Dark Age of Camelot is developing a free-to-play option for 2018

    
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While many MMO studios wait until January to release their year preview letters (and the lazy ones put it off until Ash Wednesday), Dark Age of Camelot is getting on top of next year’s to do list by laying out its plans for 2018. For starters? A free-to-play version for next fall, because go big or go home.

“We’re thrilled to announce a new way for players to experience Dark Age of Camelot’s iconic realm vs realm warfare for free with Dark Age of Camelot: Endless Conquest,” Broadsword wrote. “The Endless Conquest will be a new account type that allows players to enjoy Dark Age of Camelot through level 50 (and beyond) for free, without a paid subscription, forever. Endless Conquest players will be able to level all the way to 50 on a limited selection of classes, participate fully in RvR, and earn Master Levels, Champion Levels, and Realm Rank — to a point.”

That’s only the beginning of the team’s plans. Broadsword is working on an alternative ruleset server, the new website, new forums, improving the RvR experience, a marketing push to grow the game, more keep-based objectives, additional hotbar options, and increased studio communication (including a monthly dev livestream).

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ogged451

2017 will be the first year since 2002 where I haven‘t played DAoC for at least a month. I don‘t have the commitment anymore to seriously do RvR on Ywain and my journeys on Gaheris left me with the feeling that „I‘ve seen it all“. Additionally, american raid times are not good for us Euros ?

I hope this move will bring some life back, but for me, the proverbial ship has sailed.

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Frank White

I’ve tried going back a few times over the years, but just never felt the same magic I did playing the game back in the day. Think I’ve given up on it for good, even if it’s free. I’ll wait a little longer for Camelot Unchained to see if it brings the magic back. ;)

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Jack Pipsam

Now that’s the kind of effort and work I like to see, hopefully it pays out for them.

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Alex Malone

Will be fun to follow how this works. Every MMO I’ve played that has transitioned from sub to F2P has been much worse off (game-wise) for the playerbase. I can only imagine that DAoC, a game based on very strong social structures and cooperative gameplay, will end up being far worse off after an influx of F2P players.

I hope I’m wrong, I hope the game somehow manages it better than every other MMO that transitioned, but history is not on their side.

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Richard de Leon III

Between the choice of a crappy community or a non-existent one because there arent enough people playing, I honestly think some, if not a lot, would choose to have the crappy community. At least in DAOC you can kill the bad apples in the other realms….>.<

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Oleg Chebeneev

It wasnt F2P? No surprise I havent heard about it for ages

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Mark

Wow, finally.

Regardless, glad to see them try this approach.

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Denice J. Cook

Wow, this is such an awesome and overdue idea!

I wonder if my ancient 50 Reaver, 50 Vampiir and 36 Heretic will be playable as they stand? And I wonder what server they’re on nowdays, and if they’re all together? I haven’t played this game in about a decade, but I do occasionally think about going back, then never get around to it….

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Richard de Leon III

I’d lay odds the generalist classes and pet classes will be hit with the sub wall. The specialists will prolly stay since they cant solo as well.

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BalsBigBrother

Am I remembering wrong but didn’t they try to do this before, a f2p option I mean, but it got shot down by EA or something so never materialised?

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Jack Pipsam

Might have been Warhammer Online, I know that apparently had it all sorted out but then EA wasn’t (or couldn’t) renewing the licence so no point implementing it.

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camren_rooke

DAOC was where I first learned how to heal and be healed in combat.

Memries…..

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Joey Morrone

Oh neat. I will finally try this game then. I love all these other pvp games that are inspired by this game’s RvR. Would love to try the original.

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Rob Gale

Just what I was thinking. My GW2/Rift/ESO guild originated in DAoC so I would like to experience that game for myself also.