The lights are on
Mythic has announced today, on the five-year anniversary of its release, that Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning will be taken offline. Services will be turned off on December 18, 2013.
According to the post on the official Warhammer Online website, the shutdown of the subscription-based title is tied to the conclusion of a licensing agreement with Games Workshop. In addition to the notice, producer Carrie Gouskos shared her thoughts about the game's history, updates that never came to fruition, and even a MOBA-like title that never made it out of beta.
You can read the shutdown notice and Gouskos' sentiments.
[Source: Warhammer Online (1), (2)]
Our TakeIt's always sad when a community loses a game they've poured so much time and money into. The end of the licensing deal and an increasingly difficult subscription MMO market likely made it a hard proposition for EA to pursue.
Regardless of the reasons, a shutdown notice on a title's five-year anniversary is unfortunate. It's also not the best way for Andrew Wilson to mark his first full day as EA's CEO.
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I remember being excited for this game but when it released it was so bad. total let down.
This is the biggest flaw of an MMO - the company can shut it down and no one can play it again. I wish there was a law that said if a company shuts down an MMO, they have to make it available as an open source game so people can still play it independent of the company.
That's a shame, I really wanted to like WAR. We need a really good Warhammer MMO.
Well, here's hoping that Eternal Crusade fills that.
exactly why i don't do MMO's...if they decide to shutdown the server, can't play it anymore...i'll stick with single and mp
p.s. feel sorry for the people who put hours and hours upon a game and can't play it anymore...
"Hey guys, it's been five years! Let's celebrate by ending it!"
This game could've been really good if it wasn't run/developed by freaking idiots. Bad job, Mythic!
I don't understand the intricacies of MMO financing but I always wondered why they never went F2P with WAR. I'm guessing not worth the effort to implement.
I grew bored of this as quickly as I did WoW.
This was still alive? Well ***... I never got past level 20 on this game. The leveling felt so boring and tedious. I am happy that it ends, and I hope no one will ever try to make anything as bad as this ever again.. Oh wait, ESO is coming... Well it is going to fail also :)
Very sad, I extremely liked WAR, a MMORPG like no other :(
Very disappointing that EA/Mythic didn't put much effort to rescue the game.
I might have tried this game, if it ran on my computer... and EA and Mythic's Customer Service responded to one of my TWENTY TICKETS AND EMAILS PRACTICALLY BEGGING FOR HELP SO I COULD GIVE THEM MY MONEY.