First, the official release date is September 18th, 2008. With the release date being a little over a month away, hopefully the NDA will be lifted soon so we can discuss making a guild and which server to play on.
Their pricing rates have been released too. Nothing too out of the ordinary.
Monthly Subscription: $14.99 USD
3-Month Subscription: $41.97 ($13.99 per month)
6-Month Subscription: $77.94 ($12.99 per month)
Game cards can also be purchased for those without credit cards from most video game retail stores.
For Pre-Order purchases, all of the Collector's Editions of the game in North America have been sold. You can still pre-order the regular copy of the game and get some extra goodies, depending on where you purchase it from.
Standard Pre-Order bonuses
Open Beta Access
Be one of the first players to experience the glory of battle and the thrill of WAR! The Open Beta will immerse you in a world of perpetual conflict and give you a taste of the epic Realm vs. Realm battles yet to come.
Live Game Head Start
Begin your adventures in the Age of Reckoning before the raw recruits arrive! As a pre-order customer, you’ll get access to the live servers before the game officially launches to help lead your Realm to victory.
Universal Fighting System™ Battle Deck
The Emperor Karl Franz and Tchar’zanek, dread Champion of Tzeentch, go head-to-head in this exclusive collectible card game deck from Fantasy Flight Games. (Universal Fighting System Battle Decks are available in a limited supply from select retailers.)
Rittenbach’s Portable Camp
(Exclusive in-game item) Rest your weary soul and heal your wounds between battles.
Order from Best Buy and receive:
Champion’s Sapphire Band
Enhance your stats and cast "Touch of Frost," increasing your chance of doing additional elemental damage with each hit. (Usable in PvE combat only.)
Order from GameStop** or EB Games and receive:
Sentinel’s Amber Band
Enhance your stats and cast "Touch of Earth," increasing your chance of doing additional corporeal damage with each hit. (Usable in PvE combat only.)
Order from Target* and receive:
Vindicator’s Ruby Band
Enhance your stats and cast "Touch of Flame," increasing your chance of doing additional elemental damage with each hit. (Usable in PvE combat only.)
$5 OFF COUPON Save your hard earned gold with a $5 coupon good towards the purchase of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning.
What the hell? There's no Targets in Canada! We can't get no stinking $5 off coupon. Nerf Target!
Order from Order from Amazon.com**, Circuit City, Direct2Drive**, EAStore.com**, EB Canada, Fry’s, FutureShop, GameCrazy, GoGamer.com, and WalMart.com*** and receive:
Guardian’s Iolite Band
Enhance your stats and cast "Touch of Spirit," increasing your chance of doing additional spiritual damage with each hit. (Usable in PvE combat only.)
* Target pre-release boxes will be in stores in early August. Purchase of the pre-release box does not reserve a copy of the game at launch but does provide access to the pre-order bonuses. Offer does not include the UFS Battle Deck.
** Amazon.com, EAStore.com, Direct2Drive and GameStop.com pre-order customers will receive codes via email. Offer does not include the UFS Battle Deck.
*** Walmart.com pre-order customers will receive their in-game bonus items with the final product at launch. Pre-order offer does not include access to the Open Beta, Head Start, or the UFS Battle Deck.
In addition to all that good stuff, the newsletter gives in-depth career paths (think WoW talent trees) for the Dwarf Rune Priest and the Greenskin Squig Herder. It also delves a bit into their PvE instance and raiding content (of which I'm happy about) and the latest podcast gets right into the heart of the current status of RvR campaigns, which can be found here. It's a big one full of details, so if you're looking forward to RvR combat, check it out.