SteelSeries making a custom Warhammer MMO keyset for the zBoard

I’ve always been slightly skeptical about custom key setups. But, of course, I don’t usually play the types of games where a truly custom keyboard might be really handy. Maybe in Guild Wars. But I can certainly see, for games like WoW, EVE Online, and now Warhammer: Age of Reckoning, that a custom keyboard might actually be a real plus. As much as I’m used to it, it does feel a little weird hitting something like just “h” for an AoE heal when I could be hitting, you know, the “AoE Heal” button.

Since SteelSeries took over Ideazon, they’ve assumed control of the zBoard brand, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they put out something completely separate soon.

The full release:

SteelSeries Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning Keyset Brings Gamers Closer to the Action

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The leading manufacturer of innovative professional gaming gear, SteelSeries, today announced the release of the Warhammer® Online: Age of Reckoning™ Limited Edition Keyset for SteelSeries Zboard™. Designed specifically for the highly anticipated Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning PC game by Mythic Entertainment™, a studio of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), the keyset will immerse gamers in a rich and chaotic fantasy world where the armies of Order and Destruction battle for survival.

Working closely with Mythic Entertainment, SteelSeries has developed a custom Warhammer Online keyset with dedicated short-cut keys and beautiful game graphics that will enable quick mastery of the game, increase the users’ actions per minute (APM) and deliver unparalleled levels of immersion.

“Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning is one of the most anticipated MMO’s in 2008,” said Bruce Hawver, CEO of SteelSeries. “SteelSeries is thrilled to be working with Mythic Entertainment in creating a keyset for the SteelSeries Zboard designed specifically to bring more realism and ease-of-use to Warhammer Online fans everywhere.”

“This Limited Edition Keyset is a valuable offering for Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning gamers,” said Jeff Hickman, Executive Producer for Mythic Entertainment. “Our collaboration with SteelSeries makes it easy for players to immerse themselves in the game, and to bring their performance to new heights.”

The Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning Limited Edition Keyset for SteelSeries Zboard gives gamers:

* An intuitive layout for faster reflexes in battle;
* 16 dedicated keys for commonly used chat, group and social commands;
* 12 popular single-press emote keys including Shout, Brandish, Mad and Laugh; and,
* Immersion in the epic war with official game graphics

With every purchase of the Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning Limited Edition Keyset, gamers receive a bonus in-game item – Kemmler’s Arthritic Hand. When used, this exclusive item will temporarily increase a character’s action point regeneration rate.

The Zboard Gaming Keyboard also comes equipped with gaming terrain and tactical features, including:

* Instant remapping capabilities;
* Gaming Keyset including integrated gaming terrain
* Standard Keyset with Windows and Internet Explorer commands labeled on keys; and,
* USB base with two extra USB peripheral ports.

Also available is the Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning FragMat with official game graphics for a retail price of $14.99 USD. The Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning Limited Edition Keyset retails for $19.99 USD and will be available at game launch; the SteelSeries Zboard retails for $49.99 USD and is available now at all major gaming retailers and etailers.