Back in the early 2000s, when developing a new MMO was seen by some as the future of game development, one of the many titles to come out was Dark Age of Camelot. Developed by Mythic Entertainment, who had also made the relatively unknown Aliens Online, it was released in 2001 as one of the many competitors in the MMO market. It's definitely past its hayday, but there's going to be a new reason to check out this decade-and-a-half old MMO: it's getting a free to play option.
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The biggest limitation is that only new accounts are able to take part in Endless Conquest. If you played previously with a subscription and want to use that account to try out Endless Conquest, you won't be able to. In an FAQ, the developers have stated that they're "discussing" whether to allow accounts that haven't been open and subscribed for the last 120 days to join in, but there's no guarantee they will.
The full list of limitations for an Endless Conquest account is yet to be decided, but right now, it is as follows:
- 1 character slot
- 4 classes available in each realm (not spec-buffing classes).
- Will be unable to use the /rp off and /xp off commands.
- Experience, bounty point, coin, and realm point gain will be significantly reduced and/or throttled compared to normal accounts.
- Will be limited to a maximum Realm Rank of 3L9.
- Cannot learn tradeskills
- Can only trade player-crafted items.
- Purchaseable access to the personal vault or /bank.
There's also no usage of houses (although you can enter the game's Housing Realm), and there may be more limitations placed on there accounts before the feature goes live.
The focus seems to be on allowing players to try out Dark Age of Camelot's PvP aspects, which appear to be the game's main draw. Endless Conquest's release date is a tentative Fall 2018, so there's a lot of time before you'll be able to dive into the Arthurian MMO for free.