Same for me since a few hours. Maybe a new tactic to avoid players to login
That was talked about over on the private AoC Facebook page.
Seems you can still hit START after the load bar finishes it’s thing and get to the character screen and into the game.
I can confrim it’s just a bug as I logged in and played this afternoon, so just ignore the Offline.
@AndyB Please fix that, shoul’d not be a big thing. Ty!
You could try a petition but Andy hasn’t responded in over a year nor reads this forum.