Warhammer 40K "The Imperium of Man" Trailer

After a brief lull since Warhammer 40K: Dark Millennium Online was officially unveiled at E3 earlier this summer, developer Vigil Games brings us a new video trailer showcasing the MMO's first playable race, The Imperium of Man. This news shouldn't come as a surprise to the hardcore War40K fan community; the Imperium is a defining faction of the original Warhammer 40K tabletop game. In the new trailer, Vigil Games introduces the Imperium as the first "playable race," however, indicating that it will be one of several races included in the MMO's two factions (in a recent interview, Vigil Games executive producer Tim Campbell confirmed there will be "two overall factions in the game, and all of the playable races are going to fit into one or the other").

The video reveals that the Imperium of Man have returned to the Sargos Sector; the narrative and in-game footage highlight the Imperial Guard, Tech Priests of Adeptus Mechanicus and Space Marines (Angels of Death), which appear to be at least three confirmed character classes. Some of the video is recycled from the original announcement trailer from E3, although we do see a substantial amount of new material and gameplay footage. Titans and Dreadnoughts make another appearance, as well as several vehicles like Thunderhawks and Predators. The video includes a few quick-cuts of unconfirmed classes, which some speculate to be Inquisitors or Psykers, for example. In addition to the new trailer, Vigil Games released four new screenshots at GamesCom. Check out the full video and screenshots after the jump, and visit ZAM's Warhammer 40K: DMO portal site for more news and information.

E3: Warhammer 40K "Dark Millennium Online" Video

Fresh from E3 in Los Angeles today, the Warhammmer 40K MMO video trailer is finally here! Announced by THQ and Vigil Games with the official title, "Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium Online," the debut trailer only has a running time of one minute, but those 60 seconds are filled with exactly the type of in-game footage and action that fans were hoping to see. We see several different races showcased in the trailer; Imperium (of Man), Chaos and Orks, including an array of different "Chapters" (i.e., the Space Marines and Imperial Guard for the Imperium, and Chaos Space Marines and Cultists for Chaos).

One one hand, we're not sure what to make of THQ's earlier promise that all the Warhammer 40K factions will be playable (we didn't see the Eldar, among other races, in the video), but on the flip-side, the trailer gives us the impression that the upcoming MMO will kick some serious ass. We see both land and air vehicles (possibly indicating the vehicular combat players are hoping for), titans and dreadnoughts stomping across the battlefield, a third-person character view (with what appears to be an ability-based interface) and more. The combat scenes don't confirm or deny the existence of a "cover system" (based on terrain and line-of-sight factors), so we'll have to wait for ZAM's upcoming interview with THQ/Vigil Games at E3 this week to get more answers. In the mean time, check out the video trailer for Warhammer 40K: Dark Millennium Online after the jump!