Effective today at 6 PM EST (11 PM GMT), the fantasy MMORPG developed by Mythic Entertainment will be no more. After running for over five years, the world that was home to forces of both Order and Destruction will unfortunately come to an end. Mythic is still offering refunds to those with remaining game time on their account as of November 1, and more information on refunds can be found here. The developers had also made the game free during its final two months as a parting gift.
Warhammer Online:Age of Reckoning, or WAR as it was also known, was arguably most famous for its Realm versus Realm (RvR) feature, comparable to that of Dark Age of Camelot. Among the less known but by no means less entertaining features was the system in place that prevented unfair “ganking” – high level players that entered low level areas were promptly turned into chickens. It also echoed Guild Wars by including collision detection.
The announcement of the game’s shut down had raised questions if the game couldn’t live on in a free-to-play form, seeing as many other MMOs that struggled to maintain paid subscribers followed that path with success. However, the familiar fantasy world of Warhammer prevents that from happening – the licensing deal with the owners of Warhammer itself, Games Workshop, has expired in September.
It may not have boasted several millions of players, but it was nonetheless enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of fans. Warhammer Online, you will be missed.