Les Rois des Tombes

Ecrit par Zatvopop, le 29-01-2009

GOA viens de faire une annonce fracassante au sujet de WAR en dévoilant le programme des 6 prochains mois, rien que ça !
Ce sont nos confères d'Eurogamer qui publient la nouvelle : outre l'arrivée de deux nouvelles classes, on devrait rapidement voir venir un ajout de contenu avec trois nouveaux events et un nouveau donjon RvR.
Alors, indiscrétion de GoA ou buzz volontaire ?

Tout d'abord, on y apprend non sans surprise (sisi, promis Image) que les deux prochaines carrières implantées en jeu seront le Tueur nain et le Koup'tou orque, deux classes de corps à corps basées sur un mécanisme de rage berserk, se jetant dans le combat au mépris de leur sécurité.

Elle devraient être introduite en mars à la suite d'un event du genre Heavy Metal qui avait annoncé le retour du Chevalier du Soleil Flamboyant et du Garde Noir, avec une série de missions à accomplir permettant aux plus avancés d'essayer ces classes en avant première.

Mais la vraie surprise de ce qu'on nous apprend est l'arrivée d'une nouvelle zone, le Pays des Morts, zone dans laquelle nous pourrions découvrir un nouveau donjon RvR Les Rois des Tombes  (ce donjon serait l'équivalent des Abysses de Dark Age of Camelot pour les connaisseurs).
Explorer ce donjon serait l'occasion pour les joueurs de collecter des jetons échangeables contre des pièces d'équipement.

Le pays des Morts serait une zone contestée, et qui pourrait donc être contrôlée par une faction, donnant l'accès à une grande quantité d'instances et de quêtes publiques.

Prévue pour juin, cette nouveauté serait précédée de deux autres events : Derrière le Sable (Beyond the Sands), dont le contenu n'a pas encore été dévoilé, et le Levé des Rois des Tombes qui débloquera l'accès au Pays des Morts, prévu en Mai.

En plus de tout cela, Mythic devrait finallement sortir un forum officiel et donner l'accès aux versions d'essai.

De plus, cet Appel aux Armes ne serait que le premier d'une série d'extensions prévues pour Warhammer Online.




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GOA and Mythic Entertainment Issue a "Call to Arms" with the Announcement of the First Live Expansion for Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning

The Armies of WAR Prepare to Go Berserk Over Dwarf Slayer and Orc Choppa Careers, New 'Land of the Dead' Dungeon Zone, and Live Events

Paris, France – January 29th, 2009 – GOA and Mythic Entertainment, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) studio, today announced the new “Call to Arms” live expansion for its award-winning MMORPG, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning (WAR). Call to Arms will introduce an array of new content for WAR players, including two highly anticipated new careers – the Orc Choppa and the Dwarf Slayer – and a new dungeon zone called “Land of the Dead,” set in the desert realm of the Tomb Kings.

The Call to Arms live expansion, set to roll out for free in early March and running through the beginning of June, will also include three in-game live events, a new Realm vs. Realm (RvR) Scenario, added functionality to the Realm Wars section of the WAR website, the opening of the official WAR Forums, and a new free trial version of the game.

“Since the launch of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, Mythic Entertainment and GOA have been committed to bringing European players a rich and enjoyable MMORPG experience“said Ghislaine Le Rhun Gautier, CEO of GOA. “The integration of these high quality, free 'live expansions' is a testament to both companies' continuing dedication to WAR players in 2009.“

“The launch of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning was only the first step in our ongoing quest to make a great MMORPG that players will enjoy for years to come. Over the next few months, we are going to be treating our players to the first of our ‘live expansions’ planned for the game,” said Mark Jacobs, VP and general manager of Mythic Entertainment. “With the addition of new careers and a huge Tomb Kings dungeon that is the spiritual successor to the Dark Age of Camelot™ dungeon, Darkness Fall, Call to Arms is an outstanding example of the massive amount of free content we are committed to delivering to WAR players now and in the future.”

Call to Arms Live Expansion Schedule

• ‘Call to Arms: Bitter Rivals Bitter Rivals’ Live Event (March) : Successful completion allows head start access to the new Orc Choppa and Dwarf Slayer careers. The event will also include the new Chaos-themed RvR Scenario, Twisting Tower.

• Two New Careers Join WAR (March): The Orc Choppa and Dwarf Slayer answer the Call to Arms.

• ‘Call to Arms: Beyond the Sands’ Live Event (April): Details to be revealed soon!

• ‘Call to Arms: Rise of the Tomb Kings’ Live Event (May): The race between Order and Destruction players begins to unlock the Land of the Dead for their Realm.

• ‘Land of the Dead’ Opens (June):The deserts of Nehekhara open to players with the addition of a new RvR-gated dungeon zone. To gain access to the Land of the Dead, opposing Realms must battle for control of the zone to access dozens of new Public Quests, instanced lairs, and a massive new Tomb Kings dungeon to plunder in search of the Casket of Souls.

More details on these and other new features soon to invade the Age of Reckoning will be revealed as the launch of Call to Arms grows near.

Bitter Rivals Answer the Call to Arms!

The Orc Choppa and Dwarf Slayer may be bitter enemies, but they have at least one thing in common: they live, eat, and breathe close-quarters melee combat. Choppas are ornery and savage, with a one track mind dead seat on bashin’ heads! This savage dedication makes them ferocious fighters, wreaking havoc throughout enemy lines purely for the sake of satisfying their own self-indulgent bloodlust.

The Slayer is driven by a solemn oath to atone for past sins through an honorable death in combat. However, Dwarfs are a stubborn folk and dying quietly is simply not in their nature. Slayers therefore become ruthless and terrifying fighters, throwing themselves into battle with no regard for their own well-being.

“The Orc Choppa and Dwarf Slayer are two of the most iconic characters in the Warhammer universe, and I have no doubt WAR fans will go berserk for them,” said Jeff Hickman, executive producer of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. “Choppas represent the pure anarchy that the Greenskins embody, and the crazed, mohawk-sporting Slayers are their ideal archenemy. It won’t be long before you see both of them adding a new level of insanity to the Age of Reckoning!”

Based on the popular tabletop war game from Games Workshop, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning features revolutionary Realm vs. Realm conflict that will provide an engaging battleground for years to come. Available for PC and rated 12+.

To answer the Call to Arms and learn more about the live expansion, as well as the new careers, read the January issue of the WAR monthly newsletter at www.war-europe.com

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