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War of the Vikings now available on Steam Early Access

Fatshark's multiplayer-only action game, War of the Vikings, is now available on Steam Early Access for Windows PC, publisher Paradox Interactive announced.

Those who participated in the War of the Vikings Alpha and owners of War of the Roses: Kingmaker Edition receive free entry to the Early Access from Oct. 1-4. Players who already own War of the Roses: Kingmaker Edition or Mount & Blade: Warband are offered 10 percent off the Early Access cost for the first month.

Early Access packages include the Standard Edition, which consists of the game and membership to the Early Access Club. The Blood Eagle Edition features a digital concept art book, soundtrack, Viking helmet, tier one and two gear patterns unlocked "leveling required," first DLC Archetype "without a coin price" and bonus coins for faster customization.

The Valhalla Edition includes all in-game content unlocked, access to all future downloadable content for free, digital concept art book, deluxe soundtrack, Saxon helmet, Blood Eagle's Viking helmet and giftable bonus coins. Players who purchase any Early Access tier are granted membership to the Early Access Club, which includes bonus coins, giftable coins and an additional shield pattern when the full game rolls out.

For more about War of the Vikings, be sure to read our interview with executive producer Gordon Van Dyke who explains that the game focuses on the close-quarter combat of the Viking Age and embraces the era's lack of rules.

War of the Vikings is slated to launch in Q1 2014 for Windows PC.