Virgil Games the masterminds behind Darksides are currently slaving over 40k's first MMO. As they put it...quote:
Warhammer 40,000 is one of the most eagerly anticipated MMOs on the horizon. As long time fans of Warhammer 40,000, we're pulling out all the stops to deliver a game that will plunge players deep into this incredibly rich universe.
We’ll be announcing more about the game in the months to come, so stay tuned.
True, we know very very little about the game at this point, but the game is planned to be fully revealed at this years E3. To be exact, sometime between June 15th to June 17th. Right around the corner.
We do know some key aspects of the game though...
Planned release in 2012
Will be released in North America, Europe, and Asia
Interesting take on their payment plan. America and Europe will be traditionally handled with a monthly fee, but Asia's payment will be based on micro-transactions. Quite clever Virgil.
All major Warhammer 40k races will be represented, from 'nids to those damn wussy elves with guns!
Will be an RPG and and not a FPS. I suspect many will be unhappy about this.
Despite not being FPS based, cover will play a very important role. I imagine like the smuggler in Old Republic.
Flanking and suppression will also be major components. Sounds like some inspiration from DoW2.
non-violent activities will be present.
The role of vehicles is unknown, but it sounds lke Virgil is well aware of their importance!
As far as customization goes We are going to have the coolest looking characters of any MMO, ever" - Joel Madureira
Will take place well after Horus Heresy, in a time frame similar to current 40k lore.
Visually all we did have is some sexy concept art... and here it is, so enjoy!
A lovely piece of scenery, ruined/improved by a damned ork's hunk of junk.
An Ultramarine... safe to assume Space Marines will be a playible race. I would bet my soul on it. (It has been confirmed that SMs, specifically Black Templars, will be playable in the game along with IG and AM.)
A nifty imperial titan.
Yet another Ork warship! Based on the concept art, it really does seem like vehicles are getting love!
Thanks to Warhammer 40k MMO source for collecting all the great info.