WAR open beta in early September

Orc-ward timing.

Mythic plans to open Warhammer Online beta testing from 7th September ahead of its full release on the 18th.

Those fast enough to grab keys will be treated to the much flaunted realm-versus-realm battles, which are basically player-versus-player skirmishes but on a massive scale.

"In just a few weeks, we are going to throw open our doors and invite more players into the game than ever before. They will have a chance to delve into the open beta and see for themselves that WAR has arrived and it is glorious," said Mark Jacobs, co-founder of Mythic.

Mythic told us the game was finished back in July, but would benefit from layers more polish in the run up to September.

The developer, which previously worked on Dark Age of Camelot, picked up the Warhammer Online licence in 2005. Climax Online had previously struggled to create a multiplayer world based on the Games Workshop idea.

Head over to our impressions from the closed beta of Warhammer Online to find out why this game poses a real threat to World of Warcraft.

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