Hot on the heels of showings at E3 and Comic-Con, Mythic Entertainment, an Electronic Arts studio, today announced that fans will be able to enter the fantasy world of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning on September 26th, 2008 when the highly-anticipated MMORPG goes live.

After three years in development by Virginia-based Mythic Entertainment, WAR will open its North American, European and Oceanic servers and offer players a variety of flexible subscription options. Gamers who pre-order WAR will enjoy special benefits including open beta admission, a live game head start, and bonus in-game items.

WAR will be the first MMORPG to launch servers simultaneously in North America, Europe, and Oceania.

Based on Games Workshop’s epic and long-standing tabletop fantasy war game, WAR is an MMORPG that features revolutionary Realm vs. Realm (RvR) gameplay that will immerse players in a world of perpetual conflict for years to come. WAR has been recognized for its unique play style that appeals to novice MMO players while offering depth for more seasoned players.

Consumer demand for WAR is mounting with all units of the game’s Collector’s Edition having been pre-sold in North America. In addition, the title is receiving significant media attention, picking up numerous critic awards at this year’s E3, including “Best PC Game” from G4’s XPlay, “Best MMO” from IGN and Voodoo Extreme, and “Top 10 PC Game” from GameSpy, as well as being nominated for the prestigious Game Critic’s Awards “Best PC Game”.

“The countdown has officially begun. Mark your calendars! September 26th is the Day of Reckoning,” said Mark Jacobs, founder and general manager of Mythic Entertainment. “For the last three years, the entire team at Mythic has poured their hearts into making Warhammer Online the next great MMORPG. We are so excited to open up this world and share it with the fans that will live in it, quest in it, go to war in it and make it come alive.”

Fans will be able to purchase Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning in New Zealand for RRP $99.99. With 60 day pre-paid cards available at retail outlets for RRP $39.99. The WAR Collectors Edition will be $169.99.

Players can now pre-order their copy of WAR to secure their spots on the frontlines with a special pre-order package that includes:

  • Open beta admission: Pre-order customers can experience the glory of battle and the thrill of WAR by participating in the open beta test.
  • Head Start program: Players can begin their adventures in the Age of Reckoning before the game’s official launch.
  • Bonus in-game items: Players can equip their characters with two bonus in-game items by pre-ordering from select retail partners.

For more information, visit the official site.