Posts Tagged ‘Warhammer-Online’

A Dirty Word

By Alec Meer on September 6th, 2008.

If you’ve been following the 200+ comments in the thread below our recent discussion of our experiences in the Warhammer Online closed beta, you’ll have spotted that a vocal minority of the WAR community, having made their way here thanks to a link on the warhammeronline.com frontpage, are absolutely furious with us. All those that were simply critical remain, but there were at least another 50 abuse-filled tirades we deleted, consisting of the usual expletives, judgements about our intelligence and sexuality, and a surprising amount of racism towards the British. It’s true: we do drink a lot of tea.

Whether expressed politely or furiously, there were three or four central complaints about what we said – but one stands above them all.
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GOA Confirms Open Beta, Definitely Lowers Prices

By John Walker on August 26th, 2008.

My head hurts.

Edit: As confirmed by GOA in the comments below, the prices for Warhammer ARE lowering in the UK as we printed last week, and their statements contradicting this and poo-pooing our reporting seem to have been somewhat erroneous. The lesson: RPS is always right, and handsome.

After astonishing amounts of confusion, GOA has finally made what appears to be the definitive statement regarding Open Beta access for those who pre-order Warhammer Online from the EA Store, and Direct2Drive.

It seems their plan was to not announce which of their partners would be offering customers OB access until the day the game becomes officially available for pre-order sale – this Thursday. However, EA and D2D, who it turns out will be amongst those partners, put the information up early. GOA then responded to this by, er, denying it. Now they have said they intended Open Beta to be available via certain pre-order outlets all along.

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GOA At War – More Warhammer Publishing Worries

By John Walker on August 23rd, 2008.

Release the squigs!

As you can see below, we’re really looking forward to Warhammer Online. We’ve been playing it lots already, and our impression is that it’s the first MMO to take a step in front of WoW. That’s a big deal. We’re just a bit concerned by the current state of affairs when it comes to EU distribution. As we’ve covered quite heavily, there’s the internal confusion at GOA over UK pricing, and now there’s a further concern: the open beta. Right now, at least two online retailers – one of them EA itself – are selling pre-orders of the game with the promise that a purchase will mean access to the open beta. GOA are stating that this is categorically not the case, and that the 55,000 beta invites will be distribute by other, rather unclear means. What is going on?

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RPS Impressions: Warhammer Online Beta

By RPS on August 22nd, 2008.

This is not a review. It also isn’t a verdict, or a judgement, or a rating, or anything of the sort. WAR isn’t released yet, there’ll likely be a fair few changes in the final game, elements of it won’t be up and running properly until the servers are jam-packed, and without a doubt none of us have played enough of it to make a really definite judgement. Apart from Jim, who knows full well he won’t be playing it until they put some spaceships in.

What it is a discussion. We’ve been on the WAR closed beta for a few weeks now, and it’s certainly a game we’ve desperately wanted to talk about here. And not simply because we’re British, hence playing Warhammer is fairly synonymous with puberty for us. Also because, well, it’s potentially the most interesting MMO this year. Despite… ah, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s see what we’ve got to say…

Edit – a little context. The European closed beta differed significantly to the US closed beta in that players were split onto different servers dependent on their language. The net result was four fairly quiet servers instead of one busy one, and that mean the PvP/RvR elements of the game were barely operable. That’s why we don’t discuss ‘em as much as we do the PvE and Public Quests. If you think we shouldn’t be talking about the game at all given that, well, that’s your prerogative, but we disagree. We’re writing about what the game’s European publisher presented us with. Additionally, WAR is far from being just a PvP game – the PvE is substantial and omnipresent, and the reason many people want to play the game. And again – this is not a review. It’s just a cheerful, informal discussion of our experiences on the closed beta.

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Warhammer EU Pricing – Fustercluck

By John Walker on August 22nd, 2008.

A scene at the no HQ because they don't have one.

There really does seem to be a lot of confusion regarding the pricing of Warhammer Online. You’ll remember that a couple of weeks back the EU prices were announced, and we called them into question, noticing they were simply conversions of Euro into Pound, not only very odd numbers, but numbers well above the competition. We nagged at the UK PR, Indigo Pearl, and they eventually came back to us with new prices in line with what we’d expect. Well, madly, it doesn’t end there.

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Barnett: “We’re Led Zeppelin”

By Jim Rossignol on August 19th, 2008.


And WoW was The Beatles… Warhammer Online creative director Paul Barnett can talk more than anyone else. See him talk about WAR in a video interview after the jump. If the squig herder thing doesn’t sell it to you, then nothing will. Excepting, perhaps, the RPS Warhammer Online discussion later this week.
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Warhammer Online Gets Release Date

By John Walker on August 6th, 2008.

It was a draw at the Silly Hat Contest.

As one MMO dies, another is born. Warhammer Online: Age Of Reckoning (or WoAoR as I prefer to say) has finally shouted out a release date: 18th September, 2008.

How much will it cost to play a month, you cry? Read on.

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RPSish At-Ish E3: Housecleaning – EA

By Mathew Kumar on July 21st, 2008.

Yep, EA again, because this time I’m not talking about their press conference but the excellent time I had in their far-too-crowded demo room checking out their titles – Dead Space, MySims, Mirror’s Edge and Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, first hand.
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E3: The Trailers – Warhammer Online

By Alec Meer on July 16th, 2008.

Siege battles in Mythic’s upcoming MMO Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning -

Crikey, what a pile-on. These climatic PvP tussles will be quite the thing to witness.

There is of course an elephant in the room, and I’m not going to be the one to mention it. Play nice when it inevitably comes up in comments though, gentlemen – you can’t fight in here, this is the WAR thread.

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Warhammer Online Content Cuts

By Jim Rossignol on July 11th, 2008.


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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WAR Wars

By Alec Meer on June 26th, 2008.

Not Richard Bartle

This is possibly best saved for The Sunday Papers, but seeing as we’ve been nattering about Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning lately anyway, I reckoned it was worth its own post. If you’re an active follower of WAR you’ll already be aware of this, but those less ingrained in MMO society can roll their eyes at this startling storm in a teacup.

MMO site Massively.com recently ran an interview with Richard Bartle, co-creator of the Multi-User Dungeon system, the concept that essentially birthed the MMOs. He’s more theorist and author than developer these days, but MMOs remain his major subject matter. And though he may not be making the things anymore, he can still stir up controversy.
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