Anarchy Online is a free-to-play sci fi MMORPG set 30,000 years in the future, on the desert world of Rubi-Ka. Players become a new colonist to Rubi-Ka, and must join one of three factions: Omni-Tek, The Clans, and a neutral faction. Since its launch in 2001, AO has built up a solid base of features, including having a level cap of 220, 4 humanoid breeds, 14 Professions, and 83 skills to choose from, along with being free to play.
Anarchy Online was the first sci fi MMORPG, and introduced instances to the genre. AO has a strong backstory, but remains sandbox by allowing players to choose how they play their characters, and for what reasons. Both solo and team play are well supported, as well as PvE, PvP, and roleplaying. A substantial game master group exists, called the Advisors of Rubi-Ka (ARK), who offer in game help to players, write and create (roleplaying) game events, and greet and assist new players.
AO has released 5 expansion since initial launch: Notum Wars (2002), Shadowlands (2003), Alien Invasion (2004), Lost Eden (2006), and Legacy of the Xan (2009). The graphics engine is currently undergoing an overhaul, changing from an older Dreamworld engine version to the newer version used in Age of Conan.
All current and former Anarchy Online players are invited to take part in the game's fifteenth anniversary celebration that will be running from now through July 11th. Players will be able to check out all of the game's latest updates including the addition of the changes to the PvP Notum Tower fields, new Research Lines for high level players, new Veteran Shop rewards and skill increases.
The Anarchy Online forum has been updated with a post that indicates that the new engine version of the game is now available for download and installation. Additionally, a Reddit petition has begun to urge developers to start a brand new server using the new engine.
The latest Anarchy Online update has been released that features across the board improvements in nearly every game feature. Players can look forward to a new starting area, new ICC headquarters, battlestation updates, changes to the parry/deflect system and new additions to the item shop.
Funcom has sent out an offer that many Anarchy Online fans won't want to pass up. The team is offering some awesome membership sales including free game time on purchase of a subscription.
Funcom has announced that Anarchy Online is celebrating its twelfth big anniversary. The team will be celebrating the momentous occasion with several in game events that players won't want to miss.