WAR ships 1.5 million copies

Breaks EA pre-order records.

Mythic Entertainment has announced that its fantasy MMO, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, has shipped 1.5 million copies to retailers in preparation for its global release on Thursday.

The game has also set a company record for the most retail pre-orders for any PC game in publisher EA's history.

If you want to draw comparisons (who doesn't), Age of Conan shipped 700,000 copies to retailers for its release, while World of Warcraft expansion The Burning Crusade sold 2.4 million copies to actual customers - not retailers - in its first 24 hours on sale.

Those who pre-ordered Warhammer Online have been able to download and play the game since the "head start" began yesterday (Sunday, for Collector's Edition owners). Servers are already very busy, with long queues on the more popular Destruction side, due to population capping.

Read our review to find out whether you should jump in this week.

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