So I picked up the Issue of PC Gamer everyone is talking about. After a lengthy scan to find the article in question, I just about crapped my pants in disappointment.
Let me explain. I've been doing the 40K thing for a while. Long enough to remeber sustained fire dice.. but not long enough to be a Rouge Trader... yet. Several things about the preview in PC Gamer set huge gonging alarm bells ringing in my head.
Since I am sure PC Gamer wants everyone to run out and by their articles, and I support their need to be able to buy paper and pay writers, I will try to keep this to a minnium.
Colorful and vivid vs Dark and dour affairs - Yes the game itself when played with minatures is often a colorful affair. However the warhammer world is not. When you have 50 plus variants of the same space marine armor your going to get some pretty spectcular color scheme. Previous games have been dark and dour because of the feel the game as in, character,universe, and story is a dark and scary affair. There are NO true good guys in this warhammer game. It's Inquistors slaughter planets at just the rumor of a tainted book, or cult. The Emperium's citzens are taught to distrust any alien from birth, and Xenocide is common. Its a universe where technology is dark and strange, and yet miraculous and worshipped. Any piece of concept art from the codexes, or Chapter Aproved will reinforce this along with quotes from characters in the universe like.. the main quote on every Main box of warhammer 40K and at the top of the 40K website. "In the GRIM DARKNESS of the future there is only war"
I am not going to be liked for this opinion. But I feel after seeing the screen shot, that it looks.... .. hoakie, bright, corny, unrealistic, VIVID. After the earilier very hope inspiring concept art of the nightlord, I am going to assume this is a THQ thing? As relic must keep her publishers happy, is there a place I can be heard at THQ about what the Warhammer 40K universe is? How does the designers and artists feel about this? Am I the only one who likes my dark dystopia of a universe, that doesn't have the glitz and happy people from Star Trek. It's almost like the rant between the old dark Star Wars vs the newer happy Star Wars..
I want SO badly for the game you are creating to be the best thing I have ever seen, thus I feel this is very imporant and that I have somewhat of an obligation to stand up and say something.
Just a bit more.. the very next line on the website..
"Space Marines form the unyielding fist of the Emperor, brutally crushing all who threaten his vast realm. The mere mention of their name elicits cries of despair among the many enemies of Mankind."
P.S. I didn't like WarCraft III because of the same reason, and thus.. didn't buy it. Heck.. WarCraft II suffered from the same thing.. Now WarCraft ONE.. thats a game with darkness! LUCTAR! TOFU! BAZWATCH!