Updated Mon, Dec 30, 2013 by Martuk
Mythic’s endeavor to dive into the MOBA market with Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes earlier this year came to a bit of a premature end. Wrath of Heroes utilized parts of Warhammer Online to create a PvP-focused three-way battle set up using a free-to-play model with some colorful heroes. But even that couldn’t save this game from an early demise. Wrath of Heroes was officially shuttered on March, 29th, 2013 before ever having an official release.
It was a rough year for Warhammer in the online gaming space. Along with the previously mentioned cancelled titles, the largest of the three bearing the Warhammer brand, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, also met its demise when Mythic pulled the plug on the servers for the final time on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013, effectively putting an end to the 5 year war between the factions of Order and Destruction. According to Mythic, the licensing deal with Games Workshop expired, and thus so too did the MMORPG.
While it wasn’t as widely broadcasted as some previous closures, the devoted fans of Warhammer Online tried in vain until the last second to save the game through petitions and other means. But in the end, the plug was pulled on the war and servers went dark for the last time.
Adam Clegg, who formerly worked on Warhammer at EA/Mythic before joining Mark Jacobs at City State Entertainment, has called on EA to release one final build of the game with a developer single player option enabled. While it won’t be Warhammer Online without other players, it can serve as a way to preserve the hard work by so many developers. If EA were to do that, it would at least put one positive note on this rather dismal list, but I’d be lying if I said that I was optimistic about that ever happening.
And that is the grim list of 2013. Stay tuned to Ten Ton Hammer as we head into 2014 for a new generation of online games and hopefully a shorter list of dead ones in the coming year.