Here is everything you need to know about Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade so far

Fans of the Warhammer franchise can start marking their calendars for the launch of the Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade founders pack, as well as the start of weekend gaming sessions and eventually full early access, Behaviour Interactive's Miguel Cuaron told Polygon today.

The Founders Pack, which gives players access to the full game at launch along with other rewards, launches June 25, said Cuaron. Later, gamers will have the chance to play the game themselves in weekend access sessions scheduled to begin this fall. Then, come January 2015, the game will become available for full early access.

Behaviour Interactive is adopting a buy-to-play system for its massive multiplayer combat game, which will be similar to the system currently set in place for Guild Wars 2. Those who purchase Eternal Crusade for $40 will also receive 40,000 points in-game, which can be used in the Rogue Trader store.

The game will be fully free-to-play for those who take on the role of Orks, Cuaron added. The development team decided to offer this free option in order to balance out the number of players across the available factions following a poll that ran on the game's current website confirming 40.7 percent of players would take on the role of Space Marine. According to Cuaron, the free-to-play gamers play games in a style that is also similar to Orks in the Warhammer lore in terms of how they grief other users.

Eternal Crusade offers four factions which include the savage Orks and Space Marines, alongside mysterious Eldar and foul chaos Space Marines. Each faction offers different combat styles, as well as changes to the overall user interface. The main factor tying each together is twitch-style gameplay. Players can block, kick, roll, jump back, and impale enemy players on their chainswords.

In this sense, the game is entirely skill-based. Likewise, it's largely PvP-focused, while underground instanced PvE is also available. Behaviour Interactive is enlisting the help of the tech used by "MuchDifferent" a Swedish company that broke the world record for most players in a shooter in the same battle, as the basis of its single-server world. In Eternal Crusade, gamers have an open world the size of a planet, featuring numerous continents that are roughly 300 to 400km in size each. According to Cuaron, this means it would take players almost an hour to cross a single continent if they ran in a straight line.

The game will also have a narrative underlying its battles, which is currently being written by New York Times best seller Graham McNeill, known best for his work writing Warhammer novelisations.

The official Eternal Crusade will see a simultaneous unveil alongside the Founder's Pack on June 25.

More from Polygon

The horror of Five Nights at Freddy's

  • Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Old Iron King Overview

  • Spacecom: a fast 4X built for multiplayer

  • Pillars of Eternity builds on role-playing classics

  • Tour the 1 KB hard drive built inside Minecraft

Latest Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new Polygon username and password

As part of the new Polygon launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to Polygon going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new Polygon username and password

As part of the new Polygon launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to Polygon going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.
Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5353_tracker