Warhammer beta sign-up opens

Web sites for anticipated MMOG launch; North American and European gamers invited to submit their details for closed beta.

It may seem to gamers as if they have been waiting forever for massively multiplayer online role-playing game Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. The project was announced, then briefly cancelled, picked up by developer Mythic, delayed until late 2007, and then delayed again until the first quarter of 2008.

However, it looks as if the wait may nearly be over--the European Web site for the game launched today, offering all Europeans who register a profile on the site the chance to be selected for the upcoming closed beta of the game.

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning is based on the table-top war game series, which was first launched in the '80s. The games are played with miniatures of different races, including elves, dwarves, and orcs. There have been a number of video games based on the Warhammer universe, including Warhammer: Shadow of the Horned Rat, Warhammer: Dark Omen, and Warhammer: Mark of Chaos.

The MMOG will feature realm-versus-realm gameplay, which will integrate player-versus-player and player-versus-environment combat.

[UPDATE]: EA Mythic has also set up a Web site for North American gamers to sign up for the closed beta program. Interested gamers 18 years of age or older can find out more and register at the beta's official Web site.

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LordN
LordN

US Beta works.. EU beta completely wasted thx to GOA... even same game but for reasons what can be read on fan site forums.. nothing works, even if GOA keeps telling they work on official site.. aka lying.

Eararaldor
Eararaldor

Warhammer Online promises such a great game. If your after a guild look for "Shadowsofsin.com" Were going to be a guild for the Destruction side and include the races of ORKs, Dark Elves and Chaos!

snax13
snax13

signed up for the BETA!!!

zigma51
zigma51

I played daoc for 3 years, besides being dated it so much better then wow. I can not wait to see what mythic can do with a whole new game with today tech.

arthas_prince
arthas_prince

its seems to be like Wow but i hope can be better. i will sign up for the beta to see how it works

ekisom
ekisom

i predict! a WoW clone that brings you back to Dark Age of Camelot gameplay. this game will prolly suck. what a waste of a perfectly deep and comprehensive warhammer universe, a shame...

d3f1anc3
d3f1anc3

I signed up for the beta myself... the graphics engine looks like a WoW clone... but I'm hoping the gameplay is more orignal. I need something different, been playing WoW for far too long. The spawn-esqeue Chaos character looks badass.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Cool, but I am going to pass on this beta

anarchicgoth
anarchicgoth

well my computer is really good so hopefully i get in!

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

Lamprey. I would like to know if that was a serious question. It would be inappropriate for us to discuss it here however might I make a suggestion to actually look into the rest of the news and previews about it on Gamespot. Their main website would also provide a plethora of information that would answer your question. Needless to say Warhammer Online, while yes it has elves and orcs and such, has a number of potential differences that will set it apart. The focus, for example, is on RvR. RvR is not PvP but PvP is a part of RvR. It's like rectangles and squares. RvR makes everything you do meaningful. Quests, fighting monsters and other computer-controlled things, randomly killing opposing players, or participating in PvP. It all contributes to your side in RvR, making YOU an important person. Like I said, there's more than that and I recommend you check it out. A lot of people that have played it say it will give all competing MMO games a run for their money. I've already signed up for the Beta and am hoping to get in. Oh yeah! And go to youtube. Watch all the Videos that WARonline and paul Barnett put up.

runstalker
runstalker

Yup, that former Gamespot staffer is now on the WAR dev team.

lamprey263
lamprey263

Dwarves? Elves? Orcs? How is this different from any other MMORPG before it?

ScreamDream
ScreamDream

I saw the preview pics on GS and they look awesome.

Homes225
Homes225

Applied. Thank you for the noticed GameSpot.

runstalker
runstalker

When Emma says: "...massively multiplayer online role-playing game Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. The project was announced, then briefly cancelled, picked up by developer Mythic, delayed until late 2007, and then delayed again until the first quarter of 2008." She should probably remove the "Age of Reckoning" from there, because it's never been "briefly cancelled, picked up by developer Mythic." Don't confuse two different projects/developers please. The old Warhammer Online that Climax cancelled has NOTHING to do with the newer EA Mythic 'Age of Reckoning' version. No re-used engine, no re-used assets, zilch. Two different situations/developers/games. Age of Reckoning has never been dropped, only delayed.

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

Who says Europeans don't get any special treatment? Way to get me excited and then crush my dream of being in this beta...

Chainblast
Chainblast

Nice, hopefully it's a good MMO and does the Warhammer world justice. Otherwise I think I'll just be mad. :P Leakybubbles. The graphics in Halo 3 are underwhelming. I think many people, including myself, expected to see something truly impressive from the X360's flagship franchise. I'm sure the game will still rock though.

hoodedshyguy
hoodedshyguy

As a table top fan, all I can do is wait and drool.

joeyfine
joeyfine

i signed up. im lookin forward to this game.

Leakybubbles
Leakybubbles

beta are not final projects but everyone retarded thinks it is. like halo3 they all said it had bad graphics event hu the professional true videos are amazing.

Nepherate
Nepherate

Don't sign up for this thinking it's the final product...It's called Beta for a reason.

smithy1185
smithy1185

Can't wait for the game and I hope I make it in the beta.

BigDaveyDogz
BigDaveyDogz

I got my newsletter today and signed up for the closed beta. Hope I get accepted. btw I live in NYC so its available in NA now.

Gleem
Gleem

European Players?????? whyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!! in Lord of the Rings Online the same thing (US, CA & NZLD)....

ShadowfaxSTF
ShadowfaxSTF

No, this story just comes from GameSpot UK. Not sure why they don't mention the North American beta.... just look at our local http://www.warhammeronline.com/. They're advertising a beta signup right up on the home page.

bjmage16
bjmage16

Aww, only European players? :(

talon_9333
talon_9333

I got the beta signup information thru the WAR online newsletter. It wasn't the European site only that gives the beta signup. Its for US too.

al-128
al-128

Would like to try beta, doubt it will beat WoW / GW. The signing up form is god damn awful; lame password stuff, and it even asks for a DxDiag setup among other things.

aura_enchanted
aura_enchanted

well lets look at it this way lord DoDo56 eventually we will see the WoW killer and when we get it (i expect pirates of the burning see should do it) there will be feasting and celebration throughout the land. I high doubt this will be the WoW killer but its a close #2

apanizo
apanizo

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BurntToast
BurntToast

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Lord_DoDo56
Lord_DoDo56

I hope this game can compete with WoW. Every "WoW Killer" hasn't yet lived up to it's name.

Pridsea
Pridsea

Theres not enough space for my real post code its one char short!

natebayne
natebayne

WTf not for the U.S.? What kind of bs is this?

SpecterX3
SpecterX3

I'll probably never buy this, but you never know. I'll sign-up.

Adeboli
Adeboli

Signed up and ready to go! Warhammer, along with Call of Duty IV, is on the top of my Wanted list.

devtek
devtek

If you go far enough down the drop down menu there are other countries Japan, Canada, Australia and yes even United States ...and when you choose them you get an error message doh

zero9167
zero9167

Is the beta for the US too?

Strike_Zer0
Strike_Zer0

Cool, I'll have a crack at getting in.

Sokkratez
Sokkratez

It's as simple as checking the IP, but it's worth a shot.