I hate F2P MMOs that place new content behind payment barriers. Nothing is more frustrating then reading through a really promising press release with a cool trailer and awesome new features only to be met with a freaking price tag at the bottom. Seriously developers if you are reading this, STOP IT! It’s been shown you can add new free PvE content and still make money. Why must you insist on doing otherwise.

With that mini-rant out of the way I can now announce in good conscious the next expansion to Age of Conan, called ‘The Secrets of Dragon’s Spine’. From the title alone we can already tell there might be dragons or at least A dragon’s spine involved in the plot. Because you know, things named after dragons and fantasy MMOs must be forever intertwined.

Upon closer inspection it appears as if the new expansion focuses on new journeys for high level players. The trailer above shows off the incredibly aesthetics of Dragon’s Spine along with giving us a glimpse of the new dungeon called The Sepulcher of The Wyrm. There is talk of hidden treasure buried deep beneath Dragon’s Spire which was once home to an ancient culture of Serpent Men.

Players will need to approach the ruins carefully though, as there are rumors surrounding the Emerald Lotus return bringing with them their alluring and corrupting powers. We are warned that there may be even “darker powers dwelling beneath the Dragon’s Spine” but like most, if it’s out of sight it’s out of mind.

The content is now live and in order to access the new content you must be a premium player. This is of course what caused my mini-rant above in the first place. “Premium” comes at the standard price of 15 dollars a month (i.e. it’s a subscription). An older news post on the site from last month actually says the expansion would be free, but I suppose they just “forgot” to include the line “for premium players”. If you want to find out more you can check out the official Age of Conan site here.

Michael Dunaway has been part of the MMOBomb team for years and has covered practically every major Free-to-Play title since 2009. In addition to contributing First Look videos and news articles, Michael also serves as the Community Manager for the upcoming MMORPG, Skyforge.


  1. To bad anything good in this zone will require countless hours of grinding the same dungeons to get good shit. The funcom model for gear and other nice shit is one thing that killed this game….among other bad decisions by them. Whether they try to get money or not for this content in the end this game and the secret world will tank. These guys are way to inexperienced at running an mmo in this day and age when there are hundreds of them out and hundreds more around the corner all promising the same AMAZING stuff the next one is, but when they come out it some how just ends up like all the other ones that have been released but with some little tweak to make it slightly different so they call it guild wars 2 instead of WoW.

  2. To be fair to Conan, they did make other content free to play that previously wasn’t, increased the f2p money cap from 2 gold to 10 gold, and also allowed access to all character classes. As a former sub, I can say that those were big changes. I hope they succeed, and they do need to make money somehow, so players that like what they’ve got should subscribe. It was fun but just didn’t have enough players back when I played. If lots more come on then maybe I’ll play again.

  3. Nothing wrong with being “free only for subscribers”. It’s high level content! Anyone that gets to these levels while playing Age of Conan is already forced for various reasons to pay the subscription. I don’t even believe there is even one person with high level characters that doesn’t pay for this game. After all, Funcom seems to need the money after the latest studio closures.

    • There are plenty of alternatives not including just a cash shop without having to restrict content. I would even let it slide if you could purchase the content with a flat amount (like LOTRO),

      • I also hate f2p models that contain restrictions. I just stated that based on the existing restrictions for high leveled characters (like only 2 available raids, only 1 adventure zone etc.), Its normal to get just another restricted zone. At least I am happy to see more and more content added on an already rich gaming experience.

  4. Start looking at Free2Play games as Free2Try games. Look at them as a big demo before you decide to buy. If the difference between pay and free is too small nobody will buy.


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