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
71 of 82 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
828.5 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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22 of 29 people (76%) 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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29 of 44 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
Pre-Release Review
Focus on War of the Roses and turn this game into an expansion.
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25 of 38 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
piece of "haven't people"
developers runaway...

upd
and they seem to have returned back

upd
again closed
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
133.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
Had already been a poor game, utterly ruined by latest december patch. Save your money, even if this game ever becomes free.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
88.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
It was a good game. Fast-paced and combat intensive. Although sometimes laggy and player with high ping are a little troublesome but everything is alright and playable. I had fun. However the latest Santa-update 1.5 patch totally destroyed the game. The hit detection are weird. You hack and hash your enemy and he splashes blood everywhere but just don't die. Then you died because of hit from nowhere. This is common. You will also meet people teleporting or move like phantom. These problems exist almost in everyone who still play this game (no more than 50 every day). You won't meet player easily since most server are ghost server. Luckily when you get into one with 10 players, you either get kicked out by high PING or play and meet all freaking phenomenon stated above. I loved this game and bought Blood Eagle Edition and Valhalla Edition in ridiculous price because it WAS a good game. But the dev team killed it, TWICE.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
55.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
The development team has been disbanded and the publishing company has killed the entire franchise. This game had an incredible amount of potential, and it has all been destroyed by horrible management, marketing and Battlefield 4 level network errors. A year ago, I would've recommended everyone purchase this game. 8 months ago I would have said if you enjoyed melee combat games, it's pretty good. Now, I can confidently say, it's simply a matter of time before the plug is pulled so to speak. Purchase War of the Vikings ONLY if you want to go down with the sinking ship. There is fun to be had and beauty to be admired, but it's all on borrowed time now. I'll miss this community, because in truth none of us know how much longer we'll have servers to play on.

TLDR;
Devs abandoned the game.
Publisher is notoriously profit over quality focused.
Game WILL be shut down soon, it's announced in the forums in a political jargon filled post.
Don't buy.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
I bought this game in the very early release stage. It was pretty much unplayable as it was so buggy. Still fun! I just came back after having bought it in October of 2013. Seems like beta should be done and it's ready to roll right? Nope. Still in beta. So this was my experience today. I reinstalled the game, I loaded it up, Paradox forces you to make an account because we all know how well that goes over with gamers having to make an account just to play a game. I get in, I go to the tutorial to get familiar with the game again, I hit W, started moving forward, left clicked my mouse and the game ♥♥♥♥ing crashes. Pushed one button and it crashed. Probably an omen, stay away. Give it time and it might be ok. For now? No.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
56.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
The game is good, but there are few available server and you get too little gold after the battles.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
75.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
DO NOT BUY THIS GAME, its complete Bull-shiat and hasnt left the Alpha phase in 2 years. If you want to spend 23,99€ go and buy a Porn hub Premium account for 3 Months,trust me you gonna have more fun then playing this shiatty game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
179.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
if you play roses i think you know what is galloglass axe in war of the viking you just need to buy axe (gallo) an spam spam spam you cant block totaly you take dommage the fight in war of viking is really REALLY short.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
43.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Game was great, but developers abandoned it in an unfinished state, and now it's deserted.
Do not buy this game.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
123.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
War of Roses was brilliant, a great game by all accounts that I really enjoyed. Based on that I had such high hopes for War of the Vikings, Beta was good but then somewhere along the way something went really wrong.

What really has shocked me though is the lack of interest in actually completing this game and fixing what is broken, besides Ubisoft I have never seen a complete lack of disregard towards the consumer. Instead of a refund for a broken game that was never finished, we where offered (Never got it personally) a bundle of old worthless titles in "compensation".

That alone proves that they know they made some serious mistakes.

Don't buy this rubbish, it's a trap. Get War of the Roses, despite it being an older title it's solid.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
The game crashes when going into tutorial. I've got a brand new custom built pc with i7 and GeForce GTX 970, operating system is Windows 8.1 x64.

No refunds after purchase.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
41.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
DONT BUY.
At first it seemed like a decent fast-paced close combat game to buy and also for those who like the whole viking universe it would seem like a decent purchase, but it's deffinetly NOT.

In the early stages it was OK, but still the price was way too high for what the game has to offer:
-No singleplayer campaign.
-A sorry excuse for a tutorial.
-Fast action multiplayer matches, but then again there are very few modes and they are all similar.
-Few different customizable classes (they actually dont feel like a 'rock-paper-scissor' balance, they are just the same garbagge with different colour).

And now the things about the game the developers didn't intend but happened anyway:
-Constant balance issues.
-Constant server crashes from early alpha to the present.
-Few active servers and most of them in USA (for us playing from another country, the lagg makes this game more interesting).
-Very poor technichal support (just look at the dates from the patch fixes).
-Overral very lazy design in any aspect.

In short terms, this game was a rip-off. I sincerely feel like the team that made this game invested little to no effort in making it and took quite a bunch of money to run away with.
It is the first time i feel robbed and violated because of a steam purchase, but i guarantee that at least with this Fatshark company, it's going to be the last.

Never buy from them, don't even accept any of their games for free.



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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
I loved the game in alpha, however seemed like they where not happy with the game even though a lot of people where complaining about the newer updates... i took a break from the game for a bout 1 year and now the game is absolute ♥♥♥♥... do not buy this game unless you are willing to play laggy matches with unbalanced weapons.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
Pre-Release Review
So the concept of the game is cool, i really like how it workes (i played it very early stage), but when i chose to come back to the game i saw that they are no longer updating it, and it is "Dead" no players at all.... Dont buy this, you will regret it!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
30.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Delicously gruesome and satisfying, your next competitive blood lust fix can be found here (7/10)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
108.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
Other than hopping aboard a Delorean, this has got to be the closest thing to living through a medieval battle against vikings. The cotrol system of swinging weapons with the mouse direction, charging the swings, and managing stamina is quite hard to master, but so satisfying when you find your rhythm. There is a small but dedicated comunity. Skill and teamwork win here, rather than hours of grinding and buying powerfull items, as all weapons and armour are equal. Quite addictive if you can get the controls down, and can put up with a lot of deaths until you get there.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
This is a very good and entertaining online only kill-fest. Modelling and overall feel are good. Only downside is lack of players at the moment and some of the kit requires high level to unlock. But overall i would recomend this game highly.
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