FunCom Claims 700,000 Age of Conan Subscribers

FunCom and Eidos have announced that Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures has accumulated over 700,000 subscribers. AoC has also moved into the #2 spot of Western subscription MMOs; second only to World of Warcraft.

“That Age of Conan remains #1 in retail stores several weeks after release is of incredible importance to us, and proves that the game has a large potential beyond the early adopters,” said Morten Larssen, VP of Sales & Marketing in Funcom. “With more than 700,000 accounts created so far we have a fantastic platform to build from, and we will continue our marketing spend to further drive numbers in the months to come. It also means that Funcom can dedicate significant development resources on evolving the game even further, naturally giving us a great hope for the future of Age of Conan.”

“We are incredibly pleased to see Age of Conan turning into an MMO phenomenon,” said Gaute Godager, Game Director on Age of Conan. “As an MMO company we know that a good start is just the beginning for a virtual world. All we care about now is to make Age of Conan into an even better game, and we have extensive plans to ensure that Age of Conan remains a top MMO alternative for many years to come.”

Age of Conan has proved that mature MMOs are not only viable, they can be wildly popular. So much for the majority of gamers being under 17. FunCom’s success also brings up the point that even months of delays before release can be a wise move. No one remembers that AoC was slated to be released in January 2008. I don’t believe that the game would be enjoying the same success if FunCom had stuck to its original release date.

via Business Wire

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19 Comments on FunCom Claims 700,000 Age of Conan Subscribers

Hekynn

On June 30, 2008 at 2:39 pm

WOW! Keep it up FUNCOM! :D

Rollett

On June 30, 2008 at 6:42 pm

That number is going to drop abrutply really soon…

Soriin

On July 1, 2008 at 8:44 pm

The title is misleading. The quote says that number is “accounts created” which is not equivalent to subscribers.

Also if you take into account the millions on WoW, then 700K really doesn’t negate the statement “most gamers are under 17.”

RoboSteel

On July 7, 2008 at 10:13 am

Over 11 Million vs. 700,000. WoW for the win. Rest in piece AoCrap

Johnny

On July 7, 2008 at 4:23 pm

Yeah… when it’s all said and done… I’ll give AoC about 500k subscribers for about a year…. then it will fall down to around 100k or so and warhammer comes out. Then 6 months after that… most will have returned to WoW. Just the way it is. It will be a very long time before another game consistently keeps anything of 500k and more than likely it will come from blizzard.

Lewis

On July 8, 2008 at 8:24 am

Well considering it has gained 700K in a month, I believe that utterly owns WOW’s 200k in the first month of release. So in 5 years time (How long WOW has been around for) I would not be suprised if it overcame WOW’s 11 million subscribers by an extra 50% as this game is currently the fastest growing MMORPG to date, so eat that you WOW fans :P

Ron Whitaker

On July 8, 2008 at 2:39 pm

One should also keep in mind that FunCom can directly thank WoW for its early success. When WoW launched, 200K players was a phenomenal achievement, simply because the genre was so small. Let’s face it, outside of EQ and UO, there was little to nothing else, and neither of those games ever brought a lot of new players to the genre.

Now WoW has grown MMO’s from a niche to a powerhouse, and as a result of that, AoC can get 700K accounts in a relatively short amount of time. The true test will be whether they are able to sustain that growth, or whether all those folks are simply trying, leaving, and heading back to WoW.

This isn’t unique to AoC either. Warhammer will face the exact same challenges, once it FINALLY launches.

EveNatico

On July 8, 2008 at 5:18 pm

The best game out there is Eve Online.
No immature, 5 year old whiners.
No terrible, laggy servers

Just a beautiful, mature, fulfilling MMO!!! Long Live Eve Online!!!

Davn Kincade

On July 8, 2008 at 8:16 pm

:roll: @EveNatico

Indeed?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ns9oAGnK9CU

You’re right! the 20+ year old winers take the place nicely…if they’re not having a stroke over rats then it’s about carebears/bot miners/and so on and so forth both on the game and in the forums. :roll:

EvE has beautiful graphics, beautiful music, a nice combat system…and the same arrogant, immature gamers that plague -every- MMO.

Davn Kincade

On July 8, 2008 at 8:28 pm

Sorry for the :roll: by your name, forgot to erase it :???:

Alex

On July 16, 2008 at 1:49 pm

# RoboSteel says:
July 7th, 2008 at 10:13 am

Over 11 Million vs. 700,000. WoW for the win. Rest in piece AoCrap

oh hai WoW fanboi

AoC really has a long way to go until they can actually start building up their player base. once the bugs are gone and classes have had their problems fixed then the game will be on it’s way to the top.

orion

On July 16, 2008 at 1:59 pm

Game hasnt even been out a year and people are bashing it. Thats incredible. Like the other poster said bugs need worked out and im sure the game will hold its own. Having played EQ1 for years – switched over to AoC and having loads of fun. Played WoW and Ao for a while and went back to EQ1 and now im here. Long live Aoc….and if it doesnt –back to EQ1 i guess, because it certainly isnt going to be WoW……..

P.S.–Dont forget how many people are angry because there machines wont play AoC because of the superior graphics to most of the MMORPG’s out there.

Lano

On July 16, 2008 at 2:25 pm

With the direction the game is going with all the patching, the extremely advanced engine and substantial amount of Hyborian lore I would estimate anywhere from 400k – 800k easy, and that’s on a low curve. Realistically I believe more along the lines of double that, far in advance of the sub numbers of LotRO. WAR may do well considering Mythics flare with DAoC, but from what I have seen it appears to be just another cartoon game so it may appeal to some kids or geeks, not to anyone with any sense of taste.

Davn Kincade

On July 16, 2008 at 3:13 pm

Yeah, i agrre with you for the most part Lano….i don’t think that AoC is going to be -huge- but at the same time i don’t think it’s going to be extremely small either.

It looks to be a decent game..i might give it a go eventually.

observant

On July 16, 2008 at 4:01 pm

Everyone who buys the game and signs up for the free trial is going to have an ACCOUNT. This does not mean that they will SUBSCRIBE past the first free month. This article is based on a misinterpretation of Funcoms press release.

Me

On July 16, 2008 at 7:17 pm

Quote: “With more than 700,000 accounts created so far….”

Accounts created and subscribers mean two different things.

This is just another misrepresentation in a long line of them made by Funcom. They make the statement “we will continue our marketing spend to further drive numbers in the months to come”. Translated, this means more deception and misleading statements by this company. If you played AO, this should be no surprise to you.

Airwolf

On July 20, 2008 at 11:40 am

Conan has been around since the 1920ties. Read Robert E Howards stories. They are both modern in style and very exiting. The comics; Savage Sword and Savage Tales are classics and the early Barry Smith stories from the 70ties, about young Conans adventures, are entertaining even in this Day and Age :-) . The Comic “Conan the Barbarian” is still going strong and sells reasonable well in several countries. Enjoy the many entertaining aspects Arnold Schwarzenegger silent performance as the sword swinging barbarian… My guess is that Conan will still be around 100 years after Howard took his own life.

Mantastic

On August 5, 2008 at 2:08 am

Everyone in that game can stealth (successfully) That game is broken to shambles. I cancelled my account after about a week. It simply wasn’t worth the head ache. It seriously has a world of potential, however it falls terribly short. I hated wow because it was far too toony, however I renewed it after half a year and appreciated it for it’s accessibility, and simple genius. Oh and buyers beware, when you buy Age of Conan, you will be paying for a beta version (((It is that bad)))

Chosen One

On August 20, 2008 at 5:56 am

AoC is okay till u get to 80 (max level). Lack of end content, lack of PvP motivation, lack of armor visuals (u are going to look like the rest of ur class at all levels), problems with gem duping that makes a character terribly overpowered making possible to kill another player in 1 shoot. With each patch the game gets more broken and not more fixed.

My sub ended 3 days ago and im glad i didnt continue. The game has potential but needs a lot of work, and FunCom cannot do it.