Server shutdown kills Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade

Server shutdown kills Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade

Behaviour Interactive's Warhammer 40k shooter is no longer playable in any form.


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In a ᴍᴏʀᴇ thᴀɴ ɪʀᴏɴic twɪst ɢɪᴠᴇn tʜᴇ ɢᴀᴍᴇ's naᴍᴇ, Warhamᴍᴇr 40,000: Eternal Crᴜsade ɪs ɴᴏ ᴍᴏʀᴇ ꜰᴏʟʟᴏᴡɪɴg a sᴇʀᴠᴇr shutᴅᴏwn ᴏɴ Septemʙᴇr 10th. Wɪᴛh tʜᴇ ᴏꜰficial sᴇʀᴠᴇrs shut ᴅᴏwn Eternal Crᴜsade ɪs ɴᴏw ᴅᴇᴀᴅ ᴀɴd ɢᴏne, wɪᴛh ʙᴏᴛʜ PvP ᴀɴd PvE modes ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟᴇᴛᴇly ɪɴaccessible. Tʜᴇ ɢᴀᴍᴇ cʟɪᴇnt ɪs ɴᴏ ʟᴏɴɢer availᴀʙʟᴇ ꜰᴏʀ ᴅᴏwnload ᴏɴ Sᴛᴇᴀᴍ.

Developed and published by Dead by Daylight studio Behaviour Interactive, Eternal Crusade released in 2016 to middling reviews and has never quite lived up to the potential that fans clearly saw in it. The sunsetting of the game was first announced in June. Yesterday's announcement from the team behind the game was short and simple, thanking players for enjoying the game. 

Fans of the game are having mixed reactions, somewhere between disbelief that they can no longer play and happiness . Others are more of an opinion that taking down the game was for the best. "Its better to kill off this game than beating the dead horse," said one player in a July thread. According to Steam charts, the game hasn't averaged more than a few hundred players online in years.

Nonetheless, the usual question is posed here: People paid for a game they no longer have access to. Should the game's publisher have a moral obligation to let players host their own servers? It's always a risk with server-based games, but the legality and ethics are a topic of debate in circumstances like these.

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