Warhammer 40k MMOG Prepped For E3 Reveal

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Warhammer 40k MMOG Prepped For E3 Reveal

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Do you like the grim, dark, grimdark world of Warhammer 40000? Then I have good news for you: THQ's 40k MMOG will finally get a reveal this June at E3 2010.

An MMOG based on the universe of Warhammer 40k would be a tricky proposition for a few reasons, not the least of which was nicely encapsulated by Penny Arcade back in 2007: In WH40k, every last person is a complete bastard at best, and a soul-sucking irredeemable monster at worst. Also, everybody hates everybody else.

But it's also a very popular IP, with a very large potential subscriber base. That's why a 40k MMOG has been in the works for the past few years at THQ's Austin-based studio, Vigil Games - the same folks responsible for this year's Darksiders (so they've already got the OMG SHOULDERPADS look down).

The MMOG has been in development for a few years now, which means it's finally ready to see the light of day: THQ boss Brian Farrell said today that the game would make its debut at this year's E3 with a "full" unveiling, reports Kotaku.

I've never really been a fan of the Warhammer 40k setting, personally - it's a bit too ridiculous for me, and I'll take StarCraft over it any day of the week. But it has a very devoted following and a few decades' worth of backstory, so there's plenty of lore there to turn into an MMOG. It also has a devoted following who are used to spending lots of money on it (those little figures don't come cheap, after all) - so if Vigil and THQ pull this off well, it could be a huge financial success for them, even if it doesn't see WoW-level numbers.

"We don't need the kind of subscriber levels that people throw around, like a million subscribers, to make a lot of money on this title. If we get anywhere near this level, we'll be making a lot of money," said Farrell in an earnings call, according to Joystiq.

I know we have a lot of 40k fans in our audience (who are probably itching to tear me limb from limb for daring to admit I prefer SC, come to think of it), so I'll ask the question: If done well, would you play a 40k MMOG?

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i'd be interested how they do alliances and all that but yeah i think i would!
also meh i never felt for starcraft

p.s wow.. i'm first in a thread for once..

If it looks good I'm certainly willing to give it a shot. I just hope there's an Assault Marine class.

I'd play it if:
a) it's done well for all races,
b) it isn't subscription-based,
and c) there's enough incentive for people to play as more than just power-armoured brutes.

I myself would probably play an Eldar; I play them on the tabletop.

I'll wait impatiently to see how it turns out.If it looks even remotely decent,I'll try to get in a beta/trial.
I'm not a fan of the pay every month,but I'm willing to overlook this little obstacle if the game lets me play as a necron lord or a tau commander.

John Funk:
(who are probably itching to tear me limb from limb for daring to admit I prefer SC, come to think of it)

GET HIM!!

OT: This is the biggest thing for me at E3 this year, cannot wait to see how it actually works.

I shall keep an eye on this, I still have my fear of online multiplayer games like WoW, but this may help me overcome that fear. Now where are my Dark Eldar? No True Kin= No Me

-2fish

CounterAttack:
I'd play it if:
a) it's done well for all races,
b) it isn't subscription-based,
and c) there's enough incentive for people to play as more than just power-armoured brutes.

I myself would probably play an Eldar; I play them on the tabletop.

Agreed on all points.
I'd like to add that I'd want proper combat. In a universe as bloody and visceral as 40k, I'd damn well better be able to do more than just click on a guy and watch my character poke him until he's dead.

Im definitely curious to see how they do it, I mean Im hoping its good, Ive always kinda liked the 40k universe altho I dont play the mini game I have played the hell out of the dawn of war series and a few other pc games based on 40k

oh and starcraft can fornicate itself with an iron rod

YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES

40k is by far the greatest SciFi IP out there.

CounterAttack:
I'd play it if:
b) it isn't subscription-based

It will be..... name a AAA MMO which isn't?

Ranooth:

John Funk:
(who are probably itching to tear me limb from limb for daring to admit I prefer SC, come to think of it)

GET HIM!!

BURN THE NON BELIEVER!

*Ahem*

I would probably give it a shot if done well. But MMO's have never really been my thing in the first place.

And as mentioned above, there better be some damn insane combat.

There is a 50% chance I'll pick this up if done right

Depends how the game mechanics work if its done like dow 2 ill pass.

also depends on how they do factions as well if its u can play chaos but only the word bearers or u can play marines but only ultras( or god forbid blood ravens) again ill pass.

I think the only way I'd play is if it was non-subscription. Other than that, heck yeah I'd play it. I do love me some WH40k

Irridium:

Ranooth:

John Funk:
(who are probably itching to tear me limb from limb for daring to admit I prefer SC, come to think of it)

GET HIM!!

BURN THE NON BELIEVER!

*Ahem*

I would probably give it a shot if done well. But MMO's have never really been my thing in the first place.

And as mentioned above, there better be some damn insane combat.

BURN THE HERETIC!

*Clears his throat*

I'm with Irridum on this, MMO's aren't my thing per say but I might be willing to give this a shot if it's any good, I'm for Chaos, Necrons and of course, the Imperial Guard if they have those factions.

I know we have a lot of 40k fans in our audience (who are probably itching to tear me limb from limb for daring to admit I prefer SC, come to think of it), so I'll ask the question: If done well, would you play a 40k MMOG?

Do you hear that sound? That is the cacophony of a billion chainswords swarming toward your fetid pit of heresy to tear your soul from your limbs for the unending glory of the Emperor!!!

Erm... where was I?

I doubt I'd play it. I still have trouble with paying X pounds a month simply for the privilege of playing a game I already spent forty quid on just to get in my hands.

If it is in some way truly special, like a cross between all the best bits of World of Warcraft and Battlefield, but on a Warhammer scale, then it would be worth it. But another mmo with Warhammer stickers, unlikely.

Then again, the draw of the universe where rule of cool = scientific fact is very, very strong.

PS, my inner heretic says roll on July 27th!

And there was much rejoicing
YAY!

It's not an MMOFPS, so I'm disappointed by default. But I'm still very curious about it. It could've been so grand though.... PlanetSide set in the W40K universe...*sigh*

Bretty:
It will be..... name a AAA MMO which isn't?

Guild Wars. And it sells.

Not the god damn Ultramarines please! Ugh. Dark Angels or Blood Angels need their time to shine.

Also, don't make the conflict around only two faction. Two faction limitation is completely counter to the 40K IP and is a seriously bad idea. I don't see how you could adeqately reflect the 40K universe without having numerous armies represented on their own. Don't go down the path that EA Mythic did with the Warhammer Fantasy IP by lumping multiple armies into two big super-alliances.

John, you just signed your death wish

SUFFER NOT THE UNCLEAN TO LIVE!

I really hope they do something new with this. I don't want to go running around like a superhero. I want your character to be a squad, with all the different upgrades and doctrines acting as a level up system.

Full scale wars, with each person's squad commiting themselves to the battlefield in a real time combat situation. No turn base, but troop movements and special abilities being thrown around on the fly.

fix-the-spade:

I know we have a lot of 40k fans in our audience (who are probably itching to tear me limb from limb for daring to admit I prefer SC, come to think of it), so I'll ask the question: If done well, would you play a 40k MMOG?

Do you hear that sound? That is the cacophony of a billion chainswords swarming toward your fetid pit of heresy to tear your soul from your limbs for the unending glory of the Emperor!!!

Erm... where was I?

I doubt I'd play it. I still have trouble with paying X pounds a month simply for the privilege of playing a game I already sent forty quid just to get in my hands.

If it is in some way truly special, like a cross between all the best bits of World of Warcraft and Battlefield, but on a Warhammer scale, then it would be worth it. But another mmo with Warhammer stickers, unlikely.

Then again, the draw of the universe where rule of cool = scientific fact is very, very strong.

PS, my inner heretic says roll on July 27th!

OFFICIAL! The number of souls who have given their lives for the Emperor now outnumber the stars themselves!

I'm not an MMO person, and all my MMO attention is focused on Infinity:QFE. Still, if it's good...

FOR THE GREATER GOOD!
I will play if it is done well and I get to play the Tau. Fuck the rest of the races (cept the 'crons and 'nids) I want my Communist, mech piloting, plasma rifle sporting, samurai blueberries!

Cowabungaa:

Bretty:
It will be..... name a AAA MMO which isn't?

Guild Wars. And it sells.

You are lucky I already used Lex Luthor today once. Okay, fine.

WRROOOOOOONG!!!

Not a MMO. Nope. Not even the devs claim it's an MMO. It's an CORPG (in this case, cooperative online RPG). Everything instanced. Even towns. You can't see anything outside of the town. Not an MMO. Same as Diablo 2 isn't an MMO, or GunZ isn't a MMO, or other instanced games.

Yokai:

CounterAttack:
I'd play it if:
a) it's done well for all races,
b) it isn't subscription-based,
and c) there's enough incentive for people to play as more than just power-armoured brutes.

I myself would probably play an Eldar; I play them on the tabletop.

Agreed on all points.
I'd like to add that I'd want proper combat. In a universe as bloody and visceral as 40k, I'd damn well better be able to do more than just click on a guy and watch my character poke him until he's dead.

For what it's worth, Warhammer Online had point and click combat, but it always felt real. I winced in pain the first time I tried out my shiney new "Go Fer the Janglies" power (seriously) on a bunch of Dwarves, only to see them crumple like a paper towel. That had just been kicked in the bollocks by a Black Orc in full plate.

I'll be honest, I think Mass Effect style combat would work best with 40k, maybe with a slightly improved melee interface. Still, even if it's just clicking on enemies, if they keep the atmosphere it'll be miles better than The Old Republic :)

Exocet:
I'll wait impatiently to see how it turns out.If it looks even remotely decent,I'll try to get in a beta/trial.
I'm not a fan of the pay every month,but I'm willing to overlook this little obstacle if the game lets me play as a necron lord or a tau commander.

Last I heard, the races were Orks. There as something about Imperium, Eldar and Chaos too, but I can't think of a single reason why anyone would want to play them (Oooh I can, I'll play a Catachan Jungle Fighter. And ONLY a Catachan Jungle Fighter) when they can play DA ORKSEZ!

Starcraft IS the 40k universe, just with a sense of humor. Having drunken guys in jeeps doesn't make the Starcraft universe any less about "ridiculous" power armor, space elves, and space bugs!

DEATH TO THE FALSE EMPEROR!
xD
Butyasrsbussnsstiem, would be soo awsome to play as a terminator or Dreadknought. Then especialy the Chaos. The only time the "evil" side of things would look so awsome. To make it atleast somewhat successful, you'd need Chaos and Imperium, Imperial Guard, Elder, and Orks. Also would need a solid story line lore thing, to keep things updated, and add new things. Other then those two things, sounds like it'd be atleast trippy to try.

jng2058:
Starcraft IS the 40k universe, just with a sense of humor. Having drunken guys in jeeps doesn't make the Starcraft universe any less about "ridiculous" power armor, space elves, and space bugs!

There's a pretty big difference between Starcraft and W40k, mate.

WHAT!? too ridiculous!?

>:\

i actually preferred warhammer because of the grittier stuff,
the characteristically better defined races.

I'd probably won't play the MMOG though, i'll stick to my RTS ^^

THIS EDITOR'S SKULL WILL BE ADDED TO THE SKULL THRONE!!!

Not that I would play chaos off course, I am more of a dark eldar person.
Looking forward to Commorragh. I hope the shadows can really kill you...

Darksiders is one of the most underrated AAA titles I have seen so far. It's weakness was it's failure of a game design. Mixing impressive and intuitive fighting mechanic with spectacular yet subtle details and effects, with f**king ridiculous puzzle solving. If they put half as much work into the visuals and effects details, the game would be on my radar.

However, if they would fail on the gameplay level, all of the above would loose its merit. But I want more than just good gameplay from an MMO. Especially a Warhammer 40k game, known for it's awesome missile range graphics.

__
By the way, WH40k is by far the best looking missile range strategy game I have ever seen, so it would be interesting if they'll be able to make an MMO look as awesome when in spectacular battles.

I can't figure out how StarCraft is less ridiculous than Warhammer 40,000. Maybe if you're only comparing the humans, I suppose, but they're still both 'futuristic' fantasy, Rule of Cool settings riddled with 'psychic energy' and conspicuously low-tech humans who emphasize the worst aspects of humanity.

In my mind, at least Warhammer 40K acknowledges its fantasy nature enough to have a cosmology. StarCraft is still in denial.

Abedeus:

You are lucky I already used Lex Luthor today once. Okay, fine.

WRROOOOOOONG!!!

Not a MMO. Nope. Not even the devs claim it's an MMO. It's an CORPG (in this case, cooperative online RPG). Everything instanced. Even towns. You can't see anything outside of the town. Not an MMO. Same as Diablo 2 isn't an MMO, or GunZ isn't a MMO, or other instanced games.

Okay. Well then there isn't one I guess. Ah well I'm cool with subscriptions anyway. Huge servers, loads of new content and updates (that is if the MMO is good), I'll gladly pay for it. Glad I didn't get GW on Steam then, when it was cheaper, I like my MORPG's with that extra M.

jng2058:
Starcraft IS the 40k universe, just with a sense of humor. Having drunken guys in jeeps doesn't make the Starcraft universe any less about "ridiculous" power armor, space elves, and space bugs!

Just sayin' but trying to argue that SC has a better sense of humor than 40K is like saying that Will Farrell can do Shakespeare.

And, as I know everyone will do so as well, 40k predates SC by at least a decade, SC was originally going to be a 40k game, and Heinlein wrote the book on all power armor in the history of Sci Fi.

Im intrested but with so many MMOs currently out there...I think I will watch it, but...maybe not play it

This certainly has my interest.

Saerain:
I can't figure out how StarCraft is less ridiculous than Warhammer 40,000. Maybe if you're only comparing the humans, I suppose, but they're still both 'futuristic' fantasy, Rule of Cool settings riddled with 'psychic energy' and conspicuously low-tech humans who emphasize the worst aspects of humanity.

In my mind, at least Warhammer 40K acknowledges its fantasy nature enough to have a cosmology. StarCraft is still in denial.

The Emperor of Mankind is the leader of the Imperium of Man, and is described by the Imperial Ecclesiarchy as the Father, Guardian and God of humanity. He has sat immobile within the Golden Throne of Terra for over ten thousand years. Although once a living man, his shattered body can no longer support life, and remains intact by a mind itself sustained by the daily sacrifice of thousands of lives. He has sacrificed his immortal life in the service of Man.

Ridiculously awesome and over the top, but ridiculous none the less.

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