Durham, USA – October 27, 2006 – Funcom announces an extension of the completely free and play-all-you-want offer in Anarchy Online until January 2008. The free offer was a major MMO first when originally introduced and to date almost one million players have registered a free account in Anarchy Online, making it one of the most successful western MMO games of all times.
The expanded free offer now not only extends the opportunity to play the most heralded sci-fi MMO for free, but also include the award-winning Anarchy Online – Notum Wars giving free players the chance to take part Player versus Player combat.
The free offer has been an amazing success and a chance to show massive amounts of players how good this game actually is, said Trond Arne Aas, CEO of Funcom. With a new expansion around the corner, an improved free offer, continued development and few good sci-fi MMO games around we believe Anarchy Online can remain successful for years to come. At the same time we gain invaluable large-scale data on innovative business and distribution models, enabling us to shape the future of our other games better informed.
The free offer content is now greatly expanded through the Notum Wars addition. When released, Notum Wars brought a whole new dimension to Player vs. Player MMO combat. With it, players could claim control of large areas of land, build a base with an array of towers and then fight it out with other players to achieve control, prestige and power. With numerous additional features Notum Wars now gives all free players a new kind of experience, with more possibilities.
The new and improved offer includes the entire classic version of Anarchy Online, named Best MMO of the Year by PC Gamer US, and Anarchy Online – Notum Wars, Expansion Pack of the Year in Computer Gaming World. Those who play for free are exposed to dynamic in-game advertising, a successful revenue concept implemented by Funcom and developed by Massive Inc. If the player upgrades to additional expansion packs, a monthly subscription fee kicks in, but the player will not be exposed to the ads.
More game information and download links can be found at www.anarchy-online.com . The game is available as a peer-to-peer download through Bittorrent and seeded by Funcom to get the fastest possible download speed.