Fans of demons and epic warfare will get a treat at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles where Namco Bandai will be demonstrating Hellgate : London and Warhammer : Mark of Chaos. Both games feature hellish demons, but in different settings. Hellgate : London is a first-person "shooter", while Warhammer is a massive real-time strategy game.
In Hellgate : London players must fight off demons that are streaming through a hellgate. Players take on the role of a Templar which is a modern day knight complete with swords and guns that shoot electricity. Fights take place both on the surface and underground in subway tunnels.
Several creators of Diablo 1 and 2 left Blizzard Entertainment and formed Flagship Studios, the producers of Hellgate. The game has been in development for a while and gameplay videos were showed at last year’s E3 show.
Fans of combat on a more massive scale may enjoy Warhammer : Mark of Chaos. Drawing on the tabletop miniature game from Games Workshop, Warhammer : Mark of Chaos pits the four armies of the Empire, Skaven, Chaos and High Elves in mortal combat against each other. The Empire consists of humans and drawves, while the Skaven are a race of underground human-rat hybrids (think hunched over midgets with no dental plan). Chaos contains demons and their mutated followers.
Warhammer : Mark of Chaos shouldn’t be confused with Mythic Entertainments Warhammer Online game which should come out in 2007. The massively multiplayer game is one that some say could give World of Warcraft some competition.
In addition to the two new games, Namco Bandai will be showing at least a dozen other, presumably less violent computer and console games.