It appears that FunCom has delayed the release of their much anticipated expansion pack "Shadowlands" until August 26, 2003. The delays are said to be due to the need to better balance the world and populate areas.
Their official press release:
Oslo, Norway—July 01, 2003 –Shadowlands is the highly anticipated expansion pack for Funcom’s award-winning massively multiplayer online game, Anarchy Online. After 18 months in development, Funcom reveals 26th of August as final release date.
Shadowlands will bring lots of unique and creative elements to the online role playing genre. With an impressive amount of new features the expansion pack almost doubles the content in the game, one of many reasons the gaming press has been very positive in their previews.
The approach taken in crafting this unique world is based on two years of experience running an online world, and the expansion is tailored to both new and existing players. “We wanted to make something totally unique and original” says Game Director Gaute Godager, “with graphics, depth, ambience and game play like no other online title”.
Features will include:
- 20 new playfields across seven distinct themes
- Hundreds of new monsters with improved AI
- Two new professions; Shade and Keeper
- The floating city of Jobe
- Thousands of new weapons, armour and items
- Enhanced graphics
- Faction system
- Hundreds of Perks, a way to specialize your character even further
- Increased level cap, 220
- Shadowbreed, unlock your inner powers
- New music and audio
The expansion pack will include the full version of Anarchy Online, Anarchy Online - Notum Wars and Anarchy Online – Shadowlands, as well as one month of included game-time for new accounts. Suggested retail price is 29.99 US Dollars \ Euro. Customers who pre-order Shadowlands are entitled to an exclusive luxury apartment in the floating city of Jobe.
NOTE: As we are holding a Shadowlands giveaway contest, this will delay the date the prizes will be shipped. However, the day of the drawing will still remain as July 22, 2003.