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The first expansion pack to Anarchy Online, adds a new dimension (the 'Shadowlands') to the world of Rubi-Ka. This expansion contains 20 new playfields in 7 different themes, 150 new dungeons, 1500 new monsters and tens of thousands of new items. Players can play 2 new professions or extend the existing professions through the new perk specialization system.

The story reveals the past of Rubi-Ka, leading players through the different parts of the Shadowlands, an alien world of mankinds's ancestors.

With Shadowlands, Funcom introduces geographical gameplay to MMORPGS, and unlike Rubi-Ka, Shadowlands is a series of playfields that are played in a linear order.


Anarchy Online: Shadowlands Windows Ingame event tend to draw a lot of players.
Anarchy Online: Shadowlands Windows Look at these cute Silvertails
Anarchy Online: Shadowlands Windows At the Jobe platform
Anarchy Online: Shadowlands Windows The floating city of Jobe by night.

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Alternate Titles

  • "混乱在线:阴暗大陆" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network Feb 03, 2004 92 out of 100 92
GameSpy Oct 20, 2003 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90 Oct 07, 2003 88.4 out of 100 88
Gameswelt Jul 10, 2003 87 out of 100 87
GameSpot Oct 03, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
PC Games (Germany) Oct 16, 2003 82 out of 100 82
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Oct 21, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Oct 03, 2003 16 out of 20 80
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 2003 70 out of 100 70
RPGamer 2003 3 out of 5 60


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On December 18, 2003, members of the "Synergy Factor" guild were the first to enter 'Pandemonium', the seventh and ultimate level of the Shadowlands expansion. This level could only be reached after a a hazardous journey through underwater challenges, poisonous fog, hell frozen over and unbearable heat. Developer Funcom did not disclose any information or screenshots about this level. It took the players no less than two weeks after the release to reach this stage. The ultimate “boss” for the level is yet to be defeated.

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Enno Rehling (259) added Anarchy Online: Shadowlands (Windows) on Sep 11, 2003