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!