Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning Updated Hands-On - More Combat, More Beta Details

We cut down a few more dwarf warriors in this upcoming massively multiplayer game.

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At a recent EA press event, we had a chance to get our hands dirty once more with Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, the massively multiplayer game based on Games Workshop's dark, fantasy-themed tabletop universe. Developer EA Mythic, creator of the competitive online game Dark Age of Camelot, has been hard at work revamping the areas that belong to the dwarves and the "greenskins" (orcs and goblins), which are the two areas that the developer had built first for the game. The early areas for each tribe have been redone to look darker and more war-torn, as well as perhaps slightly less cartoonish. We played through a few early quests as a black orc, the one of the greenskins' melee combat classes, and hacked our way through a handful of low-level dwarf invaders hiding out just on the other side of our encampment.

Warhammer Online's fiction is based on ongoing wars between the game's various tribes, so you can expect to encounter enemy armies at the very outset of the game. We started by slaughtering a handful of the pesky dwarves and then busting more sickly dwarf invaders out of barrels that had washed up onshore. We followed up by relieving fallen orc companions of their weapons. The early quests in Warhammer Online aren't too exotic or hard to pick up, but they're clearly being designed to fit with Warhammer's traditional focus on fierce rivalries and dark humor. For instance, the last early-game quest we completed required us to deface a dwarf statue by smearing a handful of mud on it.

From what we're told, the EA Mythic team is hard at work continuing to build out the world of Warhammer Online. The team is retooling the dwarf and greenskin areas, polishing up the human empire and Chaos areas, and now, putting into production the recently revealed elf areas. The game's tome of knowledge, an in-game resource that catalogs quests, slain monsters, or items your character acquires also appears to be implemented and seems be to working well. The game itself still looks quite good and still features a stylized art design for its characters. However, we're told that the game is currently being built off of DirectX 9 architecture. Although the game will be compatible with DirectX 10 and Vista, it likely won't be built up around the new graphics software and its new features. The game is already in a closed beta test state and remains one of the most promising massively multiplayer games on the horizon. Warhammer Online is scheduled for launch early next year.

Discussion

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tilamiles
tilamiles

Many of the career paths has changed quite a bit since the official release. My Warhammer fansite has been updated with more accurate career abilities and definitions of the new classes.

Azurewrathhal
Azurewrathhal

SkaREO, wasting your life playing WAR is just as pathetic as wasting your life playing WoW. You don't get cool by playing videogames. Especially not MMO's. You never win an MMO, you just lose a little more every day.

SKaREO
SKaREO

I'm really glad the young, narrow-minded players will keep wasting their lives re-playing WoW's never ending grindfest. WAR has so much more to offer players with an open mind who prefer gameplay over flashy cartoon graphics. Its only natural that the WoW fanbois would be upset about losing their level 70's and the years of their lives they wasted trying to obtain them.

Teh_Chiken
Teh_Chiken

9+ million beg to differ that WoW sucks, it is the single most revolutionary mmo of all time. Not saying warhammer will be bad, ill give it a try, but i doubt that any lv 70 raider of decent gear in WoW would consider this better, unless u are a strict pvp player. And by the way, playing on a pvp server in WoW, it gets REALLY annoying being attacked constantly, ya know, you start up wow for 1st time, create a char and BAM first thing other faction is all over you, pvp gets old.

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

What are the Beta specs? if anyone knows; please message me. I'm considering upgrading my computer for this.

Panman_Dan
Panman_Dan

I had seen where this was to be released on the PS3 via IGN's website under the PS3 release dates... Wonder whats going on, I hope its free...

LikwidX3
LikwidX3

i been waiting to get in the beta for so long, i forgot this game existed lol. anyway i hope i have as much fun with this as i had with WoW. also, you people hating on WoW, please shut up, if you don't like it; don't play it, if you think its a ripoff; i think its a awesome ripoff, if you think its too easy; go play something harder. simple as that. you sound like a bunch of kids crying..

Dusso
Dusso

http://www.war-rvr.net/ = a great forum to get some info about the game @ ag_04: The quests will kinda be like WoW's, where you gather stuff etc. but you can get the items/kills etc. before you start the quest. Unlike in WoW where you have to start the quest first. LoL @ september_basic... This is an MMORPG game, not RTS..... Pretty much impossible to transfer the game rules from the TT game to an MMORPG.

Nazzdreg
Nazzdreg

Umm, did anyone know that Blizz orginally went to GW to have the work on Starcraft, but they refused. So in myy minds eye, that tells me they knew who to look for, for the right stuff in a game. GW declined, but oh well,

AussieReviewer
AussieReviewer

This game is gonna EPIC. WoW took everything successful from DAOC, and now WAR is gonna take everything successful from DAOC, WoW, and EQII. This in addition to the amazing originality of the game is going to make one kickass MMO. Thats all on the game i have to say let me say something else. WoW is NOT going down. But WoW is going to be like a trap for future MMO's. It'll hook all the supernerds and noobs, and leave only experienced, pro and normal humans to play proper games like Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning ps. yay for everyone here bagging wow haha theres a NEW WOW by the way!! it goes like this... WOW = WAITING ON WARHAMMER

matta0614
matta0614

Half u guys are complete idiots this is Warhammer fantasy, like medival stuff, Not Warhammer 40K.. ...some people just dont get anything

Ramses_2000
Ramses_2000

Can't they do a contest on gamespot for beta keys ;-)

september_basic
september_basic

This game in no way reflects the Warhammer Fantasy world and setting except in name and names used. The actual gameplay looks disgustingly stupid and does not appear to use rules for Warhammer Fantasy. It's almost as if the designers just want to make money from Warhammer fans. I certainly will not play this.

superbaler
superbaler

Lilirch100302, WoW took 3 years and an expansion to become as popular as it is today. Warhammer Online almost has 500,000 BETA APPLICANTS. If they can keep the subscribers into the game after launch-day, then it will be a huge hit and in 3 years WoW won't even be on the map. It will end up like all the other ghost-town MMORPGS.

snipeyrazz
snipeyrazz

some of you are getting things mixed up theres TWO warhammer universes, the fantasy one called Warhammer (swords, magic, elfs), and the sci-fi one called Warhammer 40,000 (lazers, chainsaw swords, tanks, space marines)

jcaullay
jcaullay

I was lucky enough to try this game at the UK Gamesday (Games Workshop modelling event) in Birmingham today. I have to say, whilst the interface is similar to World of Warcraft (lets face it, the system is easy to use and very good...re-designing one wouldn't be very clever), it looks to be an extremely good game. Once the graphics are touched and the character animations sorted, I believe it will be a good contender in the race for MMO's. I hotly anticipate its release.

dsymetry
dsymetry

Update? Didn't really say much about anything :(

BlaMMoRD
BlaMMoRD

Well if you read the other articles about this game, you´d come to realise this game is gonna kick WoW´s big fuzzy ass. Agreed with Darkor, WoW is nothing more then "grind grind grind". You want good pvp gear? GRIND IT. You dont need to be good at the game, just go into a BG and then fool around. You

the_living_god
the_living_god

This is for the fantasy version of Warhammer. The Necrons are in the science fiction version. Somehow evil death-robots (well, kinda robots) come to destroy all life in the galaxy doesn't fit right with Dwarfs, Orcs and Dark Elves. :p

My_Name_Is_Sin
My_Name_Is_Sin

are all of the warhammer races in this? What about the necrons?

Lilirch100302
Lilirch100302

McAndrew_basic It will be a good game but unless they have the marketing behind the game, it wont fly as high as wow -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- lol its EA they spends millions on marketing for a game thats complete crap

bojan_sokol
bojan_sokol

Cant understand what story will have? Will humans have lasers? LOL

ag_04
ag_04

I wanna know if the quests will be like wow ones: "kill this, kill that..." or something like "bring this to X person" (which is 500000 kms far away)... and they will probably be like that... anyway the game looks great. I hope they'll put effort on making it "balanced" from the beginning, and not creating imba classes like locks in wow, but that's another story :p

cloudy14
cloudy14

It looks great but apart from the features from warhammer will it be the same type of gameplay as WOW n i got bored of that pretty quick so i wanna no whats different about it than WOW.

Docthebutcher
Docthebutcher

darkor WOW is a grind fest you are kidding its one o the easist games to level in i have ever played go play Lineage 2 and compare that gind rom hell. WOW a grind fest good lord its TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO easy to get to 70 omg kid. IF you dont bot in Lineage 2 it takes years to get to 70+ I never botted and it took me 1.6 years to hiy 73 could have been faster if i didnt pvp you lose 5% with each death OMG wow is so not hard to level n aain its way to easy to level in.

supamancam
supamancam

Of course it does, because you said so. Enough flaming WoW, if you don't like it, don't play it - get over the fact that millions do.

fable_fodder
fable_fodder

It will be the most revolutionary MMORPG of our time. Although it will be similar to WoW, it will have more and better graphics. WoW sucks by the way. Period.

Darkor_HxC
Darkor_HxC

Im pretty sure WAR devs hate WoW. U cant make a comparison between WAR and WoW, 2 different games.WoW looks like a game for kids, WAR have the perfect lore between gothic and fantasy. WoW is a grind-fest, WAR will have many ways to Lv up till' PvE to RvR Maybe u ignorants should learn a little bit more about WAR. ...WTF with D&D....WAR=mmorpg PC Game....D&D=Real RPG Tabletop Game

E3BigC
E3BigC

Utildai, from what Ive heard from my pals who got into both this beta and the Conan one, apparently Conan is nothing more than Shadowbane, except less appealing. Apparently though, they're psyched up the butt for Warhammer Online. That at least helped me decide which one I plan on buying.

Agermemnon
Agermemnon

I find the warhammer world/setting the best there is for a game of that genre , d&d and ad&d were good but the gothic medieval setting did it for me and the mental eastern european and german names of its citys and towns was nice , Games Workshop , Citidel miniatures and the White Dwarf magazine created a great setting , i hope this game does the buisness and puts that aged grindathon cough wow in it's place , as for looks well for a successful mmo you cant push the visuals to far or you will risk alienating some of your market on day one because their pc cant run it .

Wolladeathmetal
Wolladeathmetal

The graphics in WoW looks better. Some of the textures may look shaper in this Warhammer game, but WoW looks better in overall graphics.

ClonerStive
ClonerStive

"Warhammer grew to be sooooo much more than d&d with it great story line... " Um.... in D&D, the players make the story line. Wait a minute... arn't they two different games completly? Oh yeah. Now silence your flapper, knave! Also... "Looks like garbage" You're an idiot.

McAndrew_basic
McAndrew_basic

It will be a good game but unless they have the marketing behind the game, it wont fly as high as wow

IXIWhistIXI
IXIWhistIXI

njaSam : "Looks like garbage..." ....It looks good for a mmorpg. Show me an mmorpg that runs next gen graphics. If warhammer delivers what its developers promise, it will be a WoW killer. From what I see from it...they took WoW, and drastically improved it. Unless they've made major errors in putting their ideas into the game, there's no way this game won't be topping the PC game charts.

theultimateqpa
theultimateqpa

,,warhammer ripped off DnD,, - thats not really true. There is no rip off of d&d in warhammer. Both world where simply using the basics of fantasy genere that Tolkien created but Warhammer grew to be sooooo much more than d&d with it great story line and without the doubt the best vsual deisgn of all the fantasy world out there(dont look at Warhammer Online for this, it wont really show you how great Warhammer looks). And since that time. Warhammer was used as a source of inspiration or influences for more fantasy universes than d&d

Sikzak
Sikzak

I will not be buying this... looks just like WoW (which I hate)

InjaSam
InjaSam

Looks like garbage...

garayl
garayl

"Varkas, great though their games are, there's no denying that Blizzard largely ripped off the Warhammer and Warhammer 40K universes to make Warcraft and Starcraft, respectively. So, what you should be saying is "WoW looks like this." and warhammer ripped off DnD, and DnD ripped off LOTR, and LOTR ripped off ancient Mythology...... seriously everyone needs to shut it about the warhammer vs. warcraft thing. they are both unorigonal IP's.

tig1979
tig1979

Might give it a whirl, i would have preffered 40k too though

Utildai
Utildai

Not sure if I am looking forward to this one more or Age of Conan...

spchernandez
spchernandez

I have my new rig ready. Now I need my broadband fixed! Also LOL @ crusader8463 an his beta God. If you exist, help me out too!!!

Wo-dao
Wo-dao

woooo!!!!! can't wait for this!!! i just have to get a broadband connection so i can play it:L

crusader8463
crusader8463

come on beta god. plz let me get into this 1!

sergio_afonso
sergio_afonso

WARWARWARWAWARWARWARWARWARWARWARWARWARWARWARWARWAR...and...WAAAAARRR!!

Goku_ssj5
Goku_ssj5

aaww men i want this game but i need a new computer before :(

GodsBusy
GodsBusy

Looks killer . . . just have to keep playing LOTR:O for now . . .