New Conan games incoming

Licensing house Paradox Entertainment, talent agency DDM planning to enlist developer, publisher to create new titles based on classic fantasy property.

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The last two games based on the Conan fantasy franchise were not blockbusters. THQ's 2007 title Conan, developed by Nihilistic (Zombie Apocalypse), received positive reviews for its God of War-like action adventure gameplay, but it was not a major hit at retail. Meanwhile, Funcom's massively multiplayer role-playing game Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures received solid plaudits upon its release in 2008. However, it also proved a commercial disappointment, with developer-publisher Funcom having to lay off 20 percent of its staff due to ongoing financial woes.

Don't act so surprised! There was bound to be another Conan game.

However, today came news that the Cimmerian warrior will be making another outing into gaming…eventually. This morning, game-talent agency DDM and licensing company Paradox Entertainment announced they are beginning the process of developing a new Conan game. Paradox owns the library of Robert E. Howard, the author of the original Conan stories that first appeared in fantasy magazines in the 1930s. No specific developers or publishers were named in today's announcement, meaning that it will likely be years before any new Conan game arrives at retail.

Besides literary fiction and a variety of games on older systems, the Conan franchise is most famous for inspiring two films starring Arnold Schwarzenegger: Conan the Barbarian (1982) and Conan the Destroyer (1984). A new Conan film, starring Hawaiian actor Jason Momoa (HBO's upcoming Game of Thrones) is set for release next year. The franchise has also spawned comic book series from Marvel and Dark Horse Comics, as well as several television shows.

Discussion

117 comments
xelauchiha
xelauchiha

Hopefully this game is better than the first. The regular combat is what appealed to me. But every boss from the giant squid on up can suck it. It's the same annoying process over and over. Fight a boss, it recovers health (or regenerates), kill it again, rinse and repeat.

feleas
feleas

@DanieltheDead Was that really necessary? I just made a reply with a witty comment, and you full out insult me. I wasn't insulting you, but appearantly your pride matters so much to you that you don't like anyone tarnishing it. /End conversation

DanieltheDead
DanieltheDead

@feleas Unsurprisingly, you missed the point; it's not a matter of age, just mentality. Which of course is something that will be all the more apparent the more I have to drag this out and explain the most basic of concepts to you.

feleas
feleas

@DanieltheDead Never knew being born in 1976 makes me a junior, Junior.

AvnKnight
AvnKnight

If they fix the combat and almost everything else of the console Conan it would of actually been good but the combat was really sluggish the game was so bad, you cant help but feel bad for the poor bastards that paid 60$ for that game.

swmdwn
swmdwn

by crom and mithra

lithus
lithus

Woo! Awesome!...oh wait, the last one wasn't even good. There's just not enough going on in the Conan universe to warrant a game.

parkurtommo
parkurtommo

Conan? as in Conan O'brien? yay how bout you name it Return of the Coco

shooters125
shooters125

For the Conan games it will be sumed up in the famous words of the movies first actor, "I'll be back".

JimmyJumpy
JimmyJumpy

A freshly muscled and bypassed Ah-nuld? Cool...

DanieltheDead
DanieltheDead

@feleas lol Yeah...that coming from someone who gave War for Cybertron a 9.0...think before you speak junior.

Big_To
Big_To

If Jason is to play Conan he has some bulking up to do.

Alex_09
Alex_09

I hope they make it like the THQ game, that was actually really fun and could have been big if they had put a bit more work into it.

Angel_Belial
Angel_Belial

Ahaha, Jason Momoa as Conan? If only it was a joke. Hopefully they don't change Conan from the games to Momoa's likeness, because that was not the way Howard intended.

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

Hollywood has so lost it...a new Conan movie? With that guy as the lead...fail. Looks like something that should show up on Syfy between wrestling shows. At this point skeptical of all games that involve Conan.

GabrielOnuris
GabrielOnuris

Jason Momoa will be the next Conan? You must be kidding me... Anorexic Conan, perhaps... Even myself is stronger than Jason Momoa, maybe I should be Conan.... Jeez... It's like Lindsay Lohan playing Cammy from Street Fighter on silverscreen.

zMd113
zMd113

Oooooooh..... I thought they meant Conan O'Brien, BOOOOO!!!!

oneligas
oneligas

wrong actor for Conan indeed, the dude didn't even seem like a bad mo fo on SG:A compared to the dude playing Mckay

skunknuts
skunknuts

So I just Googled Jason Momoa. That is NOT Conan. He better be one hell of an actor.

RussianRAGE
RussianRAGE

I love Conan and pretty much all writing of Robert Howard. But i just dont like AGE of Conan. I could have made a better game,

Marky360
Marky360

@method115 no you don't get it Triple H wasn't going to play Conan he was going to play the son of Conan Arnold still would have been in it. Personally I would have love to sit but if it was to good the Game might have left wrestling to pursue an acting career so I guess it's good it never happened.

INMATEofARKHAM
INMATEofARKHAM

Sounds good to me. Never played the MMO (I don't play any MMOs) but enjoyed the THQ title for what it was... A hack and slash with a avg story, good voice work (minus Conan), and lots of naked boobs. Looking forward to any new Conan title and hopefully they won' tone it done for a bigger audience.

eyerok
eyerok

@naryanrobinson @cainetao11 - lol, man...look I'm a huge GoW fan, but I feel neutral towards DMC. you misunderstood me. I havent even played Conan. But I just don't like people who pop-up randomly to diss something and say "OH MY fav thing >>>THIS" I see that a lot on GS, and its ridiculous and annoying

SkidRow18
SkidRow18

i will buy if the voice actor is Arnold Schwarzenegger and they use his likeness

myungish
myungish

A new take is always welcome but i'm staying realistic at least until the overall concept is known.

Rasputin2011
Rasputin2011

WOW the 2007 Conan game was a "Hot Mess"!

cainetao11
cainetao11

I have no clue what Dante's preference is, but no matter what it is I enjoyed Devil May Cry; Kratos is a cry baby? Yeah, like none of us get angry when life doesn't go our way; I liked Conan the game. It was a weak GoW clone, but I had fun with it anyway. Men were manly in the '80s? Have you not seen the clothes men wore in the 80s?

JunglemanchiId
JunglemanchiId

The 2007 game was atrocious, seriously boring. I like Conan though, so I hope for a good game at some point!

Lun-Sei
Lun-Sei

If they make a game like that THQ's 2007 title, I'm sold. I actually really enjoyed playing that one!! This time they totally need to add a small talking phoenix sidekick that disappears on Conan's shield. I know it's not official Conan canon, but I loved it in the cartoon. :P

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

@eyerok So you're saying that two of the franchises that have the biggest cult following in gaming have crap main characters that nobody likes. Well shows how much you know about gaming. You think Conan "manly" and you call DANTE gay Yeah your precious little series isn't working out so well because people aren't as manly as they were back in your day. Just keep telling yourself that while the real world enjoys the present/future.

KuRf
KuRf

you know if they make Conan into a RPG game that would be awesome!! i mean real like RPG like you actually play one of them scene in conan series and that means sex with gorgeous woman!!! Sex sales...don't blame me either I didn't put the sexy half naked heroine in the series the first place.

eyerok
eyerok

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ivanfred
ivanfred

I would like the next game to use ideas from the books, not the movies or comics. THQ's Conan was ok, but the final boss fight was terrible. He used magic in THQ's game which irritated me. Conan hates wizards, sorcerers, witches and all beings that rely on magic. Not including magical attacks will be a challenge. All developers use it in games like this, but I hope it is never featured in the next Conan game. Ugh, if a movie is indeed being produced, we can expect a horrible video game tie-in. I would also like looting and weapons and armor customization. I read many of the novels including the Robert E. Howard stories. Conan will help himself to the spoils of war. Bah, we will never see any of this in the game.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

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6angel
6angel

they should make the main character look like Arnold Schwarzenegger completely. then it would sell loads of copies!

xboxaficionado
xboxaficionado

I enjoyed the game on my 360 and wouldn't mind a sequel :)

Georg_Maximus
Georg_Maximus

THQ's Conan game was awesome - blood, boobs and killer combos. I would buy a sequel the moment it hit the shelves. That being said, Conan is probably one of fantasy literature's most underestimated characters, as he's so much more than just brawn. A game that took the character seriously could end up being indeed a very interesting gaming experience. But more boobs will do just fine ;)

grasshopper6
grasshopper6

hmmmm interesting .... a movie for next year

Stiler
Stiler

An open ended ACTION game would work so well for the Conan universe. Take the combat of Severance (aka Blade of DarknesS) which imo is hands down the BEST melee combat system (and quite gory/fitting for Conan as well) and the open world style of the TES games but with the atmosphere and things from the Conan stories and it would be a critical hit. It's a shame, we'll prolly get another God of War rip off or some ocheaper linear action game.

method115
method115

@Marky360 Not me. I'm glad it never happened I'm already pissed about the new Conan coming. Arnold captured the role and looked amazing doing it. I have a hard time picturing anyone else playing Conan.

Marky360
Marky360

I read this one interview with Triple H were he said Hollywood was planning on doing a son of Conan movie where he would play Conan's son and Arnold would play Conan but the movie deal fell through. I wish they had actually made that movie