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Warhammer Online Shutting Down December 18th

Posted Wed, Sep 18, 2013 by Martuk

Warhammer Online’s 5th anniversary doesn’t bring the celebratory news that players may have been hoping for. Mythic today announced that Warhammer Online will officially be shuttered on December 18th, 2013, bringing an end to the MMORPG just over five years after its official launch. At that time, the licensing deal with Games Workshop will come to an end, once again serving as a fine example of why original IP MMORPGs are the way to go. Licensing deals will always be a problem when our favorite MMORPGs get older, leading to their inevitable cancellation.

The closure announcement states:

Greetings Warhammer Online Subscribers,

We here at Mythic have built an amazing relationship working with Games Workshop creating and running Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning over the last 8 years. Unfortunately, as with all licensing deals they do eventually come to end and on December 18th, 2013 we will no longer be operating Warhammer Online. As such we will no longer be selling 3 month game time codes or have the ability to auto renew your accounts for 3 months as of September 18th, 2013. If you would like to read some additional thoughts from one of WAR’s Producer please check out http://www.warhammeronline.com/.  From all of us here at Mythic we thank you again for your dedication and support over the last five years.

If you have any questions please feel free contact us via email at support@warhammeronline.com.

Waaagh!

Warhammer Team

Rounding out the announcement is a new Producer’s Letter from Carrie Gouskos, who reflects on her time as Warhammer Online producer and thanked fans for their support over the years. In the meantime, if you would like to experience the world of Warhammer Online once again, you should head back onto the field and enjoy the war before it comes to a close on December 18th.

Sources: Producer's Letter, Closure Announcement

"a fine example of why original IP MMORPGs are the way to go. Licensing deals will always be a problem when our favorite MMORPGs get older, leading to their inevitable cancellation."

Not really. That wasn't the problem here at all.

A MMO that both lives up to the source property (which I feel WAR did; Mythic did well, imo, tho tweaks were needed), and is also SUPPORTED BY THE MMO'S DISTRIBUTOR will get renewed. EA gave ZERO support, so GW did the right thing in pulling it out of their hands. If they could get the whole thing relocated to *anyone but* EA. . . Ofc, contracts will not let that happen, but it would be nice to see WAR actually survive and GET CONTENT for once.

Seriously, original-property owners (Lucas Arts, GW, Tolkien Estates) need to start telling EA to go frag itself, and go with almost ANY other company who bids or accepts a bid.

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