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Post by trog @ 04:49pm 25/05/11 | 16 Comments
Funcom have, seconds ago, fired out a press release announcing that Age of Conan is joining the ever-growing ranks of free to play MMO titles:
Funcom is excited to announce that the award-winning and critically acclaimed massively multiplayer online game ‘Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures’ will receive a digital re-launch this summer under the new name ‘Age of Conan: Unrated’. As well as reaffirming its position as the sexiest and most savage MMO in the world, ‘Age of Conan: Unrated’ will also feature a hybrid business model allowing anyone to freely roam the vast lands of Hyboria either as free players or premium subscribers with access to extra content.
The new business model will give players the opportunity to choose whether they want to play for free or become premium subscribers, and Funcom is also introducing an in-game store to the game where both free players and premium subscribers can purchase exclusive content such as weaponry and mounts. For a full overview of what differs from the free and premium offerings, please view the Frequently Asked Questions now available on ‘Age of Conan’ community website.
This will be a significant reworking of Age of Conan, which has a huge release followed by a bit of a drop-off after gamers seemed to exhaust the content. Since then though the game has received many content updates and there's a lot more going on, so it will be fascinating to see what effect this change has on the player base. Stay tuned!

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Latest Comments
Posted 05:25pm 25/5/11
Yay!! Absolutely loved this game once they fixed the issues, but it didn't really feel like it was worthy of a subscription. PVP is absolutely awesome in it however.
Posted 05:27pm 25/5/11
Probably got to pay for pvp so i guess your out of luck lol
Posted 05:43pm 25/5/11
Wasn't it already free to play or something?
Posted 06:14pm 25/5/11
Game needed to note have zones within zones or channels (whatever they called it), completely killed it I think :(
Posted 06:14pm 25/5/11
I think it was a free to play trial before - you could play to level 20 but couldn't progress any further without paying.
Posted 07:04pm 25/5/11
bah the free version is extremely cut down, not even worth it.
Posted 07:09pm 25/5/11
I think they had a short time before new years or christmas sometime back where if you signed up you could play up until a certain level for free. I signed up but only played for about 15 minutes, then completely forgot about it until I eventually uninstalled it.
Posted 07:25pm 25/5/11
Same Nerfington, I literally played this for 10 minutes and didn't like it lol. Not sure what is was but just didn't dig the feel of it.
Posted 10:20pm 25/5/11
I like their approach, F2P always sux but at least they still have a sub option. Only thing that raised an eyebrow was the item shop discount... meaning there is an item shop that subs still have to pay for? I skimmed over the links on their site but didn't see the item shop anywhere, anyone can post link?
Posted 10:53pm 25/5/11
Having played two characters through to lvl 80 and done the free return's dated and boring. RotG is just another zone with buggy dungeons.

Basically this shows my two toons are stuffed or neutered. In any case both aren't available to me as f2p (DT and Necro).
Posted 03:27am 26/5/11
Now we wait and see how much longer Aion West stays P2P - with all their cash shop stuff, they should be bordering on F2P.
Posted 06:00am 26/5/11
was a nice lookin game and interesting world, lots of bugs though and the most stupid melee system ever seen
Posted 08:44am 26/5/11
lol another game that has jumped onto the F2P bandwaggon, next stop Aion with a final destination of WoW
Posted 12:20pm 26/5/11
WoW will never go f2p, they will just kill it with the release of a sequel.
Posted 12:52pm 26/5/11
Or premium content.
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