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Anarchy Online Special Edition Announced

by Thomas on April 17, 2002 @ 7:39 p.m. PDT

After winning the Best Massively Multiplayer Online Game award from PC Gamer magazine for its game, Anarchy Online, Funcom announces the release of a special retail edition shipping to stores on May 15, 2002. Customers can pre-order a copy of the game later today through Funcom's online store. Full pressrelease below!

ANARCHY ONLINE: SPECIAL EDITION ON SALE IN MAY

"We are excited to bring not only a newer version of Anarchy Online to stores, but so much more to compliment the game," Funcom president Andre Backen said. "If you haven't tried Anarchy Online in the last few months, you're missing out on an amazing game experience. This special edition will enhance the experience for our existing fans and give new players the incentive to try it out."

With a suggested retail price of only $19.99, the special edition will be wrapped in a newly designed box and contains an updated version of Anarchy Online as well as a bonus CD full of extras: a complete PDF version of the novel Anarchy Online: Prophet Without Honor, all of the beautifully animated story episodes, four full music samples from the game soundtrack, the intro video in high resolution, an updated manual in six languages, as well as never-before-seen concept art and wallpaper both from the initial stages of the game's development and from planned updates.

Current fans and new players alike will be excited to find a deluxe map detailing the world of Rubi-ka in 12 x 12 size as well as a new keyboard map for easier navigation. Funcom has also included a new character creation guide and beginner hints and tips to ease new players into the game.

After a rocky start when the game launched in June of last year, Anarchy Online has now come full circle and is like no other game on the market. Anarchy Online is still the only 3D massively multiplayer role-playing game currently available in a science fiction setting. Players start their experience by choosing sides in an epic struggle for control of the planet Rubi-ka nearly 30,000 years in the future. Characters can fly from city to city in sleek hovercrafts, heal themselves with nano-technology, and gain cybernetic implants such as lungs, eyes and arms. Anarchy Online is one of the few in this genre to allow for shorter, solo play periods through individual missions, while still providing a fun group experience of hunting strange creatures and scouting new areas of the vast and graphically breathtaking world.

Anarchy Online: Special Edition can be purchased for a suggested retail price of $19.99 with no additional subscription free for the first 30 days. A monthly subscription fee of $12.95 will begin after that period which can be paid by credit card or alternative options like Paybycash.com. This game can only be played through a connection to the Internet and has been rated Teen by the ESRB.

For more information about Anarchy Online, please visit www.anarchy-online.com or www.funcom.com.

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