Anarchy Online might be considering a new fresh start server

    
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Sometimes all it takes to light a fire under a gaming community is a simple poll.

Funcom sparked a bonfire of interest by asking fans on Facebook the following: “Would you be interested in a fresh start server for Anarchy Online?” As you may imagine, this raised quite a few eyebrows, because the studio has all but abandoned Anarchy Online in 2017 after putting it in maintenance mode and vastly cutting down on any communication with players.

In any case, the community seems somewhat in favor of the idea, although some have questions about what this would entitle (especially in light of Secret World Legends’ reboot). “I would be interested in literally anything that showed a hint of supporting the game, so yeah,” said one player. “Someone from Funcom please enlighten me as to why this is a good idea all of the sudden?” asked another.

Source: Facebook. Thanks Jack Pipsam!
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Tor Danang

“A fresh server would resolve the issue of unbalanced economy as well as all those PvP twinks that were created over the ages using exploits.”

Really? You’re aware I assume that every exploit is based on the game’s code not the server it’s on and these dupe/stat exploits been around for years and years, they get patched and workarounds are back on the server so fast your head would spin…So what makes you think if they make a fresh start server that it wouldn’t happen all over again? You think suddenly the exploiters would say “Hey let’s play legit for a change” No they won’t. Since they won’t have access to their trillions in credits and thousands of duped items they will do it all over and again and withint 1-3 months that server will be trashed just like the current one.

If Funcom chose to be completely retarded even more than they are now this is what’s going to happen if they wipe everyone’s account.

1. Paid players will leave in droves, This poll was a nice concept but who can look at that poll and determine by the voting whose a paid player and who is a froob? Paid subs keep the game running, Paid subs by the graces if a bunch of paid accounts say fu funcom and take off whose going to keep the game alive some non-paying froob?

And I took a small sample size poll among people I know these are paid players with multiple paid accounts that been playing for years, We all said the same thing if Funcom forces us to restart it’s adios, between us we had 97 paid accounts…

Also Funcom offers zero incentive to do this, Why should I be all cool to start over doing the same content all over again that I’ve done since 2002? Where’s the incentive are they gonna give me some crappy xp armor they recycled with a diff mesh to make me all warm and fuzzy inside, Zero incentive to stay, If I wanna do the same content I’ve done 40-50 times already I’ll just make a new toon on rk 5.

2. That new server would be instantly pay to win, Cause if you think Funcom is going to kill the itemstore you need your head examined, So whatever group of people heckler juice themselves to endgame first will own your economy, When you want to go farm some item good luck cause instead of now where most have the shit and you might find that dyna uncamped on this new server your gonna be in a dd fest with a bunch of people.

If funcom goes ahead and kills off RK 5 that’s going to be the end of AO, If you think population is low now just wait till all the people leave that lost everything they spent years building and if this is funcom’s way of fixing the economy it’s beyond stupid that’s a band aid fix the economy will be screwed soon enough on the new server and why do they want to punish the entire community for the misdeeds of a few meatheads who are too stupid to play the game normally.

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hoylegu

I’d throw a lot of money at a brand new, fully modernized AO2.

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Toy Clown

They’re catering to a certain type of player that is further killing their business. Watching them open server after server after merger after merger boggles my mind. So many good people left the game after losing everything they’ve worked so hard for.

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Castagere Shaikura

They should figure out a way to let people play all there character as froobs instead of restricting them if they had Shadowlands. Just don’t let them use the items or perks.

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Zen Dadaist

If they wipe RK5 (the current live game server), I am officially done with all FC products for good. I will not keep a single one of their games installed on my machines, nor pay a single penny more. My main is STILL unplayable (why the fuck am I still giving them money) and they more or less nuked TSW and with it everything I had there.

If they introduce a fresh RK6, well that might be fun for a bit but I have my doubts that it will trigger enough of an overall playerbase growth to 1) survive itself and 2) not kill off RK5.

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I mean, it sounds like a good idea on paper, especially if it was a froob only, strictly RK server with none of the expansions enabled. However, with the game being pretty much unsupported and only barely acknowledged by FC any more, I think realistically it would be ruined in about 15 seconds by rampant exploits, none of which would get fixed quickly, or ever.

That said, I am sure that at least several hundred of the probably 1,500 or so people still playing this game at all would love to have a crack at it.

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Castagere Shaikura

Not unless they could port over their characters which proves its not going to happen. Its an old game and if the do what they did with TSW over to TSWL those players would flip out. Those still playing the game put way to much time in to it.

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mistressbrazen

I think it is unlikely this will end up as anything good for the AO players. AO is a deep, layered game. I used to keep an expandable file folder for all the information and spread sheets I needed for the game. The graphics never bothered me and FC just updated the engine, a process that took how many years? At a time when FC has declared it is stepping away from MMORPG, the AO players should be wary. What will Funcom do and why? AO could very well end up with some horrible relaunch on the order of SWL. DO you really want to run around Temple of the Three Winds with enforced side missions and lock boxes dropping? Think of all the horrible ways Shadowlands might be revamped, and rest assured you’ll get the most horrible. If I still played AO, I would want much more info from Funcom before letting them interpret the survey.

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Castagere Shaikura

The game is 16 years old and in maintenance mode. This was my first mmo and i still don’t care about how it looks. They should make it b2p instead. Hardly anyone subs.to this game but those old players that spent to long getting their characters to where they are. Funcom has treated this game badly and a fresh start server sounds stupid.

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Jack Pipsam

I suppose even a small but guaranteed income from subscriptions is still a revenue source while b2p would get them nothing really after that.

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Rolan Storm

I wonder if AO got not just facelift, but new age engine would it be popular? Hmm…

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Richard de Leon III

I honestly think it would, the world and systems are very good and the leveling is relatively open ended iirc.

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Rolan Storm

I tend to agree with you. Game is good, graphics though… Never thought it would mean anything to me, but here I am.

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Andy McAdams

To a certain point, graphics don’t bother me. The vaguely van gogh-esque face textures kill me though.

The other thing that might be a hurdle for people is that combat moves at a glacial pace (by contemporary standards).

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Rolan Storm

‘Vaguely van gogh-esque’ is very precise description. :D

Yeah, combat too. I think remakes of old games with new engines should happen at some point. Blizzard’s decision to launch vanilla server warms my heart not because I am WoW fan (in fact I am neither fan nor hater – good game, moved on), but because some things just should be.

“Kilrathi must not die out as a race”.

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Castagere Shaikura

Man i never see my characters faces because of the armor.

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Dagget Burmese

A fresh server would resolve the issue of unbalanced economy as well as all those PvP twinks that were created over the ages using exploits.