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Age of Conan going free-to-play this summer

Wednesday, 25th May 2011 08:38 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Funcom’s announced this morning that Age of Conan will go free-to-play this summer.

The switch will see new content arrive and the game change its name to Age of Conan: Unrated. The subscription set-up will still be available, though.

Those who go down the FTP route will need to pay for expansions and items, but will still be able to reach Level 80. Those who maintain their subs will now be known as premium members.

The reboot of the MMO will also bring two new solo story-based dungeons known as The Breach and The Forgotten. There’ll also be an adventure pack for fall, which will use characters from the upcoming Conan movie.

Executive producer Craig Morrison has said the change is to prepare for any potential interest increase in the wake of the movie.

“The time is right for Age of Conan now as we recognised the opportunity presented by the increased profile of the license, with the new Conan movie coming out this Fall,” he told EG.

“That meant that we felt that the time had come to make the switch to ensure we had the best possible position and availability for when that interests increases, so that we could draw in even more users to this wonderful world that we have brought to life.”

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  1. Hunam

    I like the style and setting of the game, but the combat system is a bit too hands on and micro-managey. With three basic attacks and constant moving of defences each battle is like writing a chapter of a novel.. with numbers.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. viralshag

    I might give it another go but it will really depend on what non-MMOs I’m playing and as this is a pretty amazing year for games, I actually probably won’t bother at all.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Maximum Payne

    Well is it better then other free to play MMO right ?

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Gekidami

    I still have this disc to this, the Limited Edition no less… What a waste of money. Unless they’ve massively changed the game, its not even worth ‘free’.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. black

    My review of aoc.

    Qualifications lvl 70 ranger in less than 2 weeks.

    Combat system
    Combo on a rail – no freeform here. About all you can do is execute either a preprogrammed combo LOOKING attack or a set combo attack. Set combo = specific keys must be pressed or the combo fizzles, no chance to enter a different combo once started.

    The combat is, plant your feet and deal with long durations between attacks. Use crowd control effects to pin players/mobs in place. The only thing that can attack while moving is something waving a sword. And even then they have to plant a little bit. No fast paced action here. It really doesn’t matter what class or path you pick, while soloing, yer gonnah be the tank. Enemies with way too many hp and way to low damage will be the norm.

    Stealth aspect is pretty subpar. No matter how well you have your hiding trained, you’re going to get spotted quite quickly except for certain times of day you may be able to slip past enemies well below what would pose any combat challenge to you anyway.

    Customer service
    Customer service will answer the first question they want to answer regardless of whether or not it was even a question you asked and abruptly close the session in your face. Honestly though, this is pretty common among games.

    Payment options, recently most banks have taken a stand against fraudulent charges originating overseas. Mostly due to commonly used online payment option companies such as PayPal etc losing or selling all of your personal data. Funcom is a Norwegian company. While the bulk of the fraud is coming from the UK, Norway is still firmly on the blacklist. You’ll have to pay with time cards from best buy. Major, major, hassle. Customer service was pretty displeased when it was suggested that they should do business with more secure companies such as Google checkout.

    Documentation and guides
    Aoc guides and loot tables are ridiculously limited. The few players they have left, really couldn’t care less than to build any sort of databases.

    The player base has almost completely died out on a number of servers. So bad was it that they had to combine servers just to have enough people to happen along and find someone at random. If you weren’t specifically looking for anyone, you surly would not see anyone. And even if you were looking for someone, only one class can track that someone down. On the bright side… that one class really can’t do anything to them once they found them anyway.

    Graphics
    They are okay but still do not compare with other more enjoyable and true free to play games out there. There are nipples and completely naked succubae and it is extremely refreshing to be out of the crib, so to speak. it’s honestly the only selling point: murder, nudity, fatality animation sequences and bonuses for them that can really change the tide of a skirmish, outright criminality of every sort stopping only just short of pedoviolence(full grown women and men are equally fair game), all the children live.

    Parental control type oversight by game operators.
    No.

    Oversight of cheating and or hacking
    nah.

    My advice
    Hit the free pron site for a minute and then go back to whatever else you were doing. stop before you try to beat the hacker that’s been paying for his subscription with money he’s gotten by selling duplicated gold to the people who’re trying to beat him.

    #5 3 years ago