Warhammer Online to shut down

It was hardly a surprise that the news broke this week that Warhammer Online is to shut down. There are other bloggers who had a lot more experience in this game than I, who cared more about the attempt at a PVP-centric MMO in the Warhammer Fantasy universe.

Personally I didn’t get much past the free trial because the PVE game wasn’t rich enough to compete with WoW. I have a huge fondness for WFRPG (Warhammer RPG inspired by the original Warhammer tabletop wargame). I ran a campaign using this system as a teenager at home and loved the dark fantasy setting and the unique career-path character development system.

Interestingly the MMO also had some very unique and flavoursome classes. The Order-faction’s Warpriest was a fun melee-healer class, whose heals were empowered by your attacks on your foes.

But the game pushed you towards PVP and it’s development was not sufficiently resourced to balance both PVE progression and raiding with PVP battlegrounds. I’m lefting dreaming of an alternate vision where the game had received enough funding to have fleshed out PVE to be an equal pillar of content. In that fantasy-world, with the solid IP of the Warhammer universe then, perhaps, it could have lived up to it’s “WoW-killer” label.

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3 Responses to Warhammer Online to shut down

  1. Pingback: Warhammer Online to Shut Down in December | The Ancient Gaming Noob

  2. Jonny 5iVe says:

    I’ll never understand why they didn’t make an attempt at a F2P model… Seems daft. LOTRO and DDO were both facing into the abyss. The switch to F2P saved both of them, and LOTRO seems to be doing better than ever now.

    I was shocked when I looked it up around spring last year thinking, “it must be free-to-play by now… If it’s free, I might dedicate some time to it”, only to see that no, it was STILL a sub based game.

    Shame really… Oh well, at least they can move on and finish ruining SWTOR.

    RIP WAR.

    • Telwyn says:

      Yes, they probably would have made some money if it had converted early enough. Certainly the players who like a mix of PVE and PVP gameplay might have played WAR as their goto PVP game, while playing something else for the questing/raiding fix…

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