Age of Conan to Re-Launch with Free-to-Play Option This Summer
Funcom is re-branding Age of Conan (AoC) and making the brutal lands of Hyboria free-to-play this summer. A summer re-launch will re-brand the game as Age of Conan: Unrated. Not only will the graphic MMORPG have a new adventure pack based around the new Conan movie this summer, but a digital re-launch will also add the new free-to-play option for players. The new option will allow players to explore the vast and beautiful lands of Hyboria as a free or premium subscriber.
Once re-launched, AoC will get a new in-game store that will allow players to purchase items such as weapons, mounts and other content. To help answer questions about the upcoming change, Funcom has posted a new Free-to-Play FAQ and a Free and Premium Content Overview. Check out the official press release after the break for more details.
Age of Conan goes FREE and UNRATED
Award-winning MMO Age of Conan soon available in a savage, sexy and brutal UNRATED version featuring a hybrid business model
Durham, USA May 25th, 2011 Funcom is excited to announce that the award-winning and critically acclaimed massively multiplayer online game Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures will receive a digital re-launch this summer under the new name Age of Conan: Unrated. As well as reaffirming its position as the sexiest and most savage MMO in the world, Age of Conan: Unrated will also feature a hybrid business model allowing anyone to freely roam the vast lands of Hyboria either as free players or premium subscribers with access to extra content.
With over 1.4 million copies sold, glowing reviews for both the core game as well as the expansion, and a healthy player base ever since launch in 2008, there is no doubt that Age of Conan has been a true success story for Funcom, says SVP of Sales & Marketing Morten Larssen. Now we turn to another chapter in this story as we thrust Age of Conan: Unrated into the world of free-to-play games, a gaming space that is becoming rapidly more popular and profitable across the board.
The new business model will give players the opportunity to choose whether they want to play for free or become premium subscribers, and Funcom is also introducing an in-game store to the game where both free players and premium subscribers can purchase exclusive content such as weaponry and mounts. For a full overview of what differs from the free and premium offerings, please view the Frequently Asked Questions now available on Age of Conan community website.
Age of Conan has always been a Mature gaming experience, but going Unrated gives the development team freedom to stay even more true to the original works of Conan author Robert E. Howard, and use even more of the barbaric, brutal and sexy setting that is Howard's Hyboria. Funcom is already in the process of developing new locations, monsters, equipment and storylines for Age of Conan: Unrated. This includes the movie tie-in adventure pack announced yesterday, that will introduce content and characters from the upcoming Conan the Barbarian movie.
Everyone on the team is excited about opening up our world to an even larger audience, says Creative Director and Executive Producer Craig Morrison. The online world of Hyboria is constantly expanding as we continue to introduce new gameplay features and new content, and we truly believe that Age of Conan: Unrated will offer something truly new and unique to both new players and to those have already experienced the brutal online world of Conan the Barbarian.
Launching in May 2008 Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures quickly became a smash hit in retail, shipping over 1.4 million copies around the world. In the weeks after launch Age of Conan simultaneously topped the charts in 17 countries, and the game received critical acclaim from gaming press across the globe. Age of Conan is now available in English, French, German, Spanish, Russian and Polish localized versions, and has also launched in Korea.
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