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Warhammer 40,000 MOBA Alert

Dark Nexus Arena

You know how the world needs more MOBAs as well as more Warhammer games? Here’s the teaser trailer for Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena.

It’s being developed by new Vancouver-based studio, Whitebox Interactive who say:

“Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena presents fast-paced and competitive gameplay in a never-before-seen look into the dark city of Commorragh and the gore-filled arenas of the Wych Cults.”

I feel like Commorragh and Wych Cults are words you could use to construct a Kieron trap.

Meanwhile, their CEO, Jonathan Falkowski states, “We are hard-core MOBA players with a shared passion for the Warhammer 40,000 intellectual property here at Whitebox. Our aim is to deliver a highly-polished experience that a player of any skill level can step into and find success and enjoyment.”

It’s not an enlightening statement by any means, but if you’re playing a press release drinking game you should probably down a fair bit for “shared passion”, “intellectual property” and “highly-polished”.

Said press release and a dev blog offer a touch more detail. The setting is the Wych arenas of Commorragh and they’re seeking to combine elements of twin stick shooters with MOBAs. “In teams of four, Veteran warriors hailing from the Space Marine, Ork, and Tau armies battle in bloody conflict to the death.” That’s the vanilla version and future updates would bring other races such as the Sisters of Battle, Dark Eldar, Eldar and Chaos Space Marines.

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In terms of how the game is intended to play out, “Teams are challenged to collect enemy souls and kills within the vicious Dark Eldar arena setting. Players ultimately claim victory through bloody executions which feed the soul-thirst of the evil Dark Eldar race.” It sounds like a birthday party I went to when I was six.

From reading the details currently available there is also intended to be a hat economy.

The game is being billed for launch in 2016, although early access will likely begin late spring or early summer 2015.

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