Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade = Space Marine in Planetside 2

Back when there was still a THQ, the Warhammer 40,000 MMORPG, Dark Millennium, looked promising. Then THQ ran out of money, couldn’t find an investor for the MMORPG, and tried to turn Dark Millennium into an action game before going belly up.

Acquired by Behaviour Interactive (Naughty Bear) last summer, Dark Millennium has been transformed into Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade. The folks at MMORPG got a hands-on look at Eternal Crusade, which is in pre-alpha, and described it as a mix of Space Marine’s shooter-and-melee combat and Planetside 2′s scale.

“For 40K fans, if you had played THQ’s Space Marine and entered into the PvP multiplayer you could easily relate to this early build,” MMORPG stated.

Here are a few more tasty tidbits they picked up about Eternal Crusade:

  • Eldar, Space Marines, Chaos, and Orks are the factions Behaviour is currently working on, and they plan on adding others from the W40K universe.
  • There are PvE quests built in, but Eternal Crusade is primarily PvP. Thousands of players will fight over objectives, resources, and territory in a persistent world.
  • Perspective is third-person with the ability to zoom over the shoulder when using ranged weapons.
  • There are blocking and cover mechanics.
  • The planet the demo took place in was described as “huge.”

As a fan of Space Marine and Planetside 2, I’m definitely intrigued. That mashup, with thousands of players from various W40K races doing battle, sounds like a Warhammer 40K fan’s dream.

We’ve still got a long way to go on Eternal Crusade, as it’s not expected to ship until late 2015 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Hopefully we’ll learn more at this year’s E3.

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5 Comments on Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade = Space Marine in Planetside 2

grigdusher

On February 15, 2014 at 4:56 am

Hi, the information is not correct: EC is a totally new game and don’t share nothing with dark millenium online from THQ. The other information are correct.

Savij

On February 15, 2014 at 6:30 am

Grigdusher is right
EC has nothing to do with dark millenium (ya ok its WH40k but thats it)

Karu

On February 15, 2014 at 7:05 am

Eternal Crusade has nothing to do with Dark Millennium please do not confuse the two things.

Araghast

On February 15, 2014 at 7:27 am

As others have stated, dark millenium is a thing of the past, this is a brand new IP no conversion what so ever.

“Acquired by Behaviour Interactive (Naughty Bear) last summer, Dark Millennium has been transformed into Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade.”

False comment.

Jason

On February 16, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Seriously, do you guys even research these games before posting them, or did you just skim the footnotes of the MMORPG article? Dark Millennium has nothing to do with Dark Crusade.