Warhammer Online: AoR Pushed Back Yet Again
Electronic Arts is once again shuffling Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, their newly acquired MMORPG, into the first half of EA’s 2009 fiscal year, which begins on April 1, 2008. Previously the release date changed to March 2008, and now it looks like we may have to wait until possibly Fall of 2008 – an even that is up in the air.
The development process for Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning has been a long, arduous journey. Back in 2000, Microsoft and Climax were the original team working on the game, and then they canceled the project in 2004. In 2005, Mythic Entertainment inherited the project, and then one year later, Mythic was purchased by EA, and renamed EA Mythic – part of Electronic Arts’ plan to own or hold stock in every gaming company known to man. Now, with EA’s recent purchase of BioWare and the new MMORPG they are bringing to the table, Warhammer Online: AoR may just go the way of Gods and Heroes: Rome Rising.
Warhammer Online developer EA Mythic was understandably shook up when EA announced that it was planning a company-wide restructuring and rumors were surfacing that EA Mythic was going to be shut down completely. EA CEO John Riccitiello has since confirmed that while EA was indeed pondering the idea of staff reductions, EA Mythic was not included in their plan. Instead, he says, it is being expanded.
Riccitiello stated that EA was “investing in the growth of that studio” and that due to EA Mythic’s Mark Jacobs saying that a March 2008 release would affect quality, they decides that “with the big investment we’ve got behind it and the talent and inspiration of the team…… we’re going to give it a little bit more time, a little bit more work, and we think we’ll have a little bit more of a hit on our hands.”
Whatever the case may be, it looks like we may not be getting this cool looking MMORPG any time soon, and do not be surprised if an announcement in the near future reveals that Warhammer Online: AoR has been canceled entirely. EA is, after all, a tricky little bird.