Warhammer Online Shutting Down on December 18
Warhammer Online, the Warhammer MMO from Mythic Entertainment, will be closing its doors on December 18 due to an expiring license deal with publisher Games Workshop. You can still sign up and play right now if you’d like, but know that you and everyone else will be kicked out come this holiday season.
The news comes from an official statement from Mythic’s development team, which reads as follows:
“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 three-month game time codes or have the ability to auto renew your accounts for three months as of September 18th, 2013. From all of us here at Mythic we thank you again for your dedication and support over the last five years.”
The game’s producer, Carrie Gouskos, posted a personal memory-filled letter about the game on the Warhammer blog to commemorate the game’s saddening closure. Additionally, she sheds light on the never-released F2P edition of the game for Asian audiences, as well as a planned vampire-themed expansion pack.
“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,” she wrote. “And now, hopefully, 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.”
Normally, this is the part where I’d say something funny, sarcastic, light-hearted, or dumb, but it’s never fun (or funny) when a game folks still play gets shut down. So, remove your hats and pour one out for Warhammer Online – we shall miss thee.