Age of Conan fans plunder Collector's Edition

Special edition of massively multiplayer online game has sold out, with 111,000 copies destined to reach gamers' hands at launch.

Gamers have been waiting a long time for the massively multiplayer online role-playing game Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures. Originally slated to be released in the first half of 2006, the game has finally gone gold after repeated delays, and is now due in stores on May 20 in the US and May 23 in Europe.

Funcom today boasted that the limited Collector's Edition, which includes two in-game items, a map of Hyboria, a 124-page art book, and an exclusive documentary DVD, has now completely sold out--despite 110,000 being sold after a second print run due to popular demand.

A total of 700,000 copies of the game are being shipped on day one, and Funcom says that due to "equally impressive preorder numbers" and "server capacity limitations," it has not been able to fulfil all orders for the game. It has ordered extra servers to make it possible for more players to join.

Funcom also added that the copies of the game shipping will not support DirectX 10 at launch, saying, "As Microsoft's DirectX 10 is undoubtedly the future of PC gaming, Funcom has decided to ship only the DirectX 9 version at launch, giving the team more time to focus on building a DirectX 10 version worthy of Microsoft's great vision for the future of PC gaming."

Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures is a fantasy-action MMORPG developed by Funcom--which also developed Anarchy Online--for the PC and Xbox 360. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's prelaunch hands-on.

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64 comments
cliffyamo
cliffyamo

ok funcom is forgiven! received my new cd key a few hours later in an email slows there system down if you keep sending emails as they have to cross reference them .game looks great enjoy!

cliffyamo
cliffyamo

ive bought the uk edition of collecters edition and the cd key wont work funcom has said it needs to be changed you cant play the game till they send you a new cd key DONT BUY THE COLLECTERS EDITION IF YOU WANT TO PLAY IT! annoyed waiting for someone to contact me from funcom via email?

BikerPunk
BikerPunk

i bought my Collectords edition right off the shelf yesterday...i oe my small city sometimes (15k pop). only store in the city that has the game too!! mUAH HA HA. now if only my patch wouldnt freeze!!! *shakes fists*

ajcali08
ajcali08

Sorry 360 fans boys..won't be out for xbox till this time next year..lol least we pc gamers only have to wait 6 months for a port.

jknight5422
jknight5422

It sounds as if Funcom didn't anticipate that their own game would be this big this fast. I'll eagerly await the 360 version, although from the sound of it, AoC may not come out until next year for the console. Bummer.

Gen-Gawl
Gen-Gawl

The dx10 version isn't coming out until august?!?!? wtf?

Gen-Gawl
Gen-Gawl

It's for the PC. But the 360 ill get it in a few months.

Targzissian
Targzissian

I want that art book and I want DX 10. I guess I'll wait a few months and see what happens. In the meantime, I'm playing LotRO.

calanorn
calanorn

smashhero Yo, Crzy1. I have the game running in DX10 and it worked fine. Looks alot better than DX9 too with it's realistic shadow effect, DX10 fog, and better textures. It really look great ! Smash are u mistaken or just plain lying maybe you should read the last 2 paragraphs of the press release before you state that you are playing it with dx10 :P

DivineChampion
DivineChampion

I ritualistically denounced my faith in World of Warcraft after playing this game for 1 hour. I took all my WoW CD's, smashed them with a hammer, burned my box sets, game guides, instruction/ installation manuals and even the friend passes. Then i gave my account to a very irresponsible friend, since killing my 70 Alliance Paladin was like murdering my own child. I already preordered the collector's edition of AoC about a month ago and finally blizzard released its grip on my soul.

Guts5
Guts5

"IDarkNight I reserved this game a month ago. (the normal edition) And i can't w8 'cause the gameplay in the videos looks very original. At last we can cut or aim the enemies head!! I think this game will be rulz 'cause WAR (i had played the beta) is very similar to WoW and don't have any new (only the PvP, but is very bad too). We are in the new age of the MMORPG!" WAR is EQ 7.0. It was designed to be the same game with realm vs realm. Meaning meatshield, healer, dps... rinse wash repeat. They have auto attacks just like all other EQ clones, pigeon holded classes just like other EQ clones, etc... So, EQ/WOW that like that kind of game with the same illogical combat system. Monster with no AI that ignore everyone else that is killing them... warriors with massive 2h weapons that hit with all the force of a nerf bat.... WAR is the game you people that want the same experience as EQ/WOW with a few slight changes to it. Oh FYI WAR is suppored by EA... AOC was built from the ground up with a table top/ tactical strategy combat system in mind. Anyone saying AOC combat is boring must then believe EQ combat is comatose inducing by comparison.

IDarkNight
IDarkNight

I reserved this game a month ago. (the normal edition) And i can't w8 'cause the gameplay in the videos looks very original. At last we can cut or aim the enemies head!! I think this game will be rulz 'cause WAR (i had played the beta) is very similar to WoW and don't have any new (only the PvP, but is very bad too). We are in the new age of the MMORPG!

silunt
silunt

Game is buggy with still unfinished unfeatures. The first 20 levels were kinda fun but got real boring after that.

XanderZane
XanderZane

Two questions. 1) How much does it cost a month to play? I'm sure there is a 30day FREE trial, but how much does it cost after that? 2) Has this game been reviewed yet? What kind of scores did it get?

mangeo21
mangeo21

i live in greece..cant w8 till friday to get the game ( the game will be avaliable in 23 in europe) from what i red/saw it must be a great game... i used to be a wow fun for like 3 years now.... Time to change to something new and fresh !!! Have fun guys

Syzgygy
Syzgygy

This is a great game! Some issues with the various destiny quests that they need to work out though, but yeah, I think that won't be an issue for long. Good work Funcom! (Judging by the Early Access)

Dryker
Dryker

Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude! I want my 360 version. There's just something about PC gaming that brings me back to 'Nam lookin' for Charlie in the trees.

Dungeoncrawler1
Dungeoncrawler1

Damn, I wanted an CE. Will be at my best buy first thing in the morning to try and get a copy of the CE. They are advertising it as 'in store purchase' only. Wish me luck :) Dc

smashhero
smashhero

Yo, Crzy1. I have the game running in DX10 and it worked fine. Looks alot better than DX9 too with it's realistic shadow effect, DX10 fog, and better textures. It really look great !

josephreynii
josephreynii

Archias: "Age of Bugs more like it. This thing is like an amateur product." Coming from the guy with a WoW avatar. I've been playing for hours in the early access (would still be playing now, but they brought the servers down to prepare for launch.) I haven't come accross any bugs. Now I'm not saying that there are no bugs, but it thus far has gone a lot smoother than the WoW launch. Don't get me wrong, I've been playing WoW for three years, and I loved it. But calling AoC an amateur product is simply ignorant. It excells on so many levels. I have nothing but respect for the product Funcom has made.

Archias
Archias

Age of Bugs more like it. This thing is like an amateur product.

Crzy1
Crzy1

Just so everyone knows, this game is something special so far, have been glued to it since I started it up on Saturday. Would probably still be playing if not for the servers being down preparing for launch. Believe I'll stick with this one until WAR and if it's not stale I may have to divide my time between them. Glad to hear Funcom is doing well, though. And about the game not running in DX10, it still looks great, it's no Crysis, but it looks as good as all the preview trailers that I've seen. And if this is the same thing that was the open beta and pvp weekend, I don't know what anyone would have to whine about.

BigSmitts07
BigSmitts07

sounds ineteresting..im thinking about getting this

SrTVBR
SrTVBR

I already have mine and waiting tomorrow to PK a lot. =D

calanorn
calanorn

Kez1984 im not saying the gameplay is not a selling point i am saying its a bit bad to have all these previews and movies of a dx10 game then to say we have all you suckers who pre ordered the game based on what you have read / watched and you cant have the best version of it so deal with it. i know from the open beta the gameplay was good but to me if they said dx10 and visuals are as groundbreaking as they make them out to be i expected to be able to see them when i shell out for the game not a 500mb patch or 2 6 months late lol. that said if they had not mentioned or shown dx10 as part of the "finished" game i would still want it i just feel cheated at the fact we will have to download in 6 months what should be there now.

Kez1984
Kez1984

Godan200 sounds like he's too young to be playing this game. I really hope there aren't more players like him on the server, it would be detrimental for the game and it's community.

Godan200
Godan200

HAHAHAHAHA and another thing as welll ..... IT HAS TOPPLED THE RECORD HELD BY WoW launch.... the number of reserves is OVER 700,000 so all you little WoW whiners put up or STFU!

Godan200
Godan200

LOL all of you WoW players are saying things like and i quote "The article does not say they have 700,000 pre-orders. It says that Funcom is shipping 700,000 copies to stores." ALL OF THOSE HAVE BEEN SOLD ALREADY

fredwv
fredwv

I loved Anarchy Online back in the day. Funcom is certainly capable of making great games. I'm gonna wait for some reviews though before dumping any cash on AOC.

josephreynii
josephreynii

I was in the PvP weekend, open beta, and now early access. In the PvP and Beta weekend, the game had some problems...(wich was to be expected) and the game was pretty laggy in the big cities. Now that I'm playing early access, I am blown away. The game runs very smoothly. The gameplay is lightyears ahead of other MMO's. The graphics are simply great. The quests are very immersive. I don't really have anything to complain about. Don't judge the game on open beta if you were in it. If you love MMO's, you owe it to yourself to give this one a shot. I'm not going to make any predictions as to wether or not this game will topple WoW (I like WoW too by the way) but I will say that this game will definatly be a big player in the MMO market. I've only reached level 20, but they've been the most entertaining 20 levels in any MMO I've played to date.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

the preorder is sold out dammmmmn. i wanted to get one. 124 artbook sounds tight

omerg1993
omerg1993

stop comparing this game to WoW ok!!! wow will be wow and conan will be conan its your choice. so stop enforcing your opinion. (BTW i hate wow to death so you mentioning it make me puke)

Guts5
Guts5

"iceveiled the only game that will top WoW will be WoW 2." Also, known as EQ version 7.0... some people just don't like to change. so, I'm sure it will do ok. No other game will play itself quit like wow. Macros and mods... while you watch your favorite TV show. Sounds fun? Actually, there is one more thing people should know about AOC... macros are NOT supported. Mods will not be allowed. They expect people to actually play the games themselves. What a concept! ;)

iceveiled
iceveiled

the only game that will top WoW will be WoW 2. ;)

Sniper_Wolf25
Sniper_Wolf25

pfft this has got nothin on warhammer online

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

Wow, Warcraft beware as there is a major threat in thy midst! This new MMO looks awesome and i would really like to see how the review scores of it racks up to others on the market.

earlthecannibal
earlthecannibal

Playing in early access is a blast . So far this is the best game i have ever played in my life. From the quests to the combat and the graphics...this game better get a perfect 10 score. Simply amazing! Funcom has really made a masterpiece!

Rhubarb9
Rhubarb9

please don't fail to deliver otherwise its back to WoW for me until warhammer :'(

nightwraith40k
nightwraith40k

For the no DX10 ATM I guess they want to add even more and make use of the new technology. But the screenies of their DX 10 look truely amazing and will most likely be even bettter when they release it.

mguid22
mguid22

Grind to a halt? More like explode.

Guts5
Guts5

AOC is an awesome game and it took so long to develop because it's not an EQ clone, like EQ2, LOTRO, and WOW. Click on enemy... wait for timer... OHHH SOOO fun and innovating... not. AOC is a blast with the active shielding system, the multiple attack angles, the combos you have to pull off to get an "effect" to happen, each weapon has a range which means 2hs will hit multiple targets everytime you swing it if they are standing next to each other, build your own guild cities and buy upgrades for it, siege warfare, spell weaving, and much much more. Oh and another thing that makes it differen tthan those EQ clones. They were 1 on 1 games with MMO as a secondary. The combat in AOC is designed for massive battles and balanced accordingly, not 20 1 on 1 fights etc... They designed an entirely new game system and didn't just make EverQuest 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, or 5.0. If you were looking for more of the same that EQ gave you, with a couple tweaks... stick with WOW. If you are looking for something that designed a battle system more like a table top RPG or startegy RPG... AOC is for you! Two thumbs WAY WAY UP!!!

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

That'll be a massive flow of cash! I must say I'm impressed with the number of copies being sent on release day. Thou, I feel that the servers will grind to a halt. Best of luck!

gfile
gfile

They sold all the copies ...damn ...with all the people playing at the same time server will probably explode.

Makaatsu
Makaatsu

@Cocob Gamespot took the news from Eurogamer. Eurogamer were the ones to have the news as they are doing "Age of Conan Week". The actual interview was talking about that they have had to ship additional copies to stores due to over demand. The words were "If the information we have is correct, they represent the highest pre-order number for any global launch of an original PC game, ever, including the original World of Warcraft launch." http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=141099 But of course Gamespot wont mention that stuff because they have a deal with World of Warcraft. In fact reading their article it is more critical then positive.

eonape
eonape

It is pretty good. The unique combat system for melee characters was my favourite part. I can't comment on magic or sieging, but I know spellweaving will be in at release, and so will sieiging. The graphics are great for an MMO though, except for the bushes that rotate along their axis to face you, like oblivion and other games. I just wish I had a computer that could play the game at 64fps on max graphics. I would suggest to definately try the game. It is great.

TheVinster
TheVinster

I am planning on buying AoC if the reviews are good. I let my recurring subscription end for WoW, it's the 3rd time I quit. The formula never changes for these games, just your interest.

cocob2
cocob2

"Gamespot fail to mention that by having 700k pre-orders makes Age Of Conan the highest pre-order for a orgional PC title ever. Breaking the title held by WOW." The article does not say they have 700,000 pre-orders. It says that Funcom is shipping 700,000 copies to stores.