August 23, 2008

Age of Conan expansion teaser

GC 2008 (Game Convention) at Leipzig came and went, and as usual, Funcom guys didn't miss the chance to market their game. One of the most interesting news for me was the upcoming Age of Conan expansion that is slated for 2009 release.

While I think that AoC needs tweaking, balancing and polishing a lot more than an expansion, I still can't help but feel excited about it. I mean, I've already seen pretty much all the world of AoC - short of two raid dungeons - so it would be nice to explore new areas. Especially because DX10 should be fully supported by the time this comes out. Maybe.


What you see up there is concept art for the new expansion; this teaser pic is all Funcom released, but it's no wonder really - the game has only been out for a little more than 3 months, so you can't really expect them to have made a lot of progress there.

Judging from the oriental style of the buildings in the background and the ornamental armor, the expansion will likely take us to the land of Khitai, which is sort of a Hyborian version of China. Did you know that the Russian word for China is pronounced 'kitai' (something like kit-tie)? I don't know whether it's Russian or some other language that Robert E. Howard took the name from for his Khitai, but as you probably know, all Hyborian nations are based on our world. Here's where it is located in Hyboria (look to the east):


You'd think Funcom would have chosen a country closer to the areas currently in game - like Nemedia, or Shem - but there you go. At least fans of all things Asian should be happy, especially if the expansion will contain anything resembling katanas. We can probably expect a new race and a few classes to be added along with it, too. Plus, this expansion seems to be a part of Funcom's plans to enter the Asian markets with Age of Conan in the second half of 2009.

7 comments:

NaturalChaos said...

Personally I think Funcom has a lot of nerve even talking about plans for an expansion when their original product is still a bug riddled mass if missing content. Let's fix the issues that already exist and add in all the features that are still missing months after launch, THEN we can talk expansions!

Andrew said...

Well, they probably have different teams working on the expansion and in the 'bug fixing' department.

goooooood girl said...

Feel good......

Andrew said...

Okay...

Anonymous said...

no man, what about wow? its out for i dunno 4 years now? and they still fixing bugs... btw, after the last big updates, aoc feels like a complete game now, and it for sure owns damn wow ! and dont say anything before you tried both games,

Anonymous said...

I think AoC is improving slowly. I just wish they would rebalance berserker barbs... they are shitty, especially after the recent patch. 2 games I will be playing is Aion and AoC... Only problem with AoC, is Funcom takes so long to fix things and breaks something else when they fix one thing.. but one thing... a lo of the bugs are fixed compared to when it was released... pay to play beta version... either way, AoC will hold my attention for a long time... hopefully Funcom starts fixing things faster, instead of taking 2-3 months to fix critical issues.

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to this the game is constantly improving and i think heading in the right directions.
It is hilarious to hear people like naturalchaos bag funcom for releasing an expansion because the game is missing content and has bugs. What better way to add content and fix bugs than by releasing an expansion.

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