Rumor: Female Characters Aren't as Powerful as Males in Age of Conan
There’s a rumor among the Age of Conan community that seems to be getting stronger by the minute. It has to do with the balance of the game, or more specifically, the balance of the characters’ genders. It all apparently began with a review from YouGamers, where the author noted one strange occurrence:
… Age of Conan’s weapon swing time depends on the duration of the visual swing animation, and female characters swing their weapons about 25% slower than males – so every female melee character does 25% less damage over time!
You can probably guess how the game’s community is taking this. Funcom’s forums are now littered with comments both affirming and denying that this is the case, along with possible fixes, and of course several people making sexist remarks (what internet community would be complete without that). For now though, Funcom has only said this:
There should of course be no difference between a male and a female character of the same class (other than the looks). But we have gathered the feedback about this and are looking into it.
So gamers can rest assured that at least this wasn’t intentional. The consensus from the players though seems to be that this problems exists. Hopefully Funcom will provide more information on whether a possible fix is on the way soon.