Eternal Crusade preps for Steam early access launch

Eternal Crusade is preparing for Steam early access, says Behaviour Interactive Senior Producer Nathan Richardsson.

“We are now preparing to fully move over to the Early Access program on Steam, where you can easily get into our Closed Alpha with all the payment options they offer and the ease of use of the Steam platform. We’ll be communicating more about our Early Access launch in the coming weeks and our servers will of course remain open.”

Richardsson says sales of packages under the current Founders program will come to an end on January 25th when retail prices take effect. “We will strive to offer similar early adopter and influencer programs for our other platforms (Mac, Consoles etc) as we want other platforms to have that opportunity as well,” he explains.

The game had a rocky 2015, losing multiple key devs, canceling early game access modules, and reducing scope to release sooner. The studio also migrated the game to a new engine last year. Closed alpha has been underway since September.

Source: Press release, official site
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ennstamatic
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A Dad Supreme ennstamatic Oh and I just realized I didn’t answer your other question. Moving to Early Access is more moving to their framework, not starting to ask for more money again. It’s a continuation, just in a different place. And our Founders program simply doesn’t fit into that framework, so we have to adapt. We know the stigma, but we believe in ourselves and what we’re creating will overcome that :)

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A Dad Supreme ennstamatic Thank you! Much appreciated :)

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Joseph C chriskovo We were never on Kickstarter and we had a full refund policy for those that didn’t like the changes to the initial scope of the game I announced early 2015 and out that year.

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chriskovo Joseph C To clarify for everyone, I wasn’t here a year ago so all the promises from the 2 years before regularly pop up. My job here is going from “impossible” to “fucking awesome and achievable”, it’s what I’m good at and why I’m here. That required drastic changes I announced very early after my arrival.

During those years before and during 2015, we had a full open refund policy and some people utilized that option but few actually did, because we all share a common vision of a great game in the end.

So to reiterate, there was a full refund policy in place for those that disliked the change in the scope of the game which we honored.

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Joseph C chriskovo Actuallly they were selling it directly off their website it wasn’t even a kickstarter, with no warnings on their website about it.   So its on them.   Its also on them that they did not develop the infrastructure back end first before making all their promises.   They wasted money on a front end client that they then dropped for  a new engine instead of you know actually developing the servers themselves.

cures
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Alien Legion DugFromTheEarth erm, planetside is about the most contrary to a lobby shooter that exists.

Joseph C
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chriskovo Joseph C Then those people should be granted money back. Or learn that kickstarter isn’t a place for finished products. You are essentially taking the place of a the companies that produce these games, and now we see what they see. They promise you something, but they owe you only what they are capable of creating.
At least try to be happy with having something rather than absolutely nothing, and happy with the fact you put no money down. To the others, well, that’s business, and this is the sort of crap that the companies we yell about being such pieces of shit have to go through. When it happens to us, Gods are we pissed, but we expect miracles and wonders from the promises of devs and the producing companies who try to hype those games to get their money/investment back.

chriskovo
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Alien Legion why didnt u just pay 10 bucks and get space marine its basically teh same game now

chriskovo
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Joseph C No they are pissed because they were promised a planetside 2 world with a warhammer theme.   They sold the game like that like snake oil salesmen.   Then changed the entire scope of the game.   Why should they not be pissed?   They were enticing people to spend money for a year before they admitted their own incompetence and then did not offer to return anyone’s money.   IM sorry its bs and i am so glad i waited to invest in the game.    I would have loved a warhammer ps2 game.   I hate now that they are basically selling me Space Marine the game again and expect me to give them money.

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DasBenty

Spiffy, was going to get a founders pack this month till stupid bills popped up but glad its going to be on the early access so probably pick it up in February sometime. The streams have been looking fun and hopefully at some point down the road they get the orks in there and I can yell waaaagh as I take out space marines

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ennstamatic Sorenthaz Alien Legion Eternal Crusade gets covered occasionally on here. Though there hasn’t been any coverage of the current state it’s in, I guess, beyond when stuff like this pops up in news.  Probably because no one in the MOP staff is playing it (and no one’s sending tips in about it).

Ket_Viliano
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Infraction  The software industry has always been like this though. I paid to test MS Windows for 20 years before Win7 came out.
Overall, it is good that developers can get money to make games with only a tech alpha. The key for the devs is to avoid making a mountain of shit game.

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ennstamatic Alien Legion Very welcome and my thanks to you and the Eternal Crusade team.  I look forward to following the game progress and I’ll be there playing every step of the way.

As a loooong time 40k player, the game just feels right.  I think you are doing the IP proud.  Please keep up the great work.  I look forward to battling across the galaxy for years to come.

Death to the false emperor!

A Dad Supreme
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ennstamatic A Dad Supreme Thank you for the reply and explanation.
I didn’t imply that your game won’t be good or that you don’t have money. Quite to the contrary, I’ve seen you’ve made quite a few games in the past.
The problem as a player is knowing the Warhammer IP and knowing that it’s considered a “AAA” property, you don’t see games in that neighborhood that are presented in this fashion that’s usually reserved for smaller titles/companies.
The closest thing I remember to a company doing something like this was with H1Z1, and we all know the trouble DBG had been having. 
Unless this is the new thing, it’s odd to see ‘early adopters’ asked for money and then release on Steam for “early” access (again asking for money) for a lofty title. One would assume that between what Games Workshop has invested and what your company has invested (both established) that would have been enough to keep it from looking like the typical Steam game, but I get your reasoning.

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Joseph C

I have mixed feelings about this game. On one hand, the game sounds and looks fun. On the other hand, the community, par the course of a Warhammer game, seems to be rather drooling with venom and acid already, unwilling to accept the facts that the original scope was simply too big for what they had, and that games need to grow, rather than explode onto the scene being absolutely amazing. Don’t get me wrong, I know the entire community isn’t like this, I do hear good things, but the community at large, and the Games Workshop themselves, can be very, very bitter, and can almost instantly screw up a good thing.

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Sorenthaz ennstamatic Alien Legion I was a stalker of Massively for many years but MassivelyOP less, especially since they cover less of the games I’m interested in right now – you know, like ours :P

Sorenthaz
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ennstamatic captainzor Suctionatus: Apply directly to xeno scum’s forehead.

Sorenthaz
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ennstamatic Sorenthaz Alien Legion Biased?  I can hardly tell.  :p  I’ll totally consider it.

ennstamatic
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ennstamatic

captainzor I fail to see the problem with suction appliedto the right places. It creates a much better experience.

Tongle
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Tongle

Lemme me know what it goes f2p…..jking.

ennstamatic
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Sorenthaz Alien Legion I’d totally check it out, but then again I’m biased.

Nathan
(also known as Sr Producer of Eternal Crusade)

ennstamatic
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Alien Legion That’s actually one of the more sincere and correct comments about where we are today that I’ve seen, thank you.

Because I know we’ll fix the bugs, we’re adding depth continuously as we speak, till launch and beyond, and I’m getting more optimization people on board – on top of course Epic simply optimizing their own Unreal engine.

So thanks again ;)

Nathan

ennstamatic
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A Dad Supreme Our philosophy from the beginning has always been to involve the customer in the development of the game as soon as possible (agile) as well as allow them to help expand the scope through early adoption. We’ve simply outgrown our own infrastructure and need to move to Steam. Early Access gives us tons of tools and systems to do that as well as access to a lot of customers and payment options we simply can’t provide.

And I’m from Iceland, so I like fish and I’ll take it as a compliment! :)

Nathan

Alien Legion
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DugFromTheEarth Alien Legion It’s a lobby shooter, much akin to a 40K version of Planetside.

Sorenthaz
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Alien Legion Guess I might bite the bullet and get a founder’s pack before they go away then.  If the gameplay feels solid and fun, that’s all I really expect/want from a WH40K action-oriented PvP MMO.

A Dad Supreme
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A Dad Supreme

This doesn’t inspire confidence as a “AAA” title to me.
This is more the route small indies companies do because their projects are in trouble.
Even if that’s not the case, it just makes it smell bad.

DugFromTheEarth
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DugFromTheEarth

Alien Legion So is it an mmorpg? Or is it more like Warhammer 40ks version of planetside?

Infraction
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Infraction

This pay to test thing is so saturated now.

Anyone that can get a tech demo alpha onto steam can start funding their development for the game.

There have been some good games but there are mountains of shit out there to wade through to find the good ones.

Feodor
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Feodor

What the game should have been:

Alien Legion
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Alien Legion

Fought back the bitter tears from the memory of MWO and decided to buy an early pledge pack to this.  As such I have been playing for a while now during Alpha.

It’s a bit buggy.
It’s not very deep.

It could use more engine optimization.

All that being said.  Holy heck I have a blast playing it. It’s just damn fun.
Can’t wait for additional races.  Love the Space Marines/Chaos.  They just feel solid to run and gun with, as one would expect wearing power armor.  Love the different weapons.  The different ranges options feel distinctive.

mrnastybutler
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mrnastybutler

Let me know when they got a open beta or a full commercial release.  I’m done doing Pay to play for alphas.

captainzor
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captainzor

Please don’t suck.

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