Age of Conan Celebrates One Year Anniversary

May 18, 2009

‘Age of Conan’ Celebrates One
Year Anniversary, Sees Significant Increase in Players

More and more players join
Conan’s online world, customer loyalty continues to improve –

This week Funcom and a worldwide
community of gamers celebrate the one year anniversary of the massively
multiplayer online role-playing game ‘Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures’. One
year after the mighty barbarian burst onto the online gaming market, shipping
over 1.2 million copies around the world, Funcom is seeing a significant
increase in players and new customers per month. Activity levels have risen
significantly, and the communities are thriving with more and more players
finding their way into the game.

“We are very pleased to see that
more players are experiencing ‘Age of Conan’,” says Vice President of Sales and
Marketing at Funcom, Morten Larssen. “The team has been working diligently on
improving the game since launch, with several major updates that in addition to
improving technology and client stability, also have added hours of more
content, new gameplay features, and more. The fact that we are now also seeing
longer average subscription periods is a testament to the fact that ‘Age of
Conan’ is just getting better and better, and with the launch of the recent
trial campaign there has never been a better time to check out the game than
now!”

Since launching in May 2008, several
major updates have been released for ‘Age of Conan’. These updates have added
hours upon hours of additional content such as new lands to explore, new quests
to undertake, new equipment for characters, and several new gameplay features.
The technology behind the game has also advanced significantly, with improved
framerate, smoother gameplay and the inclusion of DirectX 10. There are
currently 120 people working on ‘Age of Conan’ divided into the live team and
the expansion team, with several exciting updates planned for the time ahead.
The team is currently doing the finishing touches on Update 5, an update that
will introduce a whole new itemization system, new game areas and more.

“It has been an interesting and
challenging year, and I am very proud of the hard work that the team has put
into improving the game,” says Game Director on ‘Age of Conan’ Craig Morrison.
“We have focused on adding content, improving existing content, and adding new
gameplay features. Player feedback has been very important throughout the whole
process, and will continue to be so as we continue improving the game.”

In celebration of the one year
anniversary, all characters in ‘Age of Conan’ will be treated to free fireworks
this week, and a contest has been set up where players are urged to head out
into the streets of Hyboria to color the sky and capture the festivities in a
screenshot for a chance to win some exciting prizes! Soon players will be able
to purchase additional character slots, and as an anniversary gift, Funcom is
awarding all veteran players that have six months or more accumulated
subscription time with a free character slot. For more information on the
anniversary celebrations and the anniversary gifts, please visit the ‘Age of
Conan’ community website.

Launching in May last year ‘Age of
Conan’ quickly became a smash hit in retail, shipping over 1.2 million copies
around the world. In North America, the most prominent online gaming market in
the west, ‘Age of Conan’ became the third best-selling PC title of the year only
beaten by ‘Spore’ and ‘World of Warcraft’. In the weeks after launch ‘Age of
Conan’ simultaneously topped the charts in 17 countries, and the game received
critical acclaim from gaming press across the globe. ‘Age of Conan’ is now
available in English, French, German, Spanish, Russian and Polish, and is being
prepared for launch in Korea as well.

‘Age of Conan’ is currently
available as a free trial. Download yours today at

http://www.ageofconan.com/trial