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
131 of 145 people (90%) 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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79 of 87 people (91%) 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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63 of 72 people (88%) 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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47 of 52 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
759.3 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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41 of 51 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
26.0 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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31 of 36 people (86%) 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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34 of 48 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
59.6 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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22 of 32 people (69%) 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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20 of 31 people (65%) 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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14 of 20 people (70%) 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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7 of 8 people (88%) 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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
87.9 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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2014
This game was a rip off. There are 70 servers all but 3 empty those three are off the ping scale. Dont waste your money this developer has cheated me for the last time. I will never buy from them again.
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4 of 4 people (100%) 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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5 of 6 people (83%) 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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5 of 7 people (71%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) 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 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
steam should take this of the sale list since paradox no longer supports it!

not a bad game, but no players anymore!
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2 of 2 people (100%) 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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4 of 6 people (67%) 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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