Games Workshop has given us the details on content on day one, a short plan for the first set of additions. However just a few short weeks after launch GW is walking back the Warhammer+ content release schedule, and it’s all very confusing still.
Let’s go over the service again, what seems to be the issues, and the plan for the launch via Warhammer Community.
Warhammer+ Launch on August 25th
Right from the off, you’ll have access to brand new Warhammer animations and a stash of ancient lore in the form of out-of-print books and White Dwarf issues in the Warhammer Vault. There are also plenty of exclusive hobby shows on the way, including Citadel Colour Masterclass, Loremasters, Battle Report, and more.
The official platform for Warhammer Entertainment is launching with its own suite of benefits. If you are all about Warhammer, this new service seems like an incredible value.
Additionally, if you remain subscribed for a full month they will give you a gift voucher in October, but as you can see new animation releases didn’t even last a month before they had to go a week without a new release (more on that later)
At launch, these were the initial offerings:
Warhammer+ goes live on Wednesday the 25th of August, so save the date. The service launches with the following content:
- Episodes 1-3 of the Warhammer animated anthology, Hammer and Bolter
- Episode 1 of the Warhammer animation Angels of Death
- Access to the Warhammer Vault
- Premium access to the Warhammer 40,000: The App
- Two episodes of Battle Report
- Two episodes of Citadel Masterclass
All-in-all this is a total of 8 episodes of content, plus the vault and Warhammer 40k app. Which is fantastic value for the price of a McDonald’s Happy Meal, but…
Every Wednesday will see new content added. The Loremaster series will also be joining the service from Wednesday the 1st of September, followed by Warhammer Age of Sigmar: The App later that month.
Now they do their best to spin this in a positive light, however, the AoS App that was already supposed to be out, and one of their flagship segments will be nowhere to be found.
How the App is Actually Working
Unfortunately, on launch day the site (not the app) was not working well and you pretty much have to do everything through the app, which is a little buggy. So let’s start with what worked, picking your mini. When you log in you can pick which one you want, but then the issues already start.
When we tried to use the website, not much went our way. There seem to be many Nurglings in the system mucking things up.
Then even though we were signed in, there were some videos denied by GW from the site as well. So looks like the app is the only place to use anything as of right now. So again, a few bugs are still to be found as we had hoped the 40k app taught them a lesson to not release these apps until they are actually ready.
The Warhammer app however works great so far to access the content.
Bugs Worked Out
Aside from some hiccups, and janky UI issues on launch day, the Warhammer TV site works relatively well. As of day two, the login issues seem to be taken care of (mileage may vary).
The one glaring issue still on the site is the video player itself. This overlay UI is for toggling to the next episode, but it sometimes fades out as intended, and sometimes stays there no matter what. This UI also doesn’t have a fullscreen button.
To even access the video player controls, you have to right-click to open the windows dropdown and select <show controls>. Even after that, the controls are under the overlay UI!
So the only way to get fullscreen and get rid of the overlay is to use a windows dropdown menu, then do a process of clicking off of it, then double-clicking the video player to shorthand open full screen.
Out With the Old App:
As of the 18th of August, the old AoS Army Build Azyr App was officially discontinued, and now the replacement isn’t even ready. GW does have a good list builder online, but there is currently no official way to build a list AND have the rules together like with the Azyr.
The online list-builder is just to help get you the raw points total (which is very helpful). Everyone seemed to like Azyr, so hopefully, the AoS app is more or less a copy/paste with a new UI and Warhammer+ integration.
We’re Not Mad, Just Disappointed…
This isn’t about bashing GW, in fact, they are doing great with the offerings and the value. This is about keeping them accountable, the app was clearly assumed to be bundled at launch (along with the lore series), and the new AoS app was also already supposed to be out by now. But it isn’t…
Furthermore, while GW did good by hobbyists and added a voucher to make up for these shortcomings there still seems to be a string attached: