Dark. Nexus. Arena. Perhaps the video-gamiest title I’ve ever heard is being applied to the next game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. You may remember Something Something Vermintide, based in the Warhammer fantasy universe, an equally generic-sounding thing at first but sort of interesting once you consider it.
Not much is known about Warhammer 40,000: Dark Nexus Arena besides its genre and what you can deduce from the teaser trailer. My main hope (and it’s not like I have any basis for this seeing as it’s not Relic making this game) is that Dark Nexus arena is able to do for me with MOBA the same thing Dawn of War did for me with RTS – use the violent nature of the 40k universe to make a MOBA that’s a different shade of complex than they usually are.
My macro and base-building skills in RTS games are not exactly primetime, so I had a pretty great time with what I played of Dawn of War. A really great time, in fact – the brutal competition that game places you in removes everything I didn’t like about StarCraft 2 and replaces it with everything I wanted to like. I hope Dark Nexus Arena is able to live up to that and not create a MOBA for MOBA people (they have League of Legends and Dota 2), but a MOBA for the sane.