Age of Conan expands with Rise of the Godslayer

First expansion to Funcom's M-rated PC MMO RPG will be playable during this week's GamesCom in Cologne, Germany.

Toward the end of June, Norwegian game developer Funcom debuted what it called the "biggest and most influential" update to its massively multiplayer online role-playing game Age of Conan yet. Titled The Gangs of Tarantia, the update added in a new district for gamers to explore, as well as overhauled the game's RPG and crafting mechanics, included new items and quests, and implemented a final round of residual tweaks and fixes from the game's launch in May 2008.

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Launch bugs thus addressed, Funcom today announced as part of GamesCom 2009 in Cologne, Germany, the first full expansion to Age of Conan, a move first teased in August 2008. Titled Rise of the Godslayer, the expansion introduces the Empire of Khitai, a region with culture and traditions mimicking the Far East. Funcom did not say when it expects to launch the expansion and had not responded to requests for comment as of press time.

"Since the turn of the year, the team has been working hard on bringing the Empire of Khitai to life," Fumcon game director Craig Morrison said of the expansion. "Our focus now is on expanding on the strengths of the game by providing massive new regions of the world to explore, and the Empire of Khitai offers a whole new perspective on the Conan lore and universe."

Of the new features included in the expansion, Funcom promises an all-new storyline, as well as new regions, faction gameplay, and an alternate advancement system. The storyline draws its inspiration from Conan the Barbarian creator Robert E. Howard's story "The Tower of the Elephant." The story involves the events following Conan's defeat of the Elephant God, with chaos erupting as the Hyborian Age finds itself with one less deity.

Funcom will offer the first hands-on time with Rise of the Godslayer from this year's GamesCon, and GameSpot is on hand to cover. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Age of Conan.

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34 comments
whocares9
whocares9

I just got into this game and playing before WoW and Guild Wars this is my favorite. Looks great and the story is better driven forward. However as everyone has said before though I just entered the game so the bugs don't seem existant to me since it is so much later. The only draw back is smaller population as compared to other mmo games. Not to say that there is no one to play with. I was running around with people today.

mystery323x
mystery323x

Games have been 15$ a month before WoW. People just seem to think WoW started everything.

dablood777
dablood777

suppy and demand geez. why is almost every game stuck on $15/month. if you are a smaller game like AOC or WAR you need to lower your monthly price. i am not supporting playing for free as you normally get what you pay for, but just because WoW charges 15 doesn't mean you have to. i would go buy this game today if i only paid $10/month like i do for LOTRO.

Berserk8989
Berserk8989

Looks definetly nice. I don't know why u ppl are dissliking this game so much? We'll i got the game since 2 months (after i fled from the WoW madness ^^.. it was hard tho') now so i didn't played at the beginning and don't know what problems it had back then, and honestly said i simply don't care. The game's world got a really great atmosphere, superb combat system and the best graphics of all MMO's. And @ gswhite i'll just say: Piss off WoW kid

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

People still play this game?

thedarklinglord
thedarklinglord

@Kanaric - Either you misunderstood my comments, or you were simply being contentious. I'll assume the it was the former.

BrolyLSSJ3
BrolyLSSJ3

Well atleast they are still trying to make it better even for how little people are subscribed to it and play it

BloodMist
BloodMist

Guess that's great for the couple hundred people still playing it.

IDarkNight
IDarkNight

@maer not anymore. The new patch of the Dark templar is killing the casters, and we are waiting the Conquerors upgrade now.

maer
maer

I don't play AoC anymore. Is it still Age of Casters?

e1337prodigy
e1337prodigy

As long as there is a lot of single player stuff I be happy.

Kanaric
Kanaric

". I wish they could find a way - and a willingness - to make something like Age of Conan into a LAN RPG. " Thats retarded. Its a MMO, not a lan game. "I'm just not into the whole MMO thing, the PvP and online community stuff, but I really love the look of this, and a few other, MMOs" Then you wouldn't want to play this game.... seriously. Its like saying you would play Call of Duty if it wasn't so violent.

MMOEgg
MMOEgg

What, no camels still? Oh, well. The visuals are impressive at least. When AoC's looks are at it's best, it pretty much blows away every other game on the market.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

I respect these guys for hanging in there against the WOW monolith, but if they're now just finally fixing some launch bugs a year after the fact, they've got some serious issues to contend with.

gswhite
gswhite

@oopomop - I am guessing you didn't read the news that no one plays this pile of crap anymore. They lost their install base in the first year because their help desk is awful, their code is terrible and everyone left play something else.

oopomop
oopomop

@gswhite Im guessing you missed the news about how almost all that stuff is fixed now. Yes it had a beyond terrible launch, but now its actually a decent game.

gswhite
gswhite

Great more buggy crap from the Norwegian Game developers. I bought this game in anticipation that it would replace my 4 year fix with WoW. After numerous graphical issues and different crash bugs and after the developers run out of ideas on how to fix these issues I gave up. Run for your lives... It's AoC!!!!!!

killeridis
killeridis

i curently play aoc and i must say this is very nice news :) can't wait.

BigDawgSteve420
BigDawgSteve420

I thought this game was going under, how are they releasing an expansion???

Leg3nd4ry
Leg3nd4ry

Having played WoW, Warhammer, and AoC, ive found something to enjoy in each. AoC had by far the best combat system and the voice acting at the beginning kept quests enganging and made things feel less repetitive. I started playing AoC pretty late, at a time when the game was updated and had much improved over the early versions of the game, the downside to this was the distinctive lack of players. If they can bring people back with some of these expansions, i would love to explore this game more.

KoolzKatz
KoolzKatz

Well, gratz to AOC they have had some tough times and it looks like they r fixing the game up and r now ready for expansion. Now its time Mythic gets off their butts and fix the mess that classes are in Warhammer

VexedLucifer
VexedLucifer

Quit AoC back in Feb. 09. Still loved it. School gummed up the works. Best looking MMO out there.

Blitz8529
Blitz8529

Still no Armor update? 80 levels of brown and grey peasant look. My biggest complaint was the amount of talents in the trees that was useless or added like +10 damage for a talent that is 50 levels deep in the tree. Spend 60 points to get a talent that gives you mana/hps back and it gives you 9 mana or 9 hps for a spell that costs 300+ mana. Get a sweet ass epic weapon that has lifetap on it and it heals you for 1 hp at level 80. I had a blast the first month tho while everyone was quitting over the bugs I was having the best time ever on the best necromancer class since D2 its a shame they nerfed it and destroyed it for me I probally wouldnt have quit.

phil16-psp
phil16-psp

I wish people would go read about the game now, before posting hate comments. This expansion is looking great, expanding the game and most importantly listening to the community about what they want. Im very much excited about this, and exploring the new lands.

NeilVaage
NeilVaage

Thanks to the rather big changes done to the framework of the game with the 1.05.x series of patches, I am really looking forward to the release of the next expansion and will be following news about it with interest as they get pushed out by Gamespot during GamesCon. I spend several hours a week within the world of Hyboria lately and I find the game to be a far step up from the state it was in at release, with them having ironed out most the bugs, stabilized the client much more and also fleshed out the content a bit. (My machine runs the game for several hours without hickups at the very least and it is not quite, but a tiny bit out of date on the hardware (last years components)). Of course, Age of Conan is not for everyone in terms of tastes, but it is definately far from a dead MMORPG. If it was, I wouldn't (when I don't feel like PvP-ing) be 'ripping my hair out' over how often I get attacked by other players when I just want to finish another quest and I would probably have a much harder time getting a group together for dungeons and raids. Whatever your favorite game is, enjoy it! And let others enjoy what they find fun, without resolving to petty comments about how a games company or their game is failing. Not everyone share your views and what is important should be that you enjoy the game you like.

Fandango_Letho
Fandango_Letho

I'd like dx10. Then I'd come back and experience AoC (not even the expansion) like I should have, a year ago.

Hekynn
Hekynn

No thank you I moved onto Aion when it launches getting it :D

NuKkU
NuKkU

i think its funny how when everyone bought this game they were like ahh wow best MMO ever will definatly kill WoW then now hardly anyone plays it and was on the verge of getting canceled Nothing can match the monstrosity that is WoW

Inconnux
Inconnux

people still play this game?

earlthecannibal
earlthecannibal

Funny how they dont say anything about new armor when people have been quitting becasue it all looks like brown crap. I guess they dont wanna hear it or care . This is a bad game ..plenty of new mmo's coming out that are worth my time.

VfighterX
VfighterX

@ thedarklinglord That's exactly what I would want!!

bobsob2
bobsob2

They need to make there game engine more stable before I buy it again.

thedarklinglord
thedarklinglord

I really wish it wasn't an MMO... I wish they could find a way - and a willingness - to make something like Age of Conan into a LAN RPG. That is, everything is self-contained like a single-player RPG (Neverwinter Nights, for example), and there's no need for monthly fees and internet connection to an online server, but you're required to run the game on a LAN with at least 4 other players. Or something along those lines. I'm just not into the whole MMO thing, the PvP and online community stuff, but I really love the look of this, and a few other, MMOs. Ah, well. At least there's Dragon Age and Diablo III coming soon (provided Blizzard doesn't screw me over Starcraft II style).

IDarkNight
IDarkNight

looks pretty impresive this expansion. the stuffs you need to do for adquire the new mounts are incredible and i cant w8 for play with a wolf :P At last AoC is going to the right way! the balance of the game its going very good. The new patch of tomorrow will be the death of the casters.