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The Septembering Part III: Official Release Date

August 6, 2008

…is September 18. And about three people in the world are actually surprised 😀 But, who cares! It’s a reason to clink glasses, break out the good brandy, light up some fireworks, kill the fattened ram, hire the band, and throw a shindig to end all shindigs. The long wait for WAR is about to be finished, in little over a month.

So, with that in mind, how are you going to be spending that… Thursday? It’s a Thursday? Huh. That seems a bit odd. Don’t pretty much all games release on Tuesdays?

They also released the pricing info for Europeans, which — to my eye — looks pretty standard.

In any case, good to know.

Paris, France – August 6th, 2008 – GOA, Orange’s games unit and Mythic Entertainment, an Electronic Arts Inc. studio (NASDAQ: ERTS), today announced the release date of 18th September 2008 for the eagerly awaited MMORPG, Warhammer® Online: Age of Reckoning™ (WAR), as well as confirming retail launch offerings and subscription fees.

Based on Games Workshop’s epic and longstanding tabletop fantasy war game which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning features a unique Realm vs. Realm™ (RvR) gameplay that immerses players in a world of perpetual conflict.

“GOA is thrilled at the prospect of opening the doors to the world of Warhammer Online very soon”, said Ghislaine Le Rhun, Managing Director of GOA. “As the development of Warhammer Online continued to accelerate, we have been gearing up to support the launch, building a massive server infrastructure, localizing millions of words and recruiting a top notch team of experts in their fields. We look forward to sharing the fun we’re having on the battlefields of WAR”.

“The countdown has officially begun. Mark your calendars! September 18th is the Day of Reckoning”, said Mark Jacobs, founder and general manager of Mythic Entertainment. “For the last three years, the entire team at Mythic has poured their hearts into making Warhammer Online the next great MMORPG. We are so excited to open up this world and share it with the fans that will live in it, quest in it, go to war in it and make it come alive.”

From launch, subscriptions can be purchased online and within the game:
– 1 month for 12.99€ (£10.31)
– 3 months for 35.97€ (£28.55)
– 6 months for 65.94€ (£52.34)

Alternatively, pre-paid Game Card packs for a 60-day subscription will be available through participating retailers for 29.99€ (£23.81).

From the 28th August, the regular edition of the game can be pre-ordered at 5€ (£3.97), and this special pre-order pack will entitle players to a key for ‘Live Game Head Start’ access ahead of the full commercial release on the 18th September, as well as bonus in-game items.

The regular edition of the game will be priced at 49.99 € (£39.69) RRP with a 30-day subscription included.

Very few copies of the Collector’s Editions are still available for pre-order. Gamers pre-ordering the Collector’s Edition will have access to the Open Beta, as well as the ‘Live Game Head Start’ and bonus in-game items.

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18 comments

  1. Woohoo!


  2. /dance

    oh, wait, no dancing in WAR 🙂


  3. /doesdanceofjoy


  4. That’s a few days after Gamesday.
    And the headstart is the 15th.

    Which co-incidentally I was taking off for Gamesday. Woo!


  5. What can I say to this?? Oh yeah…

    WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

    Okay, my co-workers just looked at me funny.

    At any rate according to other announcements, the US fees will be the standard 14.99/13.99/12.99 structure.


  6. I’m not sure about game releases, but cd’s and dvds 99.9% of the time come out on Tuesdays and in the places that I’ve worked that also sell games, they usually come in the same package.

    Usually the Friday before they come in and get prepped, then sit in a back room till after closing on Monday.


  7. … Where the hell did I get that date in my head? Err… ignore me.


  8. I watch Heroes for an hour, I come back and WAR’s release date is being blogged about! If only it was announced at a slightly more convenient time – time zones are irritating.

    ~ Dave
    http://www.warhammergamers.com


  9. Well if the headstart is starting on the 16th, that would be a Tuesday, so it would sound about right.

    Anyways, what does that pricing equal in American money?


  10. Nice. Now we just need to know the dates for open beta and the head start.


  11. Ahhhh, Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. Surfer Movies. How I miss them. Erik Von Zipper is WAAAAAGH!!!


  12. what a pleasant bit of news this morning. Ready the rifle, hone the blade and paint your face! can’t we all just be friends?


  13. Good news indeed.

    Now I have something to set my calendar to.


  14. @Centuri

    Open Beta files will be downloaded on August 15 according to the Pre-Order page.


  15. The worst part about this is my office pool guess is wrong.


  16. I already had a week’s vacation planned. It seems Gork and Mork favor me ^^


  17. @Brotik : Fans looking forward to laying siege to their enemy’s capital city will have several pricing options available, beginning with a $14.99 monthly subscription. Additionally, collectible 30- and 60-day prepaid Game Time™ Cards will be available at many game retailers. WAR subscription options include:

    Monthly Subscription: $14.99 USD
    3-Month Subscription: $41.97 ($13.99 per month)
    6-Month Subscription: $77.94 ($12.99 per month)


  18. Well. Here’s the thing. I work till 7pm every thursday. So I guess I’ll be asking at least if I can leave at 5pm that night and hang out with my friends.

    I think I might miss 2/3 of the headstart too, but will be around long enough to grab some names and char designs.

    Am still deliriously happy we have a release date though!



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