Are you familiar with the Warhammer 40K universe? If not, it’s a science-fantasy world set in a dystopian future that has made its way into video games from the tabletop miniature game world. It’s bloody, pretty violent, and a lot of fun as well! It was created more than 20 years and it’s one of those universe that, just like Magic the Gathering, doesn't need any introduction – you just have to get into it if you haven't already done so. The latest game was Space Marine, and it received a lot of praise and plenty of good reviews for being of the best Warhammer title in recent years. Its competitive multiplayer was especially good.
Now we're heading into a new game called Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade and it introduces a new play of playing the W40K universe: a massively multiplayer online game. Warhammer players have already been teased with an MMO iteration in the past with Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium, announced in 2007 and presented in the form of a trailer at E3 2010. However, the MMO portion of the game later got dropped and THQ’s bankruptcy simply postponed its development indefinitely. Some of the employees who worked on that title reportedly applied to work on Eternal Crusade. All that experience might not be all lost.
On most websites, you will indeed hear Eternal Crusade qualified as an MMO game, which is accurate, but according to the producers it's actually pretty close to the MOBA genre. No traditional quests or end-games are to be expected, which certainly sounds fun, different and interesting.
Then, on the downside, some Warhammer players are pretty worried about the new developer taking charge of the series. Indeed, this new Behaviour Interactive group has a portfolio of games that has little to do with the Warhammer theme: Ice Age, Power Rangers, Naughty Bear, etc. and some of their quality left to be desired according to some experts. Gamers still remember the abysmal reviews Naughty Bear received, some going as low as 3 out of 10, such as on IGN. Can Behaviour Interactive pull off a game as good as Space Marine, all while introducing the series to a new style of play? The task certainly seems overwhelming, but that won’t change the fact that the fans are waiting and expecting the very best!
Fortunately, Behaviour Interactive seems to be pretty serious about creating a game that won't fit in the current MMO mold. Receiving your objectives from more advanced players in the game will certainly be different from playing World of Warcraft. Also, MMOs haven't always had an easy ride on consoles, but Behaviour Interactive aims to change that trend. To do that, they intend to bring the intense trademark combat of the Warhammer 40K series into this genre, and on consoles.
You will be able to play one of four different factions: Space Marines, Eldar, Orks, and Chaos. The game is expected to release by the end of 2015. Yep, so this means plenty of waiting and development time for Behaviour Interactive to make Eternal Crusade truly right. On the bright side, it seems like Behaviour Interactive are ambitious and really want to push things forward for the genre. They could’ve simply settled with making the expected sequel, but it looks like MMO and MOBA fans will have to look into this one for something different than World of Warcraft, Star Wars: The Old Republic and PlanetSide 2. Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade could really attract itself some more mainstream attention if it’s able to do that.
Article by - Marc-André Messier
Insert Date: 07/22/2013