What is Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning?
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning (WAR) is an MMORPG currently in development by EA Mythic. Based in the famous Warhammer universe created by Games Workshop, Warhammer Online can best be described in Mythic's own words
War is everywhere in Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning (WAR), the new MMORPG from the creators of Dark Age of Camelot®. Based on Games Workshop's popular Warhammer® fantasy war game, WAR features next generation Realm vs. Realm (RvR) game play that will immerse players in a world of perpetual conflict.
Q: Since this is based on the tabletop battle miniatures game, how much control does Games Workshop have over it?
A: Well, in a recent interview with Ten Ton Hammer, Erik Mogensen of Games Workshop states " We've been very involved in all aspects of the game's development, especially with artistic direction. We see, and approve, every piece of concept art, every 3D model, every animation, etc. We've been so impressed with EA Mythic's grasp of the Warhammer World, that we've honestly had to request relatively few changes along the way."
What if I don't want to PvP but I still want to play Warhammer Online? Am I going to be forced to PvP?
A: No. EA Mythic has officially said that if you choose not to PvP, you will still be able to fully level your character through PvE play
How many factions are there in Warhammer Online?
A: Currently there are two factions in WAR; Order & Destruction. Both factions are broken down into three different races. Order is comprised of; the Humans of the Empire, the Dwarfs, and the High Elves. Destruction is made up of Dark Elves, Chaos, and the Greenskins (Orcs & Goblins).
What classes will be available in Warhammer Online?
A: Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning will have 4 class types for each race: Tanks, Melee DPS, Ranged DPS, and Healers.
Q: Will I be able to quest in other zones with my friends right away? Earlier you said you thought it was relagated to the higher levels?
A: That we did. However, based on information straight from the Warhammer Online devs, you'll be able to cross over into any allied realms and do those quests as well. So if your buddy is playing Chaos and you, as a Dark Elf, want to come over and join him to play, you'll be able to from the start.
Q: What are battlezones?
A: There are three battlzeones in Warhammer Online, each representing conflict between different races. Currently the battlzones consist of the following conflicts: Dwarfs vs. Greenskins, Empire vs. Chaos, and High Elves vs. Dark Elves.
Q:Why are there no female Orcs?
A: Throughout the Warhammer lore, there has never been Orc Females. How Orc reproduce is somewhat of a mystery, although the popular theory is through spores. In trying to keep with the lore, EA Mythic has opted to not have any females among the Greenskins.
Being that this is an RvR style game, how do they plan to control the griefing aspect?
A: By turning you into a chicken if you enter a zone too far outside your level. No, you heard us correctly. A chicken.
What if I'm just entering the zone to finish up some quests?
A: Well, as per the Warhammer Online, you're only going to have 2 types of quests in the RvR zones, Scenarios and those that deal with Battelfield Objectives. Once you're out of the level range for the scenarios, you're done. That quest can never be completed. As far as the second type goes, you can still go into the Battlefield Objectives and try to finish the quest, but you will still be a chicken while doing so. Probably want to try and finish those quests while they're still in level range it sounds like.
Customization is pretty important to me. I hate looking like everyone else in game. What sort of options will there be for character customization?
A: Warhammer Online is going to have armor dyes as a customization option. In an ealier podcast, Jeff Hickman mentioned that these would probably be relegated to colors normally attributed to armor. Also, in recent interviews it has been stated that you'll be able to get trophies to hang from your armor. In a recent entry in Paul Barrnett's blog, he mentions that there will be a sizeable amount of facial customization as well.
Will you be able to communicate between Order and Destruction factions?
A: Nope. You can talk to the faction you belong to and that's it.
Q:Will I be able to have both Order and Destruction characters on the same server?
A: No, you'll have to make a choice. One or the other.
Will Warhammer Online have a "Death Penalty"?
A: Yes it will! They have already stated that it will not involve experience loss or corpse runs.
Will players be allowed to have Guilds in Warhammer Online?
A: Absolutely. As a matter of fact, the re-opening of the beta in the next few weeks will be somewhat focused on the Guild mechanics.
Will there be player mounts in this game as transportation?
A: Yes, as a matter of fact they've released some concept art. You can view it in the Ten Ton Hammer Gallery of Fine Screenshots here.
What is the highest level my character can achieve?
A: Right now, the highest obtainable level is 40.
Currently in EverQuest II, and other MMO games there is an ability to "share" my quests that I'm on. Will I be able to do that with other characters in Warhammer Online?
A: As per the devs, yes you will.
Q:Let's say I want to go see all the cool stuff in my Capital city. Will I be allowed to do that as a tier 1 player?
A: Yes! The WAR devs have stated that there will be some sort of mechanic in place for you to be able to visit your Capital city as a lowly level n00b... they just haven't said what that mechanic is yet.