Just a few days ago Funcom released a new issue of Clan of Conan. It's always late to arrive in my e-mail for some reason, but thankfully you can just read it online. The Age of Conan team wishes us happy barbaric holidays, and I have to say I love this "Christmas version" of Conan! :) (Download the full version of the poster here).
In addition you can get a free holiday item - the Kosalan talisman of clarity - by typing /claim in-game. The stats on it are laughable, but I suppose it looks pretty cool. Besides, it's the thought that counts, right?
The newsletter also talks about the upcoming updates for a bit. You can find out more information about the Update 4 which will be coming next year in IGN's interview with Craig Morrison, and read about the additional PvP enhancements - such as PvP resources - on the AoC community site.
We will also get two new high-level dungeons sometime next year, namely the Slaugherhouse Cellar (a lvl80 solo dungeon), and the Dungeon of Xibaluku (instanced lvl80 group dungeon located in the Thunder River). Interestingly, you have to finish a special quest in the Slaughterhouse in order to be able to access Xibaluku. Funcom promises "smart" bosses with special skills and the need for player strategy and tactics in order to be able to make the run. Among the loot will be social undead pets - as funny as it sounds, I suppose rotting zombies fit AoC better than some cute creature you'd likely see in other MMOs.
Speaking of Xibaluku, there's also some concept art available for it. I must say I've always been impressed by Funcom's artists, and this is no exception:
In addition to the concept art, there's also a Dungeon of Xibaluku trailer. If I'm not mistaken, you can see some new armor sets there:
The video quality isn't very good, so you can download a high quality version from Age of Conan community site.