Monday, November 24, 2008

Warhammer Online: What is it?

Warhammer Online is a next-generation MMORPG and successor of Dark Ages of Camelot with the main Focus on RvR (Realm vs Realm) fight. In Realm vs Realm there are usually 2 (or more) factions consisting of 2 or more races who fight side on side against the other factions. Mythic, the developer behind Dark Ages of Camelot and Warhammer, promotes Warhammer as a game, where "WAR" (also used as abbreviation for Warhammer: Age of Reckoning) is everywhere.

What does this mean?

It means that from the beginning at level 1, you will be involved in the war between the Armies of Order and Destruction. What ever you do - be it Quests, PvE or PvP - it will bring the feeling of war. You can master your character and hit max level by doing only PvP or only doing PvE or a mix of both. For the best and fastest experience it's recommended to do a mix of both. This way you get involved with the background story of Warhammer and can participate in the PvP and learn to master your character when you hit level 40.

What makes Warhammer different from other MMOs?

  • Focus on PvP/RvR
    Unlike PvE games like World of Warcraft, Warhammer online focuses on PvP/RvR. Most of the time in Warhammer you'll be fighting other players, may it be in instanced Scenarios or in the open world RvR Zones
  • Open World PvP/RvR
    In the Open World players have to capture Battleground Objectives and Keeps in order to take control over a certain zone. If a factions controls enough zones, they can start a raid on the enemies capital city, burn it down and plunder it
  • Public Quests
    Mythic introduced something called "Public Quests" in Warhammer. Public Quests are special places within a Zone, where scripted event is running and everyone who passes by can participate without the need to join a group or get a quest. Everyone within the range of the Public Quest can participate by contributing to the Public Quest objectives. There are usually 2-4 steps to be done. Last step usually have a more or less tough boss to beat. The loot is distributed at the end of the Public Quest, depending on your participation you get a bigger bonus on the rolls and everyone who have enough contribution rolls a random number between 1 and 1000 + Contribution Bonus. A few minutes later, the Quest restarts and can be repeated as often as you like

Warhammer Online was released on 18-08-2008.

Warhammer Online US Homepage
Warhammer Online Europe Homepage

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