Eternal Crusade is now officially shut down for good

Five years is slightly less than 'eternal'

    
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We’re not entirely certain, but this probably means that the heretics won. Eternal Crusade is now shut down for good, with the developers posting one last brief thank you to the game’s player base as part of the final closure. Players are eulogizing the game in the comments, although not all memories of the game appear to be positive.

Fans will remember that Eternal Crusade launched into early access back in January of 2016, with a full launch in September of that year. Our own impressions of the title were sharply negative, with the game shifting over to a free-to-play model in March of 2017. That upped the game’s player count, but not enough; the very next year we were including that with our regular “whatever happened to” roundup in which we looked into the game’s silence. The sunset was announced back in June after two years of relative silence. Our condolences to players who are affected by the shutdown, as it appears that the game’s development staff had all moved forward to other projects.

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John Mclain

I can honestly say it was not a mmo. It was a multiplayer lobby shooter. They just promised it would be a mmo “someday”. The gameplay and shooting were horrendous, and TTK was stupidly short. It was a inarguably “bad” game. It will not be missed.

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rk70534

It was only a fragment of the original vision for the game.

Considering how Warhammer is flourishing and growing in all forms, I do hope that the flood of games will come to involve new non-mobile MMOs in the future – even when a minor curse seems to be connected with attempts to create Warhammer MMOs…

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Leo

They have failed the Emperor

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Jaymes Buckman

I kept waiting for the console version they announced.

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Dankey Kang

You might be waiting a little longer, I hear it’s been delayed.

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Sorenthaz

I’d say it’s a shame but the game failed from the get-go to do what it aspired to do, instead settling for basically being a WH40K version of the classic Star Wars Battlefront games. There was still some decent potential for fun stuff there, but when it launched in such a messy fashion after already being heavily watered down from what they initially wanted to do, it’s no wonder it never recovered. It was a pretty big blunder all-around and shows one of the big downsides of Games Workshop sort of just giving the WH license to whoever wants to make a game off it.

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Jeremy Barnes

I wish more games would have a greater focus on their core gameplay before they keep trying to add features.

You have a better chance of finding addition funding if you have a barebones game that does what it supposed to really well than trying to add a bunch of stuff to make it look like the game is ‘bigger’ and just failing at everything.

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Dug From The Earth

And this couldnt have just been released to the public so that they could host their own games/servers???

It wasnt an mmorpg. It was like a battlefield game.

In fact, it was probably costing them next to nothing to keep it up and running.

The entirety of Guild Wars 1 costs so little that they said it could stay up indefinitely, and that it didnt need more than 2 people, and thats an entire mmorpg.

This entire game was just one big disgrace after the next, with the final shut down being the last FU by the people running it.

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Jeremy Barnes

Absolutely no way Games Workshop would allow that. They would charge for just mentioning Warhammer to your friends if they could.

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Greaterdivinity

It’s now Warhammer 40K: The Transient Crusade : (

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Utakata

…it was, er…less eternal than anticipated. :(

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Matthew Yetter

Finite Crusade

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EmberStar

The way they move towards and away from the camera makes it look less like a pallbearers’ march and more like the cha-cha. :P

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Dankey Kang

RIP

Eternal Crusade was the textbook example of over-promising and under-delivering. It was a MMO, then it wasn’t. It was gonna have crazy customisation options, then it didn’t. It was gonna have amazing combat then it didn’t. I remember seeing this as a potential rival to Planetside 2 back in the day, a game which at one point was down to two developers but is now going strong.

I do hope someday that someone can make an MMO with the Warhammer IP and make it work.

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Jeremy Barnes

Software development is filled with people who don’t have a vision they can sell to people. Instead of stepping back and understanding why they can’t sell it, they push forward and take what they can get which is never going to be enough to launch it in any kind of state that people want it.

..but the world NEEDS this and NEEDS it NOW!

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EmberStar

But I have such an amazing pitch for my “you play as a goldfish” MMO… ( T-T )