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Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes shutting down due to financial troubles

Mythic Entertainment will shut down free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes due to its inability to meet financial goals, the studio announced.

Wrath of Heroes, which has been in open beta since its 2011 release, will be offline by March 29. Current players will not be refunded on Gem purchases or remaining Gems. Those who have played the game between Jan. 1 and Feb. 27, or have an outstanding balance of Gems, will receive a promotional code for Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. Age of Reckoning is Mythic's subscription-based MMO inspired by the setting of Games Workshop's Warhammer Fantasy. The promotion includes a month of free game time, items, in-game currency and a mount.

James Casey, the game's producer, posted a farewell on the game's website.

"As a producer for this game from the start, I am proud of the hard work and effort that made the game possible, and I feel sad that it is not able to carry on," Casey wrote. "I think we created something special and I would not trade the time creating it or playing it (on all those Friday Fight Fests and anonymously almost every day) for anything.

"I hope that those who have played it at any time in the past will stick through to the end, enjoy the special pricing so you can try out everything before it goes and try out a few of the special things that were still in our pipeline."