According to this press release, Warhammer Online's beta sign-ups have breached the 500,000 barrier, making it quite possibly the most anticipated MMORPG to-date.
World of Warcraft eventually had to shut down their Open Beta sign-up process due to demand, but never had this many players eager to get into the game this early on in the beta. With the beta's next phase coming soon, meaning the re-opening of the Closed Beta, does this mean that more players will be allowed in?
Of these 500,000 sign-ups, how many will wait patiently until launch in Q2 2008, if they don't get in? I suppose only time will tell -- it'll certainly be interesting to watch what Warhammer brings to the genre when it finally launches. As of now, though, it's obviously the most anticipated MMO of this year, and initial sales may even rival those of World of Warcraft.
What are your thoughts? Do you think this game will have what it takes to challenge the juggernaught?