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Warhammer Online : Age of Reckoning: 300,000 Sign Up for WAR Beta

SzarkSzark News ManagerAnna Regina, NSPosts: 4,420Member


EA Mythic has announced that their ranks have swelled to 300,000 players who have signed up for the Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning beta.

More Than 300,000 Sign Up for Beta Test of EA's Highly-Anticipated
Massively-Multiplayer Online Game

EA Mythic today announced that more than 300,000 players have signed up for
the Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning (WAR) closed beta test. In little
more than a month, EA Mythic's highly-anticipated Warhammer Online has
amassed a growing army of willing participants in Europe and North America,
making the beta one of the most popular in massively multiplayer gaming
history.

Poised to be one of the biggest PC game releases of 2008, WAR is slated for
official launch in early 2008. The Beta Center is still open and accepting
applications at: https://betacenter.eamythic.com/signup.php.

Based on Games Workshop's epic tabletop fantasy war game, WAR features
revolutionary Realm vs. Realm™ (RvR) game play and is scheduled for release
on the PC in the first quarter of 2008.



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  • RomseRomse Montreal, QCPosts: 198Member

    Most MMOs would be happy to get this many suscribing players...

    This game should hit the 5 million customers easily.

  • tikovootikovoo kileen, TXPosts: 289Member

    Considering the crowd it is aimed at: WoW crowd, Kids from GamesWorkshop, and its cartoony style its no suprise that quite a few schoolboys have rushed out to get into beta...

  • KoolaiderKoolaider Tampa Bay, FLPosts: 450Member

    Shame that the peak of MMORPGs hit about 5 years ago.

  • KyleranKyleran Tampa, FLPosts: 19,978Member Uncommon

    Too many haters here..... I think its a good sign, (not a portent of 5 million though).... it sure means there's a lot of folks who want to give the game a trial.....er, I mean, help them test it.  

    Great news, lets just hope they keep right on schedule and deliver us something great in 2008... (hey , that rhymes)

     

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  • METALDRAG0NMETALDRAG0N PeterboroughPosts: 1,680Member
    Originally posted by tikovoo


    Considering the crowd it is aimed at: WoW crowd, Kids from GamesWorkshop, and its cartoony style its no suprise that quite a few schoolboys have rushed out to get into beta...

    Lol almost a troll post here 

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  • RomseRomse Montreal, QCPosts: 198Member

    Originally posted by tikovoo


    Considering the crowd it is aimed at: WoW crowd, Kids from GamesWorkshop, and its cartoony style its no suprise that quite a few schoolboys have rushed out to get into beta...
    That schoolboys barb seems gratuitous... WoW has many adults playing as it is easy on the casual player... and even though they still have a market... the height of GamesWorkshop's popularity was 20 years ago... the "GamesWorkshop kids" are in their 30s now.

    What has this game done to you?

  • zaylinzaylin Olympia, WAPosts: 789Member

    I've seen video footage (IGN'S exlusive Warrior Priest Video) thats not cartoonish at all,and then theres the videos that look very similar to {cough} another Popular MMO. And by the Way the majority of the GWS hobby peeps are not kids(they dont got that kind of money,lol). IMO the game is gonna rock.

  • RetradRetrad Mt. Juliet, TNPosts: 274Member

    The largest number of people to sign up for a beta. So the end of WoW begins.

     

    And WAR is not aimed at "kids". The 12yr olds will be playing AoC so they can see their cartoon boobs. I'm 21, I'd say I'm far from being a schoolboy. Don't worry, you should can still have fun with your junior high buddies playing AoC with your 200 server population.

  • NoctiqueNoctique JarrowPosts: 216Member
    Originally posted by Romse


     
    Originally posted by tikovoo


    Considering the crowd it is aimed at: WoW crowd, Kids from GamesWorkshop, and its cartoony style its no suprise that quite a few schoolboys have rushed out to get into beta...
    That schoolboys barb seems gratuitous... WoW has many adults playing as it is easy on the casual player... and even though they still have a market... the height of GamesWorkshop's popularity was 20 years ago... the "GamesWorkshop kids" are in their 30s now.

     

    What has this game done to you?



    Thats easy, it has dwarfed her beloved Age of Conan, simply look at her posts, majority are flames in the WAR forums, the rest happy Age of Conan posts.



     I wounder are female trolls even uglier than male ones?



    In another note, 300,000 is amazing number of people, I cant remember any MMORPG getting that many applications (As thats all they are, theres no way 300,00 beta players)



    As stated before most MMO's would love that number of players never mind beta testers.

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  • ormstungaormstunga sthlmPosts: 736Member

    Originally posted by tikovoo


    Kids from GamesWorkshop

    haha you just gave 'clueless' a face! gratz man  

  • ndpunchndpunch provencePosts: 208Member

    Lol, WAR reminds me of  WoW more and more everyday. These sort of big number announcements will grow more interest, then they hit the next mile stone, they announce that, more peeps flock in ect ect. The exact same happened with WoW, it's a cheap and VERY effective marketing.

  • dougmysticeydougmysticey Pflugerville, TXPosts: 1,176Member

    Originally posted by ndpunch


    Lol, WAR reminds me of  WoW more and more everyday. These sort of big number announcements will grow more interest, then they hit the next mile stone, they announce that, more peeps flock in ect ect. The exact same happened with WoW, it's a cheap and VERY effective marketing.
    You mean WOW reminds you of WAR...uhm nevermind. 

    With all those people the odds of getting a beta invite seem pretty slim.

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  • fansedefansede Raleigh, NCPosts: 960Member

    Only thing stopping WAR from doing well is a Vanguardian flubug launch. Hopefully EA won't be shoving deadlines and such to force them to launch too early.

    Seems like the mmorpg players want it. Question is how long will they wait and will Conan keep them away?

    Myself? I will play both, but most likely  won't be able to keep em both. So it will be AoC for a few months until WAR launches, but if WAR flops..

  • serapholseraphol bellevue, TNPosts: 33Member

    Despite how much I hate comparing WoW and WAR. some of us on WoW have come up with a new definition for the acronym. "Waiting On Warhammer". Seems we're not the only ones eager to play.

  • HivesHives Norfolk, VAPosts: 177Member
    Originally posted by tikovoo


    Considering the crowd it is aimed at: WoW crowd, Kids from GamesWorkshop, and its cartoony style its no suprise that quite a few schoolboys have rushed out to get into beta...



    I love statements like that.... I can't remember when a video game stop being a game but it looks like you take your video games seriously. I can sit here and say this is only going to be a WoW rip off or a Daoc clone but what would be the point, I don't have a gun pointed to my head with someone making me play it. I've played most of all MMO's and I am curious on how good this will be, I got 4 good years out of Daoc so I hope I can with this one.

  • mokonamokona Leander, TXPosts: 51Member

    WOOT 300,000 and thats just for beta sign up  congrates to the Mythic team. Now lets hope all of us who singed up get in and that the game lives up to all the hope we have for it.

    If god loves the fools ,and god loves every one, dose that mean we are all fools.

  • ArconaArcona VanlosePosts: 1,185Member

    All my friends and family who play WoW hasnt bothered to sign up, even though I bugger them to do so. Also, the signup takes a whole 5 minutes or so, many cant be bothered because of this. I bet WAR will have 2 million subs in no time, 1 mill in North America, 1 mill in Europe. If its released in Asia soon after or same time, whoop! 5 mill subs in a year

    WAR will probably be the last big mmorpg with autoattack though? AoC has no autoattack, AoC is either the future or a mistake, or both systems can coexist?

  • AmstelAmstel ny, NYPosts: 61Member

    This game is destined to suck because it's a two faction system like WoW. You can't have any type of player / guild politics in a two faction game. You can't roleplay "good" effectively when every player is automatically doing the same exact thing (helping their faction and fighting the enemy). You need some players to differentiate themselves as "pk" and others as "anti pk" and they will actually be good and evil instead of just playing their side which is no different than the other side other then arbitrary choice

  • GameloadingGameloading NAPosts: 14,182Member

    Originally posted by Arcona


    All my friends and family who play WoW hasnt bothered to sign up, even though I bugger them to do so. Also, the signup takes a whole 5 minutes or so, many cant be bothered because of this. I bet WAR will have 2 million subs in no time, 1 mill in North America, 1 mill in Europe. If its released in Asia soon after or same time, whoop! 5 mill subs in a year
    WAR will probably be the last big mmorpg with autoattack though? AoC has no autoattack, AoC is either the future or a mistake, or both systems can coexist?
    I'm willing to bet WAR won't even reach 1 million active subscribers. I think its time you (And not only you, many other people) stop acting like its completely normal for a western MMORPG to reach 1 million subscribers. Out of all those MMO's, Only one, yes, one, made it to 1 million subscribers. Even Everquest didn't make it to half a million subscribers.

    I also love how you seem to think that releasing in asia = instant win. Because western MMO's have a big trackrecord of being successfull in Asia, right? [/sarcasm]

  • Varlok91Varlok91 LP, FLPosts: 396Member
    Originally posted by Amstel


    This game is destined to suck because it's a two faction system like WoW. You can't have any type of player / guild politics in a two faction game. You can't roleplay "good" effectively when every player is automatically doing the same exact thing (helping their faction and fighting the enemy). You need some players to differentiate themselves as "pk" and others as "anti pk" and they will actually be good and evil instead of just playing their side which is no different than the other side other then arbitrary choice

    So go play EVE?

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  • ladyattisladyattis Wichita, KSPosts: 1,273Member


    Originally posted by tikovoo
    Considering the crowd it is aimed at: WoW crowd, Kids from GamesWorkshop, and its cartoony style its no suprise that quite a few schoolboys have rushed out to get into beta...

    Can you prove that it's WoW focused? As for 'kids' from GW, lemme give you a tip: don't call a 30-something who's a father that plays GW games a kid. He might decide to thump you with his modern recreation of a 13th century mace.

    Anyways, if you don't like WAR or the tabletop strategy, please then shutup and leave the people who love it alone. Got it? It's just common sense, geez!

    -- Brede

  • ladyattisladyattis Wichita, KSPosts: 1,273Member


    Originally posted by Gameloading
    I'm willing to bet WAR won't even reach 1 million active subscribers. I think its time you (And not only you, many other people) stop acting like its completely normal for a western MMORPG to reach 1 million subscribers. Out of all those MMO's, Only one, yes, one, made it to 1 million subscribers. Even Everquest didn't make it to half a million subscribers.
    I also love how you seem to think that releasing in asia = instant win. Because western MMO's have a big trackrecord of being successfull in Asia, right? [/sarcasm]

    Personally, I think it will hit 500k, and eventually 1 million, but any higher I would be surprised. And not because people will think it's a 'WoW' clone, but rather because people under 25 probably haven't heard of warhammer RTSes (computer and table-top) and RPGs (tabletop and MUDs). So to expect a major user draw to this title is a bit of a stretch.

    -- Brede

  • AlienovrlordAlienovrlord San Antonio, TXPosts: 1,525Member

    Originally posted by Koolaider


    Shame that the peak of MMORPGs hit about 5 years ago.

    Lol - what you mean back when 300k would have been succesful numbers numbers for a *released* game instead of just beta-test numbers  which are always only a fraction of the final subscriber numbers?

    MMORPGs used to be considered a joke by the rest of the gaming industry, now they're finally reaching real Big Person numbers.  Claiming the 'good old days' were somehow more worthwhile is like complaining we're not living in caves and eating raw meat.  It's time to evolve.

  • tapeworm00tapeworm00 Mexico CityPosts: 549Member

    Woe is me, for Auto-attack is there, spiting my very existence! OH WOE

     

    Ahem... drama apart, those videos look totally awesome. The game's graphics are great, now they need to get some more work on the animations (and maybe the sound) and ladies and gentlemen we got a winner. And I hope I can get used to auto-attack... one day. haha

  • LucifrankLucifrank Brooklyn, NYPosts: 355Member

    Originally posted by ladyattis


     

    Originally posted by Gameloading

    I'm willing to bet WAR won't even reach 1 million active subscribers. I think its time you (And not only you, many other people) stop acting like its completely normal for a western MMORPG to reach 1 million subscribers. Out of all those MMO's, Only one, yes, one, made it to 1 million subscribers. Even Everquest didn't make it to half a million subscribers.

    I also love how you seem to think that releasing in asia = instant win. Because western MMO's have a big trackrecord of being successfull in Asia, right? [/sarcasm]

     

    Personally, I think it will hit 500k, and eventually 1 million, but any higher I would be surprised. And not because people will think it's a 'WoW' clone, but rather because people under 25 probably haven't heard of warhammer RTSes (computer and table-top) and RPGs (tabletop and MUDs). So to expect a major user draw to this title is a bit of a stretch.

    -- Brede

    I'd agree that a huge chunk of this games fan base will come from Games Workshop enthusiasts. I for one was never a tabletop gamer, but always admired the look and sensibility of the Warhammer world and am excited to see it brough into an MMORPG format.

    Can anyone shed some insight into what the pen-and-paper and tabletop gaming crowd is like nowadays? Is it still a thriving community or has it taken a hit in this technologically driven age? I've been out of the loop for almost two decades(!) now in terms of pen-and-paper type stuff. I'd imagine that MMORPGs swallow up a good chunk of the audience for the old pencil-and-dice games, but I know there's still some sort of community out there.

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