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MMORPG | Genre:Sci-Fi | Status:Final  (rel 06/27/01)  | Pub:Funcom
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Anarchy Online

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.


  • Superb Character Customization | with 80 character skills, hundreds of special attacks, and thousands of items, including weapons, armor, and cosmetic and functional clothing.
  • Choose Your Play Style | from a selection of 4 breeds (Atrox, Nanomage, Opifex, Solitus) and 14 professions (Adventurer, Agent, Bureaucrat, Doctor, Enforcer, Engineer, Fixer, Keeper, Martial artist, Meta-physicist, Nano-technician, Shade, Soldier, Trader).
  • Customizable Missions | Choose the difficulty level of missions you accept, along with the factors of Good/Bad, Money/XP, Order/Chaos, Open/Hidden, Physical/Mystical, and Head On/Stealth.
  • PvE & PvP | Test your skills against thousands of creatures in the world, and challenge other players in open world PvP zones.
  • Futuristic Travel | Explore Rubi-Ka via futuristic flying vehicles, teleportive whom-pahs, or The Grid.

Latest Features

  • Wayback Wednesday with AO Devs
  • Media created on 5/2/12
  • This week's edition of Wayback Wednesday features a venerable old game, Anarchy Online. Grakulen is joined by Anarchy Online's Game Director Fia Tjernberg and Dave Williams from Funcom. Check it out to find out what they discussed and experienced during
  • Fia Tjernberg Interview & New Engine Video
  • Interviews created on 3/27/12
  • has partnered with Funcom to bring our readers a brand new interview with Anarchy Online Game Director Fia Tjernberg. In addition to that, we have a first-ever video featuring the new look that Anarchy Online will sport when the...
  • Legacy of Xan Interview
  • Interviews created on 2/13/09
  •'s Jon Wood asked some questions of Anarchy Online's Game Director Colin Cragg about the just-announced Legacy of Xan booster for the seven year old title.
More Anarchy Online Features...
Do you remember the Anarchy Online Animated Series? 4/6/15 @ 4:04PM by skuly in Rubi-Ka Lounge (General)
1 month recurring, Membership valid until 2015-03-18 3/13/15 @ 9:48AM by skuly in Rubi-Ka Lounge (General)
Two years since the last post in this section? 2/12/15 @ 2:54PM by Thourne in Beginners Corner
What has changed? 12/10/14 @ 6:24AM by Brezjnev in Rubi-Ka Lounge (General)
So we decied to try out Anarchy Online... 11/1/14 @ 8:07PM by randomt in Rubi-Ka Lounge (General)
Cannot get AO to run on win 7 or 8.1 10/14/14 @ 11:47PM by Channce in Rubi-Ka Lounge (General)
Low your sub pirce!are you on drogs or something? 8/23/14 @ 9:58PM by Pratt2112 in Rubi-Ka Lounge (General)
recently resubbed, very disappointed 7/27/14 @ 5:59AM by Oberholzer in Rubi-Ka Lounge (General)
Anarchy Online installation on Windows 8.1 a problem? 7/9/14 @ 1:37AM by justmemyselfandi in Rubi-Ka Lounge (General)
AO turns 13 this weekend 6/28/14 @ 9:23PM by Hariken in Rubi-Ka Lounge (General)