Age of Conan - Hyborian Adventures


VideoAge of Conan free-to-play trailer

Funcom launches Unchained version.

FeatureWill Conan Movie Save Age of Conan?

Funcom unveils the Savage Coast of Turan.

FeatureFuncom's Craig Morrison

Age of Conan - one year later.

FeatureFuncom's Craig Morrison

Conan's new emissary speaks.

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Funcom announces Conan multiplayer open-world survival game

Funcom announces Conan multiplayer open-world survival game

Sacrifice other players on altars, ooh.

Funcom is making an open-world multiplayer survival Conan game. It's called Conan Exiles and it's coming to Early Access on PC this summer, then PC and consoles in full after that.

You play an exile in an arid land and need to hunt, or grow crops, for food. You need to build a shelter to live in, and make tools and weapons to fight monsters and other players with. Or you can work together and build entire settlements and strongholds, which sounds interesting - imagine the politics!

The gods of Conan's world will have an influence and you can sacrifice other players on altars to them, brilliantly. Combat will be bloody and fast paced, apparently.

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Age of Conan dev on class moaning

"It's so inherently biased."

When the Age of Conan community moans about class changes, executive producer Craig Morrison knows his game isn't an isolated case - "You go to any MMO forum and you look for PVP balance discussions and you'd think the game was the worst balanced pile of crap you've ever seen."

FeatureBorn Free

Age of Conan joins a growing list of freemium MMOs - a wise move, or a desperate one?

Published as part of our sister-site's widely-read weekly newsletter, the Editorial, is a weekly dissection of an issue weighing on the minds of the people at the top of the games business. It appears on Eurogamer after it goes out to newsletter subscribers.

Age of Conan going free-to-play

Gets new name, content, server merge.

Fantasy MMO Age of Conan is to offer users a free-to-play model alongside the traditional subscription set-up, developer Funcom has announced.

Games can rival Hollywood

So says Conan film producer.

Games can be art, Conan the Barbarian movie producer Fredrik Malmberg has told Eurogamer - and Hollywood is "seriously" looking at them as rival entertainment.

FeatureWill Conan Movie Save Age of Conan?

Funcom unveils the Savage Coast of Turan.

MMOs do mature, but how many people care years after they walked away? It's a conundrum all MMOs face: how to tempt people back? Age of Conan has an enviable solution: a Hollywood movie.

MMO storytelling: "more isn't better"

Age of Conan boss argues the toss.

Age of Conan executive producer Craig Morrison has written an interesting article on the inclusion of voiced stories and cut-scenes in MMOs. The upshot: "more isn't always better".

Age of Conan expansion dated

Age of Conan expansion dated

Rise of the Godslayer out next month.

Funcom has revealed that Rise of the Godslayer, the first expansion for its Age of Conan MMO, will be released on 11th May.

The news was broken by MMO Examiner. Although Funcom has yet to issue a press release formally announcing the date, a spokesman confirmed to Eurogamer that it was genuine.

The expansion will be available as a digital download direct from Funcom, or bundled with original game Age of Conan: Hyborian Adeventures in a boxed release published by Deep Silver.

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Age of Conan expansion bundled in shops

Age of Conan expansion bundled in shops

Original game included in Deep Silver's box.

Funcom is teaming up with publisher Deep Silver to release a retail version of Rise of the Godslayer, the first expansion pack for its Age of Conan MMO.

The box includes both the expansion and the original game, Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, including all of its updates since launch (which should save new players a few days of patching time). You also get an exclusive pet - a puma - and a starter package of in-game items.

Rise of the Godslayer will also be available indepenently as a digital download direct from Funcom.

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Age of Conan gets PvP update

Age of Conan gets PvP update

New guild warfare, raised PvP level cap.

Funcom has released the seventh update to its fantasy MMO Age of Conan. Called Shrines of Bori, the patch its focused on new player-versus-player content, rewards and features.

The titular Shrines of Bori are the objectives of a new battleground for guild warfare situated in the Border Kingdoms, around the village of Brandoc. Fighting for them will reward players with new PvP armour sets for every class, as well as PvP experience points that now scale to your PvP level. The PvP level cap has also been raised.

There's also an in-game event, The Silver Atrium, which acts as a teaser for the game's first expansion pack, Rise of the Godslayer. Some user interface tweaks to the map and quest tracker have been added.

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Get on Secret World beta with Conan sub

Get on Secret World beta with Conan sub

Free fortnight and other incentives offered.

Funcom has told Eurogamer that a new Age of Conan re-evaluation period gets underway today.

To lure you back, the developer is offering two weeks of free play to returning players and two weeks of double experience for everyone. And those who choose to subscribe will be showered with even more gifts.

Sign for three months earn a guaranteed place in The Secret World beta; sign for six months to claim a beta spot plus in-game AOC helmet that boosts experience earned by 10 per cent; and sign for 12 months to earn all that as well as a free copy of Conan expansion Rise of the Godslayer when it's released. These rewards are not retroactive; subscribers from October onwards are eligible.

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Age of Conan free trial is back

Seven days of free barbarianism.

Funcom has relaunched the free trial scheme for Age of Conan, offering seven free days in the world of Hyboria to anyone with the patience to download the hefty game client.

Secret World delayed by Funcom lay-offs

20 per cent of workforce cut.

Age of Conan developer Funcom announced that it's laying off 20 per cent of its workforce today, with the result of a delay of "several months" in the development of its next MMO, The Secret World.

The Difficult Second Album has become part of rock lore; that awkward moment when a group of musicians, having finally got to tell the world who they are for the first time, have to prove that they have anything more to say. MMO developers (most of them frustrated rock stars, going by the proliferation of dodgy house bands at their conventions) know their pain; they face the Difficult First Expansion. In fact, it's worse, for them, because their first work isn't just a potent memory. It's still there, attached to the expansion, warts and all, and the contrast - whether favourable or otherwise - can be uncomfortable.

Age of Conan giveaway download

Got a key? Find out how to get the game.

Our giveaway of free copies of Age of Conan has now finished! 1000 keys for a digital download of the game disappeared in a little over an hour. If you got one, well done!

Age of Conan

Thoth-Amon? Gesundheit.

Confident in a much-improved MMO, Funcom launched its re-evaluation campaign for Age of Conan this week. We're marking the occasion by giving away 1000 free copies of the game, and re-evaluating our own stance on it below.

FeatureFuncom's Craig Morrison

Age of Conan - one year later.

Yesterday, Funcom launched a re-evaluation campaign granting all previous Age of Conan players 2 weeks' free play if they reactivate before 22nd July. It's also offering 1000 free copies of the game to new players through yours truly this Friday, and you can watch a developer video on Eurogamer explaining what's changed and improved in the MMO since launch. We caught up with game director Craig Morrison to find out what's behind the sudden flurry of confident activity from the Norwegian developer.

AOC reactivation drive begins

Two weeks' play free for old timers.

Funcom is offering former Age of Conan subscribers two weeks free play with no strings attached if they reactivate between 8th and 22nd July.

Age of Conan expansion reveal soon

Age of Conan expansion reveal soon

Funcom reckons we're "in for a treat".

Funcom plans to reveal a brand new Age of Conan expansion this August at GamesCom.

Director of communications Erling Elllingsen told Eurogamer he is "really looking forward" to the reveal, and that fans following the event are "in for a treat".

He wouldn't talk about expansion specifics, but explained that a "dedicated team" has been working on it for quite some time, "And they are very eager to show off what they have been working on!"

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1000 free copies of Age of Conan!

We're giving them away. Today!

Eurogamer and Funcom are teaming up for a very special giveaway this week: 1000 free, digital download copies of Funcom's fantasy MMO for PC, Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures.

Age of Conan gets new RPG system

Plus new city slum zone, pets, more.

Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures receives its Update 5 today, setting the seal on Funcom's complete overhaul of its MMO with a new RPG and itemisation system, as well as adding new high-level content.

More details on monster Conan patch

More details on monster Conan patch

New playfield, extra slot for veterans.

Age of Conan celebrated its first birthday yesterday with some encouraging news on subscriber retention - and also a letter from game director Craig Morrison.

After reminiscing about joining Funcom, Morrison discusses update 1.05 for the game, which he hopes to have ready for release "within the next few weeks".

The update will be one of the most dramatic changes to an MMO seen outside of paid expansion packs, with every character class getting a complete overhaul, and sweeping changes to the RPG system and itemisation aimed at making loot more important and rewarding.

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Age of Conan turns corner, says Funcom

More players staying for longer, it claims.

In Funcom's latest financial report, there's some encouraging news regarding the performance of its troubled MMO Age of Conan - although nothing as concrete as subscriber numbers.

Create new level 50 in Age of Conan

Next patch offers short-cut.

The next update for Funcom's Age of Conan MMO will allow players to create one brand-new character of any class at level 50, over halfway through the game's levelling curve.

Age of Conan free trial keys giveaway!

20,000, for US and EU servers.

Funcom's fantasy MMO Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures launches its free trial scheme today, and to celebrate we've got 20,000 exclusive free trial keys to give away.

FeatureConan's Second Coming

Funcom bridges the content gap.

Funcom launches free trials for its fantasy MMO Age of Conan today. You can pick up one of 20,000 exclusive free trial keys here at Eurogamer - just head on over to the giveaway pages for European servers or North American servers as appropriate. There are 10,000 keys available for each, and anyone can play on any server. Each trial key unlocks seven days of free play, and three exclusive in-game items.

Age of Conan subs fall below 100,000

Funcom finance chief quits after huge losses.

Funcom has reported its financial results for the fourth quarter, revealing an operating loss of USD 23.3 million due to the lagging performance of Age of Conan, writes

Age of Conan adds four dungeons

Massive patch day for Funcom's MMO.

Funcom has just served up a weighty patch for players of its MMO Age of Conan. The update notes reveal the addition of four new dungeons to the game, as well as a slew of fixes and improvements to most aspects of the game.

More than half of Conan servers closing

Funcom merges 49 realms into 18.

Funcom has published the list of planned server mergers for its fantasy MMO Age of Conan, revealing that it will be cutting the total number of servers from 49 to just 18.

Age of Conan 360 "still in production"

Funcom staff cuts won't affect development.

After announcing staff cuts last week, Age of Conan developer Funcom has said that the redundancies won't affect development on any of its games.

Funcom lays off American staff

Age of Conan developer tightens belt.

Age of Conan developer Funcom has confirmed it has made some redundancies in the US, but has not specified exactly how many staff have been affected, reports

FeaturePVP in Age of Conan

Crush your enemies (sometimes).

No quote has attached itself more firmly to Conan the barbarian than the immortal line of Schwarzenegger's incarnation - in which he said that "to crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women" was pretty much his favourite pastime.

DX10, dungeons in next Conan update

DX10, dungeons in next Conan update

No rest for the wicked Funcom.

Having got new player-versus-player systems, a crafting overhaul and mid-level zone Ymir's Pass out of the door in the space of a month, Age of Conan's hard-working game director Craig Morrison has set out what players can expect to see next from the troubled Funcom MMO.

According to his latest letter to the community, the next update will feature the long-awaited DirectX 10 version of the game and two new maximum-level dungeons.

The two dungeons will both be located in the Thunder River zone. The Slaughter House Cellar is designed for a single player, while Xibaluku is a "large team instanced dungeon", apparently several hours long with multiple boss encounters.

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Age of Conan adds Ymir's Pass zone

Loads of new content for level 50 plus.

Well, OK, colour us impressed. Just two weeks after completing an overhaul of player-versus-player combat and crafting systems, Funcom has added a substantial content update to its troubled fantasy MMO, Age of Conan.

Age of Conan to be released in Korea

First Asian version for Funcom's MMO.

Funcom has announced that Age of Conan is to be released in Korea. It's the first deal to bring the fantasy MMO to the crucial Asian market.

FeatureFuncom's Craig Morrison

Conan's new emissary speaks.

After a promising launch and a depressingly rocky first four months, it's all change at the top for Funcom's Age of Conan. The game's original director, Gaute Godager, is gone; his seat (probably still warm) promptly filled by Funcom veteran Craig Morrison.

Conan PVP consequences "very soon"

Funcom hoping for "early next week".

Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures game director Craig Morrison has said Funcom hopes to add the long-awaited player-versus-player consequences system to the game "early next week".

Age of Conan's combat being reworked

New director stripping back combos.

Age of Conan's new director Craig Morrison has offered a full preview of the game's substantial-looking next update on the official forums.

"In the next six to twelve months, Age of Conan will live or die on how successfully Funcom can address these issues." That's how we closed off our initial review of Age of Conan - acknowledging grave flaws, but with immense optimism thanks to an early flurry of patches which steadily improved the game, week on week.

Crafting overhaul coming to Conan

New director works through to-do list.

Funcom has revealed that it's including an overhaul of item crafting in the next major update to Age of Conan, along with the rest of its new player-versus-player system.

Funcom to merge Age of Conan servers

More PVP and loot changes detailed.

In a lengthy post (two, actually) on the Age of Conan forums, the MMO's new director Craig Morrison has detailed a raft of upcoming changes to the MMO - including a server merge.

Age of Conan will be more "player-centric"

Oh, and the PVP update's out. Sort of.

Following last week's surprise departure of Age of Conan's game director, Gaute Godager, a Funcom spokesman has reassured gamers the MMO will be more "player-centric" in future.

Age of Conan available on Steam

Second MMO joins Valve service.

Funcom's dark fantasy MMO Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures is now available on Steam at a discounted price of USD 44.99.

Funcom confirms 400k players

Funcom confirms 400k players

Correction: "players" not "payers".

Update, 1st September: Erling Ellingsen has told Eurogamer that he said "players", not "payers", when he referred to Age of Conan's installed base in an interview during Games Convention.

Original story: Following Funcom's claim of 415,000 "customers" in its financial report last week, Funcom has confirmed that this figure refers to active subscribers' accounts.

In a video interview with onlinewelten recorded at Leipzig last week, product manager Erling Ellingsen said that the game had "over 400,000 active payers".

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Age of Conan will tie in with new film

Dev has "close relationship" with Lionsgate.

Speaking at the Leipzig Games Convention, Funcom's Erling Ellingsen confirmed that the company's Age of Conan MMO will tie in with the new Conan film being produced by Lionsgate.

Age of Conan updates detailed

Age of Conan updates detailed

New zones and DX10 features on way.

On top of teasing the first Age of Conan expansion, Funcom has shown off some of the forthcoming free content updates to its fantasy MMO Age of Conan at Leipzig.

Funcom highlighted two new zones, new and revamped dungeons and itemisation, and the graphical updates to be expected from the game's future DirectX 10 support.

Ubiquitous Funcom mouthpiece Erling Ellingsen said Funcom intended to answer the criticisms of players of the game who feel the game is too light on content in the second half. "We're really serious about adding content," Ellingsen said. "We agree that content thins out after level 55."

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First Age of Conan expansion teased

First Age of Conan expansion teased

Image suggests oriental theme.

Funcom has revealed a teaser image for the first expansion pack for its MMO Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, which it expects to release in 2009.

The concept art shows three ninja-like warriors wearing green masks with a strongly oriental look. In the background are green banners decorated with dragons, and pagoda-like buildings.

Funcom refused to comment further on the image - but the prominent oriental stylings suggest that the expansion will take players to the land of Khitai, Conan author Robert E. Howard's version of China in the Hyborian Age.

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Blizzard: WOW lost players to Conan

They're coming back though, says Morhaime.

In a conference call with investors on Thursday, Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime credited Funcom's Age of Conan with a strong launch that stole players from his own MMO, World of Warcraft.

Still no PVP update for Age of Conan

Still no PVP update for Age of Conan

Sexist damage bug fixed, though.

Age of Conan has seen a major patch update today - but the much-anticipated revamp of player-versus-player combat isn't in it.

Funcom told its community that the controversial animation bug that caused female characters to do less damage in melee combat than their male counterparts is almost completely fixed. "We're now done with the majority of the process," a community manager said.

There are also changes to the looting system, making all higher-quality items bind to players when equipped or picked up, improvements to the resource-collecting areas for professions and revamps to dungeons, including the Pyramid of the Ancients.

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Funcom shares halve post-Conan

No mention of nipples in this report.

Massively reports that Norwegian developer Funcom's stock has fallen sharply since its fantasy MMO Age of Conan launched in late May.

New info on Conan PVP revamp

Test server spills beans.

The first hard details on the new player-versus-player combat systems being introduced to Funcom's fantasy MMO Age of Conan have emerged over on Massively.

Age of Conan available to download

You'd better have lots of Internets.

Funcom has announced that its fantasy MMO Age of Conan is now available as a direct download from the developer's website.

Age of Conan nets 700,000 subscribers

But is it really the No. 2 MMO in the West?

Funcom has sent out its latest chest-beating press release for its MMO Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, announcing the creation of an impressive 700,000 player accounts for the month-old game.

FeatureFuncom's Gaute Godager

On launching Conan - and what comes next.

With Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures passing its one-month milestone, game director Gaute Godager has one of the most successful launches in MMO history under his belt - but the work is only beginning. A month of frantic patching has produced a more stable, playable, enjoyable game, but the weeks and months to come will make or break Conan, as Funcom strives to ensure that players are happy, entertained - and paying their subscriptions.

Conan is "steak" to WOW's "McDonald's"

Funcom's Godager ribs rivals.

In an interview with Eurogamer published today, Gaute Godager, director of Funcom's hit new MMO Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, said his game is like steak and wine when compared to the McDonald's burger and Coke that is World of Warcraft.

Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures

Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures

Is King Conan worthy of your monthly tribute?

Ah, Conan. The uncouth barbarian who hailed from the lands of the north, adventured as a thief and a mercenary, ruled the waves as the pirate Amra and eventually took the throne of the powerful civilised nation of Aquilonia. Robert E Howard's tales may be as simple, rough-hewn and crass as their eponymous hero, but they are no less compelling for all that.

In crafting an extensive world full of swords, sorcery, barbarism, brutality, treachery and of course treasure, Howard created the perfect environment for a videogame. And isn't there some echo of Conan's own struggle in the story of Funcom's much-vaunted MMO? A rude and untamed underdog in itself, coming to the world not with silver-tongued talk of polish and perfection, but rather with bawdy pledges of decapitations, gushing sprays of blood, and plenty of bared, bouncing tits - a vulgar contender from the North, taking brave aim at the throne of a civilised land.

At least, that's the romantic view we suspect Howard would have preferred. We've been playing Age of Conan now for the entire length of its free trial period - if you bought the game on day one, you need to make a choice this week about whether you're going to carry on with a subscription. It's a good opportunity to sit back and work out whether Conan's broad, earthy approach to MMO gaming has enough vulgar charm to keep you going - or whether the distinctly rough edges on this barbarian champion are just too much for your tastes.

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Conan topples GTA IV in Europe

German and Swedish charts hail new king.

More good sales news for the newborn MMO Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures - and this time it's not from a Funcom press release.

Pay for AoC without a card

King Conan now accepting PayByCash .

With 400,000 people picking up Funcom's Age of Conan in its first week on sale, it doesn't look like the need to pay for the subscription with a credit card is holding too many people back - but if you're one of those rare souls, you'll be pleased to hear that Funcom now have a solution for you.

GTA IV still top of the UK charts

Ahead of Age of Conan and Haze.

Grand Theft Auto IV remained at the top of the UK All Formats chart for the fourth straight week, beating off strong challenges from Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures and Haze, which debuted at two and three respectively.

Age of Conan nets 400,000 players

Funcom claims strong start for new MMO.

Funcom has announced that 400,000 players have signed up to play its new MMO launch, Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, in the last few days.

Age of Conan Week: The Verdict

A pre-review, if you will.

No, there's no big number at the end of this article. (Although, if you look closely, you might find one or two small ones in the final paragraph.) Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, Funcom's heavyweight massively multiplayer RPG, is released today, but we feel - as is very often the case for MMOs at launch - that we can't offer a full review of it just yet. Our limited time with Age of Conan has left too much still to explore, and there's still the one entirely unknown quantity - how the game and a massive community of players will react to each other.

FeatureAge of Conan Week: The Classes

Every class in the new MMO explained.

There are few more critical moments when starting a new massively multiplayer RPG than selecting your first character class. Of course, it's always possible to go back and start again - and in the long run, if you stick with the game, you're bound to try several classes.

Conan to offer 250 hours of levelling

Level fast, die young.

As covered in our launch event report, Funcom has revealed that it will take around 250 hours of play to reach the level cap of 80 in Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures.

Age of Conan Week: The Launch

FeatureAge of Conan Week: The Launch

Northern exposure: game details, wind chill and nipple talk from the Oslo launch event.


Later, these words will be bellowed from the stage by a man reading from an oversized scroll at a merrily confused crowd of games journalists, Funcom developers and Z-list Norwegian TV celebrities. For now, they're content to appear in giant yellow capital letters on a scoreboard here at the Holmenkollen ski jump arena, on a thickly wooded hilltop above Oslo, on this rapidly cooling spring evening.

Men on horseback carrying pikes gallop past the sign through a cloud of smoke from the spit-roasting hogs. Wandering, fur-clad barbarians gnawing on bones mingle with marketeers in sunglasses, excitable leather-jacketed game fans and barefoot hippy chicks. There's fire-breathing, and fireworks, and live blacksmithing demonstrations, all in the shadow of the crumbling ski jump (sorry, "wizard's tower").

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Blizz: room at the top for Conan and WAR

But a WOW-beater will need to be great.

Speaking to Eurogamer, World of Warcraft producer J. Allen Brack - currently working on second expansion, Wrath of the Lich King - has said that there's no reason this year's competing launches, Age of Conan and Warhammer Online, can't succeed alongside it.

Age of Conan early access sold out

Head starts for pre-orderers all gone.

Via a post on the Age of Conan forums, developer Funcom has announced that the early access scheme it offered as a pre-order incentive has now "sold out".

One million sign for Age of Conan beta

One million sign for Age of Conan beta

Funcom reckons it's the biggest ever.

Funcom and Eidos have revealed that over one million of you have signed up for the Age of Conan beta.

The beta only caters for 50,000 of you, apparently, but the rest of you will get a chance to play the full version in just over a week.

"Funcom has not been able to find any higher beta numbers for MMOs in the Western world," said Funcom money-mouth Morten Larssen.

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Age of Conan pricing confirmed

Age of Conan pricing confirmed

Also: shocking install size revealed.

Funcom has laid out the full subscription pricing structure for its imminent fantasy MMO, Age of Conan.

In the UK the game will cost GBP 8.99 per month to play, the same as most competitors - except hold on, that doesn't include VAT. In fact, an Age of Conan subscription will set you back GBP 10.34 a month.

It comes in a little cheaper if you commit to three months or six - GBP 28.95 and GBP 53.06 respectively, including tax.

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Age of Conan open beta gets date

Age of Conan open beta gets date

50,000 players invited, level cap imposed.

Funcom has announced that the open beta for its hotly anticipated fantasy MMO, Age of Conan, will begin on May 1st, at 1500 GMT.

The beta will be hosted exclusively by FilePlanet, and the first step in getting access - "registration for notification" - is now open.

The open beta phase will give 50,000 players a chance to sample Age of Conan ahead of its release on May 20th. However, it won't be the whole game that they get to play.

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Play Age of Conan three days early

When you pre-order a copy.

Funcom and Eidos have announced anyone pre-ordering Age of Conan in the USA, Germany, France, Spain, UK, Oceania and the land of the Nords will get to play the game early.

New Age of Conan PVP modes revealed

Mini-games join siege warfare.

In an update to the official Age of Conan site, developer Funcom has revealed a couple of new player-versus-player combat modes for the massively multiplayer fantasy game.

We've covered this terrain before, but in case you weren't paying attention: Age Of Conan is the MMO based on the original Robert E Howard fantasy novels, rather than the Arnie remix of later years. That means the Funcom fantasy expedition is neck-deep in the mire of Howards' ancient cultures and composted evil. As Game director Gaute Godager puts it: "Hyboria is a vicious cake, covered in layers of dark culture."

Age of Conan 360 a year behind

Expect it 12 months after PC.

Speaking at a GDC presentation yesterday, Funcom's Gaute Godager told videogaming247 that the 360 version of Age of Conan: Hyborian adventures will be available "around 12 months" after the PC release.

FeatureQuestioning Conan

An audience in the court of the Barbarian King. For Age of Conan, obv.

There's a concept known as l'espirit d'escalier, which describes those wonderful comebacks and phrases you think of the moment you walk out onto the steps after an encounter that didn't quite go as well as it might have.

FeatureAge of Conan: Hyborian Adventures

Another look at a life by the sword.

Last time we checked in on Age of Conan, back in July, it's fair to say we were more impressed than we'd expected to be. Certainly, our first impressions weren't challenged in some key regards; the sheer level of violence and sexuality came across as more juvenile than adult, and the whole affair felt a bit like World of Warcraft on a cocktail of steroids and strong booze. An innovative combat system, interesting approach to storytelling and the tantalising promise of great PvP battles, however, made Conan into a strong prospect for one of the year's most interesting MMOGs.

GC: Best Of winners revealed

Crysis, BioShock, PES 2008.

The winners of the Best in Show awards from this year's Games Convention in Leipzig have been announced, reports, with Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 taking two awards for Best PlayStation 2 game and Best PlayStation 3 game.

MMO news updates

MMO news updates

Rolled into one for you.

Time stands still for those of you playing massively-multiplayer online games, but we get dizzy and fall over when trying to keep up with what's going on. So, in an effort to catch the news before it runs away from us, we've cobbled together some recent genre-specific announcements for you.

Vanguard: Saga of Heroes

Sony Online Entertainment has released the second game update for Vanguard, ahead of the big server merge starting next Tuesday morning. Full notes and details of which servers are merging and when can be found on the official site.

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Age of Conan delay explained

Game director wades in.

Funcom game director Gaute Godager has issued an open letter to the Age of Conan forum explaining exactly why the game was put back five months.

Age of Conan delayed

Bit more time to buff it up.

Funcom and Eidos' upcoming PC MMO Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures has been bumped back to 25th March 2008 in order to spruce things up.

Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures

What is best in life?

We've been playing Age of Conan for only a few minutes when it happens. Padding through the tangled jungle of a tropical island, I happen upon a slaver camp - a cluster of tents and small fires, filled with unpleasant types who would rather end my break for freedom now, clap me back in chains and sell me off to the highest bidder.

Age of Conan beta hysteria

Age of Conan beta hysteria

Over 100,000 sign-up.

Funcom and Eidos have announced that last week's Easter applications for the Age of Conan beta have soared over the 100,000 mark, racing past 50,000 in just 24 hours. It makes it amongst the most successful testing sign-up for any MMO.

And, as you probably know, Eurogamer was in the heart of the action, offering you 100 exclusive places when the beta kicks off sometime this spring. So, those of you who tagged yourself as an entrant from this site and were lucky enough to be plucked from Funcom's tombola-style hat will be emailed and notified, maybe as soon as this week.

However, it won't be a walk in the park, and shouldn't be viewed as simply a free trial of the game. Funcom has a team of 150 people working on the game and wants serious feedback, which was why the sign-up regulations required you to upload specific information about your PC configuration.

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Age of Conan beta key giveaway

Age of Conan beta key giveaway

Eurogamer exclusive UK partner.

Eurogamer, Eidos and Funcom are proud to announce that this website is the only place in the UK that will offer you a secure place in the Age of Conan beta test, which is due to start in late spring.

All you have to do stand a chance of being one of 100 people chosen to take part is to sign-up over on our exclusive beta key giveaway page. You don't even have to answer one of Tom's ridiculous questions, it's that easy

Then, if you're one of the lucky winners, Funcom will be in touch and let you know. Fingers crossed.

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Age of Conan PC in October

Still no word on 360 date.

Eidos has confirmed to Eurogamer that Age of Conan will launch worldwide for PC on 30th October 2007, though the publisher was unable to comment on when we could expect the Xbox 360 version.

360 gets Age of Conan

Funcom starts development.

Funcom has started work on an Xbox 360 version of massively multiplayer title Age of Conan - The Hyborian Adventures.

SCi/Eidos takes on Conan

MMO co-publishing deal signed.

It may not feature the 1980's "charm" of Arnold Schwarzenegger's acting, but Conan and his barbaric adventuring style is definitely heading to PCs next year thanks to a co-publishing deal between Funcom and SCi/Eidos.

Conan the Barbarian MMORPG

"For us, there is no spring. Just the wind that smells fresh before the storm."

What is best in life? "To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women!" So said Arnold Schwarzenegger addressing, I dunno, Republicans. Or rather, so said Arnie as Conan the Barbarian in the appalling 1982 film, and the news is there'll be plenty of crushed enemies and lamenting women heading our way early next year with the release of Age of Conan - Hyborian Adventures.