Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes shutting down

Mythic's Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes will shut down on March 29, having never officially launched. It simply didn't make enough money for EA to keep running it. The free-to-play PvP arena battle 'em up entered open beta in April 2012, where it has stayed ever since, and shall until EA turns off the servers next month.

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Mythic's Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes will shut down on March 29, having never officially launched. It simply didn't make enough money for EA to keep running it. The free-to-play PvP arena battle 'em up entered open beta in April 2012, where it has stayed ever since, and shall until EA turns off the servers next month.

"As a producer for this game from the start, I am proud of the hard work and effort that made the game possible and I feel sad that it is not able to carry on," producer James Casey said in the announcement. "I think we created something special and I would not trade the time creating it or playing it (on all those Friday Fight Fests and anonymously almost every day) for anything."

He describes the Warhammer Online spin-off as "a grand experiment," saying Mythic used it to test new server technology and "learn more about the free-to-play market." And have fun killing men, of course.

While Casey dances around the issue of why EA is shutting down WoH, the FAQ states it plainly: "Unfortunately, the project could not meet its financial goals to be sustained."

Any real money that players have invested in WoH's virtual currency Gems will vanish when the game shuts down, so you'd better get spending if you don't want to entirely waste it. Mythic plans to release a load of "work in progress" characters before then, so players can blow Gems on them to try something new at least. Anyone who's played WoH this year will receive free items in Warhammer Online too.

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    February 28, 2013 9:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes shutting down.

    Mythic's Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes will shut down on March 29, having never officially launched. It simply didn't make enough money for EA to keep running it. The free-to-play PvP arena battle 'em up entered open beta in April 2012, where it has stayed ever since, and shall until EA turns off the servers next month.

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      February 28, 2013 9:02 AM

      I got a card to try this out at Games Day last year but never did. It really didn't seem to scratch a necessary itch more than using WAR assets to try and make something profitable.

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      February 28, 2013 9:44 AM

      I had fun with Warhammer online and specially always liked the pvp more in that then WoW.. but turning it into dota, never even touched it.. also EA shouldn't touch MMO's though not sure if this counts as it like WAR did (but it was named warhammer online: wrath of heroes) so just always thought of it as mmo as it had name of the MMO in it

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        February 28, 2013 3:48 PM

        I never really thought of it as a MOBA in the way that they have now been associated (especially at the competitive level), having a much more casual "arcade-style" pick-up-and-play feel to it, at least initially...the Tiers kind of bolted on an arbitrary ranking that basically you merely spent more time playing or more money on XP boosts, certainly no guarantee you were "good."

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      February 28, 2013 10:45 AM

      This is too bad, it was a fun game. How do you decide that a game isnt making you enough money if it's not officially released?

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        February 28, 2013 3:56 PM

        Well, I think it probably has to do with projected/predicted profit/loss, as the devs had to have been getting paid something while it was in Beta, and they could see that people would rather grind ad nauseam than EVER pay for anything, for the most part. As for promotion, I also place a large amount of blame on GW itself, mainly because it's such an easy thing to do.

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      February 28, 2013 10:50 AM

      Somehow I am not surprised by this news.

      But I am very surprised that Warhammer Online proper isn't getting the same treatment.

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      February 28, 2013 12:25 PM

      Well, it's kinda hard for some people to justify putting any money into a game to pay for stuff when it is labeled a beta, which a lot of people associate the fact that when it goes from beta to launch a lot of games wipe current progress and inventory. Just saying.

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        February 28, 2013 3:43 PM

        except that none of that was the case, had the game went through to full retail, as was expressed numerous times by the devs/staff.