Age of Conan’s Saga of Zath fresh start progression server launches tomorrow as sub prices drop permanently

Back in December, Funcom announced that it had plans for the effectively maintenance-moded Age of Conan, and those plans included Saga of Zath, a fresh-start progression server. And now, it’s almost here: The studio now says it’s launching tomorrow on January 24th.

“Saga of Zath is a new limited-time server running on a PvE ruleset identical to Crom. You create a new character on this server, and play through a special Saga Quest as you progress. Completing objectives in this quest awards exclusive cosmetics, titles, and up to Tier 6-quality raid gear! There’s also a special Saga-exclusive Hoard you can purchase, featuring tradable items! The server is only open until May 15th. Once over, the server closes and your Saga character is transferred onto Crom with their inventory fully intact.”

Funcom designer Mussagana has been all over the forums the last few days explaining how everything works. Specifically, parts of the item shop will be disabled on this server, the raid finder will be turned off at least temporarily, experience gains will be normal, and yes, there may be other servers in the future if this one does well.

“This is rather experimental, so we want to see how the saga server does to gauge interest,” he writes. “If the server is successful, we’d like to experiment with the formula and change rulesets up a bit. This first saga server is aimed at a more traditional experience, but I would personally love to see more feedback on what people would want to see from saga servers if we’re able to do more in the future.”

In other AOC news today, Funcom has pushed live the new membership pricing for the game.

“From here on out, 30-day memberships now cost $12.99 (EUR 10.99) per month, and 12-month memberships now cost $7.99/mo (EUR 6.99) billed annually ($95.88/yr or EUR 83.88/yr).”

To incentivize subs, Funcom is currently granting minipets and mounts, depending on which sub-length players nab.

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Mia.

I just found some old AoC screenshots the other day. I played briefly in the past, but couldn’t get anyone to come along, even f2p. I think I will give this a shot and see if I can get involved in the community this time.

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Xijit

I’m gonna give it a try & see how it turns out.

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Ben Stone

I’m not really seeing the point of this server other than a fresh start and a bit of cheap advertising. I get progression servers on other games, locking you into old content to enjoy, but really they could have just put the catch up questline on the existing servers for this.

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Xijit

catch up quests are bullshit … yeah, they work if you already have a max level character and want to roll something new, but have zero interest in all the content along the way.

But for new players, getting punted into the end game with no clue about any of the mechanics or events or the world or why the end game even matters: they suck balls.

a fresh start server like this lets new players *cough*LikeMe*cough* who want to enjoy actually -playing- the game, but wouldn’t have as much fun when all the existing players already have the economy fucked & the established guilds already have any claimable content claimed.

so yeah … for the next 6 months all the new players (or old ones who just want to start over fresh) get their own sheltered world to explore, and then they get mixed back into the general community.

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Toy Clown

I don’t like the idea of temporary servers. But this one grabbed my attention because when it’s over in a few months, your character and things you obtained transfer to an existing server. That’s actually a neat way to get involved in the game again after not having played it for years, and without it hurting current populations or splitting them up.

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Castagere Shaikura

Anarchy Online is 17 years old yet they won’t change its sub.fee. If they are willing to drop it for this why not AO.

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Denice J. Cook

The real question is: Did Trion copy Funcom, or did Funcom copy Trion? The real answer is: They both copied Daybreak! :P

I’m glad to see fresh-start servers for older MMOs; I just wish they weren’t necessarily all time-locked with finite shutdown dates. Long-AWOL players might like to stay on a newer server where they can compete and grow together with other newer players, instead of everyone getting forced off, losing their names, then being shoved onto much older, top-heavy servers where they’ll have a harder time finding groups for mid-level content.

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Bryan Turner

Is there really so little content after all these years that Funcom expects people to finish it in less than 6 months?

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dixa

I am actually excited about this. If anyone raided in Conan in the year or two after the expansion you would know that Conan had easily some of the best and most inclusive raiding around.

Guess I better start downloading.

Edit: nevermind, another limited lifespan server. This only appeals to pvpers and pvp was never good in Conan.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

You might want to look again. It’s running on a PvE ruleset. Sounds more like a raider server, actually, with the big rewards going to raiders who complete the Saga.

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A Dad Supreme

Sounds more like a raider server, actually,

…the raid finder will be turned off at least temporarily,…

But is it really?

Sounds more like they want people to grind things out with difficultly for those few months the server will be open, why else would you make parties harder to form to raid?

This is something I don’t miss in MMOs… people standing around and shouting while you endlessly scroll through passing chat for a raid group only to be kicked when your gear isn’t up to snuff.

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A Dad Supreme

If they had something like SO..er… Daybreak had with it’s DCUO lifetime membership that gives you access to it’s other games, I’d give it a try.

But based on the bait/switch they just did with The Secret World/SWL and my lifetime membership, I’m really not in a forgiving mood, even though I’d probably could go for a shot of Conan about now.

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dixa

This is exactly what needed to be done not this…thing. Age of Conan launched incomplete – remember statless gear all the way to 80? A new progression pve server based on the current game would be a damned good idea as AoC had fantastic dungeons and raids.

I mean cmon now, you know these companies can’t be blind to what players really want but yet again it’s all about short term monetary gains

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Coolit

Its really cool Funcom are trying this and it’s nice to see the drop in subscription cost :)

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Boom

Youre too kind Coolit:)
We can beg to differ on this hehe