Experience Anarchy Online from the beginning with its upcoming fresh start server

    
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Last December, Funcom made some waves in the Anarchy Online community with a seemingly out-of-nowhere Facebook poll asking fans if there were any interest in a fresh-start server for the studio’s 18-year-old sci-fi MMO. The response was mixed, but apparently the idea gained some traction, as Funcom has just announced that it’s actually happening, like for real.

The Facebook post announcing the fresh-start server — which the studio is apparently calling the “2019 server” — is brief, so details right now are pretty scarce, but here’s what we know: All players will, of course, start with fresh, new characters, and initially, the server will feature only the “original content from launch.” From there, it seems that things will unfold similarly to your typical progression server, with additional expansion content rolling out regularly over time. Aside from that, though, we know virtually nothing about it, and that includes its release date — Funcom simply says it’s “coming soon.” How soon? We’ll have to wait and see.

Source: Facebook. Thanks, Serrenity!
Update
Since this post went live, Funcom’s streamed a tease of the new server; we’ve covered that right here!
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Castagere Shaikura

WOW, they really have a freaking nerve to pull this crap. The game is 18 or 19 years old in maintenance mode. And they want you to pay for it. I really hate Funcom over this game. They let you play Secret world legends totally free. But if you want to play the whole AO game you pay a 15 a month sub.

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Tamanous

I’m not too worried about a subscription. I believe it’s the only payment method that preserves the concept of the game as it leaves game entry independent of game design.

That said, Lotro’s attempt at their Legacy server was just a cash grab. This was because they made little to no change to the game and cash shop before launching those servers.

Will AO be different? I have no idea, but await further details. They have recreated the backyard starting zones. That is a change. They said they are not putting at least certain “pay to win” items in the cash shop, but there will still be a cash shop. The game will use the current patch balance, but AO never became the easy mode game Lotro became.

I don’t expect Funcom to put the effort into AO legacy as Blizzard is putting into Classic, but if it’s too similar to the lack of effort Lotro put into their Legacy servers, I’ll lose interest fast.

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Tamanous

I have a dream to play! BUT, I need to know about the cash shop. Even if the Lotro fresh servers were challenging enough in play to interest me, I’d still likely quit due to the cash shop.

Cash Shop will make or break my interest in AO fresh. I really hope they minimize it and understand that zero pay to win is a very big part of the popularity of Old School MMORPG fresh server interest.

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Kevin McCaughey

Um – I did experience it from the start, the first time around, and I never want to see it again. What a gankfest and landgrab with huge RNG lootboxes thrown in to compliment the lack of crafting materials. If you wanted to make gear you basically had to buy loot boxes. Everything else could be bought to via the market.

My friends and I all had the same experience of this. The game initially seemed like the deliverance we had all been waiting on. All the brilliant modes of transport, the ship battles, flying, transporting goods on your cart across the world, farming etc. It was amazing. Then once we got near top level it just turned into a gankfest where people took a shit on your farm (not the fertilizing kind), stole your cart and ran off in it, giving you the finger, and pounded your face in the dirt as you ran quests.

What a disappointment. I don’t think I ever had my hopes raised so high and dashed so low in one experience. I will NEVER forget it. The biggest shame in MMO history IMHO. The game could have been the best game ever but they ruined it.

EDIT: Err, I got the wrong game! See if you can guess what game I was ranting about ;)

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Kevin McCaughey

One thing about it though, a great memory that will never fade, is the “trials” of guilty PvPers that they had in a court in town with 10 of the great and the good summoned from the general player base to be “jurors”. Those were totally hilarious and I have never laughed so much playing a game.

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Bruno Brito

Archeage?

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Feyd Darkholme

If they “relaunched” AO with a business model where the content wasn’t locked behind a subscription, people would come back to the game in droves… this is what I’m hoping for. AO isn’t as dead as people might think, but by continuing to lock the expansions behind subscriptions they are severely limiting their success.

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PanagiotisLial1

They will start an AO stream in like like 20 mins from now. On their twitch

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PanagiotisLial1

It started

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Polyanna

If any game deserves this, it’s AO. Really interesting and might actually get me to play this game again.

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Neurotic

I’m calling it now: in 2019, Winch Gate will announce some new iteration of Ryzom, and the circle of dodgy old games coming back to life will be complete!

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PanagiotisLial1

Now that is a game’s name I havent heard in ages. I never gave it a serious “trial” but tried it around 10 days 3-4 years ago

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Neurotic

That’s pretty much my whole experience with it too, although I tried a couple of times to get down with it, to no avail.

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ogged451

“launch content” means : no Notum Wars, no dyna camps, no Subway, no team missions, no Smugglers Den, no daily missions …

I have some doubts that nostalgia can overcome that much punishment.

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IronSalamander8 .

I tried this one with a friend that I was regularly playing CoH with. It has some neat ideas but the interface was dreadful, I had more issues with my inventory than the enemies!

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xpsync

During my mmo noob years this is when a friend of mine and i found out about instances, and what rubber banding truly meant.

YES i’m standing right by the sign. Me too so where are you? We are in a group but can’t see each other lol on voice we like wtf haha. Good times.

Semi interest, i’ll follow this and maybe, just maybe, my problem is i wasn’t very good at selling concrete cushions on the corner, but meh its a living.

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Oleg Chebeneev

I think AO is too old for that

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Bruno Brito

No game is really too old for that.

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Oleg Chebeneev

If we talk about just launching the server, yeah. If we talk about this server staying healthy after few months, good luck with that.

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Bruno Brito

I completely agree. Altho i think it would sustain itself for like 6months.

But it is a sub based server, so that’ll kill it.

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PanagiotisLial1

I would actually want UO do this too at some point and UO is older than AO