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Posted: Jun 15th 2011 9:41PM JuliusSeizure said

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Ooh, lovely.

I must admit I'm curious as to why do it after all this time. Are they expecting a large influx of interest in the near future? That makes me wonder just how big they plan to make the anniversary.

Posted: Jun 15th 2011 11:52PM Unshra said

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@JuliusSeizure I would venture to guess that BioWare is preparing to update their other MMOs (yes it's BioWare's MMOs now) now that they are getting closer to releasing The Old Republic.

I also like that they are hiring for Dark Age of Camelot and look forward to seeing all three MMOs get an updated site, new content (maybe bring the UI of DAoC closer to that of modern MMOs) and in the case of Warhammer Online a close look at what can be done to salvage the MMO. However I have a feeling that much of this will ride on how well (or poorly) SW:TOR does.
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Posted: Jun 15th 2011 9:56PM Taawa said

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It looks nice and manageable. I couldn't help but notice the Realm War section hasn't been put in the new style, but is treated as a separate site. I also noticed the absence of Mythic and the inclusion of Bioware on the main navigation bar.

Biowaaagh is redoing the sites so they're simpler and easier for a small staff to manage. If you look on the Warhammer site, the last news item is from 9/1/2010. They haven't been able to manage or update it since key people left the company. I think that's the main reason the Mythic MMO's are slated to get new websites.

Posted: Jun 16th 2011 3:11AM Khalus said

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@Taawa

Thats because Mythic no longer exists. EA ate them, fired much of the staff, and gave control of everything Mythic over to the Bioware team.

Still though, just seems far too much, way too late. Without a major overhaul to the game and with SW:TOR launching in less than 6 months, who cares about DAoC anymore. It was great in its prime but no longer worth even a glance!
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Posted: Jun 15th 2011 10:01PM Eric Francis said

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Im guessing we arent allowed to mention emulation servers here by name... which is sad because there is a populated one... somewhere.... that is very nice. So many MMOs suck these days that im revisiting old ones. Some i used to play like SWG and some gems im discovering like Dark age of Camelot.

Posted: Jun 16th 2011 9:03AM (Unverified) said

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@Eric Francis

I tried to go back to DaoC once, but the inability to solo anything without AMAZINGLY long downtime quickly made me quit again. Have regen rates increased in the last 5 years or something?
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Posted: Jun 16th 2011 9:50AM Eric Francis said

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@(Unverified) I have no clue how it is on live... but on the emu, i try not to solo too much. Its actually faster solo, unless you got a really good group.
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Posted: Jun 15th 2011 10:27PM Thorqemada said

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Do tehy prepare some major overhaul to the game?

Posted: Jun 15th 2011 11:13PM real65rcncom said

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@Thorqemada
no overhaul.

They just know people STILL aren't happy with WAR and they unsub.

This is a way to try and keep the ones who go back to DAOC happy.
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Posted: Jun 15th 2011 10:40PM Jade Effect said

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Maybe they're preparing to re-make Dark Age of Camelot. Well, one can always hope.

Posted: Jun 15th 2011 10:49PM Taawa said

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Torque, Jade, Julius: I'd be very surprised if EA gave any more development money to any former Mythic MMO. I think the simplified websites reflect sending games into an easily maintained, low-investment maintenance mode.

Posted: Jun 15th 2011 11:07PM Thorqemada said

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And that would be a pity.

Posted: Jun 16th 2011 2:58AM Ogged said

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Who cares about "darkageofcamelot.com" ? The "only" official website that mattered for DAoC was camelotherald.com

Back in its glory days (of the herald and DAoC itself) you could look up how the realm war was going, quickly look up the realm rank of enemies. Or look for a GM crafter on your realm. It had all the content you could wish for - patch notes, RP features, the "Grab Bag" where all kind of player questions were answered (including technical, "behind the scenes" stuff) and the list goes on.
Ok, it had no forums, no flame wars. That's where the vnboards came in :)

The herald was a wonderful thing and it's a shame they let it rot.

Posted: Jun 16th 2011 10:47AM Bladerunner83 said

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@Ogged

"Who cares about "darkageofcamelot.com" ? The "only" official website that mattered for DAoC was camelotherald.com"

If you read the last news post on the herald it says:

"Greetings,

Our new website for Dark Age of Camelot is here. You can find it under www.darkageofcamelot.com.

The site will also be the new place where you can find our news - if your links or bookmarks still go to the Herald, please change them."

I would assume they do not plan on updating the herald anymore, so if you want your news, then the place to go is the official website.
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Posted: Jun 16th 2011 5:06AM dudes said

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Cool. Can't knock this game, it's kept its values to a classic loving fan base instead of cataclysmic'ing the game into something new but not necessarily better. Nice website.

Posted: Jun 16th 2011 5:18AM oGGe said

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When Star Wars is launched there will be ALOT of developers that needs something to do, it's DAoC and WAR last chance I guess :)

Posted: Jun 16th 2011 8:27AM Yellowdancer said

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@oGGe

Why? TOR is not going to kill any MMO. Not everyone likes sci-fi and not everyone likes star wars. And not everyone is going to like TOR.
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Posted: Jun 16th 2011 9:12AM oGGe said

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@Yellowdancer

I didn't get my thoughts true there, I meant that once TOR is finished Bioware will have MAY Alot of developers sitting around doing "nothing" That's a the my big hope of something interesting happening to DAoC and WAR.
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Posted: Jun 16th 2011 10:39AM Bladerunner83 said

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Goodbye sweet Herald, hello new headache. They have some information, but where is the realm status? And how about the map databases? If anything the new website is a visual improvement and not nearly as helpful. They seriously retarded their website to something easier to manage. It a sad day, the Herald will truly be missed.

What about the big question everyone wants to know, where is DAoC 2? It's been nearly 10 years and all there has been is said promises. DAoC is going to end up like Ultima Online.

Posted: Jun 16th 2011 11:47AM Pingles said

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I'd like to see this game return to popularity if only because some of the sites still use my mob maps. :) I SPENT A LOT OF TIME ON THOSE!
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