Age of Conan: Unchained Features

  • Class Preview - Scion of Set

    The official site for Age of Conan has been updated with the first in a series of looks at the classes that will be found in this upcoming game.

    This week we start taking a look at some of the classes in Age of Conan in a little more detail. First up for this weeks update we travel to the desert lands of Stygia to find out more about the Scion of Set from the Priest Archetype.

    Dedicated to the god Set, the Scions are often considered fanatics whose dedication to their god reaches devotion that many would confuse for insanity. The snake god offers the constant promise of power beyond mortal means and demands nothing short of total commitment in return.

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    Features, Previews
    Fri, Jan 19, 2007
    LadySirse
  • Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures - CES Preview Based on interviews with Erling Ellingsen (Product Manager) and Jorgen Tharaldsen (Product Director)

    WarCry Posted this CES interview and preview of Age of Conan. Don't miss a thing!

    We started in character creation and we found ourselves on a slave ship selecting between the Stygian, the Aquilonian and the Cimmerian. Escaping slavery, you are making your way in this brutal, backward world. There is one word I can say about the level of physical character customization possible in Age of Conan, and that is "astounding!" Over 30 different aspects of physical attributes that you can adjust await the eager fans. For example, just for the cheeks alone, you can adjust the length, the width, the height and the depth.

    The same goes for the body. You can create an anorexic woman with huge (and I mean huge!) ta-tas, a man with the physique of Arnie or Pee-Wee Herman as you wish, and as usual, there's the wonderful one-click randomizer. One thing you cannot do is to give your character a pot-belly. Ahem... you are an escaped galley slave after all. But, onto the game and its unique features!

    More is just a click away.

    Features, Interviews
    Fri, Jan 19, 2007
    LadySirse
  • Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, CES Preview

    MMORPG.com's Carolyn Koh had a chance to get some hands on time with this upcoming title. Take a look at her impressions ing this preview.

    Funcom was represented at CES2007 this year in the Games for Windows area in the Las Vegas Convention Center. I don’t usually brave the “zoo” but did so this year for the sake of MMORPG.com readers.

    Despite Windows Vista blue screens of deaths with both computers, we managed to see a little of the newbie experience on Age of Conan. Due to launch in summer 2007, Age of Conan:Hyborian Adventures is three years in the making, and currently in the Friends and Family stage of closed beta.

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    Features, Previews
    Wed, Jan 17, 2007
    LadySirse
  • Age of Conan on DX10

    IGN brings us more previews from the CES floor. This time is a look at Age of Conan on DX 10.

    Age of Conan made a splash at the Consumer Electronics Show by being one of two games, Crysis being the other, to be shown using Microsoft's new and much touted DirectX 10 for Vista. The online action RPG for PC and Xbox 360, though only running on PC here, was a great way to showcase the new Vista platform with some stunning DX10 visuals.

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    Features, Previews
    Tue, Jan 09, 2007
    LadySirse
  • Interview with Thomas Wollbekk

    MMORPG.com's Garrett Fuller had the opportunity to sit down for with Thomas Wollbekk, a Funcom World Designer currently working on their Age of Conan title.

    MMORPG.com: The video game industry continues to grow very quickly. What are your hopes for games in the future?

    Thomas Wollbekk: I hope that we see more gaming companies that dare to come up with new ways of doing things and dare to be original. Go Nintendo Wii! I’m also looking forward to see how e-sports will turn out in the future, maybe we one day will see gaming in the Olympics!

    Read the rest of the interview to learn more.

    Features, Interviews
    Wed, Dec 27, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Director Gaute Godager Shares His Thoughts

    ActionTrip started the day by updating their site with this interview. Keep reading to see what they were able to learn about the upcoming Age of Conan.

    ActionTrip: Do you feel that your previous achievements, like Anarchy Online, are of any help throughout the development of Age of Conan?

    Gaute Godager: Yes, absolutely! Making a massively multiplayer online game is a whole different ball-game than making a single-player game. It's just such an incredibly complex venture that as a game developer you end up learning something every day as you go along. The first time you make such a game, it's going to be a roller-coaster ride to the very end.

    Get clicking to read the rest of this answer and much more!

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Dec 19, 2006
    LadySirse
  • The bloodshed can't begin soon enough, we say.

    GameSpy has posted a preview of the upcoming Age of Conan over the weekend...

    More so than any previous MMO I've ever seen, the character creation interface in Age of Conan sets an amazing tone for the game's brutal world. It's been described before: characters start out as chattel in a slave galley, and it is within the harrowing decks of this ship that you get to define your avatar's looks. By tweaking all the sliders, you can make your character look as feral and brutish as you want, adjusting the precise degree of slant on his broken nose, the depth of the dip of his brow, the contours of his arse. Yes, "arse." If you don't believe me, you can go into the character creation interface and see for yourself. When it comes to impropriety and barbarism, however, these little affectations are just the tip of the iceberg for Age of Conan. It definitely looks like Funcom is going all out for this one.

    Get clicking to read the rest of the preview!

    Features, Previews
    Mon, Dec 18, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Drunken Brawling, Spell Weaving, and More

    Gamespot has posted an updated review of the upcoming Age of Conan. This preview includes some screenshots that are worth taking a look at.

    Godager gave us a quick tour of various aspects of the game, from the early stage when you create a character to some of the later stages. You'll start the game as a galley slave on a sailing vessel. If you create a male character, you'll be one of the poor saps who has to row all day long, while female characters are consigned to some of the quarters. But don't worry; you won't be a slave for long. After you finish creating your character, you'll escape and find yourself washed ashore with nothing but a broken oar as your weapon; from there, you'll be able to determine your own destiny.

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    Features, Previews
    Fri, Dec 15, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Age of Conan Progress Report

    IGN has a new preview of Age of Conan posted. It includes some great screenshots!

    Let's make things perfectly clear. Age of Conan is not for children. In fact, Crom may actually hate children, we're not sure. This is an M rated title for just about every descriptor in the ESRB rating system. Heads are cut off, drugs are taken, booze is consumed, and for all we know, dogs and cats are off in the bushes making babies. The Conan mythos is adult themed through and through. It's about an assault on the senses, wicked attention to pleasure seeking, and those who take pleasure in others pain. It's a brutal world to live in and we can't wait to be part of it all.

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    Features, Previews
    Fri, Dec 15, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Lots of New Screenshots!

    Vault Network has posted a preview of Age of Conan today. It includes lots of new screenshots as well as a look at the upcoming game.

    It appears that the game will begin in a traditional fashion, with an extensive character-creation editor for shaping the look of your in-game persona. Sliders enable minute changes to your character’s appearance, and the results are quite realistic—certainly more lifelike than most current-day MMOs.

    Interestingly enough, there’s not a lot of early determination of your character’s “history” or attributes. After you choose a gender and craft your character’s appearance, you only have the option to select a class from Aquilonian, Cimmerian or Stygian. No skill-point allocations or other determinations are thrown at you. It’s only when you achieve Level 5 that you can choose from an archetype: Mage, Priest, Rogue or Soldier.

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    Features, Previews
    Thu, Dec 14, 2006
    LadySirse
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