The servers for Warhammer Online will be shut down on the 18th of December when the licensing deal between Games Workship and developer Mythic expires.

The MMO based on Games Workshop’s fantasy wargaming series was once put forward as a competitor to World of Warcraft, and took on Blizzard’s MMO at the height of its popularity.

“We here at Mythic have built an amazing relationship working with Games Workshop creating and running Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning over the last 8 years,” said the studio in a statement.

“Unfortunately, as with all licensing deals they do eventually come to end and on December 18th, 2013 we will no longer be operating Warhammer Online. As such we will no longer be selling three-month game time codes or have the ability to auto renew your accounts for three months as of September 18th, 2013.”

“From all of us here at Mythic we thank you again for your dedication and support over the last five years.”

Warhammer Online launched five years ago today.