Dark Age of Camelot is officially going free-to-play today with Endless Conquest

    
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We’ve been talking about it for a few years now, but it’s officially happening today: Endless Conquest marks Dark Age of Camelot’s first foray into the free-to-play world.

Dark Age of Camelot was Mythic Entertainment’s 2001 RvR MMORPG – y’all remember Mark Jacobs, right? – which was eventually absorbed into EA and then spun off under Broadsword Entertainment, which also runs Ultima Online, which itself went free-to-play last year under a system called Endless Journey. DAOC’s hybrid F2P system looks an awful lot like UO’s, so there aren’t many surprises here.

“Endless Conquest is here! Once the servers are back up, Dark Age of Camelot will be able to be played for free (with some restrictions) without an end date on both Ywain and Gaheris. Eligible accounts should receive an email by the end of tomorrow but even if the email hasn’t come through, any previously subscribed account that has been inactive for 180+ days and is in good-standing is eligible to play for free as soon as the servers return! […] Getting back into the game has never been easier with new and improved Returning player quest rewards and updated King’s Armor freely given to all level 50s!”

It looks as if free players will be limited in their selection of classes and tradeskills and will be locked out of house ownership and vet rewards, but they can level up to 50 and join guilds. The sub is still required for the full complement of classes and crafting, market access, and bonus realm and bounty points. Old-hat subbers are getting a ton of new vet rewards today too – make sure you check out the patch notes to catch all the changes!

Source: Official site, patch notes. Thanks, Austin!

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Stuart Gibson

I really wish Mark Jacobs could have got his hands on DAOC again before he started the CU project. My fav game of all time (vanilla through toa anyway), and im not sure even he himself could recreate it without having the original himself.

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Anthony Clark

Since EA bought it… no. Just no.

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Bruno Brito

Played for 30min. Remembered how janky the game is. Uninstalled.

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ting

Played DAOC since release, Just saw the class restrictions, hard pass. Reminds me of when EQ2 went F2P.

Release a classic server, I’ll pay for a sub.

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Castagere Shaikura

I was really surprised by the class restrictions. And a light bulb went off when I saw the got to have an EA account. Changed my mind right there. No way to anything EA.

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Purewitz

Too little, too late.

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Baemir

This sums it up so well.

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Castagere Shaikura

Figures you can’t log in because the account page has been offline all day.

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Jack Pipsam

I’ll give it a download right now then. Been forever since I’ve played it and I am in an MMO drought right now, so I’m all open to play this.

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Castagere Shaikura

This and anarchy Online were the two MMO’s I subbed to at the same time back in 2001. I love both of them so much. I have to try this out again.

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Rialto

Excited to try it out! I don’t believe I’ve ever actually played retail DAOC, only modified private servers like Phoenix.

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Stuart Gibson

youre in for a shock. retail daoc is nothing like what the game was. its more like an instant 50 insta kill zerg server. so many OP items and skills nowadays