Square Enix Is Publishing A Warhammer 40,000 Game

By Spencer . June 13, 2014 . 2:02pm

image Square Enix is dabbling with the Warhammer license and picked the rights to publish Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade. Behavior Interactive, the studio behind Naughty Bear, is developing the MMORPG and Square Enix will publish it.


Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade is a third person MMORPG set in the Game Workshop universe. The game is in development for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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  • timanel1

    warhammer mmorpg ? good old days when they did this rts

  • Jadfish

    Expected sales – probably 5 million copies sold world wide during the first year, if Square-Enix’s publishing track record is anything to go by

    • flameraver64

      If by expected sales you mean Square Enix over-estimating sales like they did with Tomb Raider, then yep

      • chibidw

        I think it’s safe to assume that’s what he meant.

  • chibidw

    Naughty Bear wasn’t a very good game… and the rest of their library is just franchise tie-ins.

    I can’t say I’m very confident in the idea of them “me too”-ing an MMO. Especially Warhammer 40k which is on par with Star Trek for some criminally bad cash-ins that tend to be far more common than the actual good games in the series.

    • DaiRaiOh

      Except there’s been more good 40k games than bad ones. The Dawn of War series and it’s expansions alone guarantee as much. And honestly, I’ve been keep track of the dev diaries for the game. They’re very very passionate about the game if not anything, so I have some hope.

      • chibidw

        I wish I could agree, but unfortunately “Passion” doesn’t really tell me much either because that by itself doesn’t typically translate into a good game. Eutechnyx also had “passion”, even going as far as to post on Warhammer 40k fan boards playing up their awful mobile cash-in.

        I’m not going to dignify expansions as separate entries. But unless you’re one of those people where “Warhammer 40k” on the title makes it an automatic 8.0, just off the top of my head:

        Mediocre or worse:
        Fire Warrior
        Mark of Chaos
        Storm of Vengeance(oh god, awful)
        Rites of War
        Squad Command
        Space Hulk (the mobile version)
        Space Hulk (1993)
        Vengeance of the Blood Angels (3DO/PS1/Saturn)
        Kill Team

        Space Marine(It’s a good experience….the first time. But it’s a one trick pony.)
        Space Hulk (2013)

        Good or better:
        Chaos Gate
        Final Liberation
        Dawn of War 1
        Dawn of War 2

        Even if we count Space Marine and Space Hulk ’13 under the “good” column, they still get outweighed by the numerous other games that have just been franchise cash-ins. (Which raises red flags for me because Behavior seems pretty good at milking franchise cash-ins, judging by their history)

        • Trotmeister

          The new Space Hulk is horrible. It’s incredible how they managed to mess this one up. I mean, they didn’t have to invent the gameplay or even design the levels – the tabletop game already had it all. And yet…

          Although, to be fair, it’s somewhat less horrible now after a bunch of updates, but it’s still a very underwhelming experience.

          • drproton

            I’m pretty sure Games Workshop stipulates in the license that the computer game must be flawed enough that it does not encourage players to stop buying figurines.

          • darke

            That… actually explains quite a bit.

            Would also explain why they seem intent to toss the licence out to anyone and everyone who wants to make a computer game of it, good or not. Clearly the logic is to destroy the hope that the computer versions will be in any way good, to reinforce people to purchase their expensive minis and book reprints. :P

          • AndyLC

            “Warhammer 40k comes out on Wii-U with Amiibo tie-in”

        • Abend

          i found dawn of war 2 kinda of a mess despite it being more true to the tabletop it felt more boring and drawn out.

        • Warboss Aohd

          i love how the main character in Space Marine basically gave the Codex Astartes and that one guy who writes Warhammer 40k the fans all hate the Finger.

  • Freud_Hater

    Publishing. Not developing… that means it might be good! =D

    • Kaetsu

      Wrong. It’s A) an MMO B) Made by Behaviour the company who is responsible for atrocities such as Naughty Bear and WET

      • Freud_Hater

        Well MMOs can be fun… and while I’ve heard of how bad Naughty Bear is and the same goes for WET, I’m sure they’ve made a few decent games… a quick look at their Wikipedia game shows me they’ve made the Teen Titans video game and that was fairly decent… I’ll end my argument here because I lack any further good points to put forward.

        It could be okay! Let’s not judge too fast!

      • Everybody who says WET was bad is someone who never played WET and is doing that annoying thing where they’re just regurgitating whatever they heard from “professionals” on IGN or whatever. Ugh.

        That game is brilliant fun. They’re an inconsistent developer, but they’re more than capable of making great, fun games with loads of quality.

    • Ry

      And lets not forget, these guys are 40k fans, they are going to pull out the stops for this game. That is also why they talk to the fans for insight, don’t think of that as weakness.

  • Thatguy

    Look! Another attempt to make Warhammer 40k MMORPG!

  • I’m pretty sure it’s not an MMO anymore. I’m pretty sure that, back when THQ was developing it, and they were bleeding cash, they downscaled things. And that Behaviour’s game here has never gone back up to full MMO status.

    Kind of like Jagex’s Transformers Universe.

    I would not get your hopes up for a full-blown MMO…

  • Ladius

    This could be either awesome or a trainwreck, but as a big WH40k fan I’m definitely interested in what they’re trying to achieve.

    Aside from strategy games like Final Liberation (that one was based on Epic 40k, though) and Chaos Gate and the rts Dawn of War series, I feel this license hasn’t been used particularly well in terms of videogame spin-offs. A single player rpg set in the Imperium could be fabulous considering the sheer amount of lore a good team could use, but sadly it seem no one is interested in something like that.

  • Warboss Aohd

    ‘MMO’ ‘PS4 and Xbox One’ ‘Warhammer 40k’

    You have my attention.

  • Hector Velar

    I want freaking chocobos with freaking laser beams attached to their heads!

  • Skeptika Crediblus

    GW has such great IP, and they’ve done such shitty things with it. Hopefully this will be the exception to the rule.

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