Warhammer 40K Online: The First Images

By Jim Rossignol on June 15th, 2010 at 6:48 pm.


Along with the trailer we’ve got a bunch of images for Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium Online. Rather shiny they look, too.

You can click on all the images in this post for full-sized versions.




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  1. Simon says:

    I’m very much hoping this isn’t World of Warcraft 40,000 but, from watching the trailer, I’m a little scared it might be.

    It looks nice graphically, and it’s very hard to tell anything, really, about the game from watching it.. but it appears to be the typical turn-based, click-hotkeys-for-abilities MMO. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but I’d be (happily) surprised if they take some risks and don’t just make yet another WoW-style MMO.

    • Lobotomist says:

      Not true.

      If you watch trailer carefully you will see its indeed Cover based FPS game.

      There is a scene when player is seen aiming down the sights. He hits enemy behind cower and (if you watch HD version) you see that instead of damage , above enemy head is scrolling “cover , cover”

    • Simon says:

      Well, it’s not an ‘FPS’ because it’s not first person.. but it may very well be a third person shooter.

      However, I’m not totally convinced.. it could ‘press Q and run and you’ll keep shooting’

      I’d love to see some official statement from them on it, and I would be happy if you’re right.

    • Fearzone says:

      WH40k quest structure: go to point x and kill 500 orks. Then kill another 500. In fact, just stay there and keep killing them. See you back when you reach level cap. For the Emporer!

  2. Heliocentric says:

    So, wants a monthly fee? Its not that i mind paying for a premium product its just the product will end up less than premium in its desire to make me plow money into it before the good bits open up.
    [/generic mmo rage]
    Might be wrong and then I’ll happily open my wallet.

    • Vinraith says:

      @Heliocentric

      I’d be stunned if there’s no monthly fee, and I’m put off by anything that has one for exactly the reason you mention (it drives design, plain and simple). That said, that is some damn nice looking art they’ve got there.

  3. Alaric says:

    I’ll be very happy if this is just WoW in 40K universe. I’ll just play purely for lore.

    • Heliocentric says:

      I don’t mind that some feel that way, but it terrifies me that you will the rule rather than the exception.

    • Alexander Norris says:

      Why would you do that? The 40k fluff is absolutely terrible and has gone steadily downhill in the last 20 years, from a loving parody of everything to “Man vs. Himself” competently done to “shining heart pure space monk knights fighting for ersatz-Jesus against dark evil brooding space monk knights fighting for ersatz space-Satan.”

    • Rakysh says:

      The great thing about 40k fluff is that everyone is a bad guy. Space marines aren’t pure hearted saint people, they’re religious fanatics who’ll happily explode a whole planet on the off chance someone there has a few extra eyes or whatnot.

    • DK says:

      “Why would you do that? The 40k fluff is absolutely terrible and has gone steadily downhill in the last 20 years, from a loving parody of everything to “Man vs. Himself” competently done to “shining heart pure space monk knights fighting for ersatz-Jesus against dark evil brooding space monk knights fighting for ersatz space-Satan.””

      Wow if that’s what you think you really haven’t been paying attention. It’s almost as bad as the people that think Tau are the “good guys”. I really don’t understand how you can miss subtext that much (and most if it isn’t even that sub-).

    • Heliocentric says:

      The orks are the only good guys but no one realises, who else is going to hold back the necrons and the tryranids and not try and exterminate the galaxy?

    • Rakysh says:

      To be fair, the orks is gonna exterminate the galaxy, but it will still be fun because then the orks will just fight the orks. And yeah, Tau concentration camps are hardly good guy type things.

    • Heliocentric says:

      Orks get smarter the bigger they are, and the more in charge they are.

      An ork big enough to conquer the galaxy would be smart enough to keep the other races from extermination to stop his empire collapsing into infighting.

      He would also be big enough to sustain his own gravitational field and atmosphere.

    • Bret says:

      Agreed.

      In all of 40K fiction, there’s maybe, what, five, ten guys who aren’t rated in the KiloHitlers.

      And half of those guys died in the worst way imaginable. Fun place, 40K.

    • DrGonzo says:

      I’m worried about Alexander’s morals if he thinks the Space Marines are good. They commit genocide on a regular basis.

    • Simon says:

      Ugh. I would be VERY unhappy if this is WoW in 40k. What’s the point?

      Here’s the lore – ‘Kill 10 orks and I’ll give you a new chainsword!’

      Let’s aim for something new, not a rehash of the last 10 years..

    • Durns says:

      Bret – KiloHitlers is my new favourite description of evilness.

      Well done sir, well done.

    • Durns says:

      And by description I mean measure, of course.

    • Starky says:

      Kilohitler isn’t his, I’ve no idea where I first saw it – I remember an image, a scale of how many hitlers worth of evil something was.
      Can’t for the life of me find it on google…

      Might have read it on Order of the Stick too, but CBA to trawl the archives

    • Starky says:

      Oops my mistake, the measurment of Evil on OotS is “kilonazi’s”.

      I would put forward that 1 Kilonazi = 1 Hitler, therefore 1 kilohitler equals a meganazi

      http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0489.html

    • Alexander Norris says:

      Any and all mentions of the regular genocides and culls and other “purification” campaigns lead by the Imperium have slowly been removed from the fluff or downplayed and put in the background. All the themes about Man vs. Himself and how similar the Imperium and the forces of Chaos are have been removed, all in favour of giving us fluff about how badass and cool the space marines are.

      If you’ve missed that, you obviously weren’t paying any attention.

    • lePooch says:

      @Alexander
      They haven’t removed it from the lore, they’ve just associated it with the Inquisition now. So those 10 year old kids who seem to form the bulk of miniature business nowadays do not have to grapple with the issue of being genocidal purists.

      Space Marines have become the gateway drug to the 40K universe, with a squeaky clean image. Once you’re hooked, you are introduced to the other races, and THATS where the fluff gets better(and more shades of grayish)

    • Nallen says:

      >>Here’s the lore – ‘Kill 10 orks and I’ll give you a new chainsword!’

      I just died a little inside.

    • Marco W. says:

      “It is better to die for the Emperor than live for yourself.” ;)

  4. Starky says:

    I wish someone would do something good (non-RTS that is) with 40k – It is vastly more interesting and better written (the lore) than fantasy Warhammer.
    I’d kill for a 3PS RPG bioware style in the universe.

    Sadly I don’t think this will be it.

    That said, needs more Dakka.

    • Vinraith says:

      I wish someone would build a turn based conversion of the board game (ala Cyanide’s Blood Bowl but with better AI), but I don’t think the odds are good for either of us.

    • DrGonzo says:

      Why the HELL isn’t there an awesome 3d turn based Space Hulk game on pc? In fact why haven’t they done it will all their tabletop games?

      (But especially Space Hulk!)

    • Tim Ward says:

      They obviously need to do an Inquisition based CRPG or Deus Ex style game taking inspiration from Eisenhorn and Ravenor stories and the Dark Heresy RPG. They should farm it out to someone like Bioware with strict instructions not to fuck it up. They should get Dan Abnett to plot the story and design the characters, since he’s a) not a hack and b) understands the universe, then get Bioware’s own writers – the ones that worked on Dragon Age – to write the actual dialogue and plan the quests and stuff, since they have shown they can do that very well.

      The game will be at least 40 hours long in which you get to explore various 40k locales including at least one hive work and at least one space ship. There will be plenty of background detail and incidental quests to delve into.

      At no point will you play, recruit or encounter Space Marines.

      In place of the usual ‘moral choices’ system, there will be a radical/puritan axis and this will actually be cleverly implemented and not fucking stupid and contrived with ludicrous black/white choices passed off as ‘moral dilemmas’.

      The overarching plot will not involve a threat that threatens the entire Imperium, but will be local in scope – a sector wide threat at the very most.

      At no point will there be any kind of ‘mentor betrayal’, or any kind of abrupt ‘hurr hurr i’m evil now’ betrayal.

      The whole thing will be really great and utilizes the setting properly but also be a great game in it’s own right, it will make millions and spawn a successful series of games which will be imaginative and interesting takes on the same premise.

      Or, they could just do a MMO where Space Marines kill 25 squigs in order to earn enough gold to upgrade their bolters.

    • Vinraith says:

      There’s not a single game that’s been proposed in this subthread that I wouldn’t buy on day 1 if it were done well.

    • malkav11 says:

      I’d go with Obsidian myself. Better writers, more experienced with shades-of-grey style morality.

    • Will says:

      @TimWard

      I’ve wanted that game since I read Xenos. And a decent Guard FPS since I read Gaunt’s Ghosts.

      Still I think it would be good to have space marines in there occasionally – the way that Abnett writes them. Extremely rare and nigh-unstoppable killing machines that are terrifyingly powerful to mere mortals, rather than just another group of standard FPS grunts.

    • Tom O'Bedlam says:

      @Tim I’d sell a kidney to fund this game.

      Part of the reason they’ll never make a W40K game like the table top is that once you’ve got the game why bother with the models anymore? Thats where the real money is.

    • malkav11 says:

      They could do an equivalent of Magic Online and sell virtual figurines. I’d buy into that over the real thing in a heartbeat, to avoid having to paint the minis myself, skip lugging pounds of metal around to game stores to play, and have the computer do all the math.

  5. Foxfoxfox says:

    Please be planetside, Please be planetside, Please be planetside…
    If ever an IP suited itself to an endless continuum of unresolvable large scale team FPS combat, surely, surely it is this.

  6. Durns says:

    Please don’t suck. Please don’t suck. Please don’t suck.

    Alternatively, please let me be an Ork that grows bigger the more powerful he is and can make planes out of scrap.

  7. James says:

    The Emperor of Man probably wouldn’t be down with a lot of what goes on in the world today. It’s true, think about it.

  8. Tuco says:

    It looks far better than I expected.
    And it’s a third person shooter too. Not point & click, at last.
    Awesone.

  9. HairCute says:

    I’m always surprised when people try to make 40k video games about something other than war. I just can’t fathom what people in the 40k universe do besides despair and die 24/7. How are you going to be a Space Marine? How are you going to do anything? I just have really low expectations for this but I WANT it to be good. Please be good.

    • malkav11 says:

      You should read some of Dan Abnett’s books, in particular his Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies (which are about Inquisitors). Not only is he the best author working in the 40K setting (at least regularly, and yes in this case that does make him actually good), but his inquisitor stories do a good job of giving you a feel for how Imperial citizens live when not actually in the middle of full-tilt war (not that Inquisitors are regular citizens or that there’s not plenty of action, of course).

  10. kai says:

    Is that Titan smaller than it should be, or is it just the perspective? That Warhould looks smaller than 45 feet.

  11. bleeters says:

    Attaching heads to my boss pole had better be possible, or I’ll sulk.

  12. IvanHoeHo says:

    So how is this supposed to work, when a single space marine can best at least a hundred humans, and probably also dozens of orks/whatever?

    • bleeters says:

      There’s more to Warhammer than space marines and rabbles of shootah boyz, thankfully.

    • IvanHoeHo says:

      Yeah, but then EVERYONE wants to be dark knights/jedis/space marines; and snice you can’t really restrict the supply of these brand icons, the only thing to do is to nerf them all.

      Unless the other races have recruitible(sp?) NPCs, and the whole thing turns into Battlezone 3, or something.

  13. BK says:

    Your over-estimating a space marines abilities, sure they’re super warriors, but there are much more powerful aliens and demons and such out there in 40K that they wouldnt stand a chance against.

    Though this mentality towards space marines is why ill play as anything else just to put the self-righteous bastards down.

  14. Eightball says:

    I wonder how they’ll do Imperial Guard. Give me a flashlight, some cardboard armor, and a butter knife, put me in an army with millions of similarly armed dudes, and point us at the nearest intergalactic horror.

    I doubt they’ll do it right, but I don’t know if it would be fun to be done right.

    • Heliocentric says:

      Done right you would be a commisar with 40 troops under you commanding them like a micro rts and trying to avoid them breaking.

      I mean, think “level up in heavy weapon troops” causing additional splash damage, or “not one step back” kill one trooper, ignore morale loss for 15 seconds.

      You’d be free to take on a squad vehicles, specialise units and still have your badass crazy commisar.

    • Premium User Badge JB says:

      @ Eightball – That would be great. I’d love to be there with my cardboard armour too.

      Like you said, I doubt it will be much like that at all, but how cool would that be? Very, that’s how.

    • Eightball says:

      It’s not a bad idea, Helio, though I’m fairly unsympathetic/uninterested in Commisars in general. (Even Gaunt is a jerk). I think there might be something to a sort of survival/horror type eff pee ess where you’re a lowly Guardsman, but it would have to be balanced with having tons of other allies around you, which would certainly detract from it being scary, perhaps.

      Poor non-genetically-engineered footsloggers. :(

  15. BigJonno says:

    What I want from a 40k MMO is to find a group of people who want to create a Space Marine role-play group that does it properly. And by properly I mean that every last one of us is, to some degree or another, batshit fucking insane.

    • Azazel says:

      Your words have the ring of truth brother.

      Now, let us purge the alien babies with righteous cleansing flame etc.

    • bleeters says:

      Consider the Predator. Let your soul be armoured with Faith, driven on the tracks of obedience which overcomes all obstacles, and armed with the three great guns of Zeal, Duty and Purity.

      Hello!

    • The Great Wayne says:

      -Pain and death are illusions of the weak mind. While his gene-seed returns to the Chapter, a Marine cannot die. Without death, pain loses its relevance.- Master of the apothecarion Aslon Marr

      Yeah, that could be great.

  16. noobnob says:

    Killa Kans, please.

    THEY CALL ME STOMPY

    • Heliocentric says:

      Stompy sundz like a hummie’s name! Geta proppa name like Warrrrgh Stompa!

  17. Danarchist says:

    The thing about the 40k universe is the space marines arent the “Paladins of humanity” as some think, there just living thinking fucking war machines. I love the lore of 40k MUCH more than the fantasy version (Gortrek and Felix stories aside) and have always preferred the orcs to pretty much any of the other races just because there realists. I think if you can play other races the majority are going to be Space Marines, Chaos Marines, and eldar with variations on the name Drizzt. Either way I have been praying for something decent to play with my brothers other than wow and this is gonna hit the spot!
    Although I get the sinking feeling im going to be mailing a couple of new laptops to the middle east if it comes out in the next year or so hehe

  18. mcnostril says:

    That’s a very tiny looking titan. Unless I’m mistaken and it’s supposed to be something else.

  19. The Great Wayne says:

    Let’s just hope those jetbikes aren’t too wonky.

  20. Sobric says:

    Will John Walker play a Techpriest?

  21. wyrmsine says:

    Needs more dakka.

  22. GCU Speak Sofly says:

    Personally, I like the Tau. I don’t want to play a starship storm-trooper ( tm M Moorcock ) and would always be on the opposing side, whatever that was.

    Sadly, in the back of my mind there’s the spectre of Warhammer Fantasy MMO which had a similar ‘Always WAR’ theme and isn’t the WoW killer many people hoped for.

    • The Great Wayne says:

      Well, the Space Marines are certainly a good bunch of militarist bastards, but the Tau are pretty straightforward proselytes and zealots themselves when it comes to the Greater Good.

    • wererogue says:

      Yeah, I’d be much more interested if there were Tau or ‘nid images.

  23. Alexander Norris says:

    Oh, and the Tau are obviously extremely Orwellian racial purists and have been since their first codex. They are one of the two good elements added to 40k since the corporate GW era began (the other is C’tan and the general refluffing of Necrons into something more than “somewhere between Chaos androids and the Terminator”).

    So yeah, do pay attention, please. Especially if you’re going to patronisingly accuse others of not knowing what they’re on about. Thanks!

    • Alexander Norris says:

      Blimey, that’s my first reply failure. Should have been a reply to myself explaining why the 40k fluff is shit further up the page. Sorry.

    • Jacques says:

      Meh.

      I still await the ARPG that Space Marines were made for. Deathwatch kill team taking on a Genestealer cult infected planet? Yes please.

  24. Hornwulf says:

    I’m going to go against my instincts and try and think of the positive outcomes for the 40k mmo! Rather than being one of 12,345 Space marine Company commanders (or solo tac/assault/devastator marines which is also totally cocked), we’ll be able to easily hop into the game as squad members!

    I won’t need to play as a genestealer grouped with a kroot mercenary who is LFM one more farseer to go camp Abaddon, their will be a clear cut divide in armies to avoid the inter species nonsense! If I want inter-species nonsense I will move up my standard Thursday night web browsing activities to tonight, thank you very much.

    Silliness aside, I think cautious optimism (ignorance?) should be the order of the day at least until Gamescom in August when we’ll get more details.

  25. pupsikaso says:

    So without knowing anything else about the game we can at least know that it looks as WH40k should look. I am satisfied with the power armour proportions and scale. Although the Warhound looks just a little bit smaller than it should be.

  26. Vodkarn says:

    oh come on, you know everyone will play Chaos or Eldar, not Space Marines. Once they see SM’s with ‘badass-spikes ™’ and Space Elves, they’ll be all over it.

    And woe-betide any man who wants to play Ork, you will be outnumbered, amusingly.

    (Also, who wants to bet the levelling system is Imperial guard-> Commissar->Scout->SM->Dreadnaught, or something equally canon-shattering.)

    • Choca says:

      Space Marines are always the most played.

      No matter how cool the other races are, they will always be secondary to the Angel of the Death of the Imperium.

    • Vodkarn says:

      I think enough time has passed with the DOWII expansion to say conclusively – when 50% of the people playing against me are Eldar or Chaos, that says something about preference.

    • Hmm-Hmm. says:

      Yeah, that Space Marines are underpowered compared to the other races. Chaos, on the other hand, do very well and Eldar are generally considered to be overpowered.

      Or, at least, that’s how I’d explain it.

  27. Malagate says:

    It’s really bugging me that I’m trying to think of a way this would be good whilst remembering what I saw in the trailer… I honestly doubt that 40K can be done good in a MMORPG. Still, could be a good laugh to run around a battlefield and get stepped on by Warhound Titans (which seem about the right size, nicely enough). I would find it absolutely hilarious if it turns out that the Warhound we’ve seen is actually player controllable!

    Also they need playable Necrons, albeit it would have to be the most anti-MMORPG race ever with no capacity to level up or improve their skills but slowly getting worse each time they get killed, also no communication options, no new equipment and no control of where they’re going or what they’re doing. Maybe even months of in-game play time just staring at a wall as your tomb has not been “awakened” yet. Happy days!

    Serious playable race options they would need to have before I consider joining:
    *Tau
    *Dark Eldar
    *Sisters
    *Daemons

    Heck if even one of those races is playable in the first release I will be flabbergasted and will probably upgrade my PC in anticipation for joining later (you know, after the first few patches).

    • The Great Wayne says:

      My guess would be that there will be very few playable race at first, maybe just two factions, like orks and space marines, maximum 3.

      I don’t see THQ going the WAR route and creating order/chaos opposition in pvp, I’m thinking more of a gigantic mess with each faction rolling for itself, and therefore I don’t see more than 3 factions making it on release.

  28. BigJonno says:

    The easy way to make a 40K MMO would be lift directly from the Dark Heresy RPG, but that’d never happen.

  29. We Fly Spitfires says:

    You gotta remember that Warcraft took a lot of inspiration from Warhammer so no doubt they are going to look similar.

  30. Groove says:

    *hitlers is I believe from Goats. I believe they used gigahitlers or somesuch? They might not have started it, but they did do it a long time ago.

  31. Araxiel says:

    And I jizzed in my pants.

    If there is ‘no monthly subscription fee’/'a rather low subscription fee’/'an actual awesome game’ behind this, my pants are gonna explode.

  32. kuli says:

    I cant believe it! One more crappy 3 person p. game.Shooting guns in 3 person p is crappy.So no sniper shooting?Its looks like a WoW clone.

  33. Alexander says:

    Everyone is saying “I hope this isn’t a WoW clone”. I say “actually LOOK at what is going on!” Action-oriented means more gears of war style of combat. It will basically be an OTS shooter/fighting game with the inclusion of special abilities. Where WoW is all about technicality and they grind, this looks like a mix of technicality, grind, skill, and button mashing.

    Also, keep in mind that this is alpha footage, at best. Stop shooting the damn thing down before you know the whole story. I am sure they are taking all aspect of different play styles in to account. This looks nothing like WoW. Completely different set up. So stop saying it looks like a WoW clone. From the scant footage seen, it is made pretty clear if you can look past your own preconceptions.