Official Press Release
Hitting stands May 14th, BOOM! Studios' new comic WARHAMMER: CONDEMNED BY FIRE #1 will give game fans everywhere will have a chance at gaining entry into the beta test of the highly anticipated massively multiplayer online role-playing game from EA Mythic, WARHAMMERÂ® ONLINE: AGE OF RECKONINGÂ.
Each copy of WARHAMMER: CONDEMNED BY FIRE #1 (COVERS A&B) contains a scratch-off which reveals a code giving readers a 1-in-5 chance of entry into the WARHAMMER ONLINE beta test.
"As a crossover promotion, this is an excellent chance to expose WARHAMMER ONLINE fans to the ongoing narrative of the comic book," said Chip Mosher, Director of Marketing and Sales for BOOM!. "It also positions Direct Market retailers with a hot, interesting product to generate new traffic for their stores with a comic that can snag new readers who might come for the promotion and stay for the story."
EA Mythic's WARHAMMER ONLINE: AGE OF RECKONING, also known as WAR, is the upcoming massively multiplayer online role-playing game based on Games Workshop's Warhammer Fantasy world. Slated for release in 2008, the game features innovative Realm vs. RealmÂ combat that immerses players in a world of perpetual conflict.
"We're thrilled to offer this kind of cross-promotion to our readers and I know they are going to love WAR. Having spent time playing the game during its beta test, I know it's the best of the best," said BOOM! Co-founder Ross Richie.
WARHAMMER: CONDEMNED BY FIRE is a five issue mini-series that directly follows BOOM!'s successful WARHAMMER: FORGE OF WAR mini-series, both of which are set in the Warhammer Fantasy world. Reuniting the WARHAMMER: FORGE OF WAR team of fan-favorite writers Dan Abnett and Ian Edginton with phenomenal art by Rahsan Ekadal, WARHAMMER: CONDEMNED BY FIRE concentrates on the exploits of Witch Hunter Magnus Gault. This tireless foe of Chaos roams the Empire seeking to stop the spread of dark magic and witchery of all kinds.
To meet demand, WARHAMMER: CONDEMNED BY FIRE #1 will be overshipped to retailers, and BOOM! Studios will also be offering retailers an additional 3% reorder incentive.
If your local retailer sells out, WARHAMMER: CONDEMNED BY FIRE #1 is available for order at the BOOM! Studios website: http://www.boom-studios.com.
Please note that while one copy out of every five at random will have a valid code to the WARHAMMER ONLINE: AGE OF RECKONING beta test, there is no statistical guarantee that assures consumers one code for every five copies purchased.
The BOOM! beta promotional code must be activated by May 31, 2008 to be eligible for the Beta Test. Previous registrants can add the promo code to their existing accounts by visiting the Beta Center. One in five registrants using this promo code are potentially eligible to participate in the Beta test. However, this is dependent upon the registrant meeting specific computer system specifications and the time of entry is not guaranteed. The Beta Test is an ongoing process and registrants will be invited to participate at various intervals until the launch of the game. Offer valid for North American beta test only. Only one BOOM! Beta Code can be associated with a Beta Center Account.
In order to participate in the WARHAMMER ONLINE: AGE OF RECKONING Beta you must agree to a Beta Test Agreement, in which you will represent and warrant that, among other things, you (a) are eighteen (18) years of age or older, (b) are not a principal, employee, agent, independent contractor, officer or director of a developer or publisher of video or computer games (other than EA), and (c) are not a principal, employee, supplier, independent contractor, officer or director or of any entity that participates either directly or indirectly in the sale of in-game items, including but not limited to, in-game currency, armor, weapons, etc., whether these sales are to the general public or to a third-party.
Beta Code Instructions
1. Create a North American Warhammer Online Beta Center account or log into your existing account at - https://betacenter.eamythic.com/login.php. If you are creating a new account, please follow the instructions in the confirmation email you receive to complete your account set-up.
2. Once your account is created, enter the Beta code in the Promotional Code section of your Beta Center account.3. One in five Warhammer: Condemned by Fire readers will be chosen to take part in the WAR North American Beta. Selected participants will receive an email inviting them into the Beta. This email will contain instructions on how to access the Beta and download the game files.
About BOOM! Studios
Winner of Wizard Magazine's "Best New Publisher," BOOM! Studios (http://www.boom-studios.com) is a unique new publishing house specializing in high-profile projects from some of the industry's biggest talents. Founded by the creator of the TV show EUREKA, Andrew Cosby, and his partner Ross Richie, BOOM! Studios continues to be on the leading edge of comic and graphic novel publishing.
BOOM! Studios co-founder Andrew Cosby's television series EUREKA recently finished its second season at the Sci-Fi Channel, having launched to impressive ratings this past summer and consistently winning several key demographics on basic cable. EUREKA is the highest-rated series in the Sci-Fi Channel's history.
About WarhammerÂ® Online: Age of ReckoningÂ (WAR)
War is everywhere in Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning (WAR), the new fantasy MMORPG from the creators of Dark Age of CamelotÂ. Based on Games Workshop's wildly successful Warhammer tabletop fantasy war game, this world provides a rich setting for hundreds of thousands of players to experience the epic nature of war and the glory of battle.
Players are thrust into a grim world of perpetual conflict to fight for the Realms of Order (Dwarfs, High Elves, and Empire) or Destruction (Greenskins, Dark Elves, and Chaos). Next generation Realm vs. Realm game play ensures that players are never fighting alone. With an army of allies at their back, players will defend their homeland, invade enemy Realms, and ultimately lead the siege of their enemy's Capital City. Every aspect of the game - every player, every quest, every encounter, and every battle - can turn the tide of the ongoing war and mean victory for a player's Realm!
For the first time ever, players can engage in Public QuestsÂ - multi-stage, communal quests to be completed by allied players fighting together against overwhelming odds. They can also embark on an epic quest to complete the Tome of Knowledge and unlock Warhammer lore, detailed monster information, new abilities, rewards, and major story plotlines. Drawing from a quarter century of highly detailed source material, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning will bring Games Workshop's fantasy world to life in a way that will allow players to create characters destined for great deeds on the field of battle.
To learn more about the game, please visit www.warhammeronline.com.
EA, Public Quest, and Realm vs. Realm are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.Games Workshop, Warhammer, Warhammer Online, Age of Reckoning, and all associated marks, names, races, race insignia, characters, vehicles, locations, units, illustrations and images from the Warhammer world are either Â®, Â and/or Â© Games Workshop Ltd 2000-2008.