Mythic Entertainment, a studio of video game powerhouse Electronic Arts, will launch Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning on September 18th. Being referred to simply as WAR, the massively multiplayer online roleplaying game is based on the Warhammer series from Games Workshop. Warhammer miniatures have a large and highly dedicated fan base, and EA is obviously hoping to take advantage of that—and the rich setting—in an effort to take on MMO king World of Warcraft. WAR is off to a good start; it was named best of E3 by XPlay, IGN, and GameSpy.

WAR will feature both PvP and PvE elements. But in addition, Mythic is adding to the game Realm vs. Realm components, such that both PvP and PvE will integrate into a single map with implications for the greater war.

If you preorder one of the limited WAR Collector’s Editions, you will be able to participate in the open beta playtest, get early access to the live game, receive a 128 page hardcover graphic novel with backstory, and benefit from a limited time experience point bonus system.