Eutechnyx, the developer responsible for the abominable shambles that was Ride to Hell: Retribution, have surprisingly launched a Warhammer 40,000 game via Steam under questionable circumstances.
And I wonder what the hell Games Workshop is thinking by allowing this to happen.
Warhammer 40,000: Storm of Vengeance quietly launched on 27 February and is touted as a beta version yet is being sold at full price ($9.99). As reported by YouTube gaming critic John “TotalBiscuit” Bain, the game was not available under the Steam Early Access program, which is designed to make it clear to customers that they are not buying a finished product.
Bain questioned the business ethics of releasing a full priced game that is incomplete without it being under the Steam Early Access program. According to Bain, the developer claimed they did not have enough time to get the game into Early Access.
Having uploaded his YouTube video discussing this on 3 March, the game was tagged as an Early Access title on the same day.
Setting the backdrop for Storm of Vengeance is Eutechnyx’s Ride to Hell: Retribution released for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 in June 2013. A game so abysmal that it was universally derided as one of the worst ever, and certainly the worst of 2013 with scores aggregated critic ranging between 10% – 15%.
So what can we expect from the developer of the “Worst Game of 2013”?
Storm of Vengeance is described as a “lane strategy game”; or as StarCraft 2 custom map fans will tell you, a Tug O’ War game. Opposing teams face off down lanes, at the end of which are unit spawning buildings that the player controls, with the goal being to counteract enemy units and eventually overcome their defences.
As Bain observed, this appears to be little more than a re-skinned clone of Eutechnyx’s 2013 game, Ninja Cats vs Samurai Dogs, which goes for US$0.99 on iOS.
This raises the question of just what the hell is going on with the Warhammer 40K license. Since THQ went under in January 2013, its licenses and IP were scattered to the wind, including the Warhammer 40K license which is held by creator Games Workshop.
I’m a big fan of the 40K universe, and so I’ll be hanging up my ‘objectivity’ hat for a moment and base my next comments solely on the gameplay shown and described by Bain.
Storm of Vengeance is utter schlock and a total disservice to fans. Games Workshop either doesn’t know what they are doing, or doesn’t care about giving fans a giant middle finger. This press blurb is particularly amusing:
“Eutechnyx are an extremely professional established developer with a proven track record of successful licensed products” said Jon Gillard Head of Licensing for Games Workshop. “The game they’re creating based on this iconic conflict from the Warhammer 40,000 mythos is another great example of talented developers applying their passion for the IP in a compelling and imaginative game design.”
Bain’s full video is below, and his panning begins around the 7.28 mark.
What do you think of Warhammer 40,000: Storm of Vengeance? Is it worth $10? Let us know in the comments.