Funcom previews Anarchy Online’s fresh start server on latest stream

    
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It’s called “Rubi-Ka 2019.” That’s the official designation of Anarchy Online’s fresh start server coming our way in the near future. The announcement of this server took a lot of fans by surprise, especially considering that AO has been developmentally dormant for years now.

On a February 27th Twitch stream, the Funcom team talked about the construction of the server and what the subscription-only shard will offer the community. Rubi-Ka 2019 will feature expansion progression, a rolling level cap, and the modern version of the game. One of the perks of rolling on this server is the ability to earn a sleek new set of Serpentine armor through a series of missions.

Some players have expressed concern over the server, particularly in regard to the lack of name reservations, the potential for duping and exploits, botting, and the expensive nature of the subscription.

Funcom promises that there will be a “deep dive” article into this server concept at a later date, but for now you can watch the full stream after the break.

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Tamanous

Damn this interests me. But, I can’t commit yet until they reveal their cash shop plans. It’s a HUGE deal breaker for me if it impacts the game negatively, especially if it’s a sub game on top.

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Matthew Ward

Played this at original launch and it was one of the best gaming memories I have… The GM run live events that tied in with the story were just simply amazing, and its skill point system absolutely revolutionary and never been matched since.

Being able to make millions just by finding a low ql Yalmaha, gearing in to ql200 implants and weapons at low levels (super twinkability…), excellent PVP setup with the suppression gas, PVP looting with the insurance system… I still think it was at its very best in Shadowlands, but vanilla was pretty special in many ways.

My first day in AO I ran out of Omni Ent into Omni Forest I think, and got totally destroyed by a rollerrat! I was absolutely terrified of that squeak from then on.

I have no real desire to go back though, as it would sully the memory I think. Especially at the rapacious price point of the sub which is still equal or more than most new sub games..

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kimowar101

15 dollars a month is cheap entertainment for anything a person enjoys, but I get the not spoil the memory thing.

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PanagiotisLial1

The Wrath of the Rollerat!

I remember getting killed by a Rollerat boss in the old tutorial, lol

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ogged451

I endured the stream and was thoroughly unimpressed with what they said and I fail to see what Funcom tries to achieve with this except for getting some quick money for reopened subs.
It would be actually more fun to roll a froob account than this stuff.
Imagine, you play for ? months without proper PvP until they open up Notum Wars. Then, even more time later, when you’re very likely already 200, SL opens and you get to grind (Un)Redeemed & Guardians factions before advancing.

Once you’re 220, six months later AI comes by (or the server closes), when you’re done with that, LE and personal + global research.

Bleh.

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Tobasco da Gama

TBF, you could level the same criticisms at every single one of these progression servers, but people keep eating this shit up for some damned reason.

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Ironwu

Yet another ‘current tech’ progression server and the milking of the most dedicated of the player base for the most money possible.

While I really do like AO (in its original form), the current AO is not attractive to me, the subscription for such an outdated game is not attractive to me, and the type of players these progression servers generally draw are not attractive to me.

Thus, for me it is a hard ‘pass’ on this.

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the milking of the most dedicated of the player base

I don’t quite follow this. It’s not a more expensive subscription plan to get access to the fresh start server — I think it would be a safe assumption to say “most dedicated” are probably already subscribed.

I can agree with AO as it is now (instanced org cities for example), but I can’t fault them for a sub – they need to keep some money coming in to keep the servers open.

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Tobasco da Gama

The most compelling thing about an AO progression server, actually, is that the org cities won’t exist until they bump the server to Notum Wars. The cities were such a blight on the game.

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ogged451

Cities are an AI feature. Tower fields are NW stuff.

Also, actual cities were the best thing since sliced bread .. have a mission in the middle of nowhere ? Get there by fixer grid, then take the next best Neuters’R’us whompah for the return trip.

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It’s going to be the original game at launch from what my friend told me, then do progression, what i thought was great is he’s so pumped, that’s awesome, but he’s explaining to me how a progression server works, like this is a new idea AO is going to do :)

Hey when you play one game and only one game you get to avoid all the industry noise, i envy that really.

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Tobasco da Gama

The sub cost is a real deal-breaker for me, unfortunately. That’s just WAY too much for a dated, maintenance-mode game, despite the nostalgia.

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That friend i played AO with way back at launch still plays to this day, he’s beside himself with excitement for this.

Me i was planning on making a toon at the min, but i gotta pay? I’m on the fence now. To be real SWG is all i want to play so if i have to pop to make a toon, i’d rather give that to a Legend donation, that’d feel better, for some reason giving FC any more money now just feels wrong.

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kimowar101

in the early 80’s I would take a roll of quarters($10.) to an arcade for an afternoon of fun……15 dollars a month to me is cheap gaming.

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Probably make a character day one at the minimum.

Only problem is you can’t believe one word coming from two of biggest liars alive, they really pulled the wool over the SWL community.

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PanagiotisLial1

I dont know them but I am guessing they are CMs? I dont think they are someones who can take decisions – they just communicate what info they were given

They didnt seem to have played the game before, I watched the stream live, but at least they were addressing almost all questions

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Yes they are CMs which makes it even worse. People put their trust into these people, players should be able to trust them, that’s their job, instead they betrayed, lied… their disloyalty to their community was abhorrent.

As soon as i saw them i turned the video off, they turn my stomach tbh, when u can’t believe one word coming from someone, that’s what happens. I’ve no time for people who lie like that.

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PanagiotisLial1

I fully see what you mean but if they were said to communicate certain things, and the leadership decided to do things differently then it wasnt actually their fault. Sometimes CMs get a lot of unfair heat because they are the communication in between development, management and community. If one of the first two do not deliver – the CMs get the unfair heat, while everyone else is carefully hidden behind them

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You know what i was a little tired when i fired up the video (damn you SWG:L hehe) and yea i totally agree, i’m sure they are good peeps in fact i know they are, i watched them religiously back then to know they are.

However that doesn’t change the fact that they were leading everyone on like it was full steam ahead on story 2.0 as in seen it, pretty much played it, just tweaking out bugs, all the voice work is done, named them too, as in pretty much good to go as soon as the TSW conversion to SWL is complete. So either they were flat out lying, or they scrapped it after it was pretty much complete, who knows.

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PanagiotisLial1

Well I have been an employee all my life, so I while I totally understand your frustration – I hated that too, TSW was one of my favorites in storyline – I can tell you that employees get told in advance what to communicate to the clients and they(the communicators – employees) believe their boss/superior tells them the truth.

I will give you one personal example from few years back. I am a pc tech so I dont handle orders, just the tech part, but one client of mine asked about a printer he had ordered. I told him “moment” and asked my boss back then and he said he had already ordered it and it would be there the next day. From what I realised later my boss lied, without me knowing, and didnt even order the printer from the supplier till 5 days further down. Did he make me look like a liar, while in fact it wasnt my fault? Of course but my boss that lied of course avoided the “heat” – while I was on the receiving end of the client’s complaints

Likewise we should consider that CMs in most cases “transfer” a message from the Dev Team or the Management and its not in their power to make sure that message will be truthful. Definetely there will be exceptions, but we are talking for the majority of them.