Free Age of Conan doubles revenue

"Fourfold increase in players during July."

The switch to a hybrid free-to-play/subscription business model has been a success for MMO Age of Conan.

More than 300,000 "new players" have joined since Funcom relaunched the MMO as Age of Conan: Unchained on 1st July.

Since that date, Funcom has "more than doubled the revenue generated from the game" and activity levels of servers "are booming with a fourfold increase in players during July", according to Funcom CEO Arne Aas.

There has also been a "positive development in subscriber numbers" - i.e. gamers who opt for a Premium subscription and its numerous benefits.

Funcom noted that two million players have now experienced Age of Conan.

Age of Conan stands to benefit further from the impending cinematic launch of the Conan the Barbarian film. To coincide with its 18th August airing, Funcom will release a significant Savage Coast of Turan content pack for Age of Conan. This will portray events from the film 20 years later, and involve some of the faces seen in the film.

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