Warhammer Online Open Beta Details Revealed

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EA has announced that the open beta for Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning begins on September 7th. Do you want in? All you have to do is pre-order a copy of the game! However, you can only do so at "select retail partners" and yes, this includes Gamestop. But you can also per-order at a variety of other stores, including Fry's and good ol' Best Buy, too. If you're currently in the closed beta, you'll automatically be given open beta access as well, so don't sweat. Hit the jump for full details.

EA REVEALS OPEN BETA DETAILS FOR WARHAMMER ONLINE: AGE OF RECKONING Mythic Begins Preparations for September 7th Open Beta FAIRFAX, Va. – August 18, 2008 – Mythic Entertainment, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) studio, today announced that the open beta for their highly anticipated MMORPG, Warhammer® Online: Age of Reckoning™ (WAR), will begin on September 7th, 2008. This means that hundreds of thousands of fans will be able to enter the gritty fantasy world of WAR to experience the thrill of Realm vs. Realm™ (RvR) combat before the game goes live on September 18th, 2008. "For three years we have been saying that ‘WAR is coming' and the team has been working hard to deliver on this promise," said Mark Jacobs, co-founder and general manager of Mythic Entertainment. "In just a few weeks, we are going to throw open our doors and invite more players into the game than ever before. They will have a chance to delve into the open beta and see for themselves that WAR has arrived and it is glorious!" Players can get into the North American open beta by pre-ordering Warhammer Online from select retail partners. Participants of the North American closed beta will automatically be granted open beta access. For more information about the WAR open beta, visit www.warhammeronline.com/openbeta. Available for PC, Warhammer Online is rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB. WAR will be the first MMORPG to launch servers simultaneously in North America, Europe, and Oceania when it goes live on September 18th, 2008. For more information, visit http://www.warhammeronline.com/.




There is a big difference. WoW opened its doors to everyone, there was a ton of information available for it, screenshots, videos, no NDA since Closed Beta. Two chances for the whole world to play it, the Fileplanet Stress Test and then the actual Open Beta. They went out of their way to show people "Hey, check this out, we are better than EQ and we can back that up"

- Warhammer instead of doing the same with WoW is doing what? Open Beta only if you pay them $5 or more (Pre-order minimum at EB last time I checked). With this, they are hooking you into buying the final product. Every MMO is awesome the first few weeks to play it. They are just assuring $50 + 2 months of monthly fees at least.

- No high definition videos, they are all pretty small in resolution that I've seen. So those who care about graphics don't notice they are just a notch above WoW's and a little grittier.

- Every other video is the developers talking and showing concept art, there's no gameplay in most of them.

I was looking forward to the open beta to finally decide whether I was going to bother with it or not. However, what I listed above has cemented my opinion that just like Age of Conan this game is all hype.

Hell, I was going to play it just to hold me up until Lich King; I'll just pass altogether instead.