Warhammer Online Subscribers Dwindle to 300,000 (Update: Rumors of New Mythic Layoffs)

By Nick Breckon, Feb 04, 2009 11:07am PST Update: Joystiq is now reporting that "several well-placed sources" have confirmed a new round of Mythic layoffs, on the order of 60-130 employees.

The story claims that the layoffs extend to the development staff, including senior designers. Shacknews has contacted Mythic owner Electronic Arts for comment.

Original story: Tucked away in yesterday's Electronic Arts conference was the news that Mythic's MMO Warhammer Online has seen its player base reduced to a lean 300,000 subscribers.

The number places Warhammer's base ahead of MMOs such as EverQuest II and Lord of the Rings Online, but far behind behemoths like Lineage and World of Warcraft.

Following Warhammer's September launch, developer Mythic had registered 750,000 players of the game. By early November, Electronic Arts was reporting that Warhammer had accumulated over 800,000 subscribers.

But even before the World of Warcraft expansion Wrath of the Lich King launched in November, competitor Blizzard was reporting that up to 46% of Warcraft subscribers who had cancelled their subscription citing Warhammer had already returned. Lich King went on to break sales records, increasing Warcraft's stranglehold on the MMO genre to 11.5 million subscribers.

Though layoffs at Warhammer developer Mythic were rumored last month, the company has reassured fans that it will continue to support the game, announcing a series of updates that will roll out between March and June of this year.

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  • Many friends of mine bought war and tried it out, then came Wotlk, so they went back..... thou only for a short while, they are back to warhammer wher they belong.
    at first War was so empthy, but they made some transfers of low pop servers to more populated servers. so now, there are RvR battles everywhere. from lvl 1, the only thing you need to find one, is to use the (search for Warband & group near you) and if you dont find one (IF) u just need to take flight path to Empire, dwarf or high elf... caus theres always a battle to be fought.

    I love this game, i takes me 2 min after i logg in to find a warband (warband = 24 ppl in a group) to go and siege a keep, or defending, or taking bo`s or just fighting destros in Open rvr battles!

    2 bad i cant send some pictures, its really fulfilling when you running side by side with 2 or more warbands to take keeps, with rams and artilleri, or defending when destros come, its very massive battles in this game, its why i love it! Vast in numbers. when you are standing outside the keep you are about to take, and you see them defending it.... maybe 50+ ppl against eachother... its 2 awsome. :D. The most massive battle i have been in this far is 100+ against eachother... we had more then 4 wb`s, and destros had even more, so we flew from empire to dwarf to high elf claiming keeps, it went well.. when we stood in high elf tier 2 and most of us where there, and most of them...at first we just stood and looked at eachother,,, after 5 seconds all hell broke loose! the battle was about 1-2 hours ... you dont know what you are missing, if you like (as i said in a post before) BIG RVR battles you should buy the game, Caus you will not be dissapointed!
    Karak - asgal is a very well populated server, and most ppl there are helpfull. Thats the server im on. and if you ever get bored of RvR you can do quests, public quests, scenarios, dungeons, instances... theres more to do then just WAR!
    Maybe i see you guys ingame soon. WAAAAGH!