Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade Using PikkoServer
Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade is being described by its official website as "3rd Person Persistent Online Action in the first MMORPG of the 41st Millennium." It's a nebulous claim, to be sure, but it does sort of invoke the idea of something technically profound. If this is indeed the case, it's a bold claim, but one that Behaviour Interactive has time to deliver upon. See, the game isn't expected to launch until 2015.
In the meantime, Behaviour's been making nice with MuchDifferent so they can utilize the power of PikkoServer.
In case you're unfamiliar, PikkoServer was the tech MuchDifferent used to support 1,000 players simultaneously in a single game environment. This is a record-setting achievement, and it's one Behaviour seems excited to take advantage of.
Stephen Mulrooney, Behaviour Interactive’s Executive Technical Director, offered some thoughts on the tech: “MuchDifferent offers a level of game server scalability for massively multiplayer online games that no one else can. With PikkoServer we’ll be able to meet the Gaming community’s expectations and more simultaneous players.”
Mulrooney's subdued analysis of the tech, though, pales in comparison to the unbridled passion of Miguel Caron, Behaviour Interactive Online’s Head of Studio, who said, “Imagine seeing 500 Space Orks running towards you shouting Waaagh! While you and 499 of your Space Marines friends get ready to defend your Forteress!! I know I can!!!’’ If you can't tell that he's excited, just go back and count all those exclamation marks.
Keep in mind that the game is slated for release on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. That means these massive-scale battles will presumably be available on home consoles. Did your brain explode yet?
Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade is expected to launch at some point in 2015, so, even though the idea of 500 vs. 500 multiplayer sounds fantastic, don't get too excited quite yet. There's a long wait ahead of us. Of course, there's always Warhammer Online to hold us over until then.