Age of Conan expansion due before July

Funcom says Rise of the Godslayer add-on for fantasy MMORPG will arrive during the first half of 2010; reports Q3 loss of $9.6M on revenue of $5.7M.

The launch of Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures last year provided a healthy infusion of riches to Funcom's coffers. However, the Norwegian developer has struggled to maintain interest in its dark fantasy massively multiplayer online role-playing game, and that fact is evidenced in Funcom's third-quarter earnings report.

Expect Age of Conan's first expansion sometime during the first half of next year.

Reporting on its July-September earnings period this week, Funcom said revenues came in at $5.69 million, down from the $18.1 million brought in during the same period in 2008. Having turned a $3.27 million profit during Q3 2008, Funcom reported a $9.63 million loss for the same three-month period in 2009.

Providing a look ahead to the remainder of its fiscal year, Funcom said that it expects fourth-quarter revenues to fall in line with its Q3 earnings. During its in-progress October-December period, Funcom expects revenues to come in between $4 million and $5 million.

Still, the Norwegian developer has a number of ways to boost revenue in the coming year. Namely, Funcom said today that it expects to launch Age of Conan's first expansion, the Asian-themed Rise of the Godslayer, during the first half of 2010. The company also said that in October, it had been awarded a $270,000 grant by the Norwegian Film Fund to prototype and develop "an Xtreme sports" MMOG.

Unfortunately, Funcom did not provide an update to the release window of its other upcoming MMORPG, The Secret World. In September, the developer said that it had pushed the game's launch back by "some months." The announcement came alongside word that the developer had enacted a 20 percent reduction to its workforce as part of its efforts to cut costs by moving development teams to low-cost locations, such as Montreal.

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InquisitorCrox
InquisitorCrox

Far east and no ninjas?? C moon... What a wasted opportunity...

nugXL
nugXL

AoC has really taken a huge turn for the better, and is slowly becoming the game that we really wanted it to be at launch. I occasionally renew my subscription just to see how things are going in good ole' Hyboria, and I have to say.. I become happier and more impressed every single time. I saw that you said one of your main reasons for not playing anymore was the community. I'm not sure if you've heard yet, but they merged all the servers into just 4 realms, which is great because now each server has a nice population. Now, depending on which realm you go to, is the kind of people you'll be dealing with. I searched through all the realms to see which one I liked, and now I play on Wicanna, the PVE-RP server. I'll break my reasoning down into two parts, PVE, and RP. I joined because of the PVE mainly because open world pvp (in my opinion) is kinda ridiculous in AoC since it's a free-for-all bloodbath. There are many, many, many, great pvp opportunities outside of what pvp realms solely have to offer. I chose an RP server to have a more mature community. Don't be fooled, just because it's an RP server doesn't mean that the entire server is full of hardcore role players who take the game too seriously. It's just really nice to have a majority of the players take the game more seriously than.. let's say, (sorry for mentioning this) WoW. Role players and mature players just respect each others presence in the game world. I love AoC and will remain a big fan!

dutch32672
dutch32672

Kzoneoo1 - I agree with everything you say. It is full of quests, great gameplay and is visually stunning. I really enjoyed the game but the show stopper for me was the community which imo was really bad. The server I played was sparse and not a whole lot of help on the quests that required groups. This also effected me in holding me back on the economy side. I worked up to just under level 80 but left after not being able to group for some of the bigger quest lines. I may return at some point but it looks like the game is hurting and I wonder what the future holds for AOC? Unfortunate as I did really enjouy the game.

kzoneoo1
kzoneoo1

Dematrix, you have no idea what your talking about, There are more levels than you can handle from 20 to 70. Once you get out of the beginner site at 20, there are three different lands to choose from. Not enough quests? Your ridiculous, quests extend across different huge playing areas that you can choose from. I laugh at these people who try it out and lose interest cause they can't cut it and then whine about it on forums. You need intelligence to play this game, the graphics are nothing less than stunning and the best out there. Its not laggy at all and I play in dx10. You cannot play this game on an old pc, it ain't going to work, boring quests? That tells me right there you quit because you couldn't handle it. If you have a new pc and don't mind tough quests, this is for you. If you are a casual gamer, forget it, not going to work.

Dematrix
Dematrix

id have to say the first 20 lvls were a blast after that, when you left the starting area, it all went down hill from there. combat is good, lacked quests, and even more so interesting quests, and ofcourse the lvl 80 pkers are a ton of fun. (now personally i have no qualms about being repeatedly butchered over and over and over and over and over and over and over again for about 4 hours while not progressing the least in any other areas cause what comes around goes around but i can see how many other players may find it a bit to much. and ofcourse the none functional seiges are a blast aswell. sorry if you think im bashing im really not, its just what the game is. laggy servers, pointless pvp, unbalanced characters(just about in every mmo but still its obvious here aswell), broken sieges since launch with no signs of ever begin fixed due to the type of engine they used for the game, boring questing, weak instances, excellent combat system, pkers everywhere, topless woman with nips on shader 2.0 or higher

Berserk8989
Berserk8989

In the world of MMO's AoC easily matches up with WoW (though it's hardly to compare them cuz they're pretty different from each other), played it for 3 months, went to Aion now and alrdy quitted (oh god... how would i like my 60 bucks back T.T), planning to come back thsoe holidays. Really guys, try it out, it's just 20$ with a month free!

alixkid
alixkid

This game still has great potential... but Funcom needs to pull there heads out of there @sses.

Cabal23
Cabal23

For the last six people still playing. Save your money and concentrate on the 360 version.

Targzissian
Targzissian

I'm waiting for it to be the game that they promised us in the years leading up to the launch. Then I will install the copy that I've already purchased and play it for my free month. After that I will almost certainly stop playing, as I have with every other monthly fee based MMO I've purchased to date. It would be nice if someone would make something that could keep me hooked, like a drug, but no dev team has accomplished that yet.

uberjannie
uberjannie

@bashcash007 : I was talking about the new game being only PC. At least they haven't mentioned other platforms.

bashcash007
bashcash007

@uberjannie: No, the last Dreamfall was released for both Xbox and PC. For everyone bashing the game: I would recommend giving the game another try, although I would understand why some of you wouldn't look at the game twice. I'm not going to pretend it's perfect (it isn't, the game still suffers from occasional crashes, bugs -sieges still not completely fixed- and unstable servers, and I do sometimes feel that Funcom just doesn't give it the attention or care it deserves sadly), but it still is quite a different game from the thing that it was last year. There is really no shortage of quests at this point, leveling is relatively easy, and it still (IMO) has the best combat system any MMO of this sort has yet to offer. There's still a shortage of end-game content, though, especially for year and a half old MMO. There are about 6 raid instances (3 Tier 1, and 3 Tier 2), and about 5 or 6 I think level 80 group dungeons. Tier 3 should be here soon, so that's good too. The game's dirt cheap by now, there's a special program for previous subscribers to come back and try the game for free, so I say give it a try and see how you like it. You might be pleasantly surprised.

uberjannie
uberjannie

@73X : because the last dreamfall sold like 80k copies... Not to mention its a pc only release which makes it the same as the last game. 200k illegally pirated games downloaded and 80k sold. Hard facts that Funcom announced themselves. Honestly the fact that they announced another sequel is shocking considering the horrible sales numbers they had last time.

atopp399
atopp399

Hm, the game is only $20 with the first month free. I am tempted to give it a shot. I was still into EQ2 when it released. I need a good MMO. Final Fantasy XIV and Guild Wars 2 are still a long ways from release.

angusmandude
angusmandude

AoC has over 100k sub's And most are very active And if you havnt played the game since launch then dont comment please

Seljek
Seljek

It was good up to level 50 for me... then it started getting far too boring and frustrating to level. Still must say that before level 50, it was a good game.

Blank2k2
Blank2k2

I played it back at launch, amazing game.. then after about level 10 the flaws starting making themselves painfully clear.. was pretty much a pre-beta game pushed into launch, no matter how good a company is (not very in this case) they cant recover from that. Question, Did AoC ever see DX10? i remember playing it for a couple of months waiting & waiting, but was told it would be announced 6months later in some games show, but i never saw it..

73X
73X

Why the hell are they spending time working on an expansion for a virtually dead MMO when they could be working on Dreamfall: Chapters? Geez.

airshocker
airshocker

I gave AoC a chance and it didn't fulfill what it set out to do. It was one of the best-looking games I've ever seen, but the game-play just wasn't there. Now if only they had tested the game properly, instead of just the first 25 character levels, they probably wouldn't be in the mess they are in right now.

Megamanx266
Megamanx266

I wonder if there's a free trial yet....

FsLeonhart
FsLeonhart

The graphics are good, but everything else is an epic fail.

lykketrolle03
lykketrolle03

lol people. doesnt seem like you have been playing aoc these days.. they have improved mutch!

BaLLz_ON_FiRE
BaLLz_ON_FiRE

AoC is still king graphic wise even with Aion released now.

Oni
Oni

Poor AoC. I really tried to stay with it, but in the end was a disappointment. :(

-Celeste-
-Celeste-

@earlthecannibal FFXI suffered similiar problems (gear from lvl 10 lookings like gear from lvl 70) and yet has fared better then AoC. AoC is screwed up more then just the gear.

Murrdox
Murrdox

I've been excited about some of the changes that they made to the game to fix the launch issues, especially the equipment problems. One day when I have time to play an MMO again, I'll try it out again. I've been tempted to reinstall a few times. This game had loads of potential, and it was a lot of fun.

earlthecannibal
earlthecannibal

Best worst game ever. Sad really, this could have been a great game :( The gear and armor ruined this game...level 15 armor is the same as level 70 armor who thought of that?.....a really dumb idea.

LynQ08
LynQ08

lol this game is still around really?

Zerot
Zerot

funcom was a company that had something good on their hands with aoc then took every step to completly destroy and rape it. despite what they say this game isnt even a real mmo its all instanced and horrid and empty.

Unseelie_Sluagh
Unseelie_Sluagh

Will there ever be a 360 version of this game or has that been officially canned?