Warhammer Online goes free-to-play for final days

Effective immediately, Mythic's MMO will be free-to-play for existing players until game closes on December 18.

MMO Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning will be free-to-play for the rest of its days, Mythic announced in an update on its website this weekend.

"Effective immediately, we will be turning off the ability to apply one-month subscriptions and game time codes to Warhammer Online accounts and removing the ability to open new Warhammer Online accounts," the developer said.

Any player who has or had an account in good standing from October 31 will be able to play Warhammer Online for free until the game officially shuts down on December 18.

Though the game is shutting down, Mythic will continue to add new NPCs to the game to help players power up their characters. Other "unique experiences" will also be added to the game over the course of the next few weeks.

"So please join us and help say goodbye to Warhammer Online in one last big WAAAGH!," the developer said.

In September, Mythic announced that after five years of operation, Warhammer Online would shut down due to its contract with IP owner Games Workshop coming to an end.

Warhammer Online may be closing down, but multiple new Warhammer titles are in development.

Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade is coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and is the third new Warhammer game to be announced since March, following a new smartphone and tablet game from the studio behind Family Guy Online, the turn-based strategy game from Slitherine, and multiple titles from Creative Assembly.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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CatAtomic999
CatAtomic999

This game was soooo close to being great. But that 5% that was off was a really crucial 5%. The city sieges were broken, and the races should've been split into three factions instead of two.

I always really liked their trophy idea (though it was never really carried through).

GreySeven
GreySeven

This was a good one.  Didn't realize it was shutting down.  

BurningUp99
BurningUp99

I will miss this RPG a lot it's a shame it didn't last although it could have if some things went differently.  Although I haven't played it in ages I played it at launch for about a year and a half or so. (my PC blew up and I was without for a while).   I was a White Lion on Dark Crag and was in some of the largest battles and drawn out wars the game ever had.  Many good memories and sleepless nights.  Might be the most fun I ever had with an MMO.  Do not ever mention WoW when talking about this game it was never supposed to be like WoW.   The PVE in this game was PVE-Lite but that's how some of us liked it.  A lot of the overworld areas and some of the dungeons were really well done though IMO.  This was was about RVR anyway.  You have to remember the game was a lot different at launch.  The servers were packed with people especially servers like Dark Crag.  One of the BIG problems is the game wasn't balanced enough at first.  Destruction classes were generally better and this ticked a lot of people off.  Order was always outnumbered.  Also the game couldn't handle the large scale battles and the game would lag and slow down tremendously.  Don't know if they ever fixed that I doubt it though might not have been possible.  The game had problems but the PvP was an absolute blast when it was a balanced fight.  Multiple warbands going at each other for hours spread across various zones that %^&* can't be beat.    The PQ's were fun too we never had a problem getting people to do them back in the day on Dark Crag.  Running around zones looking for people to fight is not a chore that is part of open world RvR.   - R.I.P. Warhammer On-Line..much like Vanguard by S.O.E. this is one game that failed that should not have.  I'll never forget this one.

zmyrsaad
zmyrsaad

Someone called WoW a dragon and this one of the dead knights.. I'm sorry you just totally missed the entire point of this game.   This game was not designed to be WoW's successor.  This was DAoC's successor.  WoW couldn't even have pretended to keep up with this game in terms of pvp.   This entire game was designed around the war.. and it makes me genuinely sad to say that Warhammer Online was the most fun RvR/PVP in an MMO I ever experienced.  This game was an "almost" masterpiece.  But the end game in city sieges and the crazy, undeniable imbalance (Order capitol being unsackable + bright wizards) entirely wrecked the player base.  It was very commonly discussed that Mythic's devs played Order with many of them being BW mains.  And a lot of players felt the devs' desires to rule their own creation led to the mass exodus in 2010.  Whatever caused it, this still makes me sad.  It was the closest thing to real pvp perfection I've ever seen before end-game mechanics made it unplayable and thousands of us unsubbed almost at once.  I love and hate Mythic for it.  Really hoping Camelot Unchained is the answer.  I have no idea what to play for open RvR for years now and usually just don't play anything.  If the right one comes along tho I'd be drowning in it just like I was with this game.  (Which is why WoW isn't on the table.  It's not at all what fan of a game like this are looking for.)

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator moderator

Should have been made free the day they announced they were shutting down the servers.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

That would suck to buy a game, then have it shut down on you only a few years after that...

I'm glad I didn't buy this, I was going to.

Hopefully they can set up a server or something for the fans of it to keep playing.


vault-boy
vault-boy

You know those stories of the giant dragon who lives in a cave that ruins the lives of the poor villagers? Ya, well that dragon is WoW and Warhammer Online is one of the many dead knights lying outside the cave as a warning as to what happens when you try to kill the dragon, the only difference is Warhammer only wanted to kill WoW so he could run the villagers lives.

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

You guys can just "leak" the server files and hope that a dedicated member of the community will host a server.

razrabbit
razrabbit

And then miraculously, they change their minds after the sudden swell of thousands of new accounts causes dollar signs to pop up in front of thier eyes. 

Sw0rDMaN
Sw0rDMaN

So play until December 18 and then lose everything.. Now thats a good way to waste time for nothing :P

ndmq
ndmq

I bought guild wars 2, Age of Conan and Warhammer when it's first release and many more....all sucks, what a waste of money. Won't ever play MMO again unless it's F2P, because I will only play casually.

Defender1978
Defender1978

Don't you just love paying retail for a video game that won't work 5 years later?  I am so glad I stopped playing mmo games.  I also have a beautiful copy of Star Wars Galaxies Collector's Edition sitting on my shelf collecting dust.

R083R70
R083R70

I was playing that game for a decent bit, good thing I didn't get hooked I would've gotten pissed If I put countless hours into it just to have it shut down.

King_Wii
King_Wii

I wish they had converted it into a true F2P experience I would have played it more then. I loved this game when it first came out but grew tired of it after the first half a year after it's launch. I'm a very big fan of Warhammer and it sucks to see that the only MMORPG in that universe is facing it's sun set. I won't lie I saw this coming about two years ago when I considered returning to the game. I just hope that one day someone attempts another go at Warhammer in the MMO space. I may go back to play it briefly before they shut it down if only to take screenshots of my characters.

Cronyk
Cronyk

Had a great (albeit short) time with this game.... always loved the art direction... sad days

Hate_Squad
Hate_Squad

one of the 3 mmos with the most wasted potential,along with age of conan and guild wars 2,i even had bought the gorgeous collector's

oflow
oflow

Sad to see it go.  The game had a lot of potential its just too bad they kinda dropped the ball on city seiges.  Requiring PvE to do RvR was the biggest flaw in the design.

It was good to see a company at least try to be a lil different. Hoping Camelot Unchained or Eternal Crusade actually come thru with something interesting on the MMO front. 

MMOs have been stuck in WoW clone mode for a good 7 years now.



Truth_Hurts_U
Truth_Hurts_U

It had promise, to bad they never fixed the broken game and it's crappy engine.

Raeldor
Raeldor

I wish they'd open source games like this when they are shutting them down.  I guess there are IP and copyright issues though.  Shame.

BurningUp99
BurningUp99

@zmyrsaad

Yeah BW's were good but at launch for the most part the Destruction classes were better and/or at least equal.  Marauders, DoK's, and Witch Elf's tore up their Order counterparts this ticked a lot of people off so really the game was ready in trouble at launch.  They should have balanced the classes better before release and it would have held it's subscriber base better.  After the realization that the classes were not balanced they had to focus on that instead of putting time into other things like revamping the city sieges and so on. 

razrabbit
razrabbit

@oflow Anyone who tries anything differently gets shit all over and picked apart by the internet, so why should companies bother trying?

zardon3001
zardon3001

@jimdove2 I think if the game wasn't rushed out and some of the issues (lack of content, balance, etc) were ironed out, it could've been much better. Hate to see it go. There's another warhammer mmo in the works currently, maybe it'll come out better. 

X-Eli-X
X-Eli-X

@jimdove2 The RvR was honestly the most fun pvp I've ever had in an MMO. 

vault-boy
vault-boy

@razrabbit @oflow Maybe because every WoW clone gets shit all over and picked apart by the companies NASDAQ rating?

sugarmonster
sugarmonster

@zardon3001 What's the warhammer mmo that is being made? I remember the 40k one that got canceled last year but have not heard of a new one.