Age of Conan: Unchained

  • There's a new Age of Conan QNA up at OGaming with Funcom's Gaute Godager.

    OGaming: Why, of all licensed properties to choose from, did you folks decide to go with Conan the Barbarian?

    Gaute Godager: Conan's exploits occur in a very dark, brutal and sensuous universe. You might not realize it, but more than 70 years of books, comics, movies and lore has made the Hyborian realm a very deep and meaningful place to set an online Action-RPG in. Sadly, to many people, their knowledge of the Conan universe extends to the '80s movies [starring actor Arnold Schwarzenegger], with all their strengths and weaknesses. I am glad to inform everyone that Hyboria is so much, so very much, more than that.

    The Hyborian world is like a decadent, dark, twisted and corrupt version of Euro-Asian history. Take a bit of the Roman empire, Mongolian culture, Babylonian mysticism, '30s myths of undiscovered Africa, and much, much more – mix it all and add a dash of brutal darkness and you can see the shadow of something very unique and quite interesting brewing. Put on the lid and let it cook until it is about to explode and you are ready to sample the world of Hyboria...

    I'll tell you why they chose Conan.. it's because he's the most butt kickingest barbarian that ever lived! Sheesh.

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    Fri, Jan 20, 2006
  • Bolstering their announcement of integrating SpeedTreeRT technology, Funcom has released new SpeedTreeRT integration Screenshots It's eye candy at it's best!

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    Thu, Jan 12, 2006
  • You could never ever say that Funcom doesn't have some of the best artists in the world. They show off their talent with new Screenshots at GameGossip today The new Age of Conant screens look to be of foliage. Yet it's beautiful foliage. Yeah that's the ticket.

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    Wed, Jan 11, 2006
  • OGaming has a really good interview up with Funcom's product director Jørgen Tharaldsen .

    OGaming: Why do you think you've become a major player in the online gaming space?

    Jørgen Tharaldsen: I would say dedication to quality in our products, as well as honesty and respect towards our customers and everyone we deal with. At the same time we have been willing to innovate. Not just for the sake of innovation, but for the sake of furthering the goals of our company; making our games more fun and our business approaches more effective. I guess I shouldn't forget all the late nights and hard work everyone at Funcom puts in as well. There are so many other aspects to this though, but I guess the aforementioned ones put some words to it.

    First Anarchy Online (which is a really good game if not a bit complicated) and now Age of Conan. Funcom is looking toward the future and we will see really great things from them.

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    Fri, Dec 30, 2005
  • Funcom successfully listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange

    Oslo, Norway – December 14, 2005 – Funcom, Europe’s largest developer of subscription-based Massively Multiplayer Online games (MMOs), has successfully listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE). Gaute Godager, one of the founders of Funcom and Game Director on the forthcoming “Age of Conan” Online Action RPG, had the honour of ringing the bell to mark the official start of the trading. The ticker for the company has been set as FUNCOM.

    “This is an historical step for Funcom, and marks a new era for the company” said Torleif Ahlsand, Chairman of the Board of Directors in Funcom. “The stock exchange listing not only allows Funcom to release more titles, it enables the company to pursue its growth strategy.”

    ”The fact that we have been able to secure close to 30 million USD with the listing means that we can further improve the quality on all aspects of our forthcoming online games” said Trond Arne Aas, CEO of Funcom. “We are naturally thrilled about this recognition. The games market is set to further expand its growth, and with the listing Funcom can continue to deliver the needed quality to take part in this evolution.”

    Funcom has grown to become internationally recognized for its expertise in developing compelling online games. Over the last few years the company has gained a unique experience in operating and developing MMOs. More than one million players are now registered in the Funcom community. Funcom is currently developing three MMOs, including the award-winning ‘Age of Conan – Hyborian Adventures’ and ‘Anarchy Online’. The company’s listing on the stock exchange combined with a cost efficient and experienced organization will further improve Funcom’s overall opportunities in the global marketplace.

    ABOUT FUNCOM - Funcom is an independent developer and publisher of online games for PC, consoles and mobile platforms. Funcom has provided outstanding entertainment since 1993 and continues to expand its track-record of 24 released games to date. Recent successes include ‘The Longest Journey’ and ‘Anarchy Online’.

    Wed, Dec 14, 2005
  • Does it make me nervous that all of these screens look absolutely gorgeous? Uh.. yeah.. I can see my cash clearing the hands of the toadies at Comp USA while I upgrade my computer so I can actually see this game in all it's glory. Yeah.. I'm nervous.

    Worthplaying has 16 new screenshots for your purveyance.

    Give it a little time though. They don't seem to be jumping to full size when you click on them.

    This way for more information on Age of Conan

    Images, Media
    Thu, Dec 08, 2005
  • "Bring Out Your Dead!"
    got an exclusive trailer of Age of Conan for your viewing.

    The exclusive video footage you are about to see are taken from
    an Acheron ruins complex on the island of Tortage. This island is the area
    where players find themselves at the start of Age of Conan - Hyborian Adventure,
    the forthcoming Online Action RPG from Funcom. The island has a great variety
    of locations, and some of the ingredients are an active volcano that towers
    over the island, deep lush forest paths, beautiful beaches, dense jungle,
    mystical ruins and challenging monster areas. Your journey will eventually
    lead you to the bustling pirate city of Tortage, where wild adventures and
    rough bar brawling fights awaits.

    Video, Media
    Mon, Dec 05, 2005
  • Is technology wasted on barbarians?
    Funcom blogs in to IGN to discuss some of the tech behind Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures.

    When Funcom decided to embark on Age of Conan - Hyborian Adventures (Conan), we needed to take a serious look at our technology base. Despite the fact that we are one of the companies in the world with the longest experience in developing online RPGs, we truly had to evolve to the next level with Conan. You can never rest on your laurels in this industry, so we simply had to make sure the game would shine in today's extremely competitive landscape.

    See the newest news (plus some nifty screenshots) onAge of Conan: Hyborean Adventures at RPG Vault.
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    Fri, Nov 25, 2005
  • More late nights with Conan.

    IGN has posted an Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures interview featuring Gaute Godager and focusing on turning a license into a game.

    " Age of Conan - Hyborian Adventures is Funcom's contribution to a revival of the property that includes both a movie and an animated film along with new novels, a comic series, collectible toys and more. Described as an online action RPG, its aim is to bring together a story-driven single-player experience and a massively multiplayer end game, both capturing the classic swords and sorcery feeling as well as the lush, dark, brutally violent and not always politically correct nature of the franchise. The titular hero's grip on the Aquilonian throne has become tenuous, with ancient evils threatening to throw the realm into chaos. The time is ripe for those with the strength and will to carve out their own destinies. As for our fate, we were favored by fortune in finding Game Director Gaute Godager willing to answer our questions. "

    More lamentations?

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Nov 22, 2005
  • A Game for the Mature Barbarian
    Moggers interviews Jorgen Tharaldson, Conan product manager about the Q2 2006 MMO's unique features: like solo-only to level 20, the single-player focus, brutal endgame, and the "mature" rating. Does this mean we'll see buxom barbarian beauty booty? They don't ask, but we would!

    "Conan is announced as a mature game. This is (as far as we know) the first time developers don't try to get a 12+ years rating. So you expect an older audiance? What is the advantage of this?
    We are definitively going for the mature audience in Conan, and to be honest I don’t think anything else would have cut it. I mean, it’s Conan, you are supposed to be brutal and barbaric in this universe, right? ;P) We also see that the average online RPG player is close to 28 years (27,2 years in Anarchy Online). If I am not all mistaken the average overall gamer is now 24 years old, so the majority of the gamers are hence adults."

    Moggers Age of Conan Q&A, here.
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    Features, Interviews
    Fri, Nov 11, 2005
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