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Hyborian Adventures is the first installment in the planned Age of Conan series that will include expansion packs. Like other MMO games, there will be a subscription fee. The official site states "it will likely follow industry standards" concerning pricing.
When first entering the world of Hyboria, the game is divided into two sections: In the first section you can choose if you want to play alone or with other players. This whole first part is done on an island called Tortage. When you reach level 20, you are allowed to leave the island and thus the second section takes the character created during the first portion to a whole new environment that includes conquerable territories and player owned cities.
One of the primary attractions of Age of Conan is the "Real Combat" system. The player is able to direct the swings of their character's weapon during combat to attack six separate target zones. Funcom has stated that this system will be easy to learn even for veteran MMORPG players who are used to "click and wait" combat; however, the specific details of this system have yet to be unveiled. Other features will include battle formations, which impart bonuses to the group using them, and mounted combat, which will also use the "Real Combat" engine.
Funcom is focusing on developing content for the "end game," the time at which characters have reached maximum advancement, rather than the "grind" and promises a fast leveling process. Funcom has also promised the graphic nature of Robert E. Howard's short stories will not be toned down for the game and Age of Conan has recently been given a Mature 17 rating.
|Official Game Thread||January 12, 2009 07:41 AM||31|
|Article: Conan's Second Coming (20K Free Trial)||April 4, 2009 07:41 AM||1|
|Article: Subcribers Below 100,000||April 3, 2009 11:45 AM||4|
|Article: Long interview with Game Director||April 2, 2009 12:55 PM||1|
|Article: State of AoC from Launch until now.||March 3, 2009 05:57 AM||1|
|Article: February 27th Status Interview @ IGN||March 2, 2009 11:54 AM||1|
|Article: Funcom CFO resigns following $23.3m loss||February 23, 2009 08:06 AM||1|
|Article: Age of Conan is hiring despite poor economy||February 19, 2009 01:45 PM||1|
|Article: Age of Conan launches new patch, introduces Xibaluku||February 19, 2009 01:36 PM||1|
|Article: Age of Conan >> Charging Forward (PC)||February 2, 2009 10:32 AM||1|
|Article: New dungeon, PvP options coming to Age of Conan||January 26, 2009 09:49 AM||1|
|Article: List of post-merger servers for Age of Conan released||January 9, 2009 07:21 PM||1|
|Article: Player perception seemingly shifting in Age of Conan||January 7, 2009 08:11 AM||1|
|Article: US AoC Servers down for a Server merge Today||January 6, 2009 05:30 AM||1|
|Article: New Conan Media & Interview With Craig Morrison||December 18, 2008 09:38 AM||1|
|Article: Funcom confirms Age of Conan layoffs||November 25, 2008 05:54 PM||6|
|Article: Major Content Update||November 14, 2008 11:08 AM||1|
|Article: Update Preview Oct. 17th||October 20, 2008 04:21 AM||2|
|Article: Age of Conan servers merging, stock hits 2 year low||October 2, 2008 03:12 AM||6|
|Article: Funcom swaps game director in hopes of saving Age of Conan||September 19, 2008 03:22 AM||7|
|Article: Age of Conan will tie in with new film||August 20, 2008 05:37 PM||1|
|Article: Age of Conan invandes Game Convetion||August 16, 2008 04:52 AM||1|
|Article: Age of Conan: 415K Customers||August 15, 2008 04:32 PM||3|
|Article: Funcom employee fired for cybersex with player in AoC||August 10, 2008 04:58 PM||1|
|Article: Video from siege war||August 7, 2008 07:26 AM||1|