Warhammer Online shutting down

EA Mythic to pull plug December 18 as licensing deal with Games Workshop runs out.

Warhammer Online shutting down

The Age of Reckoning is drawing to a close. EA Mythic today announced that it will pull the plug on its MMORPG Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning on December 18.

The end of the game coincides with the end of the licensing agreement between Electronic Arts and Warhammer tabletop game maker Games Workshop. That agreement also saw the creation of Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes, a free-to-play MOBA game that never emerged from beta testing and was scuttled in March.

“Games Workshop has cultivated a world class IP,” said Warhammer Online producer Carrie Gouskos in a note on the game’s official site. “We were lucky enough to play in their universe for nearly a decade, with five great long years live. However, like all things, our contract has come to an end. Both Games Workshop and Mythic agreed to part ways, despite how hard it is emotionally on us to let the game go. It has been a tremendous honor to work with Games Workshop and even though we may be parting ways, our relationship with them remains strong.”

Earlier this year, Games Workshop confirmed it was changing its licensing strategy, eschewing exclusivity to partner with numerous companies on platform- and subject-specific deals.



‘Dungeon Keeper’ rebooted as mobile game for iOS, Android

Dungeon Keeper will return as a mobile game for iOS and Android platforms.

Electronic Arts announced the reboot of the classic PC strategy game at gamescom 2013.

'Dungeon Keeper' mobile reboot

Dungeon Keeper’ mobile reboot

Mythic is developing the game, which puts players in control of their own dungeon and horde of monsters.

“Filled with engaging graphics, explosive PvP and PvE gameplay, and wicked wit, Dungeon Keeper proves once again that it’s good to be bad,” said the developer.

Bullfrog’s original game was released in 1997, with its sequel Dungeon Keeper 2 following in 1999.

'Dungeon Keeper' mobile reboot

‘Dungeon Keeper’ mobile reboot

It featured memorable elements including a torture chamber where enemy monsters could be converted to your side, a hand-like cursor which could be used to slap disobedient minions, and the sultry, torture-obsessed mistress unit.

Dungeon Keeper will arrive on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices in winter 2013.

Mythic shutting Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes

Free-to-play title did not meet financial goals

Mythic shutting Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes

Formed in October 1995 by Rob Denton and Mark Jacobs, Mythic is most well known for Dark Age of Camelot….

Mythic Entertainment is shutting down its free-to-play area game Warhammer Online: Wrath Of Heroes, and has explained “the project could not meet its financial goals to be sustained.”

The online game will end on March 29, and yesterday Mythic stopped sales of the gems that serve as currency in the game. It will not be refunding any gems sold before that date. Selected players will be offered a promotional code for Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning.

“As a producer for this game from the start, I am proud of the hard work and effort that made the game possible and I feel sad that it is not able to carry on,” said James Casey.

“I think we created something special and I would not trade the time creating it or playing it (on all those Friday Fight Fests and anonymously almost every day) for anything.”

The game was first revealed at Gamescom 2011 by EA and Mythic (then known as Bioware Mythic) and entered open beta last April.