Anarchy Online finally arrives on Steam with $90 level boost option

    
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All right, I can sort of see it.

Sixteen years after its debut, Anarchy Online has just now found itself a new home. After a lot of promises and teases, the long-running sci-fi title has finally arrived on Steam to join the rest of the throng of MMORPGs on that platform.

Funcom CEO Rui Casais said that this move is designed to grow the game’s audience: “Anarchy Online is one of the longest living online games in the world and millions of players have made the planet of Rubi-ka their home. Bringing the game to Steam is something we have wanted to do for a while and we hope this will bring in new players as well as inspire veterans to come back now that it is easier than ever to travel to Rubi-ka again.”

While Anarchy Online does offer a free-to-play option, there is also the choice to subscribe for a more well-rounded experience. Additionally, Steam is selling instant boosts to level 200 for $90 and a new player bundle for $20.

Source: Steam, press release
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Zedness

Still my favorite launch of all time…

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MassivelyMacD

Having one fifth of the Star Citizen budget and create AO2 from that. One can have dreams…

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Castagere Shaikura

That level 200 boost cost $99.99 not $90.00 by the way. What a joke this will turn out to be.

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Dagget Burmese

Good to see Mitchi and the team finally got AO on Steam, though I suspect the reviews will not be kind. People expect far fancier graphics nowadays, nevermind the gameplay elements. Still, it looks better than the original Everquest by a wide margin, and a lot of deep gameplay elements are to be found in the game (leveling implants to level implants, anyone?)

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Dagget Burmese

Lol, the system stats listed on Steam. Is Steam giving you the option for the old engine? The new engine won’t run with this:

MINIMUM:
OS: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista/7/8/10
Processor: Pentium III 450MHz
Memory: 128 MB RAM
Graphics: Direct3D-compatible 32MB video card
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Storage: 3 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX-compatible sound device

Hmmm

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Dagget Burmese

Checked, and it is, indeed, the old engine they are using for Steam. Which is fine by me. The new engine is prettier in many respects, but sluggish, and most textures are still 16 years old.

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Dug From The Earth

Game is just too old

I loved it back in the day

– Needs a new and modern UI
– Needs a REAL engine/graphic upgrade (even to what the secret world is using would be fine)
– Needs a much better F2P model, the current one is just plain awful

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CthulhuDawg

I was going to resub to SWTOR today to scratch my sci-fi MMO itch for awhile, however I think I’ll install this instead. I missed out originally as I was too engrossed in EverQuest. I don’t think for a player like me the $90 boost is even a thought. I’m much more interested in taking the world at pace and really experiencing it. I always heard AO had a killer world, even if the UI and release were less than stellar.

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Tandor

I”ll be interested to see what people think of it after all this time – perhaps a streaming event by MOP is in order?

There’s only one Steam review up at the moment, and that’s positive.

Only 3GB required for the installation which rather tells its own story!

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ogged451

Brilliant timing by Funcom. Just when the live servers are under siege by exploiters, they bring AO to Steam.
The first impression of the Steam newbies may rival that of original launch ?

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Castagere Shaikura

They have to be kidding with this. The game has not had content update close to 10 years. And the f2p option is a joke because you are locked out of the content that people mostly play. F2P players are also gimped to using the old gear that no one uses anymore. The game won’t let you login to any account you subbed with as a f2p player so you will have to make a new one. 15 a month for a game that hasn’t had an update close to 10 years. Why even bother with this game anymore. If anything they should make it a truly f2p game with no sub. Its just to old.

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Andy McAdams

Last expansion esque release was 2009. There’s been minor updates and improvements since then. They release patches regularly. It’s a mischaracterization to say they haven’t updated in 10 years.

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Oyjord

The engine is just too old for contemporary gamers. They should stop spending resources on AO and make an AO2. I’d throw a lot of money after an AO2 kickstarter.

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Andy McAdams

FWIW, I think the AO team is less than 5 people at this point.