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Age of Conan Plans

Funcom announces a large number of major changes currently in production for Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, their recently launched MMORPG. The plan includes new areas and dungeons, social updates, additional adventures, and more. Here how the announcement kicks off, highlighting some of the major changes:

Durham, USA – June 13, 2008 – After the incredible initial success for Age of Conan, a whole world of MMO players are eagerly anticipating the future plans for one of the most popular online games ever released. While Age of Conan has already evolved massively since launch, numerous expansive additions are yet to come. Funcom and Eidos are therefore proud to lift the veil on Age of Conan’s promising future, and today the two companies reveal selected features which are now in production.

“While we have enjoyed the initial success for Age of Conan, we know that a solid launch is but the start when it comes to the MMO genre,” said Gaute Godager, Game Director on Age of Conan. ”As we look ahead we are preparing a huge amount of new content, and what we are presenting today will evolve Age of Conan even further. It’s naturally an incredibly ambitious update plan for a live MMO game, but we are certain our players would want nothing less.”

Without further ado, here are some of the cool things to expect in the months to come:

PvP evolved – To the Death
The great combat system in Age of Conan has taken MMO fighting to a new level of fun, and Player versus Player combat plays a major part in this. As a result, a massive new PvP update is planned for late June. Aptly called To the death, this update brings more consequence and rewards to PvP, and an important part of it is the Fugitive system. The more lower level players you kill, the easier it is for others to hunt you down. In addition, ten PvP levels with additional ranks will be introduced, as well as specific gear and weapons for PvP.

Guild Alliance Warfare
Preproduction has started on a MASSIVE free update which will come later this year. Currently titled “Kingship!”, large clusters of guilds will be able to form alliances, and rule and conquer on a massive scale. Everyone in a guild alliance will play a part in this system, and together they can even erect unique looking alliance Battlekeeps. The alliances can also fight over, and build, culture-specific “wonders of the world”, with a direct link to higher powers! As part of the system Funcom will also facilitate larger amounts of players in massive battles.

This fall, a unique reward and character evolution system called Powerpoints will be introduced. This rewards active in-game behavior, and allows for gathering points through numerous methods, including owning a Battlekeep, playing the end-game at level 80, winning PvP matches, or simply being an active guild member or subscribing to the game. There will be many ways to obtain Powerpoints, and numerous rewards, ranging from exclusive Powerfeats to weapons, armor and potions. Powerpoints may even allow you to level faster!

24. Re: No subject Jun 13, 2008, 13:45 Fion
The game certainly doesn't have 'zero content past 50.' Though there are some definite and rather serious areas where there is little content. It's not like theres none, you just have to go out of your way to look for it, which wasn't the case before that.

After about 60 though it starts coming back and filling in, but at the same time the leveling really starts to slow down so the quests don't mean quite as much toward your entire level.

The game has it's flaws. The Boarder Kingdoms are dead. I've posted on the main forums and started threads trying to get some of the secondary objectives turned on (Resource Nodes, Battle Towers, both of which are captureable targets,) but they quickly devolved into calling me an ass-sucking funcom fanboi or just completely going off topic and bashing the game.

It's really quite sad that the games forums are so shitty. I suspect once the 'free month' is up a lot of the people who just spend their time trolling the forum, will leave. Though I doubt the people paid to troll the forum will. And yes there are actually people who do. There was a blog posted on the forums from a guy who admitted he was paid to trash AoC as much as possible, though he wouldn't say by whom. Do a search there, you might be able to find it.

That said the game is really fun and quite significantly a step forward, though there are some glaring imbalance issues. Like high level casters just basically aoe nuking everything for massive damage with a keystroke when melee takes 5 key strokes and 3 seconds to do 1/2 as much, and by the time those 3 seconds pass your target is usually long gone. IMHO front-loading a portion of a combos damage would help. That and the above mentioned lack of end game PvP options, and the MYRIAD of small bugs. But these are being fixed. New content and systems are being implemented and turned on.

And above all my guild is over 100 strong now and having a blast. We've been inviting heavily and we've lost perhaps 15% of members do to turn over. Most people are still having fun (many in their 50's and 60's, or beyond,) and just awaiting Funcom to add more depth to the game and variety of content.

If you go onto the main forums and read it, you'd think about 80% of AoC players are leaving in a 'mass exodus' at the end of their free month. But if my guild is any example (maybe were just a really fun guild,) it's more like 10%. Which for a game with over 700k in sales now, isn't too shabby, considering the work that needs done.

But it really does help if you consider where WoW was in it's 3nd week. And you think to yourself;

'Yea.. at least I'm not dealing with THAT!'

This comment was edited on Jun 13, 13:52.
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