Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade now provides a new way for players to dip their toes into the third-person multiplayer shooter, which comes with less of the internal debate that the mixed user rating on Steam might normally inspire.
Basically, there's now a free version for the game that you can download on Steam right now. It was originally known as Free to WAAAGH! and featured one class from the Ork faction, but what you'll be getting now is called Free Edition and grants access to all the factions and four of the five available classes.
Aside from the lack of one class for each faction, the free version also comes with "normal speed" progression, while the premium version lets you progress at thrice the speed. However, free players will have the progression difference "banked", and that banked progression will be released when upgrading to premium. You can either purchase a total of 20,000 Rogue Trader credits or buy a premium package to do so. Those credits will not be spent on the upgrade however, but will remain usable.
Developer Behaviour Digital notes that the introduction of the Free Edition doesn't change the game's business model to a Free-to-play one. "It is not changing the game to Free-to-Play, it is providing a version of the game that can be upgraded to the Premium versions when you want," reads one of the FAQ answers. "The store, what is sold for Rogue Trader Credits, and the not being Pay to Win is still the case."
"As always, you don't have to buy a single thing in the in-game store to get the best stuff, that all comes from playing and we'll continue to keep it that way," the developers wrote on Steam.
So there you have it. Does the new existence of Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade's Free Edition entice you to join the battlefields of the 41st Millennium?