No, it’s not another April Fool’s Day joke. Now that we have that squared away I wanted to share a quote from Mark Jacobs where he talks about his expectations for Warhammer’s Beta Application response:
Actually, I’d be surprised if we didn’t hit 1M once we start taking beta apps for our Asian partners. Even without Asia, based on our current sign-up rate, we should blow through 750K and we have a decent shot at 1M. Since we have already far surpassed my initial goal, I’m quite happy with what we have. And since I’m sure somebody will ask this, my goal, post EA, was to have 500K signed up in NA and Europe.
That’s pretty impressive. I think that’s slightly higher than WoW was before it hit the Asian market (not that it matters because the industry has grown so much since then) but don’t quote me on that. Regardless of how you look at it the desire for beta slots in a mmorpg these days is high. To have that many potentially interested players signing up to try out a game says a lot about the market for games like WAR. I think this is also exactly why so many of the CEOs want to get a piece of the action.
I think Warhammer will be the first game since WoW to successfully break into the million player mark — and they say people don’t like PvP anymore /laugh.
One thing’s for sure though… my chances of getting into beta really are one in a million now. 😥