Effective immediately, the studio is removing the ability to open new Warhammer Online accounts. It is also opening the game completely free of charge to anyone "that has or had an account in good standing starting October 31st, 2013."
Until Dec. 18, when the game official shuts down, players will be able to play for free. Mythic will continue to add new non-playale characters to the game as well as "other unique experiences for everyone to enjoy as we say goodbye to Warhammer Online over the next few weeks."
Mythic Entertainment announced in September that the MMO would shut down come Dec. 18 due to the end of the company's licensing deal. When the announcement was made, the studio stopped selling three-month game time codes and disabled the ability for players to auto-renew their accounts.
"Both Games Workshop and Mythic agreed to part ways, despite how hard it is emotionally on us to let the game go," producer Carrie Gouskos said in a letter to the game's community. "It has been a tremendous honor to work with Games Workshop and even though we may be parting ways, our relationship with them remains strong."