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Warhammer Online: Release/Beta FAQ

Updated Mon, Aug 04, 2008 by RadarX


 

 

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Q: When will Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning be released?
A:
Warhammer Online is currently scheduled to be released in the 4th Quarter of 2008. Pre-Orders for the Collector's Edition are already available at numerous retailers.

Q: Since there will obviously need to be an Open Beta before launch, when will that take place?
A:
EA Mythic's "European Spokesman" (the source was no more specific) has stated that open beta will begin some time this summer and posting by GM/VP Mark Jacobs has stated only about 8,000 people are currently testing. If you are interested in beta testing, be sure to sign up.

Q: What are the system requirements for Warhammer Online?
A:
The following are the system requirements with the shipped game:

PC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

For Windows XP

· 2.5 GHz P4 (single core) processor or equivalent
· 1 Gigabyte RAM
· A 128 MB Video Card, with support for Pixel Shader 2.0
· At least 15 GB of hard drive space

For Windows VISTA

· 2.5 GHz P4 processor or equivalent
· 2 Gigabyte RAM
· A 128 MB Video Card, with support for Pixel Shader 2.0
· At least 15 GB of hard drive space

Supported Video Cards

ATI Radeon(TM) series

· 9500, 9600, 9800
· X300, X600, X700, X800, X850
· X1300, X1600, X1800, X1900, X1950
· 2400, 2600, 2900,
· 3650, 3850, 3870
· 4850, 4870

NVIDIA GeForce series

· FX 5900, FX 5950
· 6600, 6800,
· 7600, 7800, 7900, 7950
· 8400, 8500, 8600, 8800
· 9400, 9500, 9600, 9800
· GTX 260, GTX 280

Intel(R) Extreme Graphics

· GMA X4500

Laptop versions of these chipsets may work, but may run comparatively slowly. Standalone cards that are installed in vanilla PCI slots (not PCIe or PCIx or AGP), such as some GeForce FX variants, will perform poorly. Integrated chipsets such as the ATI Xpress and the NVIDIA TurboCache variants will have low settings selected, but should run satisfactorily.

Please note that attempting to play the game using video hardware that isn’t listed above may result in reduced performance, graphical issues or cause the game to not run at all.

The NVIDIA GeForce FX series is unsupported under Vista.

Q:What requirements are there to sign up for the Closed Beta?
A:
There are a limited number of Closed Beta spots available and not everyone that applies will be admitted. Closed Beta testers will be selected based on a variety of factors, including computer system specs, game experience, newsletter subscription, and community involvement. The Closed Beta is limited to players 18 years of age or older, and requires the acceptance of the Beta Test Agreement located at the bottom of this form.

There are a number of things that could get you in the closed beta from your system specifications to just pure random chance. Registering multiple times will not necessarily increase your odds.

Q: Is there any way to increase my chance to get in beta?
A:
There are a few ways to improve your chances, but none of them guarantee when exactly you would get in. First is to purchase the Warhammer: Condemned by Fire comic book series. Each issue provides you a 1 in 5 chance of receiving a beta invite which can be redeemed at a later time. Your other option is to purchase the Collector's Edition which will not only get you into the open beta, but give you a head start by allowing early access at launch.

Q:What is in the Collector's Edition and how much is it?
A:
EA Mythic apparently wants to make Warhammer Online one of the beefiest collector's editions you've ever seen. You'll have the following included in your seven pound box:

  • AN EXCLUSIVE GAMES WORKSHOP MINIATURE
  • AN ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL
  • THE ART OF WARHAMMER ONLINE
  • Bonus In-Game Item – THE LIBRAMS OF INSIGHT
  • Bonus In-Game Content – Quests, Rewards, and Titles
  • Bonus In-Game Content – Character Heads

The retail price for the Collector's Edition is $79.99 USD and will be available in both Europe and North America. There are only 60,000 units being produced in North America so waiting until launch is not the best plan if you want to try and get one.

Source: Warhammer Online Official Site

Q:What operating systems will Warhammer Online be available for?
A:
Warhammer Online will most certainly support Windows Vista and likely Windows XP as well. There has been no mention of providing the game for Macintosh (like you guys really expected it). There have also been rumors EA Mythic has been in talks about releasing the game for the Xbox360 console.

Q: I live in Canada how can I pre-order?
A:
You can pre-order your copy of WAR from FutureShop, EB Games Canada, the EA Store and other fine game retailers.

Q: Where are my codes when I pre-order online?
A:
Each retailer may do it differently, we have no control over the distribution of their codes to pre-order customers. However, you will generally receive a separate email specifically containing your codes (in some cases I've seen it take a few days). Please do not contact EA Mythic Customer Support concerning this - you must contact your retailer as we will be unable to assist you further.

Q:What is the difference between Closed Beta and Open Beta?
A:
The Closed Beta Test is an invite-only program protected by a Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) in which a select portion of the community is chosen to test the beta version of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning and offer feedback directly to the development team via in-game tools and private message boards. During our Open Beta, we open testing up to a much larger audience. However, unlike many traditional "Open Betas," WAR will only be available to a limited number of players (including pre-order customers). Stay tuned for more details concerning the WAR Open Beta and ways in which you can get in.

Q:Do I need my CE Product Key the day the game launches?
A:
While we encourage you to get your WAR product key as soon as possible, we will provide a reasonable grace period for players to get a hold of their copies and have uninterrupted service following the Live Game Head Start.

Q: What if I already pre-ordered?
A:
Prior to March 26, 2008 no pre-order programs have been supported by EA Mythic. Please check with your retailers for full details. Current pre-order offers are only valid with the Collectors Edition.


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