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Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes entered open beta today, available through the Wrath of Heroes website. Wrath of Heroes is a free-to-play PVP title based on BioWare's MMO of the same-ish title, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning.

Wrath of Heroes offers three-sided, six-player arena combat (for a total of 18 players), each battle lasting an "intense" 15 minutes, the press release promises. We're not sure how minutes can be intense, but we assume counting each second in audible caps lock does the trick.
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BIOWARE DELIVERS INTENSE PVP ACTION WITH NEW FREE-TO-PLAY ONLINE GAME WARHAMMER ONLINE: WRATH OF HEROES

Open Beta Starts Today and Gives Gamers the Chance to Face-off Online with Their Favorite Warhammer Hero in 3-Sided, Fast, Fun PvP Combat

FAIRFAX, VA – APRIL 10, 2012 – BioWare™, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA), today announced that Warhammer® Online: Wrath of Heroes™, a new Player-Versus-Player (PvP) Play4Free game based on the critically acclaimed MMORPG, Warhammer® Online: Age of Reckoning™, has entered open beta. Starting today, gamers around the world can challenge others to highly competitive, fast and frenetic arena-style PvP combat for free*.

"BioWare Mythic has a strong heritage in creating fun, intense PvP combat, and they've stepped up their game to deliver a whole new challenge to even more players with Wrath of Heroes," said Dr. Ray Muzyka, Co-founder, BioWare and General Manager, BioWare Label. "I'm really proud of the team for creating a fiercely competitive, fast-paced online PvP arena experience; Wrath of Heroes has compelling progression and awesome depth in strategy and tactics, -all in a highly accessible free to play game."

"With Wrath of Heroes, BioWare has taken some of the most exciting elements of Warhammer Online and created a wonderfully compelling experience that will delight our existing fans and introduce even more players to the unique and diverse Warhammer world," said Jon Gillard, Head of Licensing, Games Workshop Group PLC.

Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes is advancing online PvP games by delivering instant, fast-paced and competitive three-sided 6v6v6 PvP arena gameplay – for free! As the latest entry in EA's Play4Free portfolio, the game throws three teams into battle against each other, where players can choose from a wide range of unique heroes from the Warhammer universe on the fly. This cutthroat setup creates highly dynamic matches where teams constantly live on the edge of victory or defeat and alliances are quickly formed and just as quickly forgotten. With the instant playability of battles that last an intense 15 minutes, a small download size, and no cost to enter, Wrath of Heroes can scratch the competitive PvP itch for gamers of any type.

Players worldwide can sign up for the open beta and download the client by visiting the game's official web site at www.wrathofheroes.com. For more information on Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes, please follow the game on Twitter at http://twitter.com/wrathofheroes or "Like" the game on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/wrathofheroes .

This article was originally published on Joystiq.