Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning

PC / RPG / Release: Sep 18, 2008 / ESRB: T

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Warhammer Online veteran muses saving dead MMO as offline 'double-clickable museum'

Warhammer Online veteran muses saving dead MMO as offline 'double-clickable museum'

What happens when an MMORPG shuts down? Well, it probably lives on through pirate servers. But what happens officially? It vanishes. After EA pulled the plug on Warhammer Online last Thursday, former lead client engineer Andrew Meggs has idly proposed an alternative: turning on a debug feature which lets the game run offline so the world lives on forever, albeit without anyone else in it.

Read more: "Our medium has been an ephemeral one" »

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Warhammer Online invites past members back free for final month

Warhammer Online invites past members back free for final month

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning may be shutting down in December, but developer Mythic plans to go out with a bang. Everyone who's ever had an account for the MMORPG (well, an account in good standing) is invited to return for the final month without paying a penny.

Read more: "help say goodbye to Warhammer Online in one last big WAAAGH!" »

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Warhammer Online shutting down in December

Warhammer Online shutting down in December

It feels rarer for MMORPGs to shut down nowadays, not without trying free-to-play first at least, but Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning is for the chop. This December, after five-and-a-bit years online, the MMORPG based upon Games Workshop's tabletop wargame will shut down.

Read more: The license is lapsing »

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Mythic Details "Re-Enlistment" Bonuses for Warhammer, Camelot, and Ultima Online

In an effort to drive some re-subscriptions to its trio of MMORPG games, BioWare Mythic is running a 14-day "Return of the Legends Re-Enlistment Celebration" for Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, Dark Age of Camelot, and Ultima Online.

Players will enjoy free game time from now through October 12 will get the following bonuses in-game:

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"Dark Age of Camelot is still one of the best PVP experiences out there, and I'm shocked that ..."
- Proven28    See all 21 comments


BioWare Mythic Assumes Control of Warhammer Online in Europe

BioWare Mythic, formerly EA Mythic, has taken over "publishing, operating and subscription service rights" to its MMORPG Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning (WAR) in Europe, which was previously handled by GOA, a division of France Telecom.

BioWare Mythic had previously taken control of Dark Age of Camelot from GOA back in February. As WAR transitions between the two companies, European players can expect 48 to 72 hours of downtime. Once the game returns, all current and former players will receive 14 days of free play time to celebrate the takeover. Read more »

"I was so psyched for this MMO and enjoyed the beta and release version until I hit endgame. It ..."
- Snake&Crane    See all 8 comments


Warhammer Online Billing Issues Hit Users With Massive Overcharges

Some Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning subscribers are reporting that they have been billed over and over again during a single month in what appears to be a massive failure of the game's billing system.

Users are reporting being charged between $300 and upwards of $1000 in some cases. Additionally, users are reporting overdraft charges with their banks due to balances being zeroed out on debit accounts. Read more »

"They had billing issues during the release, after a couple of weeks everyone who had canceled ..."
- goddamnregistration    See all 28 comments


Warhammer Online Unveils 'Unlimited' Free Trial

Warhammer Online developer Mythic Entertainment has introduced an unlimited free trial for its fantasy MMORPG to replace the previous ten-day trial introduced in March.

Characters on trial accounts will be restricted by a level cap of ten and confined to two 'Empire vs. Chaos' zones--Nordland and Norsca--plus three instanced PvP scenarios and one dungeon, though they can of course play them for as long as they please. Read more »

"I wish they had just waited 1 more year before releasing this game. It would have been polished ..."
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Orc Choppas, Dwarf Slayers Attack Warhammer Online

Mythic today announced that the Dwarf Slayer and Orc Choppa careers have gone live in Warhammer Online.

Both classes are essentially berserkers, with a rage mechanic that allows them to build up power as they fight.

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"I hope this patch fixes the end game. I took a Black Orc to 40 and the endgame sucked. Left for ..."
- Biel Wunde    See all 19 comments


Weekly PC Sales: Empire Total War Dominates, Warhammer Online Resurfaces

Marketing research firm NPD has issued its weekly list of the ten best-selling PC games at United States retailers, this one covering the first week of March.

That week saw the debut of The Creative Assembly's historical strategy game Empire: Total War, which also topped the chart for digital distribution site Direct2Drive. Mythic's Warhammer Online also reappeared, probably due to a lowered average price. Read more »

"Empire: Total War is showing that you can release a broken game that crashes within a few ..."
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Warhammer Online 10-day Trial Program Begins

Following in the footsteps of other MMOs, Mythic is now offering a free 10-day trial of its fantasy title Warhammer Online.

The trial will restrict players to the Tier 1 and Capital City game zones only.

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"If you want an invite or have an account that has been expired for 60 days and want 10 day free ..."
- VuduChild    See all 15 comments


Warhammer Online Patch Adds New Careers

Mythic Entertainment today kicked off its three-month long "live expansion" for Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning with the 1.2 patch, which adds two new careers to the MMO along with a new scenario, new treasures, and various other tweaks.

By completing the new "Bitter Rivals" event, which includes the new RvR "Twisted Tower" scenario, players will be able access the two new melee-focused careers--the Orc Choppa and Dwarf Slayer--a week before everyone else. Two new secret lairs have been added as well, along with an improved crafting system and easy public quests. Read more »

"I like this game. However my class of choice all along as I was following development was the ..."
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Warhammer Online Dev Confirms Layoffs

Following yesterday's rumor that indicated Warhammer Online developer Mythic had let go between 60-130 of its employees, company representatives today confirmed that the studio has indeed downsized.

"Mythic is resizing the team to move from a pre-launch to a post-launch size and remains fully committed to maintaining the trust of the WAR players," reads a company statement sent to Shacknews. Read more »

"I know $15 isn't considered much but personally I'd be much more willing to drop <$10 a month ..."
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Warhammer Online Subscribers Dwindle to 300,000 (Update: Rumors of New Mythic Layoffs)

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. Read more »

"Many friends of mine bought war and tried it out, then came Wotlk, so they went back..... thou ..."
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Warhammer Online 'Live Expansion' Announced, Brings Free Trial Version

Developer Mythic Entertainment has revealed its plans to bring free new features and content to Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning (PC) between March and June.

Dubbed the "'Call to Arms' live expansion," the three-month-long update will add two new careers to the MMO--the Orc Choppa and the Dwarf Slayer--along with a new dungeon zone, three in-game live events, a new RvR scenario, and a free trial version. Read more »

"I'm still confident that Mythic can pull this game out of the fire. I really think that after ..."
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Mythic Responds to Job Cut Rumors, Affirms Commitment to Warhammer Online

Following rumors that Warhammer Online developer Mythic Entertainment lost some staff in the latest round of cost-cutting measures for studio owner Electronic Arts, Mythic VP Mark Jacobs has assured fans that its PC MMO will continue to be supported.

"It's not like we had a small team at launch or even a small team now," he wrote in forum post. "I have a very large team continuing to work on WAR now and going forward and we'll continue to build with that." The rumor claims all of Mythic's playtesters were let go, along with half of its QA team and 21 customer service employees. Read more »

"Anyone else feel like WAR was released way too early? It seems like they are still ironing out ..."
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