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Age of Conan: Unchained: F2P Option Retooled

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Funcom has announced that players taking advantage of Age of Conan's free to play option will now have new benefits added to help them enjoy their play time. Among other things, Funcom has unlocked all character classes for F2Pers.


  • All Classes Unlocked! Free players may now try any of the games classes completely free.

  • Classic Dungeons unlocked! The complete selection of classic dungeons are now unlocked for free play. This includes ALL the pre-80 dungeons and a selection of level 80 dungeons as well! Level 80 adventures in The Crow's Nest, The Iron Tower, Xibaluku, The Slaughterhouse Cellar and Attilius' Mansion are all now available for free play!

  • Gold cap increased! In order to allow free players to engage more in the end game economy, in particular with the incoming new crafting system in mind, the gold cap on free accounts has been raised from 2g to 10g. 

Read the full announcement on the Age of Conan site.

Thanks, Marz.at.Play, for the tip!

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  • blootmageblootmage TurnhoutPosts: 10Member Uncommon

    Wow , i guess this makes me wanna try for sure this time, cause the limitations were kinda bad before

     

  • ThaneThane berlinPosts: 2,512Member Uncommon
    they still have the max lvl advancement on lockdown tho i guess?

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  • marz.at.playmarz.at.play Mississauga, ONPosts: 912Member Uncommon
    Would have preferred AoC go the B2P option similar to TSW but this is still a good step in the right direction. Now we have a better trial to 80. :)

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  • ElsaboltsElsabolts Anderson, InPosts: 2,743Member Uncommon

    Humm, I wonder if CCP folks might be getting abit nervous.

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  • TheLizardbonesTheLizardbones Arkham, VAPosts: 10,910Member Common


    Originally posted by Elsabolts
    Humm, I wonder if CCP folks might be getting abit nervous.

    AoC has 50k players or less, and is in an entirely different genre of game from Eve. Why would CCP be nervous?

    I can not remember winning or losing a single debate on the internet.

  • ElsaboltsElsabolts Anderson, InPosts: 2,743Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by lizardbones
      Originally posted by Elsabolts
    Humm, I wonder if CCP folks might be getting abit nervous.
         

    AoC has 50k players or less, and is in an entirely different genre of game from Eve. Why would CCP be nervous?

     

    All of the game company's deciding to go F2P.

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  • darkbamydarkbamy MetropolisPosts: 111Member Uncommon

    Still need to pay for the expansion area (lvl 80 bit)...then NO

     

    Not planning on paying for something that should be free, i dont mind the other things your supposed to pay for but come on..every lvl 80 area is locked down

     

  • Butch808Butch808 SundsvallPosts: 338Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by darkbamy
    Still need to pay for the expansion...then NO

    My feelings exactly.

  • RhoklawRhoklaw Ft. Bliss, TXPosts: 4,425Member Rare
    Honestly, the only reason I stopped playing was cause of the 2g CAP and now that you can carry up to 10g per person, thats interesting enough for me to give it another try. Cause yes, I was trying to build a T3 city by myself.

  • FallguyArmyFallguyArmy Davenport, FLPosts: 80Member
    Perfect timing. To be honest, I thought SWTOR's F2P restrictions were bad, then I realized Bioware and EA weren't the first ones to imeplement asshattery business models. SOE and FunCom were just as notorious, but looks like FunCom is starting to see their errors. Lifiting some of those restrictions will surely draw in a crowd once again (albeit small for sure), but at least they're rectifying their mistakes. I just looked at the latest F2P restrictions on AoC and I see a number of things are finally available to free members. THIS is how you set up F2P restrictions for your game. Not the bullshit that Bioware/EA has done on SWTOR.
  • dreamsofwardreamsofwar bangorPosts: 468Member
    Originally posted by Butch808
    Originally posted by darkbamy
    Still need to pay for the expansion...then NO

    My feelings exactly.

    You've never paid for an expansion before?

  • Darklotus79Darklotus79 HEBER SPRINGS, ARPosts: 61Member

    This is good news..I might actually give it a shot !

     

  • OzmodanOzmodan Hilliard, OHPosts: 7,751Member Rare

    The problem with this game, you are channeled everywhere.  I did not mind the character restrictions nor the gold, although it would have been a pain at higher levels.

    I wish them luck, but I found the game less interesting to play than most of the other themepark fantasy games.

  • ShakyMoShakyMo BradfordPosts: 7,207Member Common
    Why don't they do Aoc free play like tsw?
  • HrothaHrotha -Posts: 821Member
    Originally posted by Ozmodan
    The problem with this game, you are channeled everywhere.  I did not mind the character restrictions nor the gold, although it would have been a pain at higher levels. I wish them luck, but I found the game less interesting to play than most of the other themepark fantasy games.

    "channeled everywhere" ? what could that mean

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  • JakdstripperJakdstripper British Columbia, CanadaPosts: 2,178Member Uncommon
    i'd be all over this....if i wasn't playing PS2 and waiting or DF UW....so much good stuff being thrown at us...
  • KenFisherKenFisher Northwest, INPosts: 5,035Member Uncommon
    Nice.  Curious to see if population comes back for this.

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  • black_isleblack_isle IstanbulPosts: 243Member Uncommon
     Originally posted by hockey98
    Originally posted by Butch808
    Originally posted by darkbamy
    Still need to pay for the expansion...then NO

    My feelings exactly.

    [mod edit]

    [mod edit] He is talking about the issue in which customers who paid for the expansion are asked to pay for it again in order for it to be unlocked (and only weekly and for each zone seperately). So they are taking something away from you which you have already paid for and putting it behind a paywall and that is unacceptable.

     

    I won't be going back unless they change this and find a solution for AA.

  • aspekxaspekx Brandon, FLPosts: 2,167Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by black_isle
     Originally posted by hockey98
    Originally posted by Butch808
    Originally posted by darkbamy
    Still need to pay for the expansion...then NO

    My feelings exactly.

    [mod edit]

    [mod edit] He is talking about the issue in which customers who paid for the expansion are asked to pay for it again in order for it to be unlocked (and only weekly and for each zone seperately). So they are taking something away from you which you have already paid for and putting it behind a paywall and that is unacceptable.

     

    exactly. well presented.

    aside though from your points, there is the whole question of game viability in an f2p game, if the community of players is split too much. for a successful community to develop the game needs to provide as consistent an experience as is viable for both paying and nonpaying customers. there's no point in having a surge in players if the community can't play a significant segment of content together.

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  • DreskestDreskest El Paso, TXPosts: 69Member
    Originally posted by black_isle
     Originally posted by hockey98
    Originally posted by Butch808
    Originally posted by darkbamy
    Still need to pay for the expansion...then NO

    My feelings exactly.

    [mod edit]

    [mod edit] He is talking about the issue in which customers who paid for the expansion are asked to pay for it again in order for it to be unlocked (and only weekly and for each zone seperately). So they are taking something away from you which you have already paid for and putting it behind a paywall and that is unacceptable.

     

    I won't be going back unless they change this and find a solution for AA.

    Just to clarify this for you : They did not take anything away from you. When game went f2p it was made perfectly clear that RotGS would remain available for subscribers only with an option for free players to access the content via weekly passes regardless of you buying the expansion previously or not.

    Would it be better if they implemented something like the new TSW business model ? Probably yes, but it is what it is at the moment. What if Blizzard suddenly decided to extend WoW's f2p trial to include every expansion but MoP which would remain available for subbers only ?

    I can guarantee that lots of people would happily drop their subscriptions and would still be complaining that Blizzard took away MoP from them (for those who paid for that expansion) when it would be clear from the beginning that MoP would not be part of the deal.

     

    Sorry, but the truth is many people read or hear F2P and they immediately see themselves having access to everything without having to pay a cent, ever. Have you heard the saying : "Give them an inch, they want a mile".  I think it's perfectly valid in this case.

     

    As for your AA concern, people who bought the RotGS expansion have access to the full AA system in AoC under the f2p model. The only option in the AA system unavailable for free players who own the expansion is the time trained feature. 

     

  • NomaDWNomaDW CoimbraPosts: 1Member

    Nice but not nice enough to help AoC out.

     

    Players will still need to sub to enjoy AA's and RoTG expansion even if they bought it.

    They'd be better off by removing the sub limitations of those, like, buy perks/content from shop and they would be unlocked for ever without the need to sub.

     

    As it is now, F2P is still a free "trial" with end game locked by sub.

    But, if Funcom thinks AoC is doing well like this, more power to them.

     

     

  • dotdotdashdotdotdash Llandrindod WellsPosts: 410Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Elsabolts
    Originally posted by lizardbones
      Originally posted by Elsabolts
    Humm, I wonder if CCP folks might be getting abit nervous.
         

    AoC has 50k players or less, and is in an entirely different genre of game from Eve. Why would CCP be nervous?

     

    All of the game company's deciding to go F2P.

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    It's been going on for a while...

    CCP has no real need to feel nervous. They're perhaps the only MMO on the market that isn't susceptable to the F2P gains. There aren't any other games like Eve, and so Eve players don't get to choose between a sub game or another no-sub game. Add that to the fact that CCP reward you for succeeding by allowing you to play F2P through PLEX (and how it offers a legitimate form of RMT), and there should be no nerves at CCP.

    And stop with the cat picture ;(

  • FrodoFraginsFrodoFragins Manchester, NHPosts: 3,366Member Uncommon

    I quit somewhere around level 40 partly because I'd have to pay to see the asian zone(s).  The main reason was how tedious leveling was after Tortage.

     

    Can you go to every zone and level to the cap?  Or are latest expansions locked?

  • ReizlaReizla 127.0.0.1Posts: 3,774Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by 4bsolute
    Originally posted by Ozmodan
    The problem with this game, you are channeled everywhere.  I did not mind the character restrictions nor the gold, although it would have been a pain at higher levels. I wish them luck, but I found the game less interesting to play than most of the other themepark fantasy games.

    "channeled everywhere" ? what could that mean

    AoC uses MEGA-channelling. Everywhere you are there's at least a 2nd copy of the world active with players in it. Tortage has about 10-15 channels available (depending on time of day). This makes it a pain to find parties or even players...

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  • kevjardskevjards carlislePosts: 1,452Member Uncommon
    having previously paid for ROTGS i guess there has to be a bit of give and take..there is plenty to do in conan and i think they made some good adjustments to there f2p..it should help get a few more in there although i think they should do a b2p option.those that purchased ROTGS will just have to wait a bit more time to see if it becomes accessible.
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