Funcom Invites Players Back to Age of Conan

Funcom Invites Players Back to Age of Conan

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Funcom is launching a new "re-evaluation program" for Age of Conan, offering two weeks of free play, double experience points and other bonuses to previously active players who give the game a second chance.

A lot has changed since Age of Conan launched in May 2008 and to encourage former players to give the game another look, Funcom is once again offering two weeks of free gameplay to anyone who comes back to Hyboria. This time around, they'll also be granted double experience points throughout the free period along with extra bonuses for signing up to play beyond the two-week trial.

Players who subscribe for one month beyond the free period will be given an extra seven days of free gameplay; a three-month subscription will land players a spot in The Secret World open beta, six months will earn a special level 40 helmet with a ten percent XP modifier and a full year subscription will include a free copy of the Rise of the Godslayer expansion. Each level of subscription bonus will also include all the rewards from the lower bonus tiers.

"We are very proud of what have been able to do with the game since launch," said Funcom's Morten Larssen. "The game has grown and improved at a remarkable pace, and we continue to introduce new content, new features and new improvements. We are introducing these fantastic rewards as we know that coming back to an MMO demands effort, and we want to make sure that as many former players as possible are exposed to the new and improved Age of Conan."

Sound interesting? Check it out for yourself at ageofconan.com/updates.

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Blizzard: Conan, what is worst in life?
Conan: When my MMO has to give away presents to get people to play it.
Blizzard: Eleven million, four-hundred twelve thousand nine-hundred thirty-eight World of Warcraft subscribers, Eleven million, four-hu...what was that? I wasn't listening.
Conan: Sigh...

Sorry, Conan. Apparently to the players, Azeroth > Cimmeria.

Will Funcom be giving away free lipstick you can put on a pig next?

Having played the trial, it's not too bad, but it's nothing special. The classes are badly broken still (Don't play a Barbarian) but I don't know many MMOs where that's not the case.

It's basically nice if you like that sort of thing; but given Warhammer (which is very similar) has a free unlimited trial...It's not much of a choice.

And I'd be very interested in seeing if the Champions Lifetime subscription people are still playing.

The_root_of_all_evil:
Having played the trial, it's not too bad, but it's nothing special. The classes are badly broken still (Don't play a Barbarian) but I don't know many MMOs where that's not the case.

It's basically nice if you like that sort of thing; but given Warhammer (which is very similar) has a free unlimited trial...It's not much of a choice.

And I'd be very interested in seeing if the Champions Lifetime subscription people are still playing.

What are you talking about? Barbarians are actually one of the best classes, even after all the changes they made to it.

Still, there are so many game options out there right now, I don't really see the point in playing AOC. It's still one of my favourite games but as it happens with most older mmos, the remaining player base usually has the levels and items they need and are at end-game stage, as well as many of them having quit to play newer games.

sylphmortem:

What are you talking about? Barbarians are actually one of the best classes, even after all the changes they made to it.

http://forums.ageofconan.com/showthread.php?t=193929 : Broken and Inferrior Feats

My Necro could out-DPS and outlast my Barbarian over the first 10 levels.

Reasoning: Necro has drains, DoTs, Pets, armour and can keep at long range.
Barbs have single focus DPS and need to be in close with no drains/regens.

Maybe it changes later on, but after getting nailed by the respawning Pirates for the fifth time, I wasn't prepared to keep going.

Well, they are just trying to keep the game barely afloat, can't blame them for that.

They try to bring back people like every 3 months, hell I remember trying the game again in June and I honestly gave the game another chance, but after trying to quest for like 6 hours and getting repeatedly ganked over and over every 10 minutes I just called it quits, uninstalled, and threw out the discs.

Just a side thought, did they change the graphic requirements, I remember on my old PC that was just over the minimum the game looked pretty nice but on my new PC it didn't look that great...?

I don't really like long-term subscriptions. Even if I do play, I'm going to keep it on a monthly basis.

I have a tendency of abandoning all other games for a while if I find a really good game, so if something awesome comes out I'd drop this whether I had a year trial or not.

That said, the free trial sounds appealing, I'll give Conan a try.

The_root_of_all_evil:

And I'd be very interested in seeing if the Champions Lifetime subscription people are still playing.

Champions has gotten pretty quiet. Mostly people have run out of content and there is little motive to keep playing once one has hit level cap. But for a lot of us our accounts are still active but we are playing other things, probably mostly DA:O, and awaiting content additions.

For any MMO struggling with numbers, I can see the possible promotional sense in giving away Tier 1 for free. It isn't like their servers are overloaded.

Many MMO's are hungry it seems, just last week i got an e-mail from Blizzard and one from Turbine...

The_root_of_all_evil:

sylphmortem:

What are you talking about? Barbarians are actually one of the best classes, even after all the changes they made to it.

http://forums.ageofconan.com/showthread.php?t=193929 : Broken and Inferrior Feats

My Necro could out-DPS and outlast my Barbarian over the first 10 levels.

Reasoning: Necro has drains, DoTs, Pets, armour and can keep at long range.
Barbs have single focus DPS and need to be in close with no drains/regens.

Maybe it changes later on, but after getting nailed by the respawning Pirates for the fifth time, I wasn't prepared to keep going.

The truth is that caster classes have the upper hand at lower levels, even though i've seen plenty of players with melee characters that were unbeatable by many. What I want to say is, i thoroughly enjoyed my barb, even at lower levels.

I was really excited for Conan when it came out, it was fun for a few hours but playing my necromancer and the pet not holding aggro got old by about day 3. Oh and lest we forget they never gave me the Drinking Cloak I was owed for being signed up to their newsletter from day 1 (still am as a matter of fact).

Give me the Drinking cloak that I'm owed and I might consider "re-evaluating" your game.

It's a bummer that they didn't release the game when it was like this, they may of had a larger subscriber base if they did.

KeyMaster45:
Give me the Drinking cloak that I'm owed and I might consider "re-evaluating" your game.

I got the drinking cloak, it did nothing except make you look like everybody else...

since my caster class of choice could do a lot more damage with bows than spells and funcom didnt care, i didnt feel like giving them more chances

There was alot to like about AoC back in the day. I stopped playing for a few reasons though. The PVP they promised wasn't there, I was 58, and had run out of content appropriate for my level and my friends with ATi cards got horrible memory leaks, making the game unplayable for them.

I'm intrigued to go back and have a look though. Like I said, there was alot to like, but it was definitely released too early.

thats a bad sign when they have to lure you back in with goodies XD

Tried it out on the free trial and thought the game play was pretty good. the only problem was more or less everything else :(

If Funcom wants my money, they'd best make another Longest Journey game.

Funcom could attract more replays if they would just update Anarchy Online.

Methinks Funcon will sink soon. I also got one of these email, and frankly, I can't be bothered - especially not whilst I have different origins to try in Dragon Age still.

Age of Conan is still running? Figured it'd get its cabels unplugged a long time ago.

sylphmortem:

The_root_of_all_evil:

sylphmortem:

What are you talking about? Barbarians are actually one of the best classes, even after all the changes they made to it.

http://forums.ageofconan.com/showthread.php?t=193929 : Broken and Inferrior Feats

My Necro could out-DPS and outlast my Barbarian over the first 10 levels.

Reasoning: Necro has drains, DoTs, Pets, armour and can keep at long range.
Barbs have single focus DPS and need to be in close with no drains/regens.

Maybe it changes later on, but after getting nailed by the respawning Pirates for the fifth time, I wasn't prepared to keep going.

The truth is that caster classes have the upper hand at lower levels, even though i've seen plenty of players with melee characters that were unbeatable by many. What I want to say is, i thoroughly enjoyed my barb, even at lower levels.

MMO classes are balanced primarily for end-game. I'm not saying this is a good thing, but with limited resources developers spend most of their time appeasing the older player-base.

 

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