Age of Conan Presents: Women of Hyboria
The latest community update at the Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures official website discusses the women of Hyboria. While many may shrugg off the women of Hyboria as nothing more than scantly clad wenches, Funcom wants to break the mold by giving female players equal attributes beyond just physical beauty:
As some of you may have picked up during our development, we have chosen a somewhat updated view on women compared to the works of Robert E. Howard. The world circa-2007 is very different, in most places, than the 1930’s in which the original Conan stories came around. Early on in our development, we therefore made a very clear and conscious choice: Namely that any female player in Hyboria should be just as strong and able as any man! The strong, fierce and independent female is perfectly in line with the lore of Howard, however, we have expanded it to include ALL the female players. And seriously guys, you wouldn’t want anything else, now would you? (let the discussions start!)
To this extent, we have put an amazing amount of work into the female characters in the game, ranging from capturing some 2500 “female-only” animations to sets of special emotes to an incredible array of female clothing and armor. We haven’t just re-skinned male armor, but gone about to create something unique, something strong, something sexy, but at the same time avoiding making it tacky. Should you wish, you can naturally also wear nature’s own armor (but you cannot be completely naked inside the game). And, to underline the point stated above again; our goal has been to make any female player in Hyboria just as strong and able as any man!
I’m pretty sure Robert E. Howard only saw women equal to Conan in more rare numbers. Nonetheless, for an MMO of this nature to work there has to be a little bit of leeway. I for one think that if I’m going to be investing a lot of time staring at a screen for hours, I’d rather see something that visually appeals to me (and big hulking men just don’t do it for me). So bring on the women, ugly or not.
You can read the whole update (and find more screenshots) through the link below. For now, here are a handful of screenshots of The Women of Hyboria.