On Saturday, July 24, 2021, the long-running and highly popular Dark Age of Camelot freeshard Phoenix was announced to be closing by the end of August. In a Phoenix forum post titled "The Sky Is Really Falling This Time", gruenesschaf, one of the creators behind the freeshard, explained the reasoning behind the decision and the remaining timeline for the server. Eventually, gruenesschaf explained in a rather fatalistic fashion, every online game--freeshard or not--reaches a point after the hype
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Niklas is back with another Dark Age of Camelot column, this time focusing on the realm versus realm combat in the MMORPG.
Niklas takes a look at PvP in Dark Age of Camelot, specifically the player-run scene in the community and how its 8v8 event took the aging MMO by storm earlier this year.
Freeshards have long drawn the population away from the Dark Age of Camelot live servers. Now the venerable MMO is striking back by borrowing from the freeshard's most popular PvP leveling event.