|Developed by||Behaviour Interactive|
|Genre||Multiplayer Team Shooter|
|Business Model||Free-to-Play with Premium Upgrade Option|
|Rating||M for Mature 17+ Violence Blood|
|Release Date||September 23, 2016|
"A new Warhammer 40,000® MMORPG is revealed: Montreal, 10th June, 2013 – Behaviour Interactive and Games Workshop® proudly announce a new online game in the Warhammer® 40,000® universe: Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade. Behaviour Interactive has obtained the rights to create a wholly new MMORPG persistent war experience for PC, PS4 and Xbox One set in Games Workshop’s universe of the 41st Millennium. In the game, players choose a Warhammer 40,000® race and fight directly as one of their warriors in massive conflicts for territory. It will be up to each faction’s community to determine their own destiny as they vie for control of an entire planet."
Eternal Crusade is a Multiplayer Team Shooter (formerly an MMORPG) set in the universe of Games Workshop's Warhammer 40,000, a tabletop miniature wargame, released in September 2016 with an open beta launched in mid 2016. Eternal Crusade is set in a persistent world named Arkhona, and has a hybrid business model allowing players to play all races for free, but restricting access to jetpack classes as well as 1/3 XP and requisition earned. The remaining 2/3 are banked and applied once a premium upgrade (or $20 of premium RTC currency) are bought. Additionally, the game will support microtransactions as an additional source of revenue. The game is available for download now.
The game also hopes to release eventually for PS4 and XBox One, but no time-frame for this has been given. Separate servers are available for Europe (Frankfurt) and the United States (Virginia).
Bandai Namco Entertainment is the project's publisher.
Character Advancement SystemsEdit
Players create characters to represent them in the battles across Arkhona, and will become more impressive and powerful over their time in play. Eternal Crusade uses three progression systems to represent character growth: Experience, Advancement Points, and Requisition.
Experience points are earned for playing in matches and performing various actions in the match (healing faction-mates, capturing or preventing the capture of strategic points, killing enemy combatants, destroying vehicles or key structures, etc.) For every 350 Experience points obtained (approximately,) your character is awarded one Advancement Point. Furthermore, all characters start play at Rank One and as they meet certain Experience thresholds they progress to maximum level, which is currently Rank Six.
Advancement points are spent on your character's "Advancements" screen, and come in two varieties. The vast majority unlock your ability to equip various forms of wargear ranging from specialty consumables, additional health or armor reserves, squad buffing standards/banners, or upgraded battle armor appropriate to your faction. The other advancement types are Masteries, which reduce the loadout point (LP) cost of all weapons in a given weapon type by 100 LP. For example, buying the "Boltgun Mastery" Advancement reduces the cost of the standard Boltgun from 300 LP to 200 LP, freeing up points in your class loadout for addition wargear or the like. Most Advancements have to be purchased in sequence (you must buy Boltgun Mastery before you can buy Plasma Gun Mastery) are 'level-gated,' meaning they are not purchasable until you have reached the appropriate Rank.
Requisition is accrued at a 1:1 rate with Experience, and is a currency accrued and spent entirely 'in-game' (as opposed to Rogue Trader Credits which are purchased with real money.) It is used to open Supply Boxes which contain alternate weapon appearances and wargear to modify the capabilities of those weapons. Additionally, they are used to purchase most "advanced" (meaning non-default/standard) weaponry.
- Four playable races are available: Space Marines, Chaos Space Marines, Orks and Eldars. (Source)
- The fifth race, the Tyranids, will be only AI-controlled. (Source)
- PvP represents the majority of the game. (Source)
- There is a cash shop and micro-transactions. (Source 1,Source 2)
- There is limited controller support for the game.
- Players will have four available character slots per account, and may purchase additional slots up to the maximum of eight.
- Eternal Crusade is available for MacOS and Linux.