Posts Tagged ‘mythic’

Warhammer Online Content Cuts

Some huge changes to Warhammer Online have been revealed in this interview on MMORPG. The number of capitol cities available on release will drop from six to two (Empire, Chaos). Mythic boss Mark Jacobs explained: “We wanted to make our Capital Cities the best cities in any MMO. We think we’re doing that, but it came at a price and that price is that the other cities aren’t going in the game right now.”

But that’s not all that’s going.
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The More Things Change…

…the more they look like World Of Warcraft. Here’s a CLOSED BETA FOOTAGE video of a load of things going on in Warhammer Online. Orks and dwarves bashing each other, a demon having a stroll, cannons a-firing, a giant mysteriously committing suicide.

Thanks GameTrailers. We won’t lay siege to your castle any time soon.

To be fair to Warhammer Online, there’s almost no chance that RPS aren’t going to play it. However, I am beginning to wonder whether the grit and nastiness of the original Climax attempt at this game was actually a better option. I’m sure Games Workshop had good, commercial reasons to can the game, and reports from inside Climax were… not good. However: compare and contrast. Mmm.

Warhammer Online: Autumn… No, Really

The Warhammer Online open beta can’t be too far off, right? Well it might still be a few more months away, given that the game has now slipped to “Autumn 2008.” Nevertheless, pre-ordering the retail version of the game commenced today at 3pm, or thereabouts, and it gets you a guaranteed beta slot. If you want to get a place in the pre-launch Empire then keeping an eye on the WO site is a pretty good idea. Pre-ordering also gets you a couple of rare in-game items, while the slightly more plush (and pricey and pictured) collector’s edition will come with a unique Games Workshop figurine, a book filled with luscious artwork, a graphic novel, and – rather more importantly to the gamer – in-game quests that can only be undertaken by collector’s edition owners. Not a bad little package.

After the jump, the full press release about collectors claptrap.
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Warhammer Online Offline

You may be aware that Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning has been undergoing a closed Beta. Your awareness is a day out of date. Mythic have confirmed that they’re closing their Beta for a couple of months so they can – I paraphrase loosely – “Have A Little Think”.

Thorin sits down and starts singing about Gold Farmers.

Closed betas closing aren’t exactly commonplace, so this has lead to a mass of speculation. Mythic’s Big Chief Mark Jacobs takes time from not running a closed beta anymore to elaborate over at In the thread on the topic he posts extensively, basically saying everything’s fine. If you’re interested in Warhammer Online – hell, or just the difficulties of MMO makers generally, I suggest you read it all, but here’s a fun quote to get a taste…

“The reactions have been kinda funny. When we said we could do the game in about 2 years (we didn’t even have a contract for WAR till the summer of ’05), people said we should take more time, spend more money and do it right. When other companies take extra time to do it right, lots of people jump up and down and say that shows that they really care about making a great game. When we announced our delay last year so we could make the game even better than we originally planned (thanks to the level of competition from Blizzard and elsewhere), people said the game was doomed.”

The final point Jacobs makes in his full post is, I think, the strongest for those who are worried about Warhammer Online. It’s not a general Back To The Drawing Board delay. It’s specifically two months, which implies a plan. That said, by being so specific, they’ve set themselves an actual task. If in two months time nothing happens, eyebrows will be raised.