Viking Age Multiplayer Close Quarter Combat set in Saxon controlled Britannia! Built on the same CQC Tech as War of the Roses; War of the Vikings delivers the next generation of Paradox’s close quarter combat focused brands that moves the setting to the Viking Age.
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Release Date: Apr 15, 2014

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January 19

Update 1.5b

Update 1.5b
Greetings community!

Update 1.5b is finally out and this is the feature list:

- Fixed occasionally occuring silent melee hits
- Improved client to server synchronization
- Fixed fine positioning sync issue
- Momentum and angle of impact tweaked to increase minimum damage
- Removed melee double hit exploit using feinting
- Fixed stamina drain bug when hitting dropped shields
- Fixed Pitched Battle mode tie break end condition server crash
- Shield on back only reduces damage and does not protect when knocked down
- Netcode optimizations

We've done a number of optimizations as well as addressing some issues of the switch to server side hit detection. Synchronization code between server and client has been optimized to allow for more accurate predictioning and hit detection, and this has also have had good effects on reducing the prediction warping.

Furthermore we've adressed a fine positioning issue (thanks IG Offen) where players standing still sometimes could differ up to 20cm in position sync.

Silent hits should be a lot less frequent with this patch. You may however still occasionally experience a slight delay to it sometimes that corresponds to your ping to the server.

Momentum and angle of impact has been tweaked to raise the minimum damage. A lot of players got the impression that the wide spread in damage made it feel a little inconsistent. You still need good timing & aim to maximize the damage though.

Another tweak that has been made with the o so useful shields, is that they no longer fully protect when hanging on the back. Damage is reduced to about half the original damage, and when you're knocked down they do not protect at all. These adjustments have been made primarily to discourage fighting with your back towards the enemy, and the latter to avoid the sometimes rediculous difficulty in finishing off a knocked down player with a shield on his/hers back.

We also have fixed the bug in Pitched Battle mode where the server sometimes would crash in the tiebreak end condition, which is an old issue originating back to the first beta version I've been told.


We hope you enjoy the game!

/Lead Dev

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Standard Edition

  • Historically Inspired Viking Age Setting.
  • Play as both the Vikings and Saxons to take or defend Britannia!
  • Skill-Based Combat System. Claim victory by mastering swinging, chopping, blocking, dodging, and a wide range of special moves to perfect your play style.
  • Best-in-Class Ranged Combat. Ranged combat that blends naturally with the close quarters experience as arrows, javelins and throwing axes soar through the air towards their targets.

Blood Eagle Edition


  • Shieldmaiden Customization DLC
  • Digital Art Book (concept art, level screen art, etc…)
  • Soundtrack
  • Unique Premium Viking Helmet
  • Unique Premium Saxon Helmet
  • All tier 1 & 2 armor patterns unlocked (leveling required)
  • Bonus Coins to begin customizing faster

Valhalla Edition


  • Digital Art Book (concept art, level screen art, etc…)
  • War of the Vikings Strategy Guide (Digital Version)
  • War of the Vikings: Berserker King (Digital Novel)
  • Deluxe Soundtrack
  • Unique Premium Viking Helmet
  • Unique Premium Saxon Helmet
  • Blood Eagle's Unique Premium Saxon Helmet
  • Blood Eagle's Unique Premium Viking Helmet
  • Lifetime Viking Pass: All current content, future content, and DLC (Shieldmaiden and Berserker) included at no extra cost for the lifetime of War of the Vikings.
  • Weapon, Perk & Gear Shortcut: All items unlocked without an in-game coin price (leveling to gain access still required).
  • Giftable Bonus Coins to help a friend-in-arms begin customizing faster

About This Game

Viking Age Multiplayer Close Quarter Combat set in Saxon controlled Britannia!
Built on the same CQC Tech as War of the Roses; War of the Vikings delivers the next generation of Paradox’s close quarter combat focused brands that moves the setting to the Viking Age. All of these factors enabled us to create a game experience that has an increased intensity, improved accessibility, and more intuitive combat experiences ensuring you're always presented with interesting choices.


Coins will be used for unlocking cosmetic items in War of the Vikings and earned during normal gameplay or added by purchase.
Note: The "Lifetime Viking Pass" does not include special event or charity items.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista (Service Pack 2)
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.6 GHz processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB DDR3 Shader Model 4.0 compatible card (minimum: Nvidia GeForce™ GTX 560, AMD Radeon™ HD 6870) 512mb
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 20 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Non-gaming Laptops and Onboard Video Cards and 4:3 resolution are not officially supported.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit (Service Pack 1)
    • Processor: Quad Core Intel or AMD processor
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2048MB DDR5 Shader Model 5.0 compatible card (recommended: Nvidia GeForce™ GTX 680, AMD Radeon™ HD 7990)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 20 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Non-gaming Laptops and Onboard Video Cards and 4:3 resolution are not officially supported.
Helpful customer reviews
100 of 113 people (88%) found this review helpful
71.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
I will not support Fatshark after there treatment of the community in this game.

Servers are dead. Game is laggy. Game mechanics are broken or just do not work as intended.
This game had so much potential and the dropped the ball. I would reccomend getting Mount and Blade Warband instead.
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62 of 70 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
308.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
I used to adore this game. Since alpha, I had strived to get better and better. Sure the game was laggy and all, but the game still had a pretty high skill cap, and on a high level the combat was pretty different from something like Warband because of the dodges and specials. It was also much simpler than War of the Roses. I haven't played in a while, but since alpha the game has been intolerably laggy in half the games I have played, but instead of fixing this, the developers added more and more DLC and whatnot. I also believe that the competitive scene and the community in general is more or less dead by now, and there won't be any more updates to this completely unpolished game. The game had potential in the alpha, and I had a lot of fun with it, but now it's definitely not worth the price.
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49 of 57 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2014
Unsuported game, many bugs that could be easily fixed, blatanty not telling the truth on whats happening on the devs behalf and allowing you to still buy the game for a time, then refunding you for the Valhalla edition with 20 games you will never play. Gross customer service.
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36 of 41 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
745.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Well last patch rolled in today... So after more than a year playing this game I decided to exercise my rights of writing a review.
Do NOT under any circumstances buy this game. Not even in a sale. It's completely broken. Oh boy where to start and where to finish with this game... The netcode is even worse than what it was during early Alpha/Beta stages or the released version for that matter. It's pretty much unplayable in this state today, with players "teleporting" even with low or average pings, due to bad netcoding. Ghost hits are still present in this game completely removing the "skill factor" and replacing it with something like a "luck factor" due to the the bad netcoding resulting in a lagfest. So many map glitches still present... You can even feint an attack and the opponent would get damaged out of nowhere...
This is just bad, I don't want to continue writing such a negative review for a game I loved during early Alpha/Beta stages but they left us, unfortunately, with no choice. If you think the released version of WotV was bad, just take a look at the game at its current state. Basically the only thing they got right after so many patches are the shields. But that's about it, the rest of the game is broken.
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35 of 45 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
don't buy this game, it has no community only 2 populated servers and very stale feeling melee combat. the customization is great however at least as far as cosmetics are concerned. and the 2 servers that are inhabited are all full of rank 60 UBER-1337-HOLIERTHANTHOU-DOUCHECANNOES. can't recommend it.
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25 of 30 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 21, 2014
Very few players on servers, almost "dead". And since there's only multiplayer, and no single player. I cannot recommend this game to anyone.
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28 of 40 people (70%) found this review helpful
59.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
Ohh man this is so sad, i really love the third person brutality of this game, not many in the viking genre had these tence battles! and since im from Norway near the viking town Tønsberg i love playing the barbars! I sent Paradox message asking for current game statement since we had not heard from them awhile... then i got sad news back...

http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/showthread.php?803911-Statement-regarding-the-War-franchise
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Statement regarding the War franchise
Greetings community!

We are writing you today to inform you what is happening with the War franchise, most importantly War of the Vikings but also its predecessor War of the Roses. This announcement has been some time in the making and has been no easy conclusion, yet we aim to be as transparent as possible. So, with no further ado, here is what is happening.
We are stopping sales of the Valhalla edition - effective immediately
All Valhalla owners will receive a large selection of Paradox Interactive's games on steam (added directly to their steam libraries), estimated value circa $800 as compensation. This will appear within a few days
Valhalla owners will also keep their Valhalla privileges - nothing will change here
War of the Vikings will see two patches to increase stability and solve major issues - after this we will cease patching and have no plans to support the game further through updates/fixes
Servers will continue to stay active until further notice
War of the Roses will see no further development
Why are we doing this? To put it simple and straight forward; We've looked at this from every single angle (that's why it's taken time for us to come to this conclusion) over and over and we just can't find a way where we can keep developing the games without operating at a loss. War of the Vikings did not live up to our expectations and we could not find a reasonable scenario where we could bring it up to par quality wise.

We have chosen to patch Vikings in order to bring it to a better state, so that current players can continue to enjoy what we have today with increased stability.

Sincerely,
The War Team
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I can understand its not cool to have a productive team working on a dead title... but there are so much you should have done before... is it like you guys are making a game without thinking or having the funding for a period of time after launch.. Patching and making your game baby shine!

Make the game F2P and add some cosmetics like beards etc. or maps or DLC stuff , seems like this game has alot of servers running. Its cool as H... when playing with friends so i dont get it, but that is why you are publishers and im not im sure ! Its really sad seeing this leave and hate that its called dead :(.

I think i will not support anymore of your Games from now on, i feel like this is a trending strategy.. seeing it more and more.

Next time, have your baby and feed it with content and care for it! dont tuckle it in a blanket with 2 patches and throw it in the bin and act like we "wallet" dont understand whats going on ! Peace



Mspaint Out
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
48.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 5, 2014
Wow.. I can't even describe how bad the game is.. It's basicly A Un-updated game... It's actually looking like it'll be a P2W game soon.. And the developers Fired their Crew.. AND WENT ON "vacation" HOURS later.. And they've been on "VACATION" for 2-3 months Aparently..? And on top of that. The game, Can't even get to the main menu before crashing.. THIS being during when they went on vacation.. YOU literally cant even run the game to judge it!! With that in mind.. I'd say they probably "vacation" A.K.A. dropped the game and ran.. I Don't even know if they'll make any more updates considering their "vacation" has been.. 2-3 months?.. I think the longest vacation i've had is like.. 4-5 days.. Either they quit. Or they're lazy as hell.





(WARNING) DO NOT BUY THIS GAME
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18 of 26 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
Focus on War of the Roses and turn this game into an expansion.
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21 of 36 people (58%) found this review helpful
118.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
This game received a lot of bad press and reviews and hate. Honestly, I can't understand why. It had a suboptimal start with some bugs and netcode-issues, but in it's current state it's an amazing game. I'm a dedicated gamer with over 300 games on my account, I'm gaming excessively for 25 years now and I would go as far to say that this is the best multiplayer-game I ever played. The graphics are the most beautiful I've ever seen in a game, a true piece of art. Actually the game in motion looks much better than the screenshots. The maps are extremly well designed and detailed, setting a new standard. You can literally see the great amounts of love that the devs put into them. Also sounds and music add nicely to the atmosphere and complete the great presentation. The gameplay itself is simple in it's elements but is in result very deep and skill-based. Easy to understand, but hard to master, like it ideally should be. The combat is fast, tactical, uncomplicated and satisfying. All upgrades you can unlock are purely for prestige and visuals, which is great since it doesn't create disadvantages for new players while it's still rewarding. Only drawback of this game is the small community, which makes it difficult to find other players early in the morning and in the middle of the night, but it doesn't bother at the rest of the day. Another little issue might be the beserker-class, which rewards spamming a bit too much. The game would be better without them but I don't see it as a serious issue since berserkers have very limited potential. In conclusion I got to say it makes me really sad to see that such a beautiful game doesn't get the attention it deserves, while millions of people pay 60 bucks for CoD every year. Makes me honestly question the future of gaming, it's industry and it's consumers. I guess the low success is a combination of bad marketing and the fact that most players today get frustrated by a game which requires a few hours to develop decent skills in, compared to CoD where you just need to know how to pull a trigger. And surely this game had a tough start, but every major multiplayer-game has these days. In this case community and publisher/devs were sadly very impatient, which is disappointing. But even more I'm disappointed by the market (respectively consumers), since it apparently doesn't reward an elaborated, ambitious, well-designed game which hasn't an advertising-budget of billions and in which you will get killed many times in the beginning since it's really skill-based and requires some learning.
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
After playing this game for some time it's good for someone who wants a game that is SIMPLY a medieval warfare(EMPHASIS ON SIMPLE) then get it BUT, I don't reccomend it because, they stopped support of this game and its too little to like.
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16 of 27 people (59%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
piece of ♥♥♥♥
developers runaway...

upd
and they seem to have returned back
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Great but dead :(
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
356.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
THE GAME IS DEAD NOW , was good time before the update D: ( wich destroy skill play and got the game more laggy )
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
its like chivalru but vikings and awsome.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
568.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2014
Amazing game. This game got a bad review at release and I am not sure why. This game and WOTR are one of my favorite games I have ever played if not the favorite. The only thing this game needs is more players
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
428.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
Faster paced that WOTR, but also more skill based. The game has been given different dynamics in how to fight like the addition of dodge attacks, sprinting, and high risk, high reward special attacks.

This game has a steep learning curve, but really separates the great players from the average. All the weapons have their strength and weakenesses compared with the other weapons. A really good addition is that classes are given different traits and abilities that make and define them as truly unique. People seem to carry on about poor net coding and lag. To be honest, lag barely occurs any more unless you have high ping (which obviously happens anyway).

Not to mention, the game looks fantastic and the scenery and attention to detail is veryu good. Warriors yell out taunts and battle cries as they clash with the enemy, or yell out warnings if archers are shooting at them. You can customize your warrior to become a beautiful champion of war, and create shields that will cause your hearth and hold to swell with pride!

Wonderful game...Get it!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
251.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 13, 2014
I love this style of game - War of the Roses got me into it and I followed up by getting Vikings, which is worth getting if you like the taste of blood on the battlefield.

This game does need a bit of 'tweeking' to finish it off properly, but I would encourage people to get it, especially if it's on special as we need more warriors in the field - In Australia/NZ would be nice.

And please when you play this game take the time to learn the skills needed to be a fierce combatant, because most people seem to start playing, get smashed a bit by more veteran players and give up. It is really quite fun when you get adept at the controls and game style.

If you are from the Aus/NZ region and you want to practice to learn how to master this game...feel free to contact me :)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
Game is fun, online is dead.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
32.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
War of the Vikings is a realistic combat simulator, with many similarities to games like Chivalry. This game is exceptionally deep in terms of combat, involving a variety of weapons and angles of attack, and having mechanics that stress immediate reaction to an opponent's movement- instakills are common (which does make learning the game somewhat difficult). This game's atmosphere, though, is what sets it apart from other combat simulation games. Set in old Britain in a war between the Saxons and Vikings, the aesthetic design and overall feel of the game are very genuine. However, a notable vice for this game is in technical issues and latency. Problems can occur such as the game not starting, and in such an action-reaction environment, it can be difficult to fight with 150-300 ping, which is not uncommon. I would recommend this game to people both interested in combat games and old European history, but for those not interested in the historical aspect, there are other games that may be more enjoyable.

Pros:
Well-developed combat system
Exceptional environment/atmosphere

Cons:
Technical issues/latency
Notable learning curve

Overall rating: 75/100
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