Anarchy Online’s first-ever progression server, Rubi-Ka 2019, is now live

    
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All right, I can sort of see it.

As promised, Funcom has rolled out Anarchy Online’s first “fresh-start” progression server today. The studio’s calling it Rubi-Ka 2019, and yes, you will need to be subbed to the original MMO to access the new shinies (although you can still play the base game for free).

“Rubi-Ka 2019 launches today and is our unique take on a fresh-start experience. Subscribers are invited to start anew with a pure experience – with no expansions, lower level caps, and a untouched economy to begin,” Funcom writes. “The current plan is to run the server for 12 months – however, if near the end we see the community wants to keep it going, that is an option we are not taking off the table.”

This one sounds a lot more like the EverQuest progression servers than something like Funcom’s own Age of Conan prog servers, as the company will be rolling out its five big expansions and upping the level cap over time according to player feedback. On the other hand,

“We are not reverting any code, systems, or balance changes with the new server. Existing mechanics and systems such as damage caps, falling damage, XP loss, Improvement Point (IP) menu, profession balance, PvP, etc. will not be reverted from how they currently are. Features introduced with expansions, such as Shade and Keeper professions as well as ACG/Daily Missions, will be reintroduced with their respective updates.”

The devs do say that the cash shop will be live, but they’ve pulled some of the more overpowering bits. You’ll need to roll up a brand-new character to jump in, and nope, you won’t be able to take this character elsewhere if and when this server closes down. Have fun in the meantime!

Source: Funcom FAQ. Cheers, xpsync!
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Nu

Why would I want to subscribe to a game that states it will discontinue service after a year? Why cash shop? Why try?

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Ordeal

Well, to their credit, it is working. People are playing it, people are subscribing (trying to at least), and the forums probably haven’t seen that much activity in years lol.
Would love to see this do well because I very selfishly would love to see an AO sequel, as far fetched as that may be.

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Tamanous

“The current plan is to run the server for 12 months – however, if near the end we see the community wants to keep it going, that is an option we are not taking off the table.”

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Tamanous

Ya there are various account payment issues going on right now. I am waiting until next week before buying a sub. The sub price is a legitimate issue for many too. It’s rather on the high end for such an old game even compared to modern games. I still expect and prefer a sub for a MMORPG. It’s the only way to preserve equal content access. This can get out of hand however, when a cash shop still exists and the sub price is higher than industry average.

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Ordeal

Tried to throw some money their way, but apparently I’ve been struck with some bug in account reactivation.
I don’t remember a time i’ve waited this long for a response from a support team in an MMO.
I suppose I could just go play something else instead right?

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Tamanous

It’s a bonus taste of the original AO launch experience.

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Polyanna

The sub may seem like a deal breaker for a game this old, but it’s unlikely that a totally free shard would attract any significantly larger number of people to try out this ancient game, and requiring the sub may at least somewhat stem the tide of awful that has ruined the last remaining regular shard.

The base game was F2P way before F2P was cool, and it remains free to play today. Anyone who was likely to try or play it just because it’s free already has done so long ago, and isn’t likely to return just because of this. On the other hand, a lot of folks who formerly paid to play (e.g., myself) are likely to be tempted to return by the prospect of a clean shard, if it looks like it will stay that way for some time and not be instantly ruined by all the unchecked evils of the regular game.

And those folks who are likely to give this old game another look probably all are happy to pay for the chance to start over, in hopes that their support will encourage the continuation of this experiment. That’s my hope anyway, as I jump back in.

It’s also a rare opportunity to revisit the halcyon early days of a game that many of us may have only discovered long after its peak (and, presumably, minus the hilariously awful execution of the first launch). I don’t mind paying a little for that privilege, just to see how it pans out.

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Bruno Brito

The sub may seem like a deal breaker for a game this old, but it’s unlikely that a totally free shard would attract any significantly larger number of people to try out this ancient game, and requiring the sub may at least somewhat stem the tide of awful that has ruined the last remaining regular shard.

You underestimate the capability new games had to destroy our confidence. Old games are actively searched now.

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I’d give it a go if it was free to play … Yes I can still do that with the base game, but trying to get into a game world that established is usually too hard as all the low level content will be barren. But with a progression server, the whole point is everyone starting over from level 1 and re-experiencing the game.

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Bruno Brito

Exactly. It would be more alive, and the community would be a bit more helpful since it would be easier to find.

Not that AO is a bad game by any means, or not worth a sub, but the sub is way more expensive than WoW, the game is old and all but abandoned, and it had a froob culture that they seem to be neglecting.

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Castagere Shaikura

This is why game companies keep screwing gamers over. They pull this crap to get you to pay a monthly sub. for a game that’s 19 years old. No expansions at all. Its a f2p server with a monthly sub. added to it. So you all will pay monthly for creating a f2p character. You people just eat it up and make it worse for all of us. Your paying monthly for what you can get for free already. I feel like I’m taking crazy pills.

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Andy McAdams

Obligatory.

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Tandor

I don’t really get why this is still a subscription game, however optional, or why anyone would play on a server that was destined to be closed in 12 months – not least if they have to sub in the meantime to access it. I have fond memories of the game in beta and at launch. While I’m happy to take a step back in my gaming these days, this one seems like a step too far.

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PanagiotisLial1

They should had made an announcement on their social media etc too for people who do not watch their forums by the way. I am really looking forward to it but earliest I could play it is friday night. Also without wanting to craft theory a part of me wonders if also they want to gauge how many people are still interested in AO IP so they can easier decide if they will make anything based on it in the future.

Either way a new AO server is awesome news

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They posted it on Facebook FWIW – I deleted my Twitter account so I dunno about there, but definitely on Facebook.

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PanagiotisLial1

They havent on Twitter, but what is funny, on the other hand, I had deleted my facebook a year ago, and I wasnt really using it anyways but Facebook is notorious for its security

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Andy McAdams

Twitter made me hate life and had a noticeable negative impact on my mood. I dropped it, and I’m much happier.

Yeah, Facebook doesn’t get much out of me – at least as little as possible.

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Dagget Burmese

MJ Should stream this! Starter areas not seen since 2004, place is swarming with curious players.

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Xijit

I’d rather watch Bree stream it and geek out on the old school gameplay.

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Cypher

Game has not aged well…

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Swifty

It’s just not worth the price compared to newer games like FFXIV. Why would I pay to play as a Froob?

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Bruno Brito

To be fair the Froob experience is ok, but the game itself isn’t worth paying for.

Best of luck to them, but i won’t pay a dime to play a FC game after TSW.