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Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning - Progress Report Part 2

Solo-playing

Jeff gives us the heads-up on that:

"You'll get a different experience playing solo than you would with a group or guild or with a Warband, but you can experience almost all of the content fully as a solo player." Paul has a small correction. "You can experience all of the content fully! I don't talk to another human being in that game and I've taken part in PQs - other people just have to be there, attacking the King - other people just have to be there. You can take part, but you can't do it alone. Point is I've had a blast of a time never actually having to talk to anyone."

Josh added "It's designed to take players like Paul who are malicious, belligerent, anti-social, malcontent and trick them into making friends. It's the Holy Grail of video games - tricking you into having a social life!"

Paul continues "I'm always getting invited into groups. I'm always getting tells of people saying 'hey you're really good, join our group' and they won't leave me alone!"

Another interesting part is that you won't have to go around a city for hours in search of a group in this game, going 'looking for group, looking for group, looking for group', and then being forced to log off because you've run out of time. Paul again adds "for those of you that say you hate everyone and you don't want to be forced to group... you don't have to."

PvP & RvR

An interesting question came up about the viability of advancing solely by PvP. Jeff answered:

"Great question. I'll tell you that right now, in beta, it's something that we're looking at very closely. It's our goal that players can do that. Right now you can progress in RvR, it's slow right now and we don't want it to be as slow as it is." They're basically watching every move made by players. "We're watching what you're killing, how fast you're leveling, how much XP you're getting over time. We're constantly looking at all that and tweaking it. That is absolutely a goal of ours. Not only do you gain renown in RvR, but you also gain XP so you can actually level in RvR, you gain gold and loot just like you would fighting monsters. Some of the best equipment comes from RvR."

Wrap up

When we reached the end of this lengthy, but informative, conference call, the developers summarized on most of the stuff mentioned. They also said that there's a lot they still haven't talked about and that the variety of things you can do during your time within the world of Warhammer Online should really compel gamers to just keep on playing, even after they've reached the highest level with their avatars.

So, that's all we have for you for now, kids. By the way, the launch date was also a very brief topic. When asked about the release date for the game, the devs. unanimously declared that Fall 2008 would be an approximate time-frame.

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MoCus Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
The hell with Boll vs Bay
were going to have the fight of a lifetime
Wow vs Warhammer vs Conan or otherwise known as World War III

Killer Klown Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
Enh. I doubt it. The problem isn't that no one _Can_ do what WoW does better than WoW; it's that people keep _trying_ to do what WoW does better than WoW. Face it, there are alot of people subscribing to WoW these days, and they need to be offered something new and unique to sway them away. Giving them what they've already got isn't going to get their attention. I'm vaguely interested in Conan but, as much as I used to love Warhammer, I don't think I'll be going for it. Now, if they had kicked the mold and done a 40k MMO, I'd be all over it, but the last thing I need is yet another fantasy MMO.
araczynski Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
i was interested in warhammer, but it seems they tried to mimic WoW too much in the art department, which was a big turn off for me. i'm ready to go for AoC myself.
DeviantSmacktar Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
This is off topic, but I just got out of the AoC Open Beta, it survived about 1 day on my computer before I got so frustrated with hang times I almost through my computer out the window, Blizzard's got something good going for them, there MMO is out, and it runs GOOD!!!!
Ren3d Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
Right now, I'm sick and tired of MMOs. Won't be looking the direction of Conan or Warhammer. Giving my WoW account a long rest. On the other hand, Guild Wars is quite interesting atm.
Vader [STAFF] Sep 03 2009, 12:00 am EDT
Conan's supposed to be pretty good. It would be a mistake to overlook it, just because you happen to be pissed off at the world of MMOGs.
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