Warhammer Online Updated Impressions - Lairs and Interface Updates

We explore a few new nooks and crannies in this upcoming massively multiplayer game from the creator of Dark Age of Camelot.

At a recent EA press event, we took the opportunity to squeeze a few new details out of developer Mythic Entertainment on its upcoming massively multiplayer game, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. The game is currently in a beta-test state with thousands of loyal testers from the fan community pounding away at it nightly and with more beta testers to come thanks to the preorder offer that EA Games has attached to the collectors' edition, which will let early adopters into the beta in advance of the launch (and will also nab them exclusive character customization options, quests, and items).

Warhammer Online is in a beta-test state and will be launching in about a month.

In advance of our coverage of the beta, we got a few new details on some of the game's features, such as its fully customizable interface, which lets you click, drag, and resize every single interface window in the game, from maps to chat logs to everything else. Apparently, certain parts of the interface, such as the overland map, have been programmed in the LUA language, and Mythic will encourage you to create customized art for those interface elements.

We also had a chance to take a peek at some of the lair areas that will be hidden throughout the game. These will be out-of-the-way areas where exceptionally powerful and rare foes hide out of plain sight and guard exceptionally powerful loot. We had a chance to see two such lairs; the first was hidden on the border of a competitive realm-versus-realm zone (where players from different factions can freely clash with each other) and was locked away behind a stone gate, outside of which were various shaped stones embedded into the earth just in front of the entrance. The door itself will be locked, and the flat, ground-level stones arranged in a ring around the entrance apparently represent a puzzle that you will need to solve to open the gate. Another lair was hidden in a remote corner of a misty river basin that seemed mostly deserted and was separated by a small set of foothills. However, persistent players who explore every inch of the area may discover the means to climb up the first set of foothills to discover that a set of fallen logs lead the way to a row of shattered tree stumps that can be crossed with well-placed jumps that lead to a final hidden path to the lair of a mighty and ancient foe who summons backup to defend its treasure. Yes, Warhammer Online will have a jumping puzzle.

However, none of the game's lairs will have any kind of duplicate content or puzzles, so there will be no one-size-fits-all solution to unlock all of them. Though Mythic was gracious enough to show the entrances to two of these lairs, the studio was understandably reluctant to comment about the number and location of them in the game. There will, however, be "more than 20" lairs hidden throughout the world, and in addition to offering the opportunity to fight a unique enemy and win an exceptionally powerful weapon or item, finding lair locations will unlock sections of your "tome of knowledge," Warhammer Online's in-game journal. Players who enjoy exploring will definitely be rewarded for their troubles when they discover lairs, but the hidden enemies that lurk within will generally be exceptionally strong, and a stout group of adventurers will usually be required to conquer them.

Players will be rewarded for their curiosity when they discover hidden lairs.

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning is currently in a beta-testing state and is scheduled for release worldwide in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand on September 18.

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144 comments
VortexMK
VortexMK

Best game for PvP and RvR, but when it comes to solo content, storyline and questing LOTRO and WoW are better.

WastedOne111
WastedOne111

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WastedOne111
WastedOne111

Apparently you care Maxipad. In case you missed THE POINT, Games Workshop ripped off Tolkien. Your sitting here saying Blizzard ripped off Games Workshop. Well that would be true if Games Workshop was original content but lets see elves, dwarves, goblins, orcs....nope bud thats tolkien kthxbye. Starcraft is a Games Workshop rip off but thats why I'll be playing DOW2.

maximaxi4eva2
maximaxi4eva2

Hey, wastedone, WHO CARES? No gives a damn whether or not ppl ripd off tolkein. I just care that blizzard ripped off games workshop :( Im pissed

Vasot
Vasot

Looks better from World of Warcraft

WastedOne111
WastedOne111

Orc (OR'k) is a word used to refer to a race of various tough and warlike humanoid creatures in various fantasy settings, appearing originally in the stories of Middle-earth written by J. R. R. Tolkien and derivative fictions. Tolkien wrote The Hobbit and the first two Lotrs in 1925 so the argument is really lame when everyone is actually ripping off tolkien.

WastedOne111
WastedOne111

Actually Anything involving an orc is ripping off Tolkien's lore. Don't believe me? Check the date on when he wrote Lotr or the Silmarillion. Warhammer has existed for 30 years but I assure you those guys were Tolkien fans who adapted some Tolkien lore to create their own hybrid.

Shinkada
Shinkada

To quote Raphael, WHAT A JOKE. For the Who Copied Who argument: Warcraft copied Warhammer, and now Warhammer Online is copying World of Warcraft. WoW didn't rip off Warhammer, Blizzard ripped off Warhammer YEARS ago. And not just Warhammer Fantasy, either. You don't need incredible observational skills to see the corrolation between the Emperium, Eldar and Tyranid with the Terran, Protoss and Zerg. But as I said, Warhammer is now ripping off WoW for this game, which blows. WoW sucks and this is going to be a slightly better, but still sucky version of WoW. Better luck next time guys; stop being fail and just make an MMOFPS Warhammer 40k game already. EDIT: Forgot to mention. For all the people whining about bugs? Yeah. You're right. Compared to WoW's completely smooth and bug free launch, it's pretty bad. P.S.: I'm being sarcastic. Blizzard's servers caught on fire and they had to repeatedly reset servers when crap like entire realms of either side completely took over cities and prevented others from spawn camping. The game was buggy, laggy, and overall just unstable, just like every other MMO, even though the graphics engine was over a year old EVEN WHEN IT WAS RELEASED.

camar001
camar001

Okay...anyone that thinks this game is ripping off WoW is an idiot. Warhammer has been around for nearly 30 years now. The fact of the matter is that WoW ripped of Warhammer, its just that the WoW MMO was released first. And yes, they wanted the rights to Warhammer, but Games Workshop wouldn't sell them, so, Blizzard Plagiarized Copyrighted material. Thats why the two games look the same, but, Warhammer had this look first, decades before WoW was a glimmer in Blizzards eyes. As for WoW...that game is quite simply awful. The game is grind from beginning to end, the PvP is poor, there is no atmosphere, unless you count the cartoony, kiddy feel to it an atmosphere. WAR will be something great. The questing systems are far better, from what I have heard there is little grind to have to contend with and the PVP completely blows all other MMOs out of the water. So, in short WoW = Copied from Warhammer Warhammer = Originally conceived nearly 30 years ago.

Epyx911
Epyx911

Actually, if anything WoW copied from Warhammer. Blizzard tried very hard to get Warhammer licensing for both WoW and Starcraft. If you look closely you will see how blatant Blizzard was in copying races in Starcraft from the 40k universe (Dawn of War). Likewise WoW borrows heavily from the Warhammer fantasy setting. Blizzard just happened to publish first with their knockoff and get market share. With that said I love WoW/Starcraft/Dawn of War and I have no doubt I will love this game as well.

WastedOne111
WastedOne111

I quit wow 6 months ago. Not at all impressed with WAR. I found it boring and the animations cheesy. If you disagree thats fine, enjoy what you play, but my mmo search continues...

chaostree
chaostree

I also played Open Beta and was amazed by the class diversity in all phases. The PVP is extremely addictive and I never pvp'd much in WOW. Hated waiting forever in a queue. With WAR, you can wait in a queue while you go RVR at a contested area. PVE/leveling is NOT boring and doesnt feel tedious(yet) so that's all I really ask of that. Endgame is much more important and with the detail that Warhammer has already shown, I am convinced the the game will really flex it muscles with it's endgame content.

Darker_JR
Darker_JR

lol open beta finished today...i played it after 4 days of waiting...and the improvements since the first day where huge...today the headstart commences and i can only say this game has the potencial to kinda beat wow.. although i think it needs a bit more in depth gaming...:) and i played both wow and war xD

Oni
Oni

The only thing positive I can say so far about this game is the PvP is awesome. Otherwise I still need to play the final version. So far the PvE didn't grab me.

Simianjohn
Simianjohn

Yes the graphics looks good. But let us just face the fact that it's trying to be like wow. Just as age of conan it's gonna look exactly the same with some few new gimics and stupid combat ideas that is never going to work! If this game actually decides to prove me wrong I'd say that the appocalypse is coming and we should make amense for all the horrible things we have done and get ready to die!!

brecht165
brecht165

Game background seems nice - appealing concept, though an RPG with this colourset is just weird (last I played the witcher and oblivion). I prefer a dark setting to such a bright & colourful one. So the look & feel doesn't convince me.

NiteX
NiteX

I gave up on the open beta. I got tired of all the bugs and server crashes and not being able to play my chaos. I swear I made over 10 chosen guys and each one kept not wanting to load up. I recommend not touching this game for a few months.

Styvan
Styvan

I am still waitng for validation of my beta key. 17 (!) hours of waiting... If I just think I had to pay to preorder and get my "bonuses"... Just hope the game doesn't start this bad, else I'll go back to WoW...

LordN
LordN

US version.. playable.. EU version.. heh it's in GOA's hands. Just read fan sites what are linked on main page for EU and u get the real picture how open beta is proceeding is there.. or actually how it's not running but US one is running very well.

Shadow_th
Shadow_th

I hope Warhammer Online will be really great. Competition is nice, and seeing as Blizzard is not really improving WoW as it is now, having a competition might be fun for trying this other game and also, losing part of the playerbase can make Blizzard try to actually improve WoW, thus being a benefit to everyone.

ParaBellum71
ParaBellum71

Everyone who thinks the game wont stand up to WoW can go get in line for Lich King. I personanly think this game is going to be fun with the pvp. WoW's almost devoid of pvp outside of BG's besides the frequent gank and rare raid on a city.

Godien
Godien

The thing is, you don't have to kill WoW to be successful. I definitely think this game's going to be awesome, there just seems to be so much to do.

Testify_exe
Testify_exe

WoW is getting old and I like it that games like this and Conan are starting to flourish. Makes it so you really don't just have the one option.

Beesond
Beesond

My best friend and I are looking forward to barely passing our finals becuase of this game. We have had a hell of a run with WOW, but once i get bored of WOTLK this will probabley be the next pit I toss my time into, I just hope it is as fun and long lasting as WOW was for me, holy crap that game ate alot of time lol. I dont know much about the game, but its far more PVP oriented than WOW, which is a huge bonus, I hope you can loot people's corpses for soemthing, that would be great.

HessenKnight
HessenKnight

People...this isn't going to kill WoW. You can't kill a game with 10 Million+ players. Nevertheless, this is going to be healthy competition. I know I'm going to give it a whirl. I've been greatly anticipating this game. WoW is too main stream now. I remember the ways where you had to work yoiur ass off for epics. Not anymore. This game will ruin my life, and I'll embrace it with open arms.

SpartonGhost
SpartonGhost

I'm sick of WoW. It's a bit too boring now, that's why I hope this game is alot better cuz I'm looking for a new MMO

Cleanholio
Cleanholio

LOL...the hate against WoW slays me. I look forward to Warhammer. I have had nothing but good experiences with Mythic games, and from the comments I have read of beta players, this will be no different.

mj23foreva
mj23foreva

Whats a warhammer? And I thought AOC was gonna kill WOW or was it Vanguard?...o wait NVM

treytrey8706
treytrey8706

To answer your question corn999, if you want to run at max graphics with a good frame rate during the huge sieges, pretty much the only card i can see doing it is the new 4870x2. I run an 8800 gtx and get like 15-20 fps during the huge sieges. And graphics haven't even been ramped up yet.

RAMEENN
RAMEENN

Why are people so concerned about this "killing" WoW? If you're not playing WoW, why do you care? And if you are playing WoW because it's the best MMO experience currently available...you have a problem. If it's so awful, quit. If WAR turns out to be different/better than WoW great. Also, I don't understand the "copying" argument everyone is having. This is a a stock fantasy setting. You may as well say "OMG THEY STOLE TEH ELVES FROM TOLKIEN." While there may be small innovations in the genre, it's a fantasy game for a reason: because all fantasy settings use staple elements. As for the game itself, the screenshots look nice, and it does seem like it would take a higher-end computer to run the game, but it doesn't have the cartoony look of Warcraft, which I dig. Maybe I'll check it out, although I don't like the idea of playing MMO's again.

FabioPizzini
FabioPizzini

I'm in the beta right now. If you want good PvP and not a ripetitive MMPORG, WAR it is your choice!!!

scottwilkins
scottwilkins

WoW's good, LoTRO's good, Guild Wars' good, This will be good. It's all good.

zunit88
zunit88

this game is gonna kill WoW ... i just know it

savageandres
savageandres

ahhh while the millions of us hope and watch as WAR arise to challenge the mmo empire that blizzard has built through WoW and which it will increase further with Wrath, a third party arises. Guild Wars 2, one of the biggest underdog MMOs. 2009 = MMO mayhem

DivineChampion
DivineChampion

Thank you Mythic for all you have done. May this game kill WoW so hard, the Blizzard building gets zerged by zombies...well maybe not the whole blizzard building....but the WoW department....i still want D3...

InspectorK
InspectorK

This game is going to be the best thing that the gods of video games are going to give us!!!

yodathewise
yodathewise

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaghhh!!! Da Orkz is 'ere... In a month...

Zee666
Zee666

looks awesome to me, lairs are a cool idea, they seem like they've been done before though. Jumping puzzles are always good to a grindtastic game if the jumping is done well so we'll have to see. Will try it, probably be a dark elf. Blood drinking fun!

wildchild69
wildchild69

SkeletalKnight, The codes can be entered now and through fileplanet you can download the client and everything you will need for the beta (9.34gb download) via the download manager and whatnot. However, the open beta will not start until september 7th, only then can everyone, who pre-ordered, log in and play. I know all of this because I spent all day yesterday getting everything ready lol. I am so pumped for this game =P.

freesac2
freesac2

im with you blorg, im def a wow fan but gotta go with the new stuff sounds intriguing cant wait

corn999
corn999

What graphics card will run this game at a good frame rate?

blorg13
blorg13

ok well the lairs confirm I am now switching from WOW to WAR I love WOW but my sense of adventure went largely unrewarded

BikerPunk
BikerPunk

i havent hit the endgame in the beta, but the public quests, and the multiple level RvR arenas have made the game extremely enjoyable for me. I love PvP, and being able to PvP at level one, being able to join in a huge PQ right away, as well as the questing, makes it easy for you to find something to do without getting bored. there is always something else you can do. I normally get into the crafting and such, but havent even bothered with that yet. still nejoying the quests and RvR!!! I love the looks of the Lair, and i think that it wont be a person spamming LFg, i think it will make the individual an asset to whatever guild they may be a part of. If i find one, i would immediately contact my guild and start grouping up for it. i only think it will be loner/annoying players that get the boot from guilds doing the LFg spam, and normally those guys get ignored.

SkeletalKnight
SkeletalKnight

anyone know if the beta codes from preorders are live yet? as in will I be able to use it now to join in the beta, or do I need to wait longer?

Omnipresence
Omnipresence

My god the lairs is a completely awesome idea. I always wanted to see something like that in WoW (don't worry WAR fans, i'm in the beta of WAR and i'm not drawing comparisons between the two.) WAR just all round has great ideas. It's gonna be such a great game when it goes live.

Nashnir
Nashnir

@LordAzael Get a real life pal.

Bloodskullofwar
Bloodskullofwar

One Funny thing ive noticed is that WoW has created an Acheivment system.....ummmm tome of knowledge rip off anyone? Im exited for this game and like alot of people on here say ive played in beta. In WoW from lvls 1-about 58 are boring go kill 10 of these quests. Now i will admit that in War there are those kind of quests but WAR makes it a bit more fun by adding kill collectors for rewarding you for killing more than you need to for a quest, not only that but at level 1! you can join a giant PQ (public quest) and get good items. Its my opinion...i know...but i like this much better than WoW, because it suits my style of play. Ohh and aslo at like lvls 8-10 you can join big RVR battles and get (pvp gear) pending on how long and good you play.

Dr_Thunder
Dr_Thunder

Healing doesn't work like, wait towards to NDA is dropped to get a better idea.