In an effort to bring interesting new ideas into Age of Conan
for players in the higher levels, Funcom
has decided to add in an Alternate Advancement system as part of the upcoming Rise of the Godslayer
expansion. The idea is that rather than just giving players new levels to play through, they'd like to give people the chance to develop their characters more than ever before. With that said, as with any new system added to an MMO, there is the question of how precisely the new mechanics are going to work when it comes down to it.
Thankfully, the Funcom staff have written up an excellent post
about the Alternate Advancement system in Age of Conan
for players from levels 20 to 80. The full post over on MMORPG.com offers a solid breakdown of what players can expect -- from the use of Prowess, Mastery and Expertise on down to offline achievement points that should keep more casual players in the earning loop. For adventurers who like to call the wild lands of Hyboria home, this is a must-read dev blog, so be sure to pop over there
and give it a look.