Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade Jumps To UE4

It seems everyone and their servo-skull is gabbing about Warhammer 40,000 games lately, between Dawn of War’s updates, GOG’s new finds, and Inquistor’s announcement. Not wanting to be left out, Behaviour Interactive have piped up with news about their MMO, Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade [official site].

They’ve now switched to Unreal Engine 4, which they say should speed up development. It’s not massive news, but we haven’t peered or poked at the game in a while so let’s have a gander at a new “in-engine” video:

If that’s what they’re shooting for, it looks… not great? A bit boring? Like its Space Marines are gyrating wildly as they run? I don’t doubt players will use Space Marine banter, though. Oh, but it’s difficult to judge – it’s still only from an alpha build.

Behaviour quite candidly share looks at the game over its development, which has largely resulted in it looking rubbish. Every game’s shoddy at first, but we don’t usually get to see that. Though given Behaviour’s track record (Naughty Bear, Wet, and a load of licensed games), I don’t know how much I’d expect it to improve.

It’s a shame Dark Millennium Online sank along with THQ.

Anyway, here’s another, less-scripted look at the game in Behaviour’s most recent dev livestream:


  1. DeepFried says:

    Shonky animations, but might be fun.

  2. Foglet says:

    An Interactive BeeHaver? Sort of like an apiarist?

  3. SwiftRanger says:

    It’s more of a shame that Behaviour have stepped away from trying to emulate true massive battles à la PlanetSide 2 (at least at the start). Instead they have opted to mimick the multiplayer of Space Marine it seems. How they’re going to gradually adapt UE4 into an engine that can rival the ForgeLight engine of PS2 will be interesting to see.

  4. Freud says:

    Trailers with fake voice com chatter is like commercials where actors pretend to be regular people trying a new toothpaste. It’s so obvious it’s not real, it becomes comical.

  5. razgon says:

    “Don’t fail us on this one, brother” would have been an exellent sentence, if the actor understood a single thing about WHY he said it. “You dude, don’t fail us on this one”….


    • razgon says:

      It would help of course, if I could spell as well – exellent…!

  6. Ethaor says:

    “ohhh nice whoaane!” ugh..

    I know we all like to hate on PR, but damn does it shows when a company doesn’t have anyone supervising shared content. That’s quite amateurish. You can’t just put epic music on everything and hope that’ll make a great trailer.

    And that run animation/camera… It looks so silly, when I’m reading a funny comics that’s exactly how I picture the characters running. I had hopes when they announced it years ago, now not so much. if only Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine had dedicated servers.

  7. goon buggy says:

    It was always going to go that way. As much as they promised it was different. A shame really.

    • goon buggy says:

      That was meant to be a reply to swift ranger

      • SwiftRanger says:

        Uhu, though it’s good that they’re being honest about it during development. Space Marine multiplayer was decent stuff but it looked more believable than this. Here’s hoping they at least reach that level of quality at release.

  8. Chiron says:

    This looks like everything I’d expect from a 40k MMO, just needs more random people screaming “FAGS LOLOLOLOLOL!” and teabagging people

  9. Auru says:

    Don’t want to rag on it to much since it’s alpha.. but this basically looks ripped right out of the multiplayer of Space Marine.. even down to a lot of the animations.

    MP in the Space Marine was a train wreck of fail, sooooo I do hope there is more to this then it looks like.

    • Gurrah says:

      The Space Marine MP was brilliant, it just didn’t work most of the time because the netcode and p2p connections were awful. The gameplay was great and had the heft I expected from Space Marine combat.

    • Volcanu says:

      Not sure i agree with you there. It could do with deficated servers and more maps but the co-op Exterminatus mode is tremendous fun

      • Ethaor says:

        I agree with volcanu, Exterminatus was fun in bars, it just needed more content/variety and dedicated servers. The epicness and power of space marines was surprisingly well emboddied and the action was good, easy to have fun with, not too easy to master.

        • Carlos Danger says:

          Not sure why people are saying “It looks like Space Marine” as if that is a bad thing. If Space Marine had dedicated servers I would still be playing that game on-line.

    • ramirezfm says:

      It looks like map expansion pack for Space Marine multiplayer. I liked SM MP, so it’s might not be that bad, but still…

  10. ZIGS says:

    Why does this look worse than Space Marine, which came out almost 4 years ago?

  11. PancakeWizard says:

    Space Marine banter should not be used unless you’re willing to use a deep voice. Just saying’.

    Also yeah, it looks extremely underwhelming.

    • bleeters says:

      If your marine dialogue doesn’t near entirely consist of robotic sounding angry helmet men shouting BROTHER! at each other like it was a Liquid Snake montage video, you’re doing it wrong.

  12. vahnn says:

    1) that looks boring as hell, and 2) these scripted “gameplay” videos with the goofy written lines are just horrid. They (whoever decides to make these types of videos) need to stop making these types of videos. Just stop. Now. Please stop.

    • PancakeWizard says:

      It’s total lack of self-awareness. If anyone starting ‘roleplaying’ like that on VOIP in games like this there would be a torrent of laughing and ridicule.

  13. mattevansc3 says:

    Well that was…special. Quick everyone, lets throw in some random terminology, that’ll make it sound authentic.

  14. The_invalid says:

    It looks alright, might be fun. To be honest I’m glad they stepped away from the Planetside 2 MMO aspect. Why does everybody venerate PS2 around these parts? It’s bloody awful.

  15. Sacarathe says:

    Yet another game about space marines made by people who have no idea about space marines.

  16. Holysheep says:

    Holy fuck I hate when actors are used to immitate players on VOIP.

  17. PearlChoco says:

    Looks like a green Mega Man to me.

  18. dskzero says:

    F.E.A.R. Online all over again, as it seems.