DescriptionIn the year 29475 AD, mankind have settled the barren planet Rubi-ka, whose only resource is Notum, a power source for the ubiquitous nano-tech. The mega-corp Omni-Tek has an iron-clad hold on the planet, but there are underground guerrilla clans forming, hoping to overthrown the tyrants... You are the latest inhabitant of Rubi-ka... Would you join the mega-corp, the clans, or remain a neutral spectator?
Anarchy Online is a massive multi-player role-playing game set in a sci-fi universe in a full 3D engine. There are no fantasy races to be found here, but players still can choose between four different kinds of humans and twelve jobs with different skills and advantages, e.g. the nano-technician which is basically the equivalent to a mage. There is no ultimate goal to "win" the game; progression is simply measured by character advancement - earned experience points lead to level ups and then players can improve their skills. The cities are used to chat with other players, build groups and start quests. Missions and dungeons are randomly generated.
- "混乱在线" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
- "AO" -- Informal abbreviation
Part of the Following Groups
|Great background story, but hardly any link to the single player||Firefreak (5)||unrated|
|Excellent, but not without it's bugs.||JPaterson (9147)|
|Years later and Still Buggy.||Scott Monster (922)|
The Press Says
|Game industry News (GiN)||2001||90|
|Imperium Gier||Jun 18, 2002||8.8 out of 10||88|
|Just RPG||2004||86 out of 100||86|
|Just RPG||2003||82 out of 100||82|
|PC Games (Germany)||Oct 04, 2001||81 out of 100||81|
|PC Zone Benelux||Oct, 2001||81 out of 100||81|
|Mana Pool||Oct 17, 2010||8 out of 10||80|
|PC Gameplay (Benelux)||Oct, 2001||78 out of 100||78|
|GameSpot||Jul 13, 2001||7.6 out of 10||76|
|PC Gamer||Oct, 2001||72 out of 100||72|
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Business ModelAt October 13, 2004, Funcom announced a new distribution model for Anarchy Online. The full version can now be downloaded for free and the tryout period has been extended from 7 to 14 days.
In December 2004, Funcom offered all new players who registered between 15 December 2004 and 15 January 2005 the full game for free until 1 January, 2006, without a subscription fee, to keep a steady user base. Of course, veteran players had to give up their characters for the free account and new players did not access to any of the three expansion packs.
This offer was extended on a yearly basis until early 2008 when Funcom introduced a new model with three subscriptions: free for the original Anarchy Online content, 5 USD/EUR per month for access to the Shadowlands expansion and 14,95 USD/EUR per month for all content. This goes along with the introduction of an item shop in October 2007 in which players can buy items for real money.
Information also contributed by Carlos Aquino and ClydeFrog
Related Web Sites
- Anarchy Online (The official web site)
- Anarchy Online Original Web Site Design (The original Anarchy Online web site design on Wow Web Designs)
- AO Stratics (Anarchy Online at Stratics. )
- Something Awful review (A humorous review on Something Awful)