1.8 Marketing: 1.8.1 Q: Beta When is the beta? A (Homepage): We can’t say quite yet, but there will definitely be both closed and open beta phases. Sign up on this site to get access details first! 1.8.2 Q: Beta How do I get access to the closed beta-test? A (07.08.2013 David): The first to Register on the web site will be the first to be invited to the betas 1.8.3 Q: Community What is the age rate you aim for? A (07.08.2013 David): We are aiming for a Mature rating. 1.8.4 Q: Community What is your plan to get non-warhammer fans into the game? A (20-25.08.2013 Steven): We're making a game that groups of friends will love to play together, that shooter and action gamers will enjoy, massive PvP fans will love, that RPG players will really dig into, that MMO fans will immerse themselves in. We're making a game for community leaders, for collectors, for theory crafters, and more- we're making a game for gamers. There will be a ton in here to bring new fans to Warhammer 40,000, and show them the glory of the grim darkness of the far future. 1.8.5 Q: Gameboxes Do you have plans for a founders pack with exclusive items and beta access? A (20-25.08.2013 Steven): Yes, we are looking at an option like this. We're still finalizing exactly what this option will include, but we will likely offer a founder's pack. 1.8.6 Q: Payment What business model will the game use? A (Homepage): Although it’s still under consideration, the current plan is that Eternal Crusade will be “premium with a free-to-play option.” By purchasing a copy of the game, you will have access to it forever with no need for a subscription. There will be post-launch expansions, as well as a cash shop for customization & convenience items. If you don’t want to buy the box, you can still try the game as a free-to-play version of an Ork character. As opposed to the premium Orks, your progression will be slower and some options will be locked off, but you’ll be able to go anywhere and fight for the Waaagh! If you like it but still don’t want to pay the full price, you can unlock some of the missing options with microtransactions. 1.8.7 Q: Shop What can we spend our Money on? A (25.09.2013 Patrick): Monitization: Cash shop (No Pay 2 Win!!!!), buy factions (starting factions) or the whole game, merchandise (possibilities like e.g. t-shirts), cosmetic stuff for your character, probably some unlockables buyable, character slots, faction change (not decided yet if possible), name change, etc. The really important part is going to be: this game will not be pay2win!!!! it's f2p for parts of the orks faction, but if you invest full price game money, you get all factions at launch. 1.8.8 Q: Release When is it coming out? A (Homepage): Late 2015. 1.9 User Interface (UI): 1.9.1 Q: Design Will the UI and menus be different for all Faction? A (20-25.08.2013 Steven): Whatever we can get away with and have the resources for! 1.10.2 Q: Features Will some parts of the UI be gone when I take my helmet off? A (20-25.08.2013 Steven): We'll see... since we're an MMO, we expect that if we were to hide UI elements, players would find a way to show them again regardless. We're investigating. 1.11.3 Q: UI What about the UI? A (August.2013 Patrick): We will make sure that the UI can tell you everything you need to know - and if e.g. a commander will say what the objective for a battle is, then your UI will tell it to you. So expect some sort of marking - also I personally liked the group marking stuff Aion had - I expect something similar also available.