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Posted: May 25th 2011 11:20PM chuckasucka said

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@Xyzed

"Accounts that were previously active are still there, but you will be limited to two character slots, and the other restrictions on free play unless you become a Premium subscriber."

This is what I read. Where do you see that former subscribers will have things unlocked?
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Posted: May 27th 2011 8:20PM Poordevil said

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@chuckasucka

What the previous subscribers get when they FtP is a pass on the restriction concerning the classes available to them. They are still restricted to two slots, but any two of their existing characters may be played.

I don't see why you would need more than two characters to play the game anyway. A main and a second favorite is plenty.
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Posted: May 25th 2011 8:25AM Twisvel said

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Didn't seem too bad, until I saw "Set time limit" passes or "1 time consumable" passes for dungeons/features. Guess we'll have to see the prices.

Offering the entire original game for free is great, though. Hopefully they don't plaster the cash shop all over the place like LoTRO. LoTRO's annoying cash overflow nagging and "You earned Turbine points popup notifications" were really annoying.

Posted: May 25th 2011 8:32AM Renitaur said

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It just annoys me when they don't have a tier for those who have supported the game in the past.
At least let me keep my old characters in the premium classes I created years ago if you want me back.

Posted: May 25th 2011 9:21AM elliotrock said

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@Renitaur

Agreed! I would play this game again a couple of times a month but I am not going to level another character.

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Posted: May 25th 2011 10:05AM (Unverified) said

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@Renitaur

I agree completely. They need some sort of middle tier for those who have supported the game financially (box set or points purchase) that bridges the gap between premium and free. Also, it would be nice to get a handful of points so we can at least unlock or main character's class for free.
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Posted: May 25th 2011 10:15AM Mhaer said

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@Renitaur

Apparently you can pick two of your old characters and still use them if you are a free player:

http://forums.ageofconan.com/showpost.php?p=2945596&postcount=10
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Posted: May 25th 2011 11:15AM Xyzed said

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@Renitaur

GO read the official information sources, Don;'t rely on the quick notes in the articles here and certainly not the idiots who post false info.

What you are worried about does not exist!
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Posted: May 25th 2011 8:35AM BGExorcist said

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I can agree that I like the Lotro model the most. With enough play time to farm turbine points, you can be totaly free2play. I plan going back after the transfer to turbine and subing for at least a month though, as it grants permanent bonuses after you go back to premium :). Can tell the game is a bit boring for me, but the pay model is the best i've seen out there imho.

Posted: May 25th 2011 9:02AM BubleFett said

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Doesn't this type of hybrid keeps players from playing in certain areas
and limits other from grouping? Warhammer and Champions Online has these limitations. Why called an MMO with so many walls to play with others?

Perfect World Ent. just recently posted profits from just being a completely F2P model. Where players can enjoy the whole content without the velvet rope approach. And they keep adding content.

Seems to me that Western mmo developers and publishers haven't completely embraced the F2P model.

Posted: May 25th 2011 9:08AM Carolina said

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If you were supporting the game before this, please voice your concerns on the official forums, don't give up so soon. I do agree that those "veterans" in the game before F2P conversion should be awarded in some way also.

And this F2P conversion will certainly allow me to give this game a good try, and be all barbarian, RAWR!

Posted: May 25th 2011 9:22AM elliotrock said

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@Carolina

If I remember you can't access forums unless you have an active sub.
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Posted: May 25th 2011 9:14AM chuckasucka said

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Horrible model. A game that is so based on it's very different classes only offering 4 of them to a person who is coming to see if they want to subscribe?

Nope.

Posted: May 25th 2011 9:31AM Yellowdancer said

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I'm okay with this model. I do not plan to play AOC hardcore. I just want to dabble. It would be nice if I could unlock a class with a couple bucks spent, though.

I have grown to like EQ2X's model. I can buy just enough access to play casually and dabble. I only spent $10 with that game and am quite happy with my level of access. The lotro model is fine but it requires me to grind out deeds to get what I want.

Posted: May 25th 2011 9:37AM JohnnyMann420 said

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People above can complain all you want, but this is a super good move for the IP. This game was literally dead in the water. I've been a long subscriber and love the game. Without a fanbase (and trust me this game lacks one) not only are the servers dead, but everything is a pain in the butt. Try joining a Game event. It's not fun. Try looking up current AoC databases...there are maybe 1 or 2 out there and they aren't even up to date most of the time. Try looking around for advice or walkthroughs, they lack too.

This game lacks a community so badly and it is a shame because this game is great...people just don't want to give it a chance again and buy it all over.

AoC is one of the most beautiful MMOs on the market as well, plus it ahead of it's time with the action based combat, executions, nudity, graphics and sound. They have been tweaking the end game for a while and it's almost perfect.

Point being..cry and moan that it's gone F2P all you want, but it is coming regardless and it is a good thing.

I think F2P haters need to take a look at the models out there that work.

LoTRO Works.
DDO Works.
EQII Works.

There are many others that work and you need to realize that F2P does not mean pay to win anymore. It means a broader community.

I know 6 Non Newb AoC players that were waiting for this announcement. I can't wait to see them back in the game.

Posted: May 25th 2011 10:30AM (Unverified) said

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@JohnnyMann420 I think you've missed the point. Nobody hates f2p on general principle, they hate the way Funcom is implementing it. It's clear from the links in the article (try reading them) that unless you subscribe to AoC, you'll be playing less than half a game. Your dormant buddies won't be able to do much of anything with your subbed character because they won't advance as quickly as you and won't be able to access all the content you can. The class and character restrictions also mean that new players will not be able to explore beyond those limited options, may not find a good fit for their playstyle, won't be as flexible when it comes to teaming, and will likely leave in disappointment. In the long term, this won't improve retention. Just compare what Funcom is offering to any other f2p game out there, and Funcom looks embarrassingly restrictive.
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Posted: May 25th 2011 10:51AM JohnnyMann420 said

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That isn't true. I disagree.

the only thing that sounds like crap are the class restrictions. Basically you get vanilla AoC for free and if you want to unlock content, you purchase it.

You just watch, they will sell class unlocks, etc, once they figure out it is what people want. Infact by the end of this venture you will be able to buy your way into anything via unlocks.
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Posted: May 25th 2011 9:44AM Pingles said

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They got me.

I'll be returning.

Posted: May 25th 2011 9:48AM Deadalon said

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Basicly pay to win. Thats gonna work great with the horrible community the game has. Specially ganking PVP.

Posted: May 25th 2011 10:14AM (Unverified) said

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Having never tried AoC, I was excited until I remembered this is Funcom. Their "free to play" model for Anarchy Online was little more than an extended free trial, with reduced cash and xp rewards for non-subs, and no useful customer service. The result was not worth playing. The links in the article make this seem like more of the same old Funcom. Other f2p models don't penalize their players for embracing f2p, they simply include more content under the subscription banner that f2p players will have to purchase modularly (like LOTRO) or offer cosmetics and time-saving options in a cash shop (like CO, PW, etc.). No thanks.

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