Former Mythic staffer Andrew Meggs wants an offline edition of Warhammer Online released to preserve it for history.
Warhammer Online sadly shut its doors last week, bringing to a close five years of online action and fantasy adventure. While the weeks prior saw the game switch played host to new content releases and a switch to free-to-play, the game's closure was still an obvious blow to its long lived fan base. That being the case, there are some who want the game to live on, at least in some form.
Andrew Meggs, a former developer with Warhammer Online-makers Mythic, recently expressed his desire to see a single player build of the game released to preserve Warhammer's experience in at least shape and form. While it's a request that might carry the tones of a pipe dream, Meggs claims it to be very much possible.
"In every unreleased, internal-only developer build of the Warhammer client, there was the option to run without a server," he claimed. "There was one switch that said, 'If this is a public build, force singleplayer mode OFF'. Change that to 'ON', hit Compile, and release the executable. It won't have to be released with any art files or a massive download. It can run standalone, pulling assets out of the patch files that the last players will still have sitting on their drives. This won't compete with any current or future game, because it's not a game anymore."
While some might question the value of releasing what arguably amounts to a hollowed out version of a game, Meggs believes such acts of preservation are important for the ever growing history of videogames. "Nothing disappears as completely as an online game, where a central server is essential to running the game at all. But for at least part of Warhammer Online, it doesn't have to be that way," he said. Warhammer Online, he believes, could become a "double-clickable museum" for gamers and developers to look back on and study. If nothing else, it could also be "a place for the die-hard fans to visit by themselves, to reminisce and remember the times they had there with others."
Source: Shiny Toys