“The game’s finished,” said the developer. “It’s just being polished and cooked.
“We’re in a position now where every day we get to polish it it polishes a little nicer. At some point you say, ‘That’s polished enough now. See you later.’”
Barnett wouldn’t be drawn on a specific release date, but said he would be comfortable if the game shipped now.
“We just won Game of the Show from IGN, G4 and GameSpy from E3 and they all said the same thing: they’ve never seen an MMO prior to launch that’s as polished and slick and ready to go as our game is. Our game looks great, feels great, plays great.
Considering the bug filed release of AoC and pretty much every MMO with a few exceptions, it’s good to hear that the next big MMO will be nicely polished. There’s nothing like a buggy release to kill a game, just ask AoC. While certainly not dead, the fact the AoC was released with 1001 bugs surely didn’t help in keeping its player base.
Warhammer Online promises to deliver all the action we love in RPGs, but without the grinding that most of todays MMOs are so keen on delivering. We’ve been promised that before however, so I guess we’ll see once the game is released, hopefully soon.