The Perfect Moment For Warhammer 40K: Dark Millenium Online
This is the perfect moment in time for the Warhammer 40k MMORPG. Right now, exactly as we stand, with all the information we know, the game is perfect. It exists in some kind of temporal quantum flux (thanks Star Trek encyclopedia), a state of neither non-existence nor completion. We know just enough about the game to make us want it but haven’t seen enough about it for it to disappoint us. We can soak up all of the screenshots and tidbits of information and create in our minds the perfect MMO, flawless and beautiful.
I wasn’t expecting Dark Millenium to capture my imagination quite the way it has and I think it’s due to a combination of a few of factors. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve seen of the game so far and it’s take on the MMO genre. Fast paced, sci-fi based action is a refreshing and welcome change to the traditional fantasy based games I’ve played in the past; the graphical style looks appealing and performance-sensible; the small drips of info about classes and vehicles sound very fun; but most importantly of all, the IP is incredibly strong and I’ve found myself becoming more and more engaged with it.
I’ve always felt the backstory and lore behind games is a very important factor in creating a sense of immersion and, no doubt, it’s one of the many compelling reasons why companies like to produce games for well established IPs. Back in February, I had absolutely no interest in the Warhammer 40K universe but after a few visits to the Warhammer 40K Wiki, trawling through the vast number of pages that detail everything from Space Marines to crazy Orks to the God-Emperor of Mankind eternally interned in the Golden Throne, I’ve found myself enamored with the lore. I’ve even started reading a novel about it and caught myself whimsically contemplating painting some models. My mind must be a marketer’s dream.
This isn’t just hype though. Hype is when the media and forums and social networks build up and fuel the release of a product, creating such unimaginable anticipation that can never be realised. This is me and my imagination alone creating and constructing the perfect game for a subject I’m interested in and allowing myself the luxury of hope and faith in its designers and developers. There isn’t enough press coverage to create sufficient hype and there isn’t enough harsh cynicism to destroy my dreams. They will come soon enough but right now, exactly as we stand, this is the perfect moment for Warhamer 40K and I’m utterly content with it.
And no, I’m not on drugs.
Are you experiencing a MMO perfect moment?