In a surprising announcement, the January issue of the Warhammer Online Producer's Letter has revealed that Carrie Gouskas has moved on to "another aspect" of WAR's development and that James Casey is taking over her duties. What Gouskas is working on will be detailed at a later date. In the meantime, Casey discusses plans for the upcoming year including patch scheduling, the restructuring of Scenarios, live events, account entitlements, and announces that server mergers may be forthcoming.
Finally, I’d like to address a topic that I’m sure is close to everyone’s hearts; server population. We’ve been monitoring the situations on each of our servers in every market. Our current situation on most of the servers shows us numbers that fall within traditionally acceptable parameters, notably our peak population values. Peak population is where we see the most activity on the server; during what is considered prime-time for the server or ‘peak’ hours. However, we understand that population is a key component to enjoying the game. As part of an effort to ensure off-peak hours are as enjoyable as peak hours can be, we are actively discussing our plans for lower population servers. If you haven’t heard anything to this effect by the time this letter sees print, you should see something very soon. We are committed to ensuring that we do what is needed to make sure players enjoy their experience in WAR.
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Warhammer Online players will be able to hoist a cold one in celebration of the changing seasons with the arrival of the annual Keg's End celebration. Slated to run from December 14th-January 4th, Keg's End affords players new items, monsters, events and challenges with a holiday flare.
Whether you're letting off fireworks as you charge into RvR or searching for beers on a pub crawl, there's plenty to do for Order and Destruction alike. Search out the Legendary Golden Stein to benefit from its damage boosting aura of Frothy Goodness, or compete with your friends to do the best bit of bragging the Warhammer World has ever seen.
Keg End will have you, once again, /boast-ing at your adversaries. Make sure you set it to macro because there are rewards to be gained if you do it just right. You can also grab a free beer and /toast your comrades in arms to receive special unlocks.
Read more here.
Bioware Mythic developers have announced that Warhammer Online servers will be brought down at 7:30 a.m. EST for approximately five hours to bring the v1.4 patch and the Verminous Horde RvR pack online.
Play as Skaven!
The Skaven have entered the field of battle! Players now have the ability to take control of a Skaven Unit within the RvR Lakes to wreck havoc on the enemy forces! Whether it’s the stealthy Gutter Runner or the Hulking Rat Ogre, these new combatants are sure to add a new dynamic to the never ending fight of WAR!
Thanquol’s Incursion has begun! Players will find Skaven Incursions taking place at random intervals during the normal ORvR Campaign. Those brave, and experienced enough may choose to venture into the depths of Thanquol’s underground lair where they will face off not only against deadly Skaven assailants, but also the enemy Realm!
Read the full overview of Warhammer Online and the Verminous Horde.
Bioware Mythic will be hosting a Live Stream Developer Q&A with the Warhammer Online team on Wednesday, November 17th from 7:00 pm EST to 8:30 pm EST. The chat will be hosted in the official Bioware Mythic UStream channel. You must be registered in order to participate so follow the link provided to do so.
This will be a terrific opportunity to talk to the team about the Skaven update set to go live on November 18th!
The Warhammer Online team has announced that it is sponsoring events on the public test server on Tuesday, November 9th and Wednesday, November 10th. The tests are to ORvR Campaign changes with a surprise: Renown Rank 100 Templates complete with all new armor sets.
We'll be starting at 8:00 PM EDT/02.00 CET this Tuesday, November 9th, with a follow up, EU friendly test on Wednesday, November 10th at 3:00 PM EDT/21.00 CET. So come on out and help us put ORvR through it's paces, play some Skaven, ride some Aeeerrriaaaaal Bombeeeeeerrrrs and preview the all new Warpforged armor sets!
Find out about installing "Warpstone", the Public Test Server, here.
The October 2010 Producers Letter from Warhammer Online's Carrie Gouskos has been posted on the Warhammer Herald. It's a short post but packed with information about the 1.4.0 which contains content for all users of the game. Additionally, Gouskos talks about the Verminous Horde which will be hitting the EA store very soon. The Verminous Horde brings new content and equipment into the game. Check out the list.
The Verminous Horde RVR Pack Details
- Access to RR 100 which grants you access to achieve:
- Two new armor sets: Doomflayer and Warpforged
- All new high level scenario weapons.
- Accelerated RR leveling across all characters on the account up to RR 80
- 4 Barber Surgeon tokens to change your character’s appearance
- 4 Vanity Pets including the Ugly Hound and the Iron Hawk
- Heavy Mount for RR60 characters with a 70% speed bonus
- New dye options on the dye merchant
The Warhammer Online team is making it up to players who missed out on claiming their live event reward for the Daemon Moon event held last week. As a result, this weekend's live event, Black Fire Basin, will yield the Malleus Daemonarium Live Event slot item and double XP by way of compensation.
Due to a miscommunication of the end date of the Demon Moon Rising Live Event, many players were unable to successfully claim their Live Event slot rewards. As a result, we are taking the following actions:
- Players will be able to participate in the Black Fire Basin Weekend Warfront starting this Friday, 11/5/2010, concluding on Monday 11/8/2010. We have replaced the Elite reward for this Weekend Warfront with the Malleus Daemonarium Live Event slot item.
- A 50% Bonus to Renown and Experience gained will be enabled on all servers.We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience that this miscommunication may have caused and thank you for your continued support.
Read more here.
The Warhammer Online team and Bioware Mythic have announced a series of 'premium' items that account holders can purchase. Included in the account entitlements are starter mounts, server transfers and a specialized training pack that allows characters to advance a full level when used. Entitlements run from $4.99-19.99 USD and can be purchased from the EA Store.
- Starter Mount Pack – $8.99 USD, all characters on an account will receive a deed to obtain a mount usable at level 2 giving players a 25% speed boost and have a 100% chance to dismount upon damage.
- Trusty Mount Pack – $9.99 USD, all characters on an account will receive a deed to obtain your choice of a new mount usable at level 20 giving players mounts of up to 60% speed boost and have a 55% chance to dismount upon damage
- Trinkets of the World Pack – $4.99 USD, all characters on an account will receive two tokens to spend at the new Trophy Vendor in the capital cities. Each token can be used to purchase one of 14 different trophies.
The Warhammer Online team has a trio of events taking place on the Public Test Server (Warpstone) this week. The first takes place on Tuesday and focuses on the Skaven RvR dungeon. The second is scheduled for Wednesday and focuses on ORvR which will continue on Friday.
We're hitting the Warpstone Public Test Server again this week, starting Tuesday night, 10/26/2010, at 8:00 PM EDT/02.00 CET. We'll be kicking things off with another focus test of the all new Skaven RvR Dungeon, Thanquol's Incursion.
Wednesday, 10/27/2010 will see a return to testing of the new ORvR experience, with testing starting at 8:00 PM EDT/02.00 CET. We'll wrap the week up on Friday, 10/29/2010, with another test of the ORvR system for the EU Community starting at 21.00 CET/3:00 PM EDT.
Templates will be provided for all tests.
Find out more here including how to set up the PTS.
In preparation for Halloween, the Warhammer Online servers have been updated with the Daemon Moon live event. Players will have as many as fifty tasks to complete during the event, including completing the Daemonball Rally and wearing a event-specific mask to gain reputation.
The Daemonball Rally Public Quest
In the war-torn lands of the Old World, festering like a boil, rests a terrible artifact of the Daemon Moon's first rising in long-ago times. Built of the very stuff of chaos and the essence of nightmares, the Daemon Cradle lies waiting to be awakened, empowered, and brought to bear against the living. Seize the Daemon Cradle and carry it to its nest five times to best your enemies in this new Public Quest!
Read more here.