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Posted: Apr 3rd 2008 4:36AM (Unverified) said

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Considering that 500k was in was in Feb for AoC they probably have plenty more by now, as well as Warhammer, according to their official ticker has 644.5k, not a big gap between the games

Posted: Apr 3rd 2008 5:56AM Scopique said

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So it's a pissing match, eh? See how many beta testers can get in on the action before a game's release? Anyone realize that the point of beta testing is to stomp bugs, and not to get a head start on playing the game? Isn't the one of the sites where I have frequently seen mention of how Richard Garriott said that letting so many beta testers into TR was a bad idea?

Posted: Apr 3rd 2008 8:09AM (Unverified) said

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Err. Signups =/= testers. ^__^ The more people that sign up quasi equal the number of people interested in the game.

Posted: Apr 3rd 2008 12:54PM ExcelsiorDDZ said

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Since when did it become a contest of how many people you have signed up for beta instead of concentrating on releasing the game?

Posted: Apr 3rd 2008 1:19PM Pagan said

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WAR will have a larger customer base simply because it is designed to run on three year old PC architecture. With AoC you need a fairly modern rig because the game is MUCH more demanding technically.

Posted: Apr 3rd 2008 1:48PM GreenArmadillo said

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@Mark: Older system specs means more potential market, true, but it also means less differentiation between Warhammer and older games. On a medium end rig, LOTRO is noticibly a step above WoW graphics wise, and I think that probably helped Turbines' numbers. Of course, the game itself is what matters in the end, but the first impression is what gets people in the door to try the game.


As always, applications to beta "test" the game for free do not equal commitments to purchase the game and pay a recurring fee to play it. With Warhammer, there's an additional wrinkle that these beta signups have actually been live for a year now, so we can't even be sure how many of those "applicants" would actually sign into the beta tomorrow if they did get in. Don't get me wrong, a higher number is certainly better than a low number, but I'll be impressed when their paying customer base - not the "signup" counter - breaks 500K, 750K, 1 million, etc.

Posted: Apr 3rd 2008 10:33PM (Unverified) said

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Scopique you need to realise that beta has become a very powerful advertising tool in the gaming industry these days, companys have been known to run betas on things which are completly bug free simply to build momentum for release, and right now warhammer has a hell of alot of momentum and will probobly get alot of attention from the media because of this.
This attention directly translates into product sales and subs.
So they really have somthing to brag about here.

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