E3 Interview with Mythic's Adam Gershowitz
talks with the Associate Art
Director on Warhammer Online about the upcoming fantasy-themed MMORPG. Topics
include the name change from Mythic to EA Mythic and back again, the content
that was cut from the game, and details on what players should expect from the
project when it launches. The conversation was recorded, so you can choose to
read it or listen to it, or both, if that floats your boat. Meanwhile, there's
an open letter from
Mark Jacobs on the Vault Network Forums
where the Mythic GM discusses
today's announcement of a September 18 release date for the project. He
discusses the date, subscription pricing, and when the NDA for beta testers will
lift, as well as the portions reproduced below, which covers the various
editions of the game, open beta testing, and how they interrelate. He also
mentions a Preview Weekend, which could possibly end up including some folks who
haven't already pre-purchased the game:
3) Regarding the pre-order,
Collector’s Edition and the Standard Edition, I’m pleased to announce that we
will be holding a special “Preview Weekend” in addition to the normal Open Beta.
Those people who pre-ordered the CE will be given priority entrance into the PW.
You will need to download the client (of course) from one of several download
options, none of which will require any additional payment of any kind. Once the
CE buyers have had their chance to register and download the client, we will
allow our Closed Beta testers into the PW as well. We would like to have around
100K people load testing and playing the game so depending on how many CE
purchasers sign up for this, we will invite other people into the PW as well.
4) Regarding the pre-order, Collector’s Edition and the Standard Edition, we are
extending the Head Start for the pre-order CE (not the SE) buyers by at least an
additional day as an added thank you for buying our CE. Just as with the PW, no
additional fee will be required to play in our Head Start.
5) Regarding the pre-order, Collector’s Edition and the Standard Edition, we are
pleased to announce that we will also be inviting our pre-order CE buyers into
our Closed Beta test starting next week. There will still be some hardware spec
requirements (but they are much lower than our current requirements) since we
are still in Closed Beta but we expect that the vast majority of our PO CE
buyers will meet the lowered requirements. We gotten a lot of feedback from the
community on this point over the last few weeks asking for this and we are now
going to make it happen.
6) Regarding the start of OB, we are still working out all the details and when
we are 100% locked into a date, we will be happy to confirm it unequivocally. As
the history of MMOs has shown, a bad OB can hurt both the long-term and the
short-term the success of a game just as surely as a great OB can help the game
succeed and we need to make sure that we are ready for OB on the day it begins.