Warhammer Online has been dead for a long time now. But thanks to the private fan-run Return of Reckoning server, the long-deceased MMO now features two cities that never made their way to the official game (thanks, Eurogamer).
Both designed as social hubs and playgrounds for the global PVP-driven MMO conflicts, Warhammer Online launched with just two cities: Altdorf for the Empire and The Inevitable City for Chaos players. But there was more to it, with the beta of the game starring Karaz-A-Karak and Karak Eight Peaks for Dwarves and Greenskins respectively.
These two strongholds may never have reached the final match, but over the weekend enterprising fans managed to add both to Return of Reckoning. A video takes us on a tour of both – Karaz-A-Karak essentially acting as a legally distinct variant of Warcraft’s Ironforge, while Eight Peaks buries the Dwarf Citadel at Orky greebles. Both also feature “lower” levels built entirely from scratch that never appeared in their original implementations.
As a long-time Warhammer Online player, I’ve dived into RoR a few times over the years, and seeing the legally murky MMO resurrected from outdated content is fascinating. The team hopes to continue by bringing old dungeons back to service, and even bring back the game’s scariest post-launch addition, Land of the Dead.
Last year, Jody dove into the fan-run world of Warhammer Online, watching the game perfect its versions of Town Sieges, add Ranked Seasons, and mourn fallen community members.