P.S. A bit of a spoiler.. A ctrl+click to move things to a shop window for selling!
Monthly Development Update - February 28th, 2014
Nusquam has posted the most recent development update, giving a taste of the 18.7 patch that will be hitting the closed test server on approximately March 4th. A new wave of beta invites will be happening at the same time, so the changes will begin testing with more players being added.
Many of the changes are getting very polarized responses, so check out the full post and see what you think.
As per a post on the official forum, some of the ARK specific email addresses aren't working properly.
Please view the thread HERE for alternate contact information until this has been resolved.
Remember everyone, the Valentines content is available from February 10th until February 24th!
Additionally, ARK is sponsoring a contest to create your own Valentine card and be in the running to win several great prizes, including a decked out Sunrise Station Apartment. You can read more details, rules, and prize information HERE!
The deadline for entries is February 16th, so don't wait until the last minute to get in on the contest!
The entry date for the contest has been extended until March 2nd due to an internal issue.
Monthly Development Update - January 31st, 2014
Genele has posted the newest edition of the Monthly Development Update! Check it out for information on the upcoming 18.7 patch series (don't forget this is the patch when Phasefront/Paid Points need to be spent by unless we hear otherwise). The list of changes is quite long and touches on many things we've heard about for years, like the removal of map navigation!
Valentines content will go live February 10th through the 24th, and be identical to last year. With so much else going on, this is highly understandable.
If you took part in the Winter promotional subscription offer that included beta access for the new engine, and have not received your invitation, check your account page (register.funcom.com) for a download link. If you are still not receiving an invitation and you believe that you should have, you will need to contact Funcom support.
Keep in mind this is for people that signed up for an offer that specifically stated they would gain access. For everyone else, here is a reminder of the priority tier list.
Volunteers and Arks have the highest priority for closed beta invites to help us sort out the most critical issues.
Players who have signed up for 12 months Membership plans will have the second highest priority for invites.
Players who have signed up for 6 months Membership plans will have the third highest priority for invites.
Players who have subscribed for the past year without having their account frozen or banned, will have the fourth highest priority to get closed beta invite.
Players who have unique hardware that we think is important to test, might get a higher priority than the above mentioned list.
Sezmra has also posted information about how to make sure you receive your invitation and things you should check if you have not. You can view that HERE
Funcom Under Investigation
While this will hopefully be addressed by Funcom in the near future to keep players from having complete freakouts, you can read the current media rumblings. A brief synopsis is as follows:
According to multiple sources, including Norwegian government sources, the Oslo offices of Funcom, developers of Age of Conan and The Secret World, are currently being raided by local police as part of an investigation into possible stock market irregularities during, or slightly before, the launch of The Secret World in the summer of 2012.
News.Web has confirmed that Funcom is under investigation and that charges have been filed
January 30th Update: Sezmra has posted on the official forum that the recent incident will not hinder the operation or development of any Funcom games.
Monthly Development Update - December 31st, 2013
The last development update for the year has been posted. While it is very light on content, there are a couple of bits of information that you can read by clicking HERE
Remember to get your holiday goodies before the end of the day on the 2nd or you'll have a year to wait! Particularly nice are the Santa Bag and Atrox Ski Rack backpack items. You can never have too many visually unique backpacks to help in sorting your bank more efficiently!
Have a good new year :)
Holiday Loot Reminder
All gone! Hopefully you all got what you wanted, or you're waiting a year :P
We hope everyone is having a great holiday season thus far!
Here's something to keep in mind regarding the holiday loot in AO. While the content is available through January 2nd, you may want to plan around new years eve and new years day, if you know you will be partying for those. Who wants to be in a frantic rush at the last minute to get loot, when you have a hangover?
Giving that scenario, there are still 3 good days of hunting between now and then!
AOU vs. The Holidays
We all know the holiday insanity has been in full swing for a while now.
This usually effects everyone, including AOU. So if you've wondered why we've been silent since mid-November, you have your answer. We're a team on the small side, so one or two of us not being around is going to cause some delays in relaying information to you.
Still, here is a run down of some of the things that happened in that time frame that we did not post news about. We've also listed off the more exciting bits of the recent Monthly Development Update to entice you to go read it if you haven't done so already.