EA sent out a press release this morning announcing that they've assumed control of publishing, operating, and subscription rights for Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning in Europe. This is the first time we see the development studio listed as BioWare Mythic, too:
EA ASSUMES EUROPEAN PUBLISHING AND SERVICE RIGHTS FOR WARHAMMER ONLINE: AGE OF RECKONING (WAR)
Critically Acclaimed Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game Shifts from France Telecom to EA
Guildford, UK July 7, 2010 Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced that BioWare Mythic, the BioWare studio that develops Warhammer® Online: Age of Reckoning® (WAR), has assumed the publishing, operating and subscription service rights for the game in Europe. BioWare Mythic assumes the rights from GOA, a division of France Telecom. Launched in North America, Europe and Oceania in September of 2008 and in Russia in February of 2009, WAR is an epic fantasy MMORPG based on the popular tabletop game from Games Workshop.
(We thank GOA for the tremendous job they did launching WAR in Europe and serving this dynamic community for the past two years,) said Eugene Evans, General Manager of BioWare Mythic. (Today, we're excited to have the opportunity for BioWare Mythic to directly care for WAR players throughout Europe. We are committed to providing the highest possible level of service and maintaining the glory of epic Realm vs. Realm battles for all European players.)
Building upon the successful transition of Dark Age of CamelotTM from GOA in February 2010, BioWare Mythic assumes responsibility for WAR in Europe immediately. Once the transition begins, access to European servers for WAR will be suspended for 48 to 72 hours as new servers are brought online. The full game will then be accessible and to celebrate all current and former European subscribers will receive 14 days of free* gameplay. Standard billing rates will resume after this free* game play period.
All characters and account information will be migrated to BioWare Mythic servers and be available to present and past players. In addition, new players will be able to create a free** endless trial account. For more information on the transition and payment methods, please visit www.warhammeronline.com/international/.
Based on the popular tabletop war game from Games Workshop, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning features revolutionary Realm vs. Realm conflict that will provide players with an engaging battleground for years to come. WAR is available now for PC and Mac® is rated (T) for Teen by the ESRB and 12+ by PEGI. For more information about WAR or to download the endless free trial, please visit: www.warhammeronline.com/.
* Requires internet connection, acceptance of EA's End User Access and License Agreement and account registration update.
** See [http://www.warhammeronline.com/trial/index.php?WHFB9F-PNAIU-3XRWI-E6BRD-TRPTI] for details.
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