Funcom and Eidos Announce Massive Evolution Plans for Age of Conan

Erling Ellingsen hinted around last week about changes coming to Age of Conan, and since the game has already evolved massively since launch, fans and newcomers alike can expect numerous expansive additions yet to come.

No more hints this time though because Funcom and Eidos have lifted the veil on Age of Conan’s future, and today the two companies revealed selected features which are now in production.

Gaute Godager, Game Director on Age of Conan stated:

“In the months 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 (PvP) combat plays a major part. As a result, a massive new PvP update is planned for late June. Aptly called “To the death,” this update brings more consequence and reward to PvP players, 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.

  • Powerpoints

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!

  • New Areas and Dungeons

You won’t need to wait for an expansion pack to explore exciting new areas. In the months ahead, Funcom will debut several new areas, as well as evolving already existing areas. This includes a brand new dungeon in Aquilonia, reshaping three dungeons in Stygia, and an entire mountain range in Cimmeria!

  • Improved Player-Made Villages and Battlekeep Systems

While the guild alliance system brings a whole new level to the game, Funcom will continue to expand the existing player-made areas and the systems maintaining them. A focus on evolving the massive elements of the game even further continues, ranging from new city-dwelling NPCs to additional choices and benefits.

  • Social Updates

An MMO is nothing without a good social scene. While Conan is all about crushing your enemies, social enhancements are also getting some love. A fun example is the combo-based dancing system which is now coming to the game, and it’s entirely motion captured by professional dance artists.

  • More Adventures

Age of Conan has received tremendous praise for immersion and the great voice-over quests. This is but the start of the adventure, and numerous new quests are coming to the game, spread across the entire world and across the level ranges. Soon, 60 additional quests will also get full voice acting, further improving immersion.

  • Embracing Community Feedback

Since launch several enhancements and fixes have been implemented to Age of Conan, and Funcom has continuously staffed up the service departments to improve customer satisfaction. This has already resulted in a better game experience, but the work will continue. At the heart of all of this stands the Age of Conan community. A lot of the upcoming improvements to the game will be based directly on community feedback, and the wishes and concerns players have when it comes to the future of the game will always be taken into account.

By reading the community websites, official forums and the monthly “Clan of Conan” newsletter you can expect additional information about upcoming features and released updates, as well as an arena to give your feedback. A new ‘Clan of Conan” newsletter is also going live today, with more details on the upcoming features so if you have yet to sign up, do so now!

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2 Comments on Funcom and Eidos Announce Massive Evolution Plans for Age of Conan

TikiDad

On June 13, 2008 at 3:18 pm

Skeptical TikiDad is skeptical. Don’t get me wrong, there are a ton of things right with this game, and just as many wrong. Chief among them is the fact that there is little to no acknowledgement about the numerous performance issues. The community thus far has offered more assistance than the developers. I get the impression that it’s largely due to the overwhelming amount of feedback (both positive and negative) they are receiving while simultaneously trying to fix the game. But this is a PR update here, of course it will be upbeat, and tbh a lot of what they are promising looks great. Love the game, hate the performance.

Stephany

On June 13, 2008 at 3:46 pm

Unfortunately, I would have no idea at this point what the pros or cons of the game are because I have been donwloading the game from Funcom for over a week now. Granted, I pause the client while working or while surfing so that it does not make my internet chug but considering how huge the game is and how long it is taking to get it – it better be worth it.

Otherwise, to quote Comic Book Guy : Rest assured I [will be] on the internet within minutes registering my disgust throughout the world.