Age of Conan Director Quits; Couldn't Get No Satisfaction

Let’s talk about bad omens. A bad omen, for example, is when a child is spawned from the union of Satan himself and a jackal (or possibly that’s just The Omen). Another far less biblical example would be when the director of an MMORPG quits after their game has only been out for a few months. But that’s exactly what’s happening now with Age of Conan. Director Gaute Godager has now resigned form Funcom after 16 years with the company, noting that his decision to leave was largely driven by his dissatisfaction with the game. However, the game will still go on, just now in the capable hands of Anarchy Online’s Game Director and Producer, Craig Morrison. As Godager explains:

“I have done my very best making this fabulous game, but I have concluded there are elements which I am dissatisfied with. I have decided to act on this, and as a result I have chosen to leave Funcom. It is time to get new, fresh eyes on Age of Conan, and I wholeheartedly support the appointment of Craig. I have had a fantastic time these last 16 years, and I am very proud of the many things Funcom has achieved. Funcom and Conan will always be a big part of me, but as I now look to new ventures outside the gaming industry I am certain Age of Conan’s future is in the best of hands.”

I know he’s trying to sound very upbeat for all the Age of Conan players out there, but let’s face it: when the man in charge of a game quits his job of 16 years over the game in question, well, that’s certainly not good.
I guess it will be left up to the players to decide if the game still runs smoothly following this change though.

Via Kotaku

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6 Comments on Age of Conan Director Quits; Couldn't Get No Satisfaction

ryvrdrgn14

On September 17, 2008 at 12:54 pm

Almost sounded like “forced to resign” and “can’t get into another game company for awhile due to non-competition clause in contract” and “got decent severance pay deal to ensure smooth transition and no negative PR”. Now it’s the “let’s hope the new guy can salvage this” phase.

I could be way off the mark though… or not. :roll:

Conan_Killer

On September 17, 2008 at 3:35 pm

The PvP patch rolled out today was a huge step in the right direction. Hopefully a PvE patch is in the foreseeable future. As for the new game director, boy he’s got a hot seat to cool down.

Cobalt

On September 17, 2008 at 5:23 pm

All I can really think of saying is, AHAHAHAHAHA. Age of Conan sucks, sure this sucks for the players, but still. I’ve never heard of this happening before though, interesting.

Duddee

On September 17, 2008 at 5:27 pm

Yeah… this is kind of like – I went to make an MMO… Well I made it and I freaking hate it, and oh Morrison, its your issue now.- I can’t really see him being forced out of it, but that could be a possibility.

eddie

On September 17, 2008 at 9:48 pm

As someone who has played everything, I still like AoConan. There are a couple rough edges with the engine, but I’ve seen much worse. The dungeons and quests are getting better, and they weren’t that bad to begin with. I still haven’t quite figured out what got the forum trolls’ panties in a bunch so dramatically. I suppose it was the bugginess of seige warfare, but I’ve never seen a sterling end-game at launch in any project.

Biggest problems with the game are low server population making raids and group quests difficult to complete, and a constant barrage of hateful forum static from around the net. You’d think they pulled a SWG move or something to hear people rant.

Here’s hoping the new lead gets things back on track, and doesn’t take the forum flamers to heart.

Bounce

On September 18, 2008 at 6:03 pm

Eh changing game directors is pretty common in the FC camp. I thought everyone knew that.