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Warhammer wyverns take flight

New test footage from massively multiplayer game

The Warhammer Online team at Climax Nottingham have been busy since we last spoke to them and, as producer Matt Sansam revealed in his developer diary today, one of the main things they have been working on is populating the game world. Fans of the classic Warhammer table-top and role playing games should find a lot of familiar faces waiting for them in the game when it finally goes live some time in 2004, with the monsters previously only seen as lead figures and fanciful paintings in game manuals taking on polygonal form. To give you a taste of things to come, we have short animation clips showing two of these monsters in action - wyverns and rat-ogres.

Rat-Ogre yawning

Rat-Ogre running

Wyvern swooping

Wyvern strafing

As you can see, the models are nicely detailed and the animations already quite smooth and life-like. And given that this is just early low resolution footage of characters from a game that still has two years of polish yet to be applied, the final results should be rather impressive. As Matt put it, "interesting times lie ahead". Related Feature - Warhammer Online developer diary