Anarchy Online overhauls its world and professions

    
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If this game is willing to show itself off despite its age, your game, newer or older, can do the same.

Anarchy Online is deploying patch 18.7.0 to the live servers on Tuesday, but if you play the game, you’ll probably want to look at the patch notes now. Seriously, there’s a lot of stuff going on there, starting with an overhaul to the new player experience. All new players will now start at Arete Landing with a set of guiding quests, credit rewards, experience bonuses at early levels, and several other buffs to ensure that no one feels hopeless when starting fresh.

This update also brings huge, sweeping changes to profession nanos and perks, a general nano overhaul, and several mechanical changes like a complete reworking of the game’s existing parry mechanics. Developers have further overhauled buggy or inconvenient areas of the world and cleaned up issues like floating landscape objects. Players of this classic sci-fi MMO will want to pore over the patch notes because there’s a lot to internalize before the update.

[Source: Official site. Thanks to ogged451, zewm, and David for the tip!]
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mizomei Craw Lord Zorvan Tamanous Or, it’s a free game with a subscription mode. It really depends how you look at it. 200 of the 220 levels are free and more than half the actual content is freely available. PVP and Notum Wars are both free and decently active through most of the free levels. Obviously, there’s an advantage for subscriptions…just like any other free to play game that has an available subscription.

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Craw Lord Zorvan Tamanous

Anarchy Online is NOT a free, game, it is a subscription based game with a free to play mode.

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mysecretid Darthbawl You people would have shot yourselves in the head by now if you grew up with 80s graphical games.

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Oleg Chebeneev These changes are even older than the new engine announcement.

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This was my first mmorpg. It had a good run, you dont find mmorpg’s this deep and detailed anymore. Every item whether its raid or complete trash have a nice story behind it. Phenomenal original sound track, the game really did it right.

Time is what caused this game’s downfall. People grow up, graduate, run out of money, find other games, get married, have kids or begin their life long career sometime between when this game was released and the duration of its healthy existence. When the friends you make in the game leave the game for any of the above reasons more players leave in that light as well.

This was the game that opened the door to “instances” as well. A classic game that has remained true to the immersion and complexity that originally made the mmorpg genre exclusive to a select few. Today the genre is butchered from where it first began.

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Lord Zorvan 
I never said that the current improvements were the level of improvement I was waiting for …

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Ironwu dellis78741 
I agree, Wu. The great strength of Anarchy Online has always been its unique nature. It’s not like WoW, and it’s not really like any of the games which have followed it. 
AO is its own flavor, and that’s rare.

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Darthbawl 
I played it for a long time near launch (it was my first real MMORPG) and I loved it, but yeah, until the graphics improve, I find it impossible to play now.

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Koshelkin 
Yeah, I think I will. I’m not expecting perfection — or current state-of-the-art graphics — just something less eyeball-abusive than what they have now.
I’ve waited this long, I can wait longer.
The great strength of Anarchy Online, at least in my opinion, is that there has never been another MMORPG quite like it. I look forward to returning to it one day.
Cheers,

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If they ever make an AO2 i want them to stay true to AO1 roots and not make some cookie cutter wow gameplay clone with massive pvp and raiding. In fact i don’t have a problem with the old gameplay style of AO1. I hope they never change that part of the game. All i want is the game world,characters and gear to look better. The last thing i want is that crappy combat The Secret World has.