“This place was once the home of mankind,” echoes the voiceover, as the camera zooms towards what proves to be a near desolate landscape. No, this isn’t the latest video from the Detroit tourist board, but rather a fresh trailer for Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade designed to add some sheen to the unveiling of its release date.
Check out our interview with Eternal Crusade lead producer Nathan Richardson here.
That date, if you haven’t already clicked on the video below, is September 23, with Behaviour Interactive’s online shooter finally getting a full launch after a recent run on Steam Early Access.
Said trailer not only ensures I’ll never be able to visit the state of Michigan without being lynched, but also casts some light on the four factions of the 41st millennium (the Eldar, Chaos Space Marines, Space Marines and Orks), depicting them in a scale of battle typically reserved for Peter Jackson movies.
In all, players will be able to sample 20 sub-factions drawn from those four, equipping them with hundreds of weapons and accessories “drawn from 29 years of Warhammer 40,000 lore to create their perfect warriors”, to quote Namco Bandai’s blood thirsty PR machine.
Interestingly, while the PC version is little over a month away, the Xbox One and PS4 editions look to have run into trouble, with the studio claiming all console development has been placed on hold.
“We are committed to delivering the best experience for the release on September 23, with a PC version that matches our ambitions in terms of content and quality and sets the runway for our free lifetime expansions,” said Stephen Mulrooney, CTO & Senior Vice President of PC-Console Publishing at Behaviour Digital. “To pause the development of the console versions was a tough decision but will result in an optimized and extended experience when released.”
I’m all for being “optimized and extended”. I may have even used those very words on my Tinder profile. Either way, Eternal Crusade faces something of an uphill battle come launch, with the game currently sporting a “mixed” review average on Steam. The fight is most definitely on.