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Teknopathetic
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(09-27-2008, 12:23 AM)
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http://www.businesswire.com/portal/s...01&newsLang=en

FAIRFAX, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Armies have assembled and the Worldwide WAAAGH! is Underway! Mythic Entertainment, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) studio, today announced that in the first week since launch over 500,000 new players have registered for fantasy MMORPG, Warhammer® Online: Age of Reckoning™ (WAR), in North America, Europe and the Oceanic territories. EA’s most highly pre-ordered PC title, WAR has now become the fastest-selling new MMO of all time.

“In just one week we have a half a million people playing WAR online, and the ranks of Order and Destruction are growing at a record-breaking pace for a new MMORPG,” said Mark Jacobs, co-founder and general manager of Mythic Entertainment. “We spent years working to provide players with the most stable, epic, and polished online world we could, but it is the players that have truly brought the Age of Reckoning to life.”

Based on the popular tabletop war game from Games Workshop, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning features revolutionary Realm vs. Realm™ conflict that will provide an engaging battleground for years to come. Available for PC and rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB, WAR is now in stores everywhere at an MSRP of $49.99. For more information, visit http://www.warhammeronline.com/.



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bounchfx
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(09-27-2008, 12:24 AM)
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Didn't Age of Conan have over 1,000,000? how long did it take for them to get that?
TurtleSnatcher
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(09-27-2008, 12:24 AM)
Grats to Mythic. The game is great.

I must say WoW and WAR are probably the best two MMO's to come out this generation.
Die Squirrel Die
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(09-27-2008, 12:28 AM)

Originally Posted by bounchfx

Didn't Age of Conan have over 1,000,000? how long did it take for them to get that?

I thought with AoC it was huge sales at retail that haven't translated into subscriptions, thats what's causing the problems with it.

For MMOs, it's subs that are the real gravy train.
FunBoy
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(09-27-2008, 12:32 AM)
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Congrats Mythic lets hope you can build on those numbers.
Ventrue
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(09-27-2008, 12:34 AM)
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Originally Posted by Die Squirrel Die

I thought with AoC it was huge sales at retail that haven't translated into subscriptions, thats what's causing the problems with it.

For MMOs, it's subs that are the real gravy train.

Uh, yeah, but nobody has paid a monthly subscription to WAR yet. This is the same sort of announcement that AoC had 800,000 for.

But yes, it may break down differently to AoC.
matmanx1
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(09-27-2008, 12:35 AM)
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Well deserved IMO. And I believe those numbers will continue to climb and that their retention rate will be higher than AoC's. Time will tell, right?
Xiaoki
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(09-27-2008, 12:35 AM)
500,000 is pretty good for the first week. However, it is ultimately meaningless.
The first test of an MMO is not how many it sells in the first week but how many people stay past the first free month.
Also, while high it is not great considering that they shipped 1.5 million copies.

AoC never had anywhere close to 1 million. AoC had 400,000 accounts in it's first week.
Farnack
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(09-27-2008, 12:38 AM)
Wait wait wait wait...

Isn't the first month free? :lol
Loxley
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(09-27-2008, 12:41 AM)
FunCom said they shipped 1 million units of AoC. Last I heard they had about 700,000 players about a month after launch. I haven't heard anything regarding the number of subscribers the game has now in a while, which I suppose isn't a good thing : /

But yeah 500,000 is great, (and at this point, dare I say it's only slightly above average for a new MMO, given just how many freaking people are into the genre now). But yeah, now Mythic has the task of keeping those subscribers and getting more, which will indeed be quite a challenge considering the other two high-profile MMOs on the Market right now, WoW and LOTRO, both have expansions coming out in November.

I have no doubt that they'll be able to break 1 million, they're experienced developers and WAR is relatively well polished, hope the game's success continues :)
Last edited by Loxley; 09-27-2008 at 12:44 AM.
Haly
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(09-27-2008, 12:43 AM)
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Originally Posted by Farnack

Wait wait wait wait...

Isn't the first month free? :lol

It's like that for most MMOs isn't it?
GDJustin
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(09-27-2008, 12:44 AM)

Originally Posted by Ventrue

Uh, yeah, but nobody has paid a monthly subscription to WAR yet. This is the same sort of announcement that AoC had 800,000 for.

But yes, it may break down differently to AoC.

The difference is that the popular opinion seems to be that WAR is a pretty decent MMO, and seems to be pretty polished with lots of content, considering it just launched. Whereas AoC seemed to be pretty fucked at launch.

There is a muuuuuuch greater chance that WAR will retain subscribers better than AoC did.
Defcon
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(09-27-2008, 12:46 AM)
It will be down to 200k subscribers in 2 months.
krypt0nian
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(09-27-2008, 12:46 AM)
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Game is amazing RvR. But I had to bail out in order not to get sucked up in another MMO right now.

I'm going to keep my account, for later days though.
Dr. Kitty Muffins
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(09-27-2008, 12:48 AM)
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Is there a demo/trial somewhere?

I bought a computer last summer and I'm not sure if I can run it. I figure if the demo works, then I'm fine.
Chris R
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(09-27-2008, 12:48 AM)
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Originally Posted by Defcon

It will be down to 200k subscribers in 2 months.

Doubt it will be that low, but there will be a dip I think. If they can show the people playing just how awesome and kick ass the end game RvR is, and bring out a sizeable patch/update within the first 4 or 5 months, I'm thinking the game will have no problem being around for a few years.
Sinatar
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(09-27-2008, 12:51 AM)
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Originally Posted by Farnack

Wait wait wait wait...

Isn't the first month free? :lol

If $49.99 is your idea of free then sure.
DrDogg
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(09-27-2008, 12:51 AM)
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How does this game compare to FFXI?

Keep in mind I "like" FFXI and all the level grinding and nearly forced party elements. I can't stand WoW.
TheDarkKnight774
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(09-27-2008, 12:51 AM)
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I'm a long time Warhamer fan so i'm really rooting for the game to go well.

In fact the reason why i bought the first Warcraft game was because from the box art it looked like the closest thing i could get to a warhammer video game at the time. I'm not moving from wow but i hope the franchise that blizzard owes a lot of look and themes hangs around and isn't one of the "big splash" and then things die down.

It seems like they have some fresh ideas that are pretty interesting.
verio
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(09-27-2008, 12:53 AM)

Originally Posted by Defcon

It will be down to 200k subscribers in 2 months.

Doubt it, WAR is actually an enjoyable MMO. You know... compared to others...
NameGenerated
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(09-27-2008, 12:57 AM)
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Originally Posted by Sinatar

If $49.99 is your idea of free then sure.

Check and mate.
wolfmat
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(09-27-2008, 01:03 AM)
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I'm still on the edge. I need more footage. Give me footage!
Xiaoki
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(09-27-2008, 01:06 AM)

Originally Posted by verio

Doubt it, WAR is actually an enjoyable MMO. You know... compared to others...

Yeah, it's enjoyable ....if you ignore all the problems.

It will probably settle around 250,000 subscribers in the long run.
A pretty average MMO that focuses on PvP is not going to have mass appeal.
sky
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(09-27-2008, 01:08 AM)
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Pretty impressive! But let's talk again 6 months from now...
Sinatar
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(09-27-2008, 01:10 AM)
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Originally Posted by wmat

I'm still on the edge. I need more footage. Give me footage!

MMO's don't really lend themselves to videos. Generally a bunch of dudes standing around shooting particle effects and big monsters doing a repetitive attack animation loop.

Basically if you like MMO's and your favorite part of WoW was the BG's and Arenas then this game is for you. If you're looking for something more akin to WoW's instance running and raiding experience then this isn't the game for you.
wolfmat
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(09-27-2008, 01:18 AM)
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Originally Posted by Sinatar

MMO's don't really lend themselves to videos. Generally a bunch of dudes standing around shooting particle effects and big monsters doing a repetitive attack animation loop.

Basically if you like MMO's and your favorite part of WoW was the BG's and Arenas then this game is for you. If you're looking for something more akin to WoW's instance running and raiding experience then this isn't the game for you.

Well, fuck this game then!

Seriously though, I watched the 1 hour long demo from 3 months ago and I liked what I saw. Do we have any more insightful demos?
Cipherr
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(09-27-2008, 01:21 AM)
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Originally Posted by Xiaoki

Yeah, it's enjoyable ....if you ignore all the problems.


Diehard WoW player here.....Please do me a favor and name the MMO, hello ANY MMO that DOESN'T have problems? :lol
thetrin
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(09-27-2008, 01:32 AM)
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Originally Posted by DrDogg

How does this game compare to FFXI?

Keep in mind I "like" FFXI and all the level grinding and nearly forced party elements. I can't stand WoW.

You like sitting around for hours looking for a party? You must have a very boring life.
godhandiscen
There are millions of whiny 5-year olds on Earth, and I AM THEIR KING.
(09-27-2008, 01:42 AM)
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Hopefully Mythic keeps the momentum on the game. My GOTY so far.
Rabbit Lord
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(09-27-2008, 01:53 AM)
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I think WaR could reach 1mill subs by early next year.
Jtyettis
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(09-27-2008, 01:55 AM)
Solid.
blitz64
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(09-27-2008, 01:58 AM)
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Although I don't have time for a new mmo yet, I do hope this game does well. I liked to see more MMOs do well like WoW.
Xiaoki
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(09-27-2008, 02:00 AM)

Originally Posted by Puncture

Diehard WoW player here.....Please do me a favor and name the MMO, hello ANY MMO that DOESN'T have problems? :lol

Yeah, except with Warhammer the entire PvE portion can be summed up thusly: looked good on paper, poor execution.
Especially the Public Quests. Mythic REALLY needs to redesign the Public Quests, they are almost pointless right now.

Another important test for MMOs is how they handle launch problems. WoW passed this test and went on to success whereas AoC failed this test spectaculary.
teepo
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(09-27-2008, 02:01 AM)
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WOOO FAIRFAX VIRGINIAAAA
Sax Russel
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(09-27-2008, 02:03 AM)
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WARNING. INCOMING GAME.



Seriously though, hope WAR does well :D
K.Jack
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(09-27-2008, 02:04 AM)
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I'm still holding out for the 40k MMO. This is good news though.
theinfinityissue
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(09-27-2008, 02:10 AM)
Well, these numbers are actually double what I was expecting. My pick was 250k, so congratulations to Mythic. In a world without World of Warcraft, this would be an incredibly solid early adoption rate; in a world with WoW it's actually kind of amazing. The real question is this: Will the subscription base be growing, staying still or shrinking when WotLK hits? If they can hold steady or grow a little bit, there's a great chance that we could see the one WoW contender emerge after about 4-5 months when people start to get tired of WotLK. If WotLK sucks WAR's user base out like a mofo tho, it'll probably be hard for WAR to get it's momentum back, and might exist as a virtual backwater like LOTRO. While it would suck if that happened, it wouldn't be too bad. LOTRO's still around, after all, and its user base seems largely satisfied with the game. The difference being of course that LOTRO is more or less strictly PvE and can be enjoyed with a small number of players and WAR requires huge armies to get into its very best territory.

tl;dr GO WAR whooo.
ZombieSupaStar
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(09-27-2008, 02:13 AM)
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ill buy it when they add player housing.
RiverBed
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(09-27-2008, 02:19 AM)
awesome! I am loving my very first MMO. :) and the best part? I get to fight huge bosses and do raids (PvP and RvR) without leveling up a single level! I also LOVE the Public quests. finally, you don't need to kill a bajillion enemy to finish a quest. I had to do something liek that and I only killed two, cont'em, 2 enemies. the quest was completed-thanks to everyone else sharing the kills! :D :D
Won
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(09-27-2008, 02:22 AM)
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Quite impressive considering that I haven't subscribed to anything yet here in Europe.

And now roll out some patches Mythic! Thanks!
Cipherr
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(09-27-2008, 02:25 AM)
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Even though I cant trust Mythic after what they did with this same formula and DAoC all those years I spent playing, I do wish them luck. Competition will only do good things for the genre.
Windu
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(09-27-2008, 02:51 AM)
500,000? Impressive, Most Impressive.

It will be interesting to see how much it grows though, and how much of a impact WOTLK will have on it.

Oh and btw is there a free trial yet?
plastik
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(09-27-2008, 02:59 AM)
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Damn, that's already more than the people currently playing FFXI.
Gallagher
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(09-27-2008, 03:04 AM)

Originally Posted by plastik

Damn, that's already more than the people currently playing FFXI.

Thats because FFXI is shit. ;)
Windu
never heard about the cat, apparently
(09-27-2008, 03:06 AM)

Originally Posted by plastik

Damn, that's already more than the people currently playing FFXI.

There is a reason for that...

edit: heh, just look at the post above.
No Means Nomad
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(09-27-2008, 03:08 AM)
Pretty low numbers considering how unlikely it is that they'll go up later this year.
TAJ
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
(09-27-2008, 03:34 AM)
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Originally Posted by thetrin

You like sitting around for hours looking for a party? You must have a very boring life.

Why would anyone sit around looking for a party? Either do something while you have flag up, like exp in Campaign, or read a book/watch a movie/play another game while you wait.
Or just form parties with linkshell members. I've gotten a lot of exp that way and it's even easier lately.
Haly
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(09-27-2008, 03:46 AM)
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Originally Posted by Sax Russel



WARNING. INCOMING GAME.



Seriously though, hope WAR does well :D

I really hope WAR can survive Wrath's launch.
RiverBed
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(09-27-2008, 05:14 AM)

Originally Posted by Windu

500,000? Impressive, Most Impressive.

and that's in the first seven days alone!


waaaaaaaagghhh!
SuperAndroid17
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(09-27-2008, 05:42 AM)
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hope it does better than Age of shitfest conan

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