EA Mythic doesnt even exists anymore. EA fired all the Mythic staff and basically hired housekeepers to keep DOAC, UO, and WHO up and running. Ex-Mythic staff members are now with Bioware. I pray to the gods that someone makes a game that was half the game DAOC was. DAOC is definitely set the bar very high for MMOs, and no game has ever come close. Just about every MMO has taken all their features from DAOC (which took a lot from EQ). However, its so sad how a very simple concept has gotten lost through the years. 1. Make a complicated game that a 5 year old can't play. 2. Make reaction time and "skill" play a factor. 3. Make 3 factions fight in the open world. 2 Factions causes balancing issues.. 3 causes mayhem on the battlefield. Did I mention make all 3 factions different? Thats it. That was the bases of why DAOC was so successful. You basically got 3 games in one.. Albion game, Hib game, and Midgard game. I still have very fond memories of waking up at 4am alone with 300 other of my realm-mates just to go take the relics from our enemies.. only to have 400Albions and 300Midgards at our doorsteps in the afternoon wanting them back. Now that Blizzard.. is real PvP.
@wonderer this game came out in 2001, 3 years before WoW, and on some of the effects still hold up today. It has a great community that still love it and hasnt had to resort to going free so graphics dont matter obviously.
This game is still alive and kicking. I still play it, have been since Nov. 2001. If you do not want to pay monthly fees for this game, look into the Free Shards out there, Uthgard is a great freeshard and is a classic server. I still pay because i love the expansions, still worth the money and I just buy the yearly subscription.
Hi! Yes, the game's still alife... i like it, too - i once did a free trial in the year 2004, and it well suited me, but hence i hadn't enough time and patience to play it and, shamely, switched to WoW. - An addictive game i hate now, bec ause of the reasons "sywi" already mentioned, and because it's high monthly fees.. Well, once i quit WoW some years ago, i swore not to get any MMOs with monthly fees again. I'll wait for Guild Wars 2, and hope it gets as great as its predecessors^^. Now i once again got the free trial for DAoC and got into it again, still faszinated of its great artworks(maybe the graphics are not that great like in oblivion or gothic, but they're more realistic/accurate somehow#agreed#sywi.) And now, with the lil' tutorial, the beginning is quite ok, at least if you've played games with such complex interfaces before..., i mean, old games mostly... like siege of avalon.. But Hell, i swore an oath :D but i could still recommend this game. Just a shame that EA spreads out it wings above it... but lets see and not just prejudge ;-) dismissed.
Replying to welroon -- That is a good question. I will say that Mythic doesn't seem to have the resources to provide a normal standard of customer service -- documentation is out of date and there is no designated source that one may turn to to learn how to well play this complicated game -- one can ask other players for advice, but too much of that for basic questions and I at least feel like the village idiot. It would be a terrible shame if it dies off; if it does, it will be because, while there is a very loyal old guard still playing the game, it is hard as a newcomer to learn it. (I'm willing and diligent and not without wit; educating the 'young' seemingly has been abandoned as something the company does, and putting the burden off on the old-school players to have pity on the earnest ignorance of the scorned noobs, and give up the information needed to play this game well, is about as scattershot as it sounds.) I persist; many I imagine do not, as it is discouraging to need more knowledge than is made available. Yet it holds me. I seemingly would rather feel stupid playing DAoC than competent playing other games; and that says a lot about the game. (As I normally prefer feeling competent to feeling stupid as much as anyone, and more than some.) There was real brilliance in the team who developed this one.
I can't believe it's been 8 years and people are still actively playing this game. Who knows how much longer EA Mythic will continue to support it though and keep adding updates.
I just started playing (tried the free trial and got hooked) :) -- there are plenty of people playing, seems to me. (The absolute number, which won't mean much, is about 3,500 at any given time. Obviously they have to use 10 or so servers, but you can teleport freely among them and they all represent the same geography; the point is to cut down on lag caused by overcrowding, and that does pretty much tell you what you want to know.) There are people playing. It's just a great game. Plenty of action, but the way it's set up, you can do PvP all you want or not at all. It's more like war than a lynching. Gorgeous, gorgeous graphics that make the free games I was playing look cheesy (& WoW's cartoony; don't gank me, fanboys, it's a personal aesthetic preference for realism, maybe). Anyway, I find myself going into empty buildings and wandering around just to look at the architecture and furnishings and gorgeous Celtic weapons hanging on the walls, and so on. A break is needed sometimes from the warring, which is just challenging enough to be, well, challenging, but doable. I recommend it, and I swore up & down I'd never pay for an MMO.