Electronic Arts has announced an expansion to Warhammer Online, the massively multiplayer PC game released last September. The Call to Arms live "expansion" will be available for free beginning in March via a creative phased approach. The rollout centers around three major online events which will occur in the spring. Participation in the first event opens up new careers and a new scenario. Other expanded elements, quests and lands will become available via participation in major events being staged in April and May. New additions being presented in this manner are a great way to keep the game fresh. Warhammer was created by Mythic Entertainment, which currently maintains Ultima Online and is the storehouse for Origin's archived material. They recently faced a round of EA-wide layoffs but development continues in their Virginia/DC studio.
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.
“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 Falls, 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.”