MMO Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade Launches Founder Program, Releases Alpha Gameplay Footage

A look at some very early gameplay footage.

We went to see MMO Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade at E3 2014, but developer Behavior Interactive only talked about its plans for the game without showing any in-game footage.

Earlier this week, Behavior launched its Founder Program, and with it posted a number of videos of Eternal Crusade’s alpha gameplay. You’ve likely heard the terms “alpha,” “beta,” and “early access,” a lot lately, and might have even been impressed with the early state of games like Battlefield Hardline and Destiny.

The footage below, however, is from a truly early build of the game, which is most obvious because of the textureless grayboxes you can see everywhere. Otherwise, the gameplay itself looks very much like the multiplayer mode from Relic Entertainment’s Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine released in 2011, only you can pilot vehicles as well. That also matches with Behavior’s description of Eternal Crusade as mix between Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine and PlanetSide 2.

Buying into the Eternal Crusade founder's program gets you a copy of the full game when it's released and access to various game modules as they are developed. You can find a tentative timeline of when those modules will be released on Behavior’s website. The most expensive package, selling at $120, earns you access to all four of the game's factions, and points you can use to purchase other items in the game.

The game itself is currently scheduled to be released at the end of 2015.

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38 comments
kalmah_winter
kalmah_winter

Those are all ork kommandos camouflaged because they iz da sneakiezt!

Gruug
Gruug

Even for alpha, this game seems unimpressive. Let me see something a little better fleshed out and then I will make a reasonable judgement.  

karrdo
karrdo

All 3 of the tiered packs ($40 Warrior, $80 Sergeant, $120 Captain) give you access to all races and points in addition to Alpha/Beta and modules. The $40 one still has the full game key, full access to all Alpha/Beta events, design council-ish voting for additional sub-factions being added (chapters, warbands, craftworlds, clans) and 40k points ($40 equivalent) for use in the store.


Only difference between the 3 is the number of store points Founders receive and the 'Pre-Launch Modules' where the Sarg gets access 30 days after Capt, and Warr gets it 60 days after. Those modules are stuff like shooting galleries/arenas, early character creation/design, previewing Brotherhood (guild) common areas and trying out the dungeons. These aren't Alpha/Beta events but actual modules of the launch game ahead of time.

pork7
pork7

Games Workshop used to be awesome, but they got too greedy. Charging 20.00 for one plastic troop/sprue?!?!? WTF?

alex2751
alex2751

Give us better game or I am calling for Exterminatus!

lsdbaby
lsdbaby

This IS the multiplayer from Space Marine. What the hell have they been developing for all these years? Grey box???

nurnberg
nurnberg

What kind of idiot will pay for this unfinished stuff?  Why are gamers funding the development of games now?  This is so stupid.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

In the grim darkness of the future, there is only Lag.

hitomo
hitomo

dont give money to losers

Bond_Villain
Bond_Villain

I know it's alpha, but man it looks bad.I think they're better off not even showing these - what was the point?

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Even taking into consideration the early state of the game i can say it's not a game I'd want to play....

1 I hated Space Marine....

2 not that into MMO's.....

3 really sick of MMO's...

4 we need more normal games and less MMO's......

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

Guys, guys. I wonder what color the gray box will be.

dengl
dengl

Apparently, whoever wrote this article failed to master the ability to scroll down, because if he did he would know the most expensive package is $450.00.

lorider25
lorider25

doesn't loo like an MMO to me, looks like an arena shooter

croxus
croxus

There will be war and lag...

The lag is coming, i can sense it in the warp!

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

Look like it's going to be yet another free-to-play match-based multiplayer game. :/

sammoth
sammoth

Gamespot is late to the party that Alpha footage is way old.

Deano
Deano

this isn't even alpha stage, honestly never seen a company release such early "game" footage with so much placeholder graphics, no way this is ready in sub 18 months.

Gwarpup
Gwarpup

Another Warhammer Letdown.  I swear it seems there is no brains at all behind anyone who makes games for Warhammer universe.  It's always just cool window dressing with no real meat or content.  Just cool advertising and trailers and then no depth.  How many people will keep falling for the franchise and supporting it when devolopers just keep using the name to steal your moneys?!

gamingfriendly
gamingfriendly

Our enemy's hide in metal bawkses teh cowards teh fewls!

kellian1
kellian1

The Warhammer MMO before this was a HUGE letdown and that was from a studio I thought had the ability to do it right. So with this developer, I have NO faith they will do this IP any justice at all, and based on their track record and footage here....I mean...really?


This is the textbook definitive of a wait and see once its released game, odds are against it right now if I had to wager.

hastati4
hastati4

When did it become a good idea to release gameplay footage like this? This makes me not want to play the game.

karrdo
karrdo

@lsdbaby  Years ? It was only announced in late-June 2013. Do you mean DMO ?

BaDMantra
BaDMantra

@nurnberg I agree, apparently this is becoming the new trend in the industry and plus this add the DLC's, monthly fees, DRM's ... honestly, I'm finding gaming to be turning into a really shitty place to be ... everything is a money grab, low quality, very poor commitment to deliver a finish product ... lots of bugs ... seriously ... I understand the life cycle of a project but what they are doing now is just releasing, saving money on QA by having us report bugs and fix in patches ... if they want to, this guys are shameless. 

VakarianGirl
VakarianGirl

@Bond_Villain Yeah, I was wondering the same thing.  I don't really see why they feel the need to release alpha footage - all it'll do is make a first, indellible impression on viewers.

345tom
345tom

@Bond_Villain The guys developing it are going big for transparency between them and the customers. They say so in like every email I get from them. It's not a trailer or to hype the game, it's just to show progress and what may be. It wouldn't surprise me if there's 40k nerds sat trying to point out flaws with what is already in it, and that's great that they can do it and the developers can take it on board.

sammoth
sammoth

@Deano  Because it's based on founder pack sales. They are trying to sell you on the concept. This footage is way old.

345tom
345tom

@hastati4 The developers are gong big on a transparency push. They want the people really interested in the game to see how everything's shaping up and have an input about it. They show this stuff off all the time in their emails about the game. It's not a push to get you to buy the game, it's not a trailer or anything. It's just them showing what's happening so far with the game.

Put it this way, would you rather have more information than less.