Norwegian developer Funcom has apparently sent out newsletters to Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures-users with inactive accounts, notifying them that any low-level characters remaining on their accounts will be deleted as part of maintenance in the near future, unless the users choose to reactivate their accounts. All characters belonging to active accounts, as well as characters above level 20 on inactive accounts will remain available after the maintenance. In the message, of which a copy can be found after the jump, Funcom also offers the former users a ‘limited time offer’ of an additional 7 days of playing time if they choose to reactivate their accounts at this time.
Several recipients of the message have already complained about the move, feeling that Funcom is blackmailing them into reactivating their subscription and holding their low-level characters hostage for ransom, with the ‘limited time offer’ being viewed by some as an insult-to-injury.
The full message that was sent out by Funcom was as follows:
Thank you for playing Age of Conan.
As part of our maintenance your account is now flagged to have your characters below level 20 deleted as part of maintenance. Please re-activate your account now to ensure that your characters progress and names stay intact.
As a welcome back offer we would like to give you a time-limited offer for 7 days of additional play time if you choose to re-subscribe now. Please click this link to use this special offer!
We hope to see you back in the game preparing your characters for the new adventures that will soon be introduced in the expansion “Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer”. Click here to read more about the expansion.
Here are just some of the some reasons why you should return to Age of Conan now:
Veteran Points – Exclusive Subscription Rewards – Free Level 50 Character
Tons of New Content – Enhanced Performance – Most improved MMO of 2009
Welcome back to Hyboria, Adventurer!