Thursday, March 31, 2011

The State of WAR

It has been a mostly quiet month for Warhammer Online. We are in between patches at the moment and nothing too big on the horizon.  Yesterday turned out to be a rather interesting day, but sadly not in a good way.  Some news has been circulating the net and an interesting forum post was made.

It should be no surprise to anyone who follows Paul Barnett's twitter that Mythic is working on a new Ultima game for the browser.  A few blogs seem to think it's more of a sequel to Ultima Online, but this slashdot post leads me to believe it will be more like Ultima 4.

The second interesting piece of information came from Kai, the community manager for WAR/DAoC and UO.  In a thread regarding communication he posted:

"as well as the current situation where resources are lent to SWTOR and planning is difficult."

It's long been suspected that The Old Republic was taking up resources from Mythic, now it has been confirmed.

Taking in all of this information, I have mixed feelings.  On one hand, it is completely understandable from a business perspective.  TOR is a hugely important project for EA and BioWare, and they will do what they have to do to make it a success.  As someone who is looking forward to the game, I'm glad they are taking the steps necessary to make it a success.

On the other hand, it's pretty disappointing as a Warhammer Online fan.  I follow the news regarding Ultima Online and Dark Age of Camelot as well, and it seems WAR is now on par with them as far as support/new content.  It's a bit depressing considering that WAR is just a little over two years old.

Hopefully we will get WAR's March Producer's Letter today.  Some good news would be welcome.  I also saw that 1.4.2 may be hitting the PTS in a couple of weeks, can't seem to find the post at the moment though.