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Eternal Crusade: A First Look at the Early Access


Eternal Crusade will have a big announcement tomorrow...... and yes, I just got off the phone with the team behind the game. Tomorrow they will show us a never before seen war zone that will gives us the first prototype map for the first early access release. Here are some of the details......


Tomorrow you will want to tune in to Twitch Tv at 1:30 ET to see an exclusive 20 minute battle first hand. This is a fully functional version of the first early access module that will be available to those in the Founder's Program (those that have pre-ordered the game). While the module will support more, (20x20), this will be the only chance you have to see the entire battle as it unfolds.

If you watch it later..... you will only see a 5 minute recap of the event. I personally will be there tomorrow to see the match up as I want to see how far the game has progressed. It will show off the game with audio of the marine players as they are playing the game, so that you will get a feel for what its like to actually be playing the game.

Highlights will include tank battles......... having to shut down a Void Shield to bring their tanks weapons to bear and much more. This will be a live battle, so once the combat begins... its anyone's game.

The first early access module has no official release date at this time, but I would imagine that we will know something much more concrete on that very soon (within a couple weeks).

Its interesting that when the first early access module was first being discussed, it was nothing more than a shooting gallery and the like, but has evolved into a full on pvp battle between two forces, with tanks, heavy weapons and more.

So if your like me, you've have already set aside some time tomorrow to catch the event. Normally I catch the video later during the weekend, but for this one I am looking forward to seeing it, and will watch it live.

Here is the link you need.
http://www.twitch.tv/40kcrusade
From the Dev TeamJoin us Friday, December 19th, 2014 at 1:30pm EST for the final #40kcrusade Twitch livestream of the year! www.twitch.tv/40kcrusade

We'll be battling it out on a never-before seen war zone, hosting a Razer giveaway, and more! Don't miss it.

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  1. Or you could get excited about Bioware making a 40K game as well... :D http://www.examiner.com/article/mass-effect-4-developer-purchases-new-video-game-franchise

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    1. um, wasnt that the "now gone and never heard of again" Dark Millennium?

      that article you are pointing to is over a year and a half old.

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    2. Which is too bad because this game looks atrocious. Graphics are horrendous, models look bad are way out of scale, and it's an MMO....

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    3. Whilst your gripes with the game are valid, it's still in development and changes are bound to happen. Just give it some time and It'll (hopefully) get better.

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    4. The game is still under development. It would be unreasonable to expect polished graphics at this point. I think gameplay and mechanics are what we should be looking at.

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    5. Actually Nat is right. It was posted recently but this seems like old news. It's not the old MMO, but it doesn't seem to have been repeated beyond that one article so it's probably bunk. That makes me a bit sad. Sorry for the confusion.

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    6. An article, in the gaming section of a non-gaming/tech focused publication, citing a since deleted post on some random guy's blogger page, from over a year and a half ago. Sounds legit.

      As for EC, it was a bold choice for them to be so open with Alpha assets so early. Judging from reaction's like Kevin's, it unsurprisingly isn't paying off the way they'd probably like.

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    7. Dark Mellinium looked so amazing :(

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    8. @Natfka, I have played in dozens of MMO's alpha and betas and the graphics aren't going to change all that much by release unfortunately.

      Personally I think 40k license is best used as an RTS. The dawn of war series was amazing. I still hold out hope that it will get made since sega bought the rights when THQ went bankrupt.

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    9. Sorry to upset you kevin but yes they do change dramatically from early alpha through beta and then launch. I get this feeling your the kind to buy an early acess game off steam then downvote it for being unfinished at the time of purchase. Amusingly last time I checked those were the only gripes people had with mordheim.

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    10. I thought EC was still pre-alpha.

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    11. @Lokenoth way to be %100 wrong, I've never bought a single early access game, never plan to.

      As far as the graphics changing, never once seen a major overhaul in dozens of alpha/betas I've played in.

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    12. @Kevin
      100% Wrong? Time to don my pedantic pants! :
      I never said you did, I said your the kind that would.
      Also in this current market you seem to be contradicting yourself as very few companies now offer free alpha/beta acess anymore, those that do tend to be deep into the beta phase (Eg a week away from launch of which yeah they wouldn't change any graphics past graphic faults)
      And as Unknown said this is pre alpha footage, about 1/20th of the total assets have been modeled let alone skinned! Like Rome games are not built in a day, with maybe an exception to flappy bird.

      Oh and with the previous gripe of character models being out of scale. Which scale?
      Heroic scale? art scale? True scale?

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    13. I guess we'll have to agree to disagree because with all the first hand experience I've had alpha and beta testing games, not once in dozens of games have i seen graphics go from terrible to amazing, or even good.

      The assault jump packs for instance look terrible, not only do they not look like adding marine jump packs but they are also way too large. There are dozens of other little things I saw but that's just a quick example.

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    14. Got to agree with Kevin

      There are Beta Games that never made Alpha that looked world better.
      This is a small Team and they are Not useing some other companies engine. I think the only thing you should expect is this game to get finished. What ever that would mean.
      Its kinda just a Bad BF4 ripoff. Were the grafik so far doesnt reach BF2 lvl.
      Without really high player numbers this game has nothing to offer & should be called MMO.

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    15. So.. How many of you understand that this is "PRE" alpha footage? I mean I know its hard to understand the pre part but it means before. This is NOT alpha.... They are miles off "ALPHA"

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  2. Hope they polish it up a bit the last bit looked goofy and not bad ass lol

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    1. its not even in beta yea, gfx come much much later.

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  3. I find it wrong to see games in alpha stage or even the early access; they sucks, point. I don't care if is still under development and years from beta, then don't show this crap!? It's a non-sense, bad publicity.

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    1. How dare those developers be open with their work and leave themselves open to criticism, how dare they antagonize the fan base with a forum for which you may vent yout disgust at them witn, how jolly dare they indeed!

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    2. How dare we express our opinions on the internet!!

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    3. @Lokenoth: If developers show me crap, I can say it's crap, next time developers wait to have something more solid and interesting; It's a too early stage to show at the whole internet audience.

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    4. @lokken
      They have been selling preorders for months. This game is not supported by anyone with money.

      People are going to call it what it is!




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  4. Anyone would think this was the finished product with the amount of people complaining about the graphics... It's not out for another year people!

    This is purely an early access for people that pre-ordered the game as a reward for doing so.

    By the time the game is released it should have all the polish you would expect and will be open world like Destiny and not confined to battlegrounds like the one they are going to show off.

    There are also 2 playable races as well as the Tyranid NPC's they have yet to include.

    Have a little faith people and if your still not happy, then don't buy the game!

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    1. The problem is people don't understand what actual alpha and beta statuses mean. Alpha is straight up incomplete; missing features, placeholder graphics, buggy as hell. Beta is typically feature complete, and now at the polish stage.

      Most of what gamers these days are sold as betas or alphas are more like glorified demos, calling it beta makes it sounds cooler and more exclusive. Alpha even more so.

      EC is downing of legit alpha status work, and rather than be taken as the cool move it is on their part (possibly to prove something is actually being made after the Dark Millennium debacle), it's putting off a lot of people expecting this to be like the typical 'beta' or 'alpha'.

      I mean, there was access to a Destiny 'alpha' offered this summer. Two months ahead of launch. Get real.

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    2. If I have to do a paint and I show you only a canvan that's a pre-alpha? Company game should understand that for occasional gamer and buyer look at something incomplete, with missing feature, bad graphics and buggy as hell it's counterproductive.

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  5. The early access isn't even available yet. This is a pre-alpha version of a demo!

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  6. I've done alpha and beta work before. It doesn't change as much as you'd think. Plus, it doesn't matter if it is "early-access". If it looks like ass, it looks like ass. Attacking people for having legitimate criticism is asinine.

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    1. Pre-Alpha. People who criticise something should atleast understand what they are on about.

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    2. So your assuming anyone that criticizes this pre-alpha game knows nothing about pre-alpha games not has ever seen pre-alpha screen shots or gameplay before? That's a bold assumption....

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    3. We have UNDERSTAND that's a pre-alpha but WHY show this stage of work if it's so rough and unpolish??? It's too early, ther's nothing good to see... it's material for those who work on, not for those who want to buy it. It's so stupid that freakin'me off.

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    4. They are going to say its pRe-alpha or Alpha for the next few years.
      Even when Its out.
      Hardcore Fans!

      Look at other Games from mini companies. They releas as in Beta or aAlpha free2plays and most of the Time just get ditched while the game is still "incomplete". So few maps, gamemodes, players, servers and no game support.

      I dont see Why this game should be diffrent?
      This is a nich Hobby to beginnt with. Who could it possibly be a huge succes that brings in the money to do a full scale game.
      IMO the Team should have just done a BF4 mod. Thats all they are doing as is.

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    5. at least then they'd have a good engine to build off of.

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    6. Quick question, what level of experience do you have with the internal operations of a game development company? You all seem to be in on the inside of it all rubbing shoulders with Gabe and Peter. Or is your knowledge derived from playing Alpha and beta games? Myself, I study game design and story dev ( What a useless university degree right? )

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    7. Loken
      This is a freee2play game with upgrades for money.
      Anyone that has played some of those.and other Games understand what you dont.
      They focus on sellable content. So all the Basic stuff like grafiks, maps, Player support ect is not going to be great.
      The stuff they Show off is not exacally reason to belive Beta or final game will be diffrent in quality to what other companys did & do on low Budgets.

      Why to you belive Alpha or Beta will bring much change? Its not supported by any grounds.

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    8. And what grounds do you have to assume such a thing about their company? They have so many names working with them, they are partnering with steam. They may not be big but that doesn't mean their quality will be crap.
      It's not all free to play. The free to play is with the orks and buying the game will give access to full game. They do care about graphics and maps, you realize they were/ still are working with working on star citizen. They may surprise you, and it is very possible that they could make significant changes.

      Hell they've been at this for what, 11 months maybe a bit over a year? And if you look from how they were from the beginning to now it's improved quite a bit... And they still have a long way to go, not sure if they're going to release end of 2015 or beginning/middle of 2016. They're also going to give the early access to people and have them give them feedback to see what needs to be worked on and you know people.... tend to be hardcore critics and as far as I know they have made changes based on people's opinions to some degree.

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