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Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures: Hybrid F2P Q&A with Craig Morrison



  • camil82camil82 jklkklkjPosts: 50Member Uncommon

    btw anyone know if we can download it now and trie it out?

  • Hostility00Hostility00 Steger, ILPosts: 8Member

    I think they need to reconsider the part where free players can only play 4 classes.. everything else is fine and I would love to give it another try (played it at launch.)

  • VelocinoxVelocinox Old Folks Home, CAPosts: 1,010Member Uncommon

    The game really hasn't come a long way. It is pretty much the same as it was when it launched with Khitai tacked on. The bugs, the clunky terrain and movement, the hit and miss challenge levels, the lack of class balance, right down to foundational mechanics such as male and female bear shaman have different attack vallues and finishing move cancels, not because the designers wanted it that way, but because the animations for the two sexes make them different. This is corner cutting in the worst sense.

    I just re-upped and found that nothing had been fixed, just some class changes (some getting heavy aromor they always should have had) and some content additions. It's the same with a lot of failed MMOs, sure they launched on a bad foundation, but if they just add enough floors to the building. it won't collapse... nonsense. Fix the foundation folks, it will make it a great game.

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  • CarpfaceCarpface Portland, ORPosts: 41Member

    Funcom is making a smart move: bolstering an underperforming game while capitalizing on the renewed interest in the IP generated by the movie. It doesn't hurt that, in my opinion at least, the game is also pretty good.

  • FebleFeble Jamesville, NYPosts: 11Member Uncommon

    I was one of the many disappointed players at launch.  I have not been back so I really cant say much about how far the game has advanced since.  But, imo, it would be best for the life of this game to model after DDO LOTRO.

  • XerithXerith Richardson, TXPosts: 970Member

    As long as they maintain a clear understanding of what to add, and more importantly, what to keep out of the cash shop, then this should be fairly successful for them. I have 2 level 80's and have been really waiting for it to go f2p before I returned. There was nothing overly wrong with the game for me, just simply I had done everything there was that I wanted to do, raided every week, etc etc and found there was no reason for me to keep subbing even though it was one of the most well designed game worlds I had ever been in. 

    Will deff return with this update, and it will be interesting to see how far they push the unrated part of the game. 

  • VyethVyeth Fayetteville, NCPosts: 1,459Member Uncommon

    It will work wonders... Just wait and see..


  • KillyoxKillyox WroPosts: 424Member Common

    Originally posted by Sacrificiall

    Originally posted by wojtekpl

    When will we be able to play with F2P ?
    I got my old account from 2008 with 2x 80s and some 70s and would like to try the game again after lots of fixes [and new comp] and see if its worth the time but i cant set anything in options, says account frozen - not playable.

     You just log in. My account says the same on the account page.


    The game is open to everyone.

    It still sucks if only 2 classes are avaliable. I had 80 conq, 80 some other, 76 or 78 assassin and ~60 HoX :( If i cant play them it would suck

  • GolelornGolelorn Hiding From Social Media Peeping Toms, ALPosts: 1,208Member Uncommon

    This will probably turn AoC into a major powerhouse. It was only lacking population, imo.


    I hope EQ2 does this. I'd love more players to fight in the BGs. Only the 30-39 tier has any action.

  • DarkholmeDarkholme Posts: 1,208Member Uncommon

    As someone who actually enjoyed AoC to a degree and would definitely be playing "Freemium" AoC if it was done right, I am going to say the same thing about this as I did about EQII and CO's "Freemium" models. If you don't add more to a la carte, and allow people to pick and choose what features they want to buy, this will fail horribly just like it did for those titles. If you want to do it right, follow the businiess model that Turbine uses, otherwise forget about it right now. Also, I see that there are some weapons and armor that are oging to be buyable? Be VERY careful with this... 

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  • anthonypenaanthonypena VANCOUVER, BCPosts: 131Member


  • SteamRangerSteamRanger Great Northwest, WAPosts: 920Member Uncommon

    All this will do is saturate the existing servers with people who are too cheap to invest in the game, forcing the existing player base to deal with them. If they really wanted to attract a better, more constistent playerbase, a good starting place would be to break out of the $15 a month mold and reduce the sub rate to $10.

    As Turbine did with LOTRO, this is just a slap in the face to the people who already love the game by opening the Hyborian kingdoms up to an invasion by the worst of the WoW "community".  Good luck and godspeed.

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  • DeeweDeewe Long Beach, CAPosts: 1,967Member Uncommon

    I might be missing something still the 3 years of content seems very thin.


    With the launch of the movie I would have expected something more: an Xpack.


    The game has certainly been improved still many issues stands especially the bad UI that's killing the fun.

    3 years later we are still unable to rebind some very important key nor scale the UI.

  • ChimpsChimps KPosts: 192Member

    This game should of been f2p from the beginning it just isn't P2P worthy.

    Sure the game has lots of classes to choose from and it's very different compared to other mmos but i played it and i payed but i quit after a week because i felt it didn't deserve my money every month.

    It's a great game if it's F2P.

  • JumdorJumdor Magtown, ARPosts: 62Member


    It's sad that it had to come to this, but I am glad I will get to play the rest of the game. Cause I just always had a hard time paying for it...

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  • TheCrow2kTheCrow2k Adelaide, AKPosts: 953Member

    Honestly I thought they should have made a F2P option 6-12 months ago as low server populations were one of the main reasons I left, too few players means too few groups to go godslayer mode instances in khitai or run T3 and T4 raids which is basically all there is to do at endgame, oh and grind faction in Khitai yay.


    Still even with a population boom there is little to do at endgame and I cant see this helping much longterm, they need a better endgame vision.

  • erictlewiserictlewis Cottondale, ALPosts: 3,021Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Golelorn

    This will probably turn AoC into a major powerhouse. It was only lacking population, imo.


    I hope EQ2 does this. I'd love more players to fight in the BGs. Only the 30-39 tier has any action.

     EQ2 did this a year ago, lol its called eq2 extended the live servers are seperate and there keeping the free to play seperated from that sub model.

  • SouldrainerSouldrainer Elmer, NJPosts: 1,857Member


    After struggling to get AOC working again, and finding solutions, I got it up and running this morning, then found this news:

    #1 The expansion I was going to buy is now useless unless I sub.  I was planning on buying it for 10$ and deciding whether I would stay after a month.


    #2 Two of my 3 character classes are on the restricted list.

    #3 My preorder mounts are on the restricted list.

    #4 This game is not polished enough for $15 a month.


    They should have just lowered the sub fee to $5.

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  • coldandnumbcoldandnumb Gilbertsville, PAPosts: 90Member Common

    I played aoc at launch and returned for a month now and again and in my experience aoc had just about the worst community that I've ever experienced in a mmo with the exception of lotro when the floodgates opened on the ftp launch and  the waves of human trash desended on middle earth.

    Should be interesting when the same caliber of players are unleashed in aoc and they can fight it out in hyboria this time.

  • MMO.MaverickMMO.Maverick WonderlandPosts: 7,619Member Common

    Originally posted by Souldrainer

    #1 The expansion I was going to buy is now useless unless I sub.  I was planning on buying it for 10$ and deciding whether I would stay after a month.
     #2 Two of my 3 character classes are on the restricted list.

    I don't know how it is for your mount, but from what I read if you've bought the expansion and the original game, then you'll have access to those classes and content except for some dungeons and such, even if you decide to go F2P.

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  • tkobotkobo Dunellen, NJPosts: 465Member

    Too funny be far.

    If your silly enough to listen to the defenders,the devs meant all along for the game to be unable to hold players.They spent all that cash, and time,and even put some work into the game all so they could slowly sink into a free to play disaster.....

    And low and behold,this particular massive failure ,isnt really a failure,becuase other mmo dev teams have done just as badly.....

  • cheggelundcheggelund Owosso, MIPosts: 91Member

    Great News!

    I am giving this another try. Awesome setting and a great and exciting mood. Different and more mature than most MMOs out there.



  • EladiEladi ArnhemPosts: 1,106Member Uncommon

    This is correct anyone who already have the expansion will get acces if they go f2p.

    f2p have  classes they can play if they start a new acount but old acount can still play thier old classes reguardless if they belong in the f2p or p2p section, you will be resticted to two characters however.

    the biggest problem i currently see is the chat/trade restrictions. this might be come troublesome in order to hook f2p players and the current comunity. get teams going and alike.

    a other "problem" people will face is the high end gameplay, make no mistake being a p2p or f2p player does not egual old time players. the Alternate advancement and pvp level ranking makes vet players almost godlike compared to new player, if the increase in players (f2p or p2p) is high enough then this might resolve itself (new 80's fight new 80's  old vets do thier own thing)  if its not then the new folks will defintly find themself laying down on the group in two hits alot.

  • GravargGravarg Harker Heights, TXPosts: 3,409Member Uncommon

    All games should be subscriptionless. if can do it with Guild Wars, anyone can!

  • shr4pnelshr4pnel VA Beach, VAPosts: 99Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by bigsmiff

     Lotro has the best f2p model on the market. I quit Lotro several times because I felt like I wasn't getting my bang for the buck. Then...I started playing when f2p was adopted and I really got into the content. Now I am a subscriber again. I am sure the same thing will happen with AoC if their f2p model is similar to lotro. I have several friends that have been waiting for this announcement. They wouldn't leave their current games to play AoC as a subscriber. But, they said they would go back to it in a second if it went f2p.

    Hmm, I might have to try LOTRO sometime this week then.

    It's PvE mostly, right (which I like)? Can you do dungeons even though you're not a full subscriber?

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