06/12/2004. Contributed by Jessica Martin
The first major massively multiplayer online science fiction game switches to no subscription fees.
Funcom has just announced that Anarchy Online will be the first major western live MMO without a subscription fee. Owner Funcom is removing all cost barriers to its sci-fi MMORPG, allowing new players to enter and stay, free of cost. At the same time Funcom is departing from the obligatory need to register with a credit card, making for an easier entrance and registration process.
Anarchy Online's new free approach will allow those tired of elves, fairies and gnomes to enter a futuristic science fcition RPG world online while keeping the pennies in their pocket.
"Funcom has always been recognised as an inventive MMO developer. This unique move will allow us to test important new business models prior to announcing future online games, while also giving everyone the chance to experience the best online sci-fi RPG totally free of cost" said Trond Arne Aas, President and CEO of Funcom.
"We feel very confident in the unique features and heralded qualities of our game, and are now openly inviting everyone playing MMO's to find out what Anarchy Online is all about, completely free of commitment" said Ole Schreiner, Project Director for Anarchy Online. "Not only can we boast of a fantastic game which has been expanding for years, we are also constantly adding exciting new content, progressively making the ultimate sci-fi MMORPG even better."
But here's the small print: the offer is only valid if you sign up a new Anarchy Online account between the 15th of December 2004 and 15th of January 2005. You can play free of charge until 1\1 2006. Should Funcom deem that a too high-increase in server load or other unforeseen events will lessen the experience for existing players the offer will be terminated at our discretion. The free version does not include access to any of the three expansion packs. Should you wish to upgrade to any of the expansion packs monthly subscription and client fees will be added.
To download the free version of Anarchy Online http://www.anarchy-online.com/free/ad_campaigns/freecampaign
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