Mar 14, 2006

World of Warhammer: the paint 'em up MMO

Warhammer inspired video games have such a brief history, that I fully covered it here, at Gnome's Lair (follow the link just before the parenthesis and see for yourselves- wink, wink, nudge, nudge, etc). But, what about the human being? What about our planet, what about incoherent writing and the future of Warhammer games?

Things couldn't be more simple. We humans will be mass-abducted by incredibly advanced alien psychologists, who will eventually rape every living thing on the planet (to death, and yes, that includes flowers too), thus bringing the imagined Warhammer universe to an untimely end. Before those climactic events I have foreseen the release of not one, not three, but two more Warhammer video games.

The first one, and the one I am really interested in, will be the Mark of Chaos. Apparently, a visually stunning RTS, with minor gameplay twists and non-existent resource gathering. It will even feature the abominable Skaven hordes. Yes! At last. We will be able -for once- to kill-kill man-things on our monitor. Imagine the joy, and take a look at what some other imaginative people imagined about Warhammer: Mark of Chaos, or visit the official website. Oh, here's a screenshot:

The second game, as the title of this article subtly implies, is Warhammer Online. Again. Only that this time it seems to be in the hands of a more serious, relatively bankruptcy-resistant developer, Games Workshop isn't directly involved and the whole thing seems like World of Warcraft but with Warhammer inspired models. I guess Blizzard had it coming... They started it after all. They invaded Poland, and then they got heavily 'inspired' from Games Workshop's world. Anyway, follow the links to official info, to some screenshots (and see a Slayer with a shield!!-the heresy of it) and to an excellent teaser video.

Hurry. Alien doom is nigh.

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Related Gnome's Lair articles: WDfD (Warhammer Diverting for Dummies), Warhammer rumors, a review of Civ4 and some freeware games.

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  1. WAR has me interested because I was a huge fan of DAoC back in the good days before Realm Abilities were added and we could still sneak into the homelands.

    Seems like WAR is all DAoC was meant to be :) Or maybe I should say WAR is all the stuff they learned from DAoC, but were too lazy to patch into DAoC.

  2. Besides, Camelot was already almost dead... and Warhammer is quite a franchise.

  3. Gnome - You got a silver medal! Happy St. Patrick's Day!