 4 action points" and "command points" and uses a much more elegant system: you throw a little 6-sided cube with numbers 1 to 6 on it; the number you see on the top when it stops rolling is the number of "action points" you have on the turn. Genious!
Anyway I would post some pics but I don't want to breach the signed "prototype test" contract too much.
Magnetic sticks and Genestealers waving their arms around. Heh.
Wouldnt it be quite sad if this actually turned out to be true?