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.