Funcom is offering a new "Unlimited Free Trial" for Age of Conan that will let players enjoy the game all the way to level 20 without ever having to upgrade to a full account.
I'm not sure what kind of seasonal festivities they celebrate in Hyboria - Happy Crom Day, maybe - but whatever it is, Funcom wants to mark the event by offering gamers a little something extra in their blood-stiffened scabbards this year. "With the holiday season coming up this is the perfect time to shake up our trial offer a bit and try out something new," said Funcom's Vice President of Sales and Marketing Morten Larssen. "So everyone who downloads the trial before January 1 will be able to play the first part of the game for free, forever. We are confident that many of those taking advantage of this offer will choose to become permanent players, allowing them to experience all of what the game has to offer including all the additions and improvements introduced since launch."
The new trial is a bit of a step up from last month's "re-evaluation program," in which Funcom invited players back for a two weeks of free play with numerous special bonuses. The company wants previous Age of Conan players to give the game another look, saying that numerous changes, upgrades and new content have dramatically improved the game since it launched in 2008.
Players who sign up for the new Age of Conan trial will have unlimited access to character levels 1-20 and the entire Island of Tortage, creating and playing through as many characters as they want in both player vs. environment and player vs. player action. Registrations for unlimited free Conan are being taken at ageofconan.com/trial until January 1, 2010.