Eternal Crusade considers battle royale mode, can’t comment on status of lead designer

    
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In the grim darkness of whatever, blah blah explosions.

Even Warhammer 40K Eternal Crusade might be jumping on the battle royale bandwagon. That’s according to Behaviour Interactive’s latest pair of player-directed Q&A posts.

“We already have a series of Battle Royale game mode ideas, since it’s one of many ‘standard’ modes today,” says the studio. “Ours are of course adapted to fit with the 40K universe, and with the lore limitations. I also think PUBG showed how execution and nuances to a mode can really kick off something big. Just like LOL. It’s lower down the list of game modes we’ll prototype, as we already have some half-finished modes we’re applying to current maps, part of current maps (cutouts) or unfinished maps.”

The studio also notes it is indeed aware of the “brick wall of boredom” at rank 6 and is working on fixes, maps and storylines are under discussion now, and that a lot of game tweaks are doable – the team “just need[s] engineers” to make them happen. As for Steam Workshop integration – a ton of questions are about this feature – Behaviour says that weapon creation won’t be coming to the core game and that it has its eye on abuse such that it’ll be reviewing all submissions.

And there’s something weird going on with Noah Ward, who took over as the game’s lead designer earlier this year. When asked whether Ward is still working on Eternal Crusade, Behaviour replies,

“Right now he’s not in the office no, but we’re working on getting him back in. I can’t even legally comment on it right now. There were some bodies, power tools, such things. Just kidding, but no, he’s not in the office right now, and it’s a legal thing. He still loves you all.”

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chriskovo .

I hate this company and what they did to this game. It was supposed to be Planetside 2 with a Warhammer 40k Skin. Instead we got a laggy lobby shooter that looked and played horrible. And not only that they try to charge you to death for any cosmetics at all.

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Mr_Planthead

I’ve had a lot of fun in it over a year and a half or so, but I’ve only played one or two matches in a couple months now because I can never get in a match as an ork, which is the only race I really enjoyed.

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Bruno Brito

Man, why not really attempt a 40k mmo instead of this everchanging crap?

Like, really, this game already failed, it was a P2W mess, it still is, it plays horribly and should just be remade as something…i don’t know, that achieves something?

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Jdawg Playsgames

Vigil games tried with Dark Millennium, but the company folded before it got to far..there are rumors that Relic is working on one behind the scenes

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Raimo Kangasniemi

Some developers from DMO – which was downgraded from MMO before THQ sank – supposedly at least on some point were part of the Behaviour team.

That’s an interesting rumour about Relic. Hopefully its true.

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Sray

Relic has moved most of its staff off Dawn of War 3, which they’re internally considering “a fiasco”, to a new project that I don’t know the details of; but as far as I’m aware Relic hasn’t been considering an MMO for close to five years. It’s fully possible that changed after DoW3’s less than stellar performance though.

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Bruno Brito

Well, one can hope. Given the “curse” around Warhammer games, i don’t know what to think, but when the best pvp experience on a Warhammer game, is held by a private server team, you know something is wrong.

Really, hell, go even for standard tab targetting combat, just put some cool skins on it, i don’t know. Make something fun, and don’t try to reinvent the wheel.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

The game needs something to revive it and they should go for it.

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Sorenthaz

Yeah this game launched itself right into the dumpster with a clearly premature release due to publisher pressure.

I am honestly surprised that it’s still going. Props to the dev team for sticking with it and for Namco Bandai with not just scrapping it outright.

Hell Namco Bandai is also still keeping Xenoverse 2 alive with free DLC which is surprising. It’s honestly sad that we’re in a day and age where that stuff is a surprise.

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Dug From The Earth

This game had so many opportunities to have unique game play that stood apart from other multiplayer games. Each time, they failed hard at delivering, and what we ended up with was a pretty generic multiplayer game with a large amount of “issues” of all sorts.

So yeah.. might as well go that extra step off the deep end, and just make another h1z1/pubg/fortnite/etc clone game mode, since this game doesnt have anything else to offer. I think for anyone that actually cared about the game, or warhammer 40k… they are already long gone.

Another example of bad people in charge, making bad decisions.

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Koshelkin

It’s interesting they are still operating *cough* because it wasn’t that much of a success. It got the WH40k feeling right, though, and I still wish them good luck. Of course everyone hoped for(/expected) more but it’s a nice shooter.

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Sorenthaz

Yeah it’s surprising that it’s still around, especially when most publishers would’ve straight-up canceled the game if it had a crappy release. Right now on Steam it’s not even managing to get 300 people playing it, which makes me wonder how in the world it’s still operating. The F2P-esque mode kicked up its playerbase into the 4 digits for awhile but since then it’s steadily dwindled back down to struggling to maintain even a 200 player average.

I honestly don’t get how this game is still alive. Whales? Low operating costs? Namco Bandai just letting them do whatever? Idfk. But the game desperately needs something different. They tried all these different modes but that doesn’t mean much when the playerbase is so tiny and there are latency/framerate issues galore.

They pretty much need something radically different yet fitting of 40K to actually draw people in. Doing Battlefront multiplayer clearly wasn’t working.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

Games Workshop’s dread legal legion might have something to do with it; perhaps Behaviour and Bandai made an agreement with GW that forces them to keep the game going for now?