Age of Conan Crafting System Scrapped, Rebuilt from Scratch
The Age of Conan developers have decided that, in order to improve on the MMO’s crafting system, they need to rebuild crafting completely from the ground up. Progression in crafting and gathering will now be linked to actually creating items and using the relevant skills — gone are the fetch-quests. Trade-skills will now be available as soon as you hit level twenty after the Tortage experience.
The monthly development update stated:
“The first thing to stress here is that this process hasn’t been approached as tweaking or improving the existing system. This is a totally new system. When we sat down and looked at the system and how we could add depth and improve engagement, it became clear that it was better to start over. So rather than try and shoe-horn what we had into something a little more useable, we decided to bite the proverbial bullet and start over. This meant that we would not be restricted by the limitations of the original system, and that we were free to try to create something with a lot more freedom for you guys to experiment with.”
Items already made via the current crafting system will not disappear; however, it won’t be possible to add or remove gems to slotted items once the new crafting system comes into effect, so you’d best ensure you have the right gems in the right items while you still can.