Hey everyone! Sorry for how late this update is. This month we’ll be covering what is coming with the Anniversary update, scheduled to arrive on Testlive next week, and Live the week prior to the actual 15th Anniversary, which will be Monday, June 27th.
The Desert Rider & the Nomads
The Tinker, the Desert Rider, and the Desert Nomads will be returning over the next couple of weeks. As in previous years, everyone will be able to help Tinker prepare a trap to lure in the Desert Rider, by collecting and turning in various items obtained from fallen Desert Nomads. Those who contribute significantly in creating the Tinker’s “gift,” as well as those are most crucial in defeating the Desert Rider, are eligible to obtain a full suit of QL 300 Nomad armor. Additionally, whenever the Desert Rider is defeated, it will be possible to collect an extra reward item from the large gift that is left behind.
Elite Desert Nomads have been sighted within the various XBC-Xpm Sites. These champions guard some of the Rider’s most precious wares, but will not be defeated easily.
Membership Offer & Frozen Accounts
For this anniversary, we will be offering a new membership offer. In addition to bonus months of play time, and a number of account rewards, we will be offering a new set of armor: Preview. In addition to the rewards from these offers, months purchased via any of these offers will go towards the Membership Rewards.
From the article:
- Buy three months of Membership and receive one month extra for free, plus one Combat Nano Can which boosts your XP gain by 50% for four hours and the brand new Silencer's Armor Helmet.
- Buy six months of Membership and receive two months extra for free, plus two Combat Nano Cans, the brand new Silencer's Armor Helmet and the Silencer's Tank Armor.
- Buy twelve months of Membership and receive four months extra for free, plus four Combat Nano Cans and the complete Silencer Armor set. This set includes the Helmet, Tank Armor, Body, Legs, two Arms, Feet, Neck and Gloves!
Edit: For the entire duration of the anniversary event, accounts that are frozen, and in good standing, will be allowed to log into the game to celebrate the anniversary event – Hopefully friends new and old will come together to celebrate Anarchy Online’s 15th birth day!
Notum Tower Changes
With this update, all tower sites will have the ability to have a pre-defined time during the day that they will be able to be attacked. The initial implementation will divide up tower plots into 3 categories: 2 based on the most popular times players are active, and 1 to remain with the current system, where the attacking organization can set the timer.
These times are subject to change, as needed. The intention of this change to to assure that a larger group of the game's population will be able to participate in tower wars, without having to live in Hawaii. For those in the Oceania Time Zone, there will still be a crop of towers that can cater to your time zone. In addition to this, more towers will be made available in a wider QL-range within the tower shops, to help with towers changing hands over the coming weeks.
New Research Line
With this update, we will be offering a new personal research line that will be available to all professions. The intention will be offer a new set of levels to obtain for end-game characters, with an additional reward for anyone who is additionally AI-level 30.
This patch will offer the first larger crop of profession changes since last year’s 18.7 update; while this patch will be far smaller in scope, it will be the first of more regular updates to deal with lingering balance issues.
Veteran Points & Veteran Shop
With this patch, all paid (read as: non-Froob) accounts will be awarded additional Veteran Points! The amount of points handed out is based on how long the account has been a member. Some additional new reward items will be placed within the Veteran Shop to burn those newly acquired points on. Enjoy!
This month will be the 15th Anniversary of Anarchy Online. While there is still potentially a couple more surprises in store, I hope everyone will be able to join us for the celebration and enjoy what we have prepared for you. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this long journey, and to everyone who will continue the adventure with us for another 15 years.