's version 17.1 update
went live last week. It added a complete raid interface to the game, allowing players to combine up to six teams into a raid group with its own chat channel and loot rules. The interface will allow raid leaders to move players between teams, and every player in the raid group will be able to monitor the vitals of other raid group members.
Additionally, a handful of AO
's existing playfields -- Sectors 13, 28 and 35 to start with -- have become raid instances. That means that raid groups can take these encounters on at their own pace and without competition. Funcom
plans to do this to more playfields in the future.
The update also features your standard assortment of bug fixes and gameplay and balance tweaks. Read the patch notes
at the AO
website for details.