Age of Conan developer loots $30M

Funcom secures major funding for its upcoming Robert E. Howard-inspired MMOG; microtransactions headed to Anarchy Online.

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All good barbarians know that the more time spent sharpening weapons means the less time spent sacking villages and making off with booty. Funcom has apparently been putting this age-old adage to the test with its upcoming massively multiplayer online game, Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures. Initially slated for a 2006 release, Age of Conan has been delayed several times. The PC version of the game is set to be published this October by UK-based publisher Eidos, with an Xbox 360 version to follow at a later date.

However, Funcom today sends word that instead of plundering willing gamers' pockets for funds, it's gone the diplomatic route by securing roughly $30 million from a private lender. According to Funcom, the investment will be used to ramp up marketing and operational capacity prior to the game's anticipated October 30 launch date. The developer also announced it plans to investigate the casual MMOG market, though it did not mention any specific titles.

In related news, Funcom also revealed today it would be introducing microtransactions to its six-year-old sci-fi MMOG Anarchy Online. In addition to the current subscription-based business model, the developer will be adding a point-based system where players can purchase in-game goods, content, and services. Point packages run for $10 and $20, and game subscribers will receive a stipend of points as part of their monthly fee.

Discussion

46 comments
Jocke_04
Jocke_04

Hey they made this game in Norway... Norwegians have money! ^^ "Oslo's most popular pizza joint - will run from $34 to $48" hehe

adamclarke
adamclarke

Way to go A5H19, you say you have a life yet you managed to make yourself look like a truely blind imbecile who thinks he's right about everything and all. I tend not to trust people/morons who use numbers in their name as opposed to, y'know, the letters that make up the english language so really why should your point of view, which by the way makes up a very small and tiny insignificant part of the world we all perceive, affect any of us? I won't be back to check if you replied, mostly because I dont care. I just thought I'd inform you to look upon your own life, see how wrong you are and alter your perception before you grow up to be something or someone who might be important and ruin it all for the rest of us and our youth.

Zendalbor
Zendalbor

I don't think the points system should be too much of an issue with Age of Conan if they decide to incorperate it, or even with AO, since they're giving some points with just the normal subscription fees for the game.

fissure000
fissure000

"snot nosed pc Owners" So I suppose that makes you one of 'us'? Seeing as you had to have posted those comments from a PC. You could use some of your own advice... Get over yourself, you pompous asshat. Anyways, back on topic, this whole microtransaction deal is pretty stupid, sucks for those who still play AO, I just hope, like said before me, this won't happen a few years after conan goes live. Hopefully this game won't be a total flop, because it holds a LOT of promise.

Cowyg
Cowyg

All very interesting but i would like to hear some thoughts on the issue... to settle it. Every platform with online play attracts **** holes! Its a fact! GET OVER IT!

spow
spow

@TrumpyTheDog goddam xD you are the warrior of the news posts xD

TrumpyTheDog
TrumpyTheDog

"maxsteel86: TrumpyTheDog, why are you being so hostile?" Because I enjoy it, and snot nosed PC owners need to be put down occasionally.

Dark_Nexus3367
Dark_Nexus3367

Age of Conan looks like an awesome MMO. The game's premise is quite interesting, definitely picking this one up for 360. As for all the PC vs Console remarks, i believe each platform has its advantages but that doesn't mean one type of gamer is better than the other, skill is what matters. Of course you will come across snot nosed gamers, doesn't matter what platform they play on 360 or pc, those types of gamers are everywhere so just deal with it and stop with the stereotypes, we're here to learn about games we will potentially buy and play for fun, so stop the hate and enjoy the good news.

maxsteel86
maxsteel86

TrumpyTheDog, why are you being so hostile? The first guy you had a go at simply brought up a valid point. And then you just went on bashing everyone's comments about PC gamers. Relax already! Some people like the PS3, others the 360 and others prefer the PC. Dont kill them over their preference

TrumpyTheDog
TrumpyTheDog

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silunt
silunt

lol trumpythedog sounds like he's pissed off because he doesnt have a pc..

Wedge55
Wedge55

AO has been struggling for years now. This is probably a last ditch effort to keep it profitable. But it does give me concerns about Conan. If they'll add microtransactions to one game years later, then they'll add it to other games years later. I refuse to play games that involve microtransactions.

Sonovius
Sonovius

anyway...good to see a non-WoW MMO (i hope) with tons of potential getting off to a good start. mos def picking this up for the 360 release if it's not a complete soul eater like my last MMO.

decebal
decebal

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Carterman00
Carterman00

ASH, shh... you're just embarrassing yourself, tell me how do you "play" skateboarding? only make 50 bucks a week? a vietnamese gf? and play with airsoft guns? not something you should tell people publicly

rm304
rm304

They are just video games. Get over it. anyone on this site and posts is a nerd... and also....Who ever came up with the word "gamer" is an idiot. I eat food does that make me an eater? I have sex too, Am I a F&%$er?

NiteX
NiteX

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VanGriffin
VanGriffin

WOW. I've never seem so much garbage in the posts. Point is we'll be sending them a monthly check for playing online. Are you will to pay more just to upgrade your character? Me? No.

A5H19
A5H19

Um, actually people who are better than me just have more experiences with the game than I do. And if your insulting my social life, just to let you know I have a girlfriend and her name is Amy, she's vietnamese and we go to the same school and live in the same area. Yeah, I go to school, I work hard and on my free time I play games here and there. I also play tennis, soccer, skateboarding, and I'm part of an airsoft team in virginia. Not only that but I'm in a few bands and I play the guitar. This summer, I have a job and I get about 50 bucks a week. The only reason I'm writing overlong comments is because you are no different from any stereotypical racist who makes insults to people purely based on assumptions and the fact that you insulted a large number of gamers just doesn't make you look any better. Someone had to say something.

TrumpyTheDog
TrumpyTheDog

@A5H19; Say what you want; if you think that everyone beats you is using some aimbot then you either suck at games or feel somewhat inferior, either way you're just adding to the stereotype. Other people do things that involve them being outside, sports for example, rather than sit and type overlong comments with the blinds drawn all day, don't assume that others have as little social life as you.

A5H19
A5H19

So your saying that since PC gamers play their games indoors, they must be pale skinned people who've never seen the light of day? Hm, so are you saying that you play your console outside? Cause if you are, you've been smoking some serious peripheral. Ha! It's funny how you say PC gamers are inferior to console gamers but the only way things are level is if you boys with controllers turn on sticky aim. The keyboard and mouse always wins and that's a true fact. PC gamers exist and always have. and you insulting them with your lame remarks is as pointless as a football player insulting soccer.

TrumpyTheDog
TrumpyTheDog

@A5H19; You somehow seem to think I Would place any value on your opinion.... wrong, wrong, wrong. All you seem to have done is to prove that your own life is a very sad lonely one. Every cross platform game around you find PC snobs loarding it up like they own gaming, like they're something special, well newsflash... they aren't, the ones that come on here all high and mighty are the sort that haven't seen daylight in weeks, and adding that you own consoles as well doesn't make it any better, just because you can waste your life on different machines doesn't change what you are.

A5H19
A5H19

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darkcast
darkcast

I dont know! PC early but spend a lot of money on pc upgrades OR wait 3 months for a 360 version... damnit.

fluffebunnie
fluffebunnie

Microtransactions are lame. I think it is wrong that they will add things like this into a MMO that people have been playing for years. One thing about MMOs that people don't mention is that you pay a large amount for the software and a monthly fee for a long time and get so invested in the game and then they will go and totally change it (Star Wars Galaxies) or mess it up like this news of adding microtransactions. That's one of the flaws of these games that automatically patch and you have no control over. One day the game that you like could be ruined or glitchy on your machine. But hey, no one cares about the customers anymore. Gaming is big business. They can survive with or without you.

TrumpyTheDog
TrumpyTheDog

"Romanticide: I thought it meant stolen too. I hope it's not cross platform, 90% of Xbox live is whingey , racist kids." And 90% of PC owners are full of ****, delusional enough to think they rule the gaming world and barely leave the house in case sunlight burns their lily white skin. Get over yourself.

Skiggy80
Skiggy80

Another awesome game for the 360. Cant wait, this game looks dope.

Unreal_007
Unreal_007

"i personally dont think budget matters... psychonauts was an awesome game, and so was far cry. (no one knew crytek back then)" - brainiac24 whats that got to do with anything just because its an unknown dev doesnt mean its low budget. look at halo 1 hardly any1 knew bungie and that had a massive publisher backing it with very deep pockets.

Jerian
Jerian

Good for them, there is alot of TLC going into this game & we all know that in this business that means Dev time. Dev Time=Higher Cost HIgher cost=Higher Monthly subscription/Risk 30Mil is music to my ears. Its also good news as they must have had a strong presentation to said company to secure that much Capitol. The few doubts I had are slowly being eroded with news like this

brainiac24
brainiac24

i personally dont think budget matters... psychonauts was an awesome game, and so was far cry. (no one knew crytek back then)

RockySquirrel
RockySquirrel

Let's hope that these "microtransactions" don't spill over into Conan. All we need are MMO fans spending entire paychecks on "point packages". In-game goods and content should be obtained in-game! So, STOP this before it causes real trouble.

actr4evr93
actr4evr93

This is one of those games im really looking forward too.So if they just got 30 million then i guess this should be a good game.Even though sometimes the budget doesn't really matter.

Xcommand
Xcommand

30 Millon?? well, when E3 come we might be heard that this game also release for ps3, too. Unless, MS pay some extra cash for the pulisher to keep it as exclusive for PC and X360.

Rentago
Rentago

I would laugh if they actualy spent the day dress like barbarians stealing credit cards and purses in random cities. Also the one commenting that sounds worst that those whiney kids on xboxlive, you obviously got no where posting that. If I said your name while adding your a retard to it, I'd be censored.

quilpie
quilpie

delay it again do us all a favor funcom bah humbug

asmodeus_z
asmodeus_z

With that much funding, we should expect the game to be of similar quality when it's released.

gellis1981
gellis1981

Romanticide ""I thought it meant stolen too. I hope it's not cross platform, 90% of Xbox live is whingey , racist kids. + 360 version has worse graphics."" What? are you afraid to get owned by racist, whiny kids?? I think it would be awesome to take on 360's console kiddies. + what does the 360 graphics have to do with the PC version...Shadowrun does fine with cross platforming. Go to www.gametrailers.com and look at the cross platform videos of Shadowrun and you'll see the PC version with better graphics, but it doesn't hamper game play for either platform. Do your research first before you go ranting about something you have no idea about!

ahdotx
ahdotx

Lol nice choice of word : loot had me there The amount of money they spend on marketing sounds really serious, hope it turns out well

Pete5506
Pete5506

like how they used loot there

Romanticide
Romanticide

I thought it meant stolen too. I hope it's not cross platform, 90% of Xbox live is whingey , racist kids. + 360 version has worse graphics.

AvIdGaMeR444
AvIdGaMeR444

LOL at the term "loots". I thought they had stolen the money for a second there...

ElectrolightSH
ElectrolightSH

I can't wait to play Age of Conan on the Xbox 360.

cyberkap-JL_QGJ
cyberkap-JL_QGJ

Heh. For a second there I thought this was going to be an "Ocean's 11" acquiration of $30M.