Funcom Announces New Game Director for Anarchy Online

Funcom announces new Game
Director for Anarchy Online

Impressive looking graphics
upgrade, new live content and more

Durham, USA — November 11, 2004 –
Funcom announces Morten Byom as new Game Director for Anarchy Online. Morten
Byom is a long-time member of the Anarchy Online development team, and has
proven his exemplary abilities for years. One of the highlights of his previous
achievements can be found in the mesmerizing world of Shadowlands, where he
worked as Lead World Designer. Shadowlands won over 20 awards.

“I am aware that I am standing on
the shoulders of giants when it comes to being a Game Director for AO” said
Morten Byom. “Still, as I have been an integral part of the team for years I
feel confident I can carry on the torch to further illuminate AO. I truly look
forward to take the creative lead, and will do my best in making the ultimate
sci-fi MMORPG even better.”

Funcom is also very happy to
announce a major graphics upgrade for Anarchy Online. Even though AO has
constantly received great praise and awards for its graphics and art direction,
Funcom always seeks to make something better. The first evidence of a vastly
updated world will be experienced through all-new ground textures and more
detailed characters. Moreover, the entire color scheme will be upgraded to make
the planet more vibrant, colorful and lush. All of these changes will be
implemented in the months to come, in addition to new playfields which will
further escalate the intense and action-filled alien conflict.

At the same time Funcom is further
staffing up the Anarchy team. One of the newly arrived is Enno Rehling, who was
Lead Programmer on Notum Wars (Expansion pack of the year, CGW). A multi-award
winning staff mixed with quality newcomers means that Funcom feels confident
about a continued strong future for Anarchy Online.

“I am very happy about the
appointment of Morten Byom as Game Director” said Project Director Ole
Schreiner. “Not only has he proven himself with his previous work on both Rubi-Ka
and Shadowlands, Morten also has a special charisma and mentality. With a new
graphics upgrade, great new staff and Morten Byom at the creative helm I
envision a bright future of AO for many years to come.”

Marius Enge, the former Game
Director for Anarchy Online, has accepted a position as Senior Designer for one
of the premier upcoming MMO games. Funcom is sad to see Marius leave, but at the
same time grateful for the outstanding work he has delivered through the seven
years he worked on AO. Funcom wishes him the best of luck in his new endeavor.

A personal letter from Morten about
his visions for the future of AO:

 http://www.anarchy-online.com/content/news/newsletters/issue23 

Before and after shots of the ground
textures and screens from a new Alien playfield:



http://www.anarchy-online.com/content/downloads/media/screenshots
 

To download a free full version of
Anarchy Online with 14-days included:



http://www.anarchy-online.com/tryout
 



http://downloads.gamezone.com/indexes/m14224.htm

ABOUT FUNCOM – Funcom is an
independent developer and publisher of computer and console games with a focus
on Adventure Action and Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOG). Funcom has
provided outstanding entertainment since 1993 and continues to expand its
track-record of 24 released games to date. Recent successes include the
multi-award winning The Longest Journey, the award winning and critically
acclaimed Anarchy Online – The Notum Wars and the heralded masterpiece Anarchy
Online – Shadowlands. For corporate information please visit www.funcom.com. For
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www.anarchy-online.com
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