Warhammer Online to shut down
A sad notice has been posted on the Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning official site. It appears that the license agreement between Mythic and Games Workshop will not be getting renewed for the long-running MMORPG The Warhammer team have made the following statement:
"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."
The news comes 2 months after Mythic withdrew the option to purchase 6-month subscription bundles for the online RPG; a move which, at the time, was said to be due to low demand, not due to the termination of a license-lease.
Warhammer Online has had a popular 5 years, opening to worldwide critical acclaim and countless awards, earning an aggregate review score of 86%. The Warhammer fans are a committed bunch, creating fansites, webcomics, podcasts and a comprehensive Warcraft-wiki. The other Warhammer MMO, Wrath of Heroes was shut down earlier this year, after not making it out of Beta.
Producer, Carrie Gouskos left a heartfelt memoir on the Warhammer Online homepage, describing her history with the Warhammer franchise, standing up for the game its team and of course, all of its fans. She continues to explain that Mythic and Games Workshop have came to a mutual agreement to part ways, but stated that the severance looks to be terminal. "...because this may be the last thing I ever write about Warhammer, I’ll be allowed to acknowledge the existence of Chaos Dwarves. Or maybe not."
If you have any questions about your Warhammer membership, Mythic ask that you direct your questions to [email protected]