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Is there 5th edition chaos codex
Not at the moment... or in the forseeable future. I have heard rumors at my store that there may be one in the works but it would be at least 2 years out. Orks, Space Marines, and soon Imperials are the only 5th ed. codices. Dark Eldar and Eldar I would think are a higher priority than us. I would hope to see a 5th ed. codex and seperate codices for Emperors Children, Worldeaters, Iron Warriors etc, like SM's have for Dark Angels, Ultramarines etc. Hopefully GW can up their schedules and put out updated codices for all the armies to bring them more in line with the new edition, but I wouldn't hold my breath.
The current Codex available from GW was written with 5th edition in mind. It was released only 9 months before 5th ed was.
That is true it did come out relatively close to the release of 5th edition rules but I don't know if it had 5th ed. in mind when written. Just compare it to the SM codex and how their HQ's work compared to ours. We went from being able to micro configure our army in 3rd ed. codex to having VERY vanilla configuration in 4th. This wouldn't be a bad thing if our HQ's flavored the army up like our loyalist cousins but ours don't. I may be wrong but I don't feel the current codex had much thought behind it nor was it well designed for the current edition of the game.
The current codex is allows much more freedom and captures a lot of the feel of the 2nd ed chaos marine list. Which seems to be the intent of the designers of 5th.
Not that it's pertinent to the thread but Space Wolves are next up after guard. I also wouldn't hold my breath on separate legion books; I honestly believe Jervis made this up off the cuff to get the Chaos players off his back.
I agree wholeheartedly! I'm still upset they didn't give us the options to build the cult legions as armies; I'm pretty sure they'll fix that when the next codex comes out in a few years.
Eh, I thoughtcodex: Legions would be around 2011 or so. The Inquisition armies need updating the most.