Warhammer Online Shuts Down

EA Mythic's Warhammer licensed MMORPG, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning was shut down last night after the license held by EA Mythic from Games Workshop expired. Former Warhammer Online producer Josh Drescher talked at length about the game on his personal blog, saying that most of the criticism towards the game was spot on, while some of it was just "uninformed BS."

EA Mythic warned Warhammer Online players back in September of this year that the game was coming to an end on Dec. 18. At the time it suspended new account creation and monthly billing.

In his blog post Drescher vented a bit about the game coming to an end.

"I'm not going to waste time picking at old wounds or attempting to offer a post-mortem commentary on 'what happened,'" said former producer on the game Josh Drescher in a personal blog. "There's been tons of gossip and speculation and smug armchair game design (and project management) in the years since it launched. Some small bits of it have been on-target. Most of it is uninformed BS. It will be up to people well above my pay grade to decide if the 'real story' ever gets told."

"I don't want to gloss over the real human cost of the project's failure to become a blockbuster, because that's a very real part of the story as well," he continued. "I realize that not everyone was able to transition to new and better things, at least not within our industry. There were a large number of people who simply decided they couldn't put their families through the stress of the game development 'lifestyle' anymore."

Warhammer Online launched in 2009, but never really garnered the kind of following EA had hoped for. At launch it had only 300,000 subscribers.

Source: GII

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