April 30, 2009

Letter from the Game Director: Update 1.05

Craig Morrison aka Silirrion has just posted his April 2009 letter to the community on the official Age of Conan forums. It mostly contains information on the upcoming 1.05 update to the Funcom's dark fantasy MMORPG. The update is being tested on AoC's public test servers and Silirrion mentioned a few new, previously unreleased details about it.

First of all, they are planning to give players some additional options for resetting their character feats, either in the form of a retraining price or a free reset, or maybe a combination of both. While I do appreciate that, the second point is much more interesting for those who haven't yet tried all the classes due to the tedious process of repeating the Tortage run and leveling all the way up. You will in fact be able to create a new level 50 character (as long as you already have another character above lvl50):

Next up and I think most interestingly for most of you, there will be a new option for players who already have a character above level fifty. All players with characters above level fifty will now have a one time option to create a new character that starts life at level fifty. This character can be of any class you want to make so you can jump straight into a different class after the update without having to go through the early leveling stages. This will be available to all players from here on in after they reach the milestone of leveling a character to level fifty.
Too bad it's only a one-time option, and I think it's much more aimed at new players who want to try things out. Finally, Craig uses the "top secret" strategy to make us all wonder what else Funcom have in store for us next month:
Lastly, we will be offering something else in relation to these changes during the games anniversary in May, but I’m not allowed to reveal that just yet. So keep your eyes peeled for more information as we get closer to the anniversary.
Visit the General Discussion in the Age of Conan forums to read the letter.

April 12, 2009

Positive Age of Conan reviews from GDC 2009

It seems that the GDC (Game Developers Conference) 2009 was a big success for Funcom's flagship MMORPG, Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures. Several of the biggest gaming portals reviewed the game, outlined the improvements made by developers, and interviewed Craig Morrison - the man who was able to bring AoC back on track after its bumpy launch.

GameSpot has a short article talking about recent additions and updates to AoC. While it doesn't have any new or exciting information, I suppose coverage by one of the most popular gaming portals means only good things for the game.

IGN Vault has a short chat with Craig Morrison where he talks about future updates, such as improvements to the RPG system and new areas.

Massively and ZAM both have lengthy and pretty interesting interviews with the Game Director of Age of Conan. Speaking of interviews, there's also one in video form made by MMORPG.com. You can watch it from the official source, or on YouTube below. It is mostly about the changes that Craig Morrison and the team made to the game after he was appointed as the Game Director. It also touches the subject of free trials.

Craig Morrison Video Interview @ GDC 2009 by MMORPG.com


Finally, EuroGamer has an interesting article titled "Conan's Second Coming" where Rob Fahey plays his character from level 37 to 70 and describes his impressions. Free trials are also mentioned (if you haven't tried AoC yet, you can do so for free here!).