In their producer’s letter nearly a month ago, the DAoC devs gave detailed summaries for the game’s ongoing development through the summer and also their fall outlook.
Rather than rehash those, the letter from producer John Thornhill can be read here.
Once patch 1.125 has released, the devs say they be shifting development resources towards the Endless Conquest update. To recap: Endless Conquest will provide a way to enjoy Dark Age of Camelot without a subscription cost.
I have mixed feelings about this, on the one hand I am all for more players experiencing the thrills of DAoC and about the possibility of having more people try out the game. On the other hand, I worry about the overall population being impacted on the main Ywain server.
As mentioned in some previous “Grab Bags” (which is a column in which the devs periodically answer questions from players) this option will now be made available to returning and new accounts rather than just newly created ones. This change does increase the scope of the Endless Conquest update considerably but devs stated they strongly believe it’s the right way forward for Dark Age of Camelot!
Once patch 1.125 is out, the plan is for the devs to continue updating the Endless Conquest page with their new plans and a new list of EC-account restrictions. With these new Endless Conquest plans and the delay to patch 1.125, the devs no longer expect to release the Endless Conquest update in 2018 and are instead targeting the first half of 2019. I guess this means I will be subbing to play DAoC for the balance of 2018, something I don’t mind doing if it means supporting this wonderful gaming experience.
The devs concluded their fall outlook report by stating they be providing content Hot Fix updates throughout the intervening period while they work on the Endless Conquest and there are several events to look forward to too
- A new Fall Harvest event!
- DAoC’s 17th Anniversary celebration! (Happy anniversary to our venerable and wonderful mmorpg)
- The Mournful King and Jack Frost instances!
- The usual Holiday events
- Realm Point and Bounty Point bonuses!
Lastly, Thornhill mentioned they also hope to have the new Camelot website ready by this Fall, in the wake of the new forum previously rolled out.