Eternal Crusade prepares for its free-to-play shift

It is important to note that the official Eternal Crusade line is that the upcoming free-to-play option is not a full conversion to free-to-play, and that's largely accurate. Free players will still be limited in what they can access. But it does mean that you will be able to play the game for free, while those who already have bought the game and are playing not for free get some fun stuff. For example, you get a bunch of in-store credit for the game, all four factional DLC packs, unique Venerable items, and something else as-yet-undisclosed to offer another little bonus.

Free players, of course, will have access to all of these things for purchase separately (aside from Venerable items) and can jump in to fill out the game's queues, so they win as well. This also coincides with another patch to the game trimming up balance issues and outstanding bugs, so whether or not you're already a player or just look to jump in when the game goes free, you can know you're playing the most polished version of the game possible.

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Danny Smith

The Warhammer curse continues on its natural progression again.

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Bruno Brito

Tried to play this. Several resolution issues.

Not worth the headache.

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Koshelkin

A very decent Warhammer game. It's a good lobby shooter with nice classes and variety, alot of flair, great weapon handling and impact. It's not Planetside with a WH40k but what it's trying to do it does rather good. Also best melee in any Lobby Shooter by far. It feels like a WH40k through and through.

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Captain Crash

I bought this game in early access and had no idea it even had launched, this was a very quick transition..

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Mr_Planthead

Here's a one of the early access steam keys for whoever wants to try the game(and uses the code first), give it more than 10 minutes and don't get too frustrated when you die 16 times to a dude with a jetpack and a glowy sword

KNCJH-2EH2J-2YRRP

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Mr_Planthead

I think they sent me one of the keys thats still sitting in my inbox, I should post it here

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A Dad Supreme

Wish I could say "Good Luck" but someone's got to think of the children and stop making these horrible Warhammer MMOs.
I'd wish more good luck on anyone making single player Warhammer games instead.

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memitim

6 months since it "launched" and its still dreadful...the last couple of patches just made it worse on the balance side and none of the promised additions have materialized , well except the campaign system but thats a total joke (it literally just tracks how many matches your race won theres no map control or anything like that).

Well I guess its F2P now so if your still on the fence you can try it for yourself.... let me save you the bother though....imagine there was a version of Space Marine that only had the multiplayer mode, was made by a no-name dev house and came out 5 years before Space Marine and you're pretty much there. Its better than Deathwing I suppose, thats about the nicest thing I can say about it. :S

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Jeff

Bad game run by a dev team that has no clue about the universe.

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MesaSage

I've been waiting for this to go FTP.

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RJB

It just another company trying to make a quick buck off the IP and will shut down with a year or so like every other shitty Warhammer game that has come out. When someone uses the 40k races that aren't in every single fking game i'll play it but im done tired of the same old shit orks vs spacemarine etc

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Dug From The Earth

This is a bad game.

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Crow

This is a good game.

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Dug From The Earth

Sadly, the "most polished version of the game possible." is still a very unfinished, unbalanced, and clunky version of the game.

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BalsBigBrother

Might take a look because of the IP rather than the type of game it is. Not sure I will be tempted to drop monies on it but you never know and that is what a test drive um f2p option is for I guess.

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Nordavind

fr00bs are gamers too!

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Arktouros

Haha froobs, anarchy online :)

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Crow

I very much want to encourage people to try the game.

Not everyone will like it, but it is basically the closest thing to BF:BC2 that exists and for people who want that it is amazing.

But seriously. EC is a grandly wonderful game with damn good balancing and even their big re-balance patch actually was a huge positive for everyone without killing the game for some. I was, myself, bitching about Eldar before I really played it and realized that in comparison we're still just as OP as we should be.

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Dug From The Earth

On paper, i agree with you 100%

But the reality is, EC is the closest thing to BF:BC2 if and only if you mean that BF:BC2 is:

1. Heavily dominated by players using melee, charging head on into ranged weapon fire and winning 9 out of 10 times
2. Hindered by a horrible camera system that the devs completely refuse to add
-- a. A keybind to switch shoulder sides with the camera (which nearly every 3rd person shooter has for obvious reasons)
-- b. An FoV slider
3. A half implemented cover system, where only some of the cover actually works. Enjoy not being able to actually take cover, or being able to shoot over cover you manage to actually use as cover, a lot more frequently than is enjoyable.
4. Horrible balance issues stemming from both weapons AND classes.
5. A clunky and frustrating melee system/mechanic, despite it being the most OP thing in the game.

If these are the things you remember from BF:BC2, then you will love EC.

Everyone who plays it sees the BC2 like potential the game has. Its practically screaming at you the whole time as you struggle with fighting through the huge let down that the experience actually gives you as you play it. You find yourself saying "This should be soooo much fun" as you bash your head on the desk from just how unfinished and flawed the game is.

The devs are so full of themselves that they dont see the issues the way the players do. They think 1600 players during peak times is a LOT of players, and they see nothing wrong with the gawd awful melee system or huge balance issues in the game. They think they have created a masterpiece, when the majority of players sees a masterpiece blue print sitting on the table, with the real world construction of that masterpiece being made out of elmers glue and popsicle sticks.

Anyone who tries this game for more than a few hours will soon see why its going Free 2 Play.

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Koshelkin

That's alot of uninformed nonsense.

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Mr_Planthead

My favorite part of the melee in the game is when I'm dead before the heavy attack animation of the melee character hits me.

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Pandalulz

Honestly, I feel like you're the first person to ever say anything about it at all, good or bad. It's nice to know it's coming into it's own. I never played BF:BC2 so I don't know what to compare that to. Once it became "not an MMO" I sort of stopped paying much attention.

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memitim

The thing I remember most about BC2 was that it had almost total scenery destruction in it, which EC most certainly does not have....I don't remember being unable to climb or even shoot over knee high obstacles though...hmm

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Michael Bay

"It is important to note that the official Eternal Crusade line is that the upcoming free-to-play option is not a full conversion to free-to-play, and that's largely accurate"

What is that sentence supposed to mean? Maybe you forgot a step, you know the one where you proof read your copy to make sure it says what you think it says? Not that hard to do.

As an example, I read my comment twice, deleting the instances of the implied, but unnecessary 'what the fuck'.

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Crow

It means that the experience you got with a box purchase is the same experience you get, now. Someone who paid $20 under early access get the same as someone who paid under f2p. This is a good thing and it means that anyone can play, and once you decide you like the game you can drop the $20 to speed up progression (which isn't a big deal anyway).

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memitim

It makes sense to me but thats probably only because I'm used to the fucked up way everybody uses the words free-to-play these days....your confusion is the very reason words should mean what they say and not something completely different...this may seem like a basic concept to you but the gaming industry finds it really really hard ;)

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