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Warhammer Online goes free before shutting down

Warhammer Online goes free before shutting down

Warhammer Online is closing down due to Mythic's license to use Games Workshop's IP not being renewed.

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning is going free-to-play as it prepares to shut down its servers.

The MMO based on Games Workshop's fantasy battle setting is closing its doors on December 18 due to developer Mythic Entertainment's licensing deal coming to an end.

The game will not however be free to just anyone joining up and is only available to anyone that 'has or had an account in good standing starting October 31st, 2013' according to a press release.

In the run up to its closure, the developers will also be adding a few extra features to mark the game's send off.

'We will be adding new NPCs to the game in order to power up your characters as well as other unique experiences for everyone to enjoy as we say goodbye to Warhammer Online over the next few weeks,' said the Warhammer Team in a press release. 'Please join us and help say goodbye to Warhammer Online in one last big WAAAGH!'

Mythic and Games Workshop decided to part ways back in September. Despite the end of the license meaning the end of the MMO, Warhammer Online producer Carrie Gouskos argues that the relationship between the two companies remains strong.

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning was released in 2008 with approximately 800,000 users signing up. Three months later, this had dropped to 300,000 subscribers and servers were gradually consolidated down.

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SlowMotionSuicide 4th November 2013, 13:23 Quote
Good riddance.
yazooo 4th November 2013, 15:32 Quote
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Good riddance.

Harsh, was a fun game when released. Some novel ideas to PvP which were fun for quite some time, just lack of planning and thought toward an endgame and long term play-ability.
Baz 4th November 2013, 15:39 Quote
5 years? It had a good run.
DriftCarl 5th November 2013, 09:16 Quote
It is a shame the developers didnt create some sort of small scale offline game for the subscribers.
I never played it past beta, but I wouldnt have thought it would be too difficult to have converted some of the better dungeons/raids to an offline game with NPC team mates, just so someone who had invested in this for 5 years actually had something to keep.
Harlequin 5th November 2013, 11:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by DriftCarl
It is a shame the developers didnt create some sort of small scale offline game for the subscribers.
I never played it past beta, but I wouldnt have thought it would be too difficult to have converted some of the better dungeons/raids to an offline game with NPC team mates, just so someone who had invested in this for 5 years actually had something to keep.

so basically you stopped playing 5 years ago and missed all the changes and new content....


MMO have moved on , wow is the elephant in the room , but even that is in serious decline now - blizz know it , and are having to rewrite `TITAN` for the brave new world.

1 more exp pak for WOW is really all that's left.
monkiboi 5th November 2013, 13:25 Quote
As part of Stormhammer Collective I had some great times and we were part of some significant in game firsts but we just drifted away after about 4 or 5 months. We tried switching to destro to keep things going but they were starting to consolidate servers and I went back to Eve.
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