Warhammer Online shutting down

Mythic's Age of Reckoning MMO closing after five years of operation following end of contract between EA and Games Workshop.

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Massively multiplayer online game Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning is shutting down after five years of operation, Mythic producer Carrie Gouskos announced today on the game's website.

"Games Workshop has cultivated a world class IP. We were lucky enough to play in their universe for nearly a decade, with five great long years live. However, like all things--our contract has come to an end," Gouskos said.

"Both Games Workshop and Mythic agreed to part ways, despite how hard it is emotionally on us to let the game go," she added. "It has been a tremendous honor to work with Games Workshop and even though we may be parting ways, our relationship with them remains strong."

The game will be officially closed on December 18. Mythic will no longer be selling three-month game codes and players won't have the ability to auto-renew their accounts going forward.

Having received solid reviews following its September 2008 launch, Warhammer Online initially appeared to be on a World of Warcraft-challenging trajectory. Three weeks after launch, the game peaked at 750,000 registered users, but that figure had dwindled to just 300,000 by February 2009.

In March 2009, Mythic announced that it would be taking 63 of the game's servers offline in an effort to consolidate the evaporating player base. Mythic was also reportedly heavily affected by Electronic Arts' substantial headcount reduction enacted at the end of 2009. According to unconfirmed reports, more than one-third of the studio was laid off as part of EA's 1,500-job culling.

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.

Discussion

85 comments
BurningUp99
BurningUp99

  This was not a WoW-clone whoever says that is a complete and utter idiot that knows nothing about RPG's, MMO's or PVP.  Quit whining about PVE no one I ever played this with played it for PVE some of the dungeons and overland stuff was fun but most of us played it for the RvR which was a blast.  One of the main problems in this game was class balancing they did too little too late and people started to get fed up with the game not too long after it launched.  There's a reason Order was always outnumbered in the beginning on the big Open-RVR servers like Dark Crag.  This game should have been around forever because the core ideas and everything were good.  The RvR battles were amazing when it was a balanced fight now we have nothing with good PvP/RvR like Warhammer On-Line had.  Go back to your stupid WoW and little 10 year old PVE kiddie stuff every real RPG'er and PVP'er knows WoW isn't that great they just knew how to market it to the masses and commercialize it.  I await the next game with real PVP/RvR that is fun.

arznick
arznick

I played WAR for the 5 years it was running, it is a shame that is it shutting down after all of this time. It is not surprising, as a matter of fact, it was expected to happen soon by the majority of the community. Regardless, it is still upsetting to see it go.

Newhopes
Newhopes

Amazed it lasted as long as it did.

dalmakgpo
dalmakgpo

What they wanted they got. I am not pity them at all. They didn't listen to player and this is what happens. See ya and don't cry for me Argentina.

Falenor1414
Falenor1414

Unfortunate.....This game still have pretty good graphics and art even for something made back in 2008....On top of that one of the best PVP games ever.

vadagar1
vadagar1

why don't they do games like dark crusade and warhammer 2 ?! 

R083R70
R083R70

Hopefully they still make a 40k mmo that's a little more story and pve friendly.

Poodlejumper
Poodlejumper

It seems the only ones that are kept alive are the FTP models...and I won't touch them with a 10 foot pole after playing 2 or 3 for a few days.


Personally, I've never been able to get into the games.  I tried this one for a few months.  Probably longer than any of them.


I dunno...maybe some of you still want more WoW clones.  I want more single or small number of multiplayer games.


danyjr
danyjr

Honestly, the MMO genre is dead. Even Blizzard won't be able to come up with a title that would reach the level of WoW's successes.

Oh, and WAR was an awful game. I can't believe I bought into the hype.

lorider25
lorider25

450,000 of those players that quit were most likely Shadow Warriors.

genesis6
genesis6

who knows some one might re-do it in the future

ChristysXmas
ChristysXmas

I had good fun playing WAR back in 2010. Great game, rest in peace.

kingJord
kingJord

I had about two great weeks playing WAR... Ultimately it got boring. It had some unique features, including the first well-executed public quests (I believe) but it ultimately got boring. I remember getting to about level 30 on my "main" and realizing that it already felt grindddddy.

It's a shame - I watched this game in development for years and it entertained me for less than the 30 days of included gametime!

catacaba
catacaba

Another wow clone gone for good.

DMND
DMND

I'm bored with WoW and Warhammer is gone, gotta find another MMO where a wandering bloodthirsty warrior does not look like a Disney Princess.

Warhammer characters were so badass looking...

willzihang
willzihang

MMOs are the future, much like digital distribution. Oh, people can hate on it, and they are welcome to, but it will happen.

Kjranu
Kjranu

Disappointing. The creators failed to harness the game potential and turn it into something wonderful. The game world they had created was gorgeous and the gameplay was so much fun but ... because they didn't complete the game on release the game proceeded to the graveyard. A MMO is an investment, not something you can do a quickfire release and expect it to print money continuously. 

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

Yes the all digital future looks bright

19James89
19James89

This is precisely why I am not interested in playing MMO's. This online, digital stuff will destroy the gaming industry imo.

Simplythebest12
Simplythebest12

Good i hate MMO shit. Make a Warhammer with single player included

fatee
fatee moderator

The game had no direction and being attacked by random NPCs in town sucked.

Not sure how much it's changed since launch - but I remember starting a dungeon at launch and it was impossible. Meanwhile my swordmaster (i think it was called that) was WAAAAY too Op in PVP.  

Maybe this stuff could be said for any MMO. Probably why I never really liked them.

Daemoroth
Daemoroth

The game started out with so much potential, and then Mythic started patching it to shut the whining babies up. People got banned for posting proper data showing just what massive c**k-ups their balance patches are and suggestion proper solutions.

Yeah, WAR didn't fail, Mythic killed it.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

Another one bites the dust.  Since the launch of WoW, no MMO has had the balls to think outside the box...  Well this is exactly what happens when you use stereotypes and don't push your thinking...

jessie82
jessie82

seems more and more games are shutting down lately :/ and alot of em are games i liked wether it being online only or the multiplayer servers of a game that i prefered to paly online

Swedish_Chef
Swedish_Chef

This is funny.  I was looking through my Origin account and saw WAR sitting there and was tempted to sub for a month to jump back in.  I went to the forums and saw, on the first page, posts from like 8 months ago and knew this game had to be completely dead. And sure enough I come home from work tonight and see this post about the game being shut down.  


Pity though, I really did love this game for the first year or so.  I just hated that I had such a great time in lower levels on my Engineer, but upon getting to the end game the class was horribly broken and couldn't kill anything.

SeanD1972
SeanD1972

So now loads and loads of people will take one last look at the game between now and December and crash the servers numerous times ?

tommynj
tommynj

A very neglected game unfortunately. I don't think they put enough effort into saving it. It is ok though we got WH40K mmo coming!

mesican
mesican

Some of the best looking dwarf character models imo.

neroist
neroist

Take note Guild Wars 2, Camelot Unchained, and ESO. Take away raids and try to pawn off PvP as your end game content.  Thinking that you can just  make a map and the players will keep themselves entrained for years. It doesn't work out.

Make raids and new content. A MMO that would start off with 5-6 raids and horizontal gear progression instead of vertical with the raid gear will last a long time. 

Please quit trying to pawn off PvP as core content. Just making a few maps and say its pvp is lazy. If I wanted that I would play CoD, Battlefield, or another 5-10 map PvP mindless game.

SythisTaru
SythisTaru

@danyjr Who cares if it's not WoWs level of success lol. Before WoW, 50k-100k subs was considered INSANELY successful...and it still should be.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@19James89 I like games that I can play for years and where it is *I* who decide when to quit playing.

willzihang
willzihang

@Simplythebest12 Consumers are somewhat to blame also: all the attention was on World of Warcraft-- it's only now that MMOs stand a reasonable chance of flourishing as WoW is finally seeing its decline.

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

@Daemoroth Both EA and Mythic killed it. EA being the one putting pressure on them, just because they wanted to release it sooner.

SWTOR was rushed out as well.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

@Daemoroth No one said Warhammer Online failed or that the game was bad and -- most importantly -- Myhic wasn't the one that killed it, EA just likes to shut down stuff because of... contracts.

jasonorme666
jasonorme666

@neroist Guild Wars 2 has big new updates every two weeks.. there's plenty of content. 

jessie82
jessie82

@neroist i honest to god hate pvp and dont see the fun in getting constantly owned by another human

where as pve im less likely to die as i actually grow or get stronger with new abilities or skills to make the next bunch of mobs easier to take out

Dezuria
Dezuria

@neroist ever heard of Dark Age of Camelot?  That is PvP based, and when they added raids(Trials of Atlantis), the players complained.  They even added servers that excluded the expansion completely.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@AshTrai @willzihang Yeah, I agree. A lot of people think that when a new thing comes along or gets more popular, it's the end of the old thing. Rarely does anything completely replace another thing, it'll simply take some market shares. While the old thing isn't as popular anymore, it'll continue to exist side by side with the new thing. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

@willzihang @Simplythebest12 Yet WoW still has several million more subscribers than most subscription-turned-F2P MMO's, as far as I know. Though I agree that WoW will likely only lose subscribers from here on, it'll be a slow death than can take years before it becomes unprofitable enough to be shut down.

neroist
neroist

@Dezuria Yeah DAoC was boring for me and only one of the folks I know liked it. Hell even SWG was better IMO. They added the raid from what I read to cull the mass exodus of their game in DAoC.

Which is another reason ESO doesn't need to be DAoC2 it needs to be TES . 

neroist
neroist

@enartloc  yeah we had a 17 people from guilds play gw2 after 2 months only 1 stayed longer than that. 

Goaless Wars 2 is a fitting name if you ask me as their is nothing to really accomplish in that game that I want to work towards. When they added a slight gear progression in the game the casuals screamed murder. 

The WvW is pointless without friendly fire it turns into mindless zergs roaming. Pew Pew and target the guy who actually steps out to challenge someone.

neroist
neroist

@Boogy32 Non taken,

SWG: Star Wars Galaxy

ESO: Elder Scrolls online

TES: The Elder Scrolls 

SWG and ESO are common abbrevations within the MMO community. TES and the others is used often to refer to those games.

Boogy32
Boogy32

@neroist I think you should stop using all those abbreviations. I understood "IMO", and I could make out "DAoC",  but "SWG" "ESO" and "TES". What are those??

Just a little tip there. It makes the comment much more readable. No disrespect intended.