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Warhammer Online Pre-Order Beta Detailed

Want to know when you, assuming you're a person who pre-ordered Warhammer Online, can start playing around with it?

While people filing pre-orders for Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning knew they'd be able to play in some sort of pre-release beta, it wasn't until today that EA and Mythic firmed up these plans and made them public.  So here it is: anyone who pre-orders Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning will be able to start playing on the beta servers (which are currently running a closed beta) as of September 7.

Considering the full game is hitting on September 18, this sounds more like a last-minute stress test to make sure the servers can handle a rush of players before throwing it open to the even-less-washed masses. Additionally, the beta is locked down with some restrictions. Player progression is capped at rank 20 for the beta, and characters can only play around in "Tier 1 and 2 of each army's homeland."

The release goes on to quote Mark Jacobs, co-founder of Mythic, as saying "in just a few weeks, we are going to throw open our doors and invite more players into the game than ever before.  They will have a chance to delve into the open beta and see for themselves that WAR has arrived and it is glorious!"

Not to get too far off track here, but shouldn't that be WOAR? Using your post-colon subtitle in the acronym for your game seems like cheating to me, anyway. Actually, it should just be WO, shouldn't it? WHO, maybe?

I always find MMOs too tough to call ahead of time. That's largely because I can't devote the time needed to follow the genre as faithfully seems to be required. As such, I find it hard to get too excited about them prior to release. The last MMO I tried was Age of Conan. I think I made it to around level six before realizing that I had no desire to continue playing. That's not to say it was a bad game--I had just had my fill and wanted to move on to something else.

After meeting a small group of Mythic dudes last week, all of whom are nearing the end of the pre-release road only to start down a new road of content updates and the inevitable patches, I found myself interested in playing the game. I think a lot of that is in their approach. The game certainly has a similar look and setting to that of World of Warcraft. Conventional wisdom, at that point, would dictate that the people involved in creating Warhammer Online would never mention "the other guys" by name. Instead, they're not afraid to mention Blizzard's game. And their message is clear: This is not World of Warcraft. Please try it for yourself and you'll plainly see that we're doing something different.

Of course, everyone says they're doing something different. I've seen bits and pieces of the game at E3 or at EA and so on, but it's nearly impossible to get a real feel for an MMO from a guided demo. It'll be interesting to see how the final product shakes out.

If you're on the hunt for more WHOAoR information, don't miss the video we shot at EA last week, where I talked with Mythic's Creative Director, Paul Barnett, about the game.

  


So what are you looking for in a new MMO?
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Posted by Jeff
While people filing pre-orders for Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning knew they'd be able to play in some sort of pre-release beta, it wasn't until today that EA and Mythic firmed up these plans and made them public.  So here it is: anyone who pre-orders Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning will be able to start playing on the beta servers (which are currently running a closed beta) as of September 7.

Considering the full game is hitting on September 18, this sounds more like a last-minute stress test to make sure the servers can handle a rush of players before throwing it open to the even-less-washed masses. Additionally, the beta is locked down with some restrictions. Player progression is capped at rank 20 for the beta, and characters can only play around in "Tier 1 and 2 of each army's homeland."

The release goes on to quote Mark Jacobs, co-founder of Mythic, as saying "in just a few weeks, we are going to throw open our doors and invite more players into the game than ever before.  They will have a chance to delve into the open beta and see for themselves that WAR has arrived and it is glorious!"

Not to get too far off track here, but shouldn't that be WOAR? Using your post-colon subtitle in the acronym for your game seems like cheating to me, anyway. Actually, it should just be WO, shouldn't it? WHO, maybe?

I always find MMOs too tough to call ahead of time. That's largely because I can't devote the time needed to follow the genre as faithfully seems to be required. As such, I find it hard to get too excited about them prior to release. The last MMO I tried was Age of Conan. I think I made it to around level six before realizing that I had no desire to continue playing. That's not to say it was a bad game--I had just had my fill and wanted to move on to something else.

After meeting a small group of Mythic dudes last week, all of whom are nearing the end of the pre-release road only to start down a new road of content updates and the inevitable patches, I found myself interested in playing the game. I think a lot of that is in their approach. The game certainly has a similar look and setting to that of World of Warcraft. Conventional wisdom, at that point, would dictate that the people involved in creating Warhammer Online would never mention "the other guys" by name. Instead, they're not afraid to mention Blizzard's game. And their message is clear: This is not World of Warcraft. Please try it for yourself and you'll plainly see that we're doing something different.

Of course, everyone says they're doing something different. I've seen bits and pieces of the game at E3 or at EA and so on, but it's nearly impossible to get a real feel for an MMO from a guided demo. It'll be interesting to see how the final product shakes out.

If you're on the hunt for more WHOAoR information, don't miss the video we shot at EA last week, where I talked with Mythic's Creative Director, Paul Barnett, about the game.

  


So what are you looking for in a new MMO?
Posted by TheCheese33

FaFaFaFIRST!
Also, Warhammer dude is crazy.

Posted by Milkman

Giving betas away with pre-orders completely defeats the purpose of a beta. I pre-order a game because I KNOW I want it. While I play beta because I DON'T KNOW if I want the game.

Posted by Joseppie

I don't know if I'm really looking for anything in a new MMO since the idea of a new MMO doesn't really interest me at all. After my stint with WoW and realizing how much time I actually sank into that game, the idea of starting another cycle like that with a new game is insane.

Posted by Lepuke

I've played a ton of MMO's, and even though this one looks great, I don't think I want to try to make the time to get into another MMO for quite awhile.

Posted by redgauss

No0o0o not another tempting MMO to drain away my life

Posted by ColumnBreaker

That interview with Paul was hilarious.

Posted by Rually

I would buy this game if I:

1. Had time for another MMORPG (WoW dominates that category)
2. My PC could run it.

Otherwise, I love Warhammer, and I'd love to play this.

Posted by Kohe321

I think this game can be great.

Posted by LethalKi11ler

WARHAMMER ONLINE FTWW
can't wait anymore :)))))))))))) I left WoW for this and I know it'll be better :p

Posted by JimmyJackJones

Oh!  That's the part I forgot!

Awesome.

Posted by Excuberance

Dude, Paul has made good use of his goatee-saver!

Posted by Seppli

Excited I am for -W-arhammer Online : -A-ge of -R-eckoning (WAR for short)^^ - little green man I am likely to play. Joda class I believe it is...

Erm... wrong lingo. Wrong universe. Can't do the Gobbo one just yet.^^

Somebody write something colored 'greenskins' please!

Posted by xruntime

Well, the MMO I'm looking forward to has realistic graphics - you can't tell the difference between it and real-life! It has a larger player base than any other MMO - almost 4 billion and counting. And it can run on any system, in fact, you don't even need a system to play it!

Posted by Light_Geiger

How many MMO's can the industry support at once? Every week their seems to be another MMO annonced or launched.

Posted by DiGiTaL_SiN

WHOAoR FTW, just because of

Posted by Scooper
Posted by Railith

I <3 Paul Barnett.

Posted by Trilogy
"Giving betas away with pre-orders completely defeats the purpose of a beta. I pre-order a game because I KNOW I want it. While I play beta because I DON'T KNOW if I want the game."


Exactly my thoughts. But you have to admit, it's pretty diabolical on the business side of things. 
Posted by kickflip1226

The beta starts 12 days before the game comes out. I pre-ordered the game so I could play the beta and get to know the game before it released so i could decided what race and class I wanted to play but with only 12 days it feels like we got screwed.

Posted by MrKlorox

I like WHOAR more than WHO:AoR.

WHOAR has a kinda Something Awful's Jeff K feel.

Posted by BrownFisherMan

I like WarHammer and all but...i think it's just another WoW Wannabe

Posted by thebrassthief

You know, I'm in the closed beta for Pre Order's and I'd be totally hyped about this news except I've been DOWNLOADING THE CLIENT FROM BITTORRENT FOR FOUR DAYS NOW.

Posted by Smersh

MMO's are toxic leeches...

consider yourself warned!
Posted by makari

WHOAR is sorta like the sound the Orcs make when they're about to bash your brains in, so its pretty fitting. I find in an MMO, if the mechanics are solid, then the only thing really compelling about them are a couple of things: setting, and community. Sometimes even a game thats fairly mediocre can be saved if you really enjoy the setting and the people you're playing the game with. I'll be checking it out, at least for the obligatory x day trial you get with the box.

Posted by noisebleed

acronym for this game is WAR btw... stop making stuff up lol.

Posted by Pop

ok, who can give me a PC^^ I need a better one, at least give me a job!

Posted by StickyMicky

comical

Posted by Paul

Are you far away yet, Vinny?

Posted by mad4it89

This game looks like it could be really good, but I'm just not sure if I'm ready to sink a massive amount of my time into another mmo, (just quit playing WoW after 2 and a half years) especially when I think about all the great console games being released later this year.

Posted by khisanth

What annoys me is that they get you to preorder back in june or so saying that you can try the beta in July. Then you dont hear anything only to find out you get the open beta for about a week or so! why even bother???!

Posted by TekZero

I'm in the closed beta now.  All I can say is that everything they are promising are indeed true.  Preorderers will need the extra time just to try out the different classes and realms before jumping into the game when it's released.  I still haven't decided which class is my favorite.

And I like W:AR better.

Posted by waza

LISTEN PEOPLE !!!

yes, there are a lot of new features, some stuff never seen before, it all looks great

BUT, i was in the beta, THE GAME IS NOT READY !
it just isn't ready on release, it needs almost 6 months of dev time to add new features and polish the game (specially polish the animations and polish the graphics)

and most of all, even if it all looks great, adds a lot of stuff compared to WoW, i found myself simply not having fun AT ALL playing WAR

Posted by noisebleed
Posted by LilBew

i pre-order got in the beta played it up then cancelled my pre-order not cause the game is bad but cause im just not goin 2 have time to play it with all the other games comin out, its one of the best if not the best mmo iv played

Posted by Pop

Carrie Carrie... :)