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.
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.

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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

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stabby_mcgee Posted Dec 15, 2010 8:01 pm PT I hope we get to slay the fat headed giant chin beast known as the Leno. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- are u confuse between conan o'brien and conan the barbarian?

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I hope we get to slay the fat headed giant chin beast known as the Leno.

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I thought the THQ Conan was good too, enjoyed it. Not great, but was fun, gory and had topless maidens. Can't go wrong there. Love the comic series, I still have a ton of Savage Sword of Conan comics.

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Jason Momoa going from playing Ronon to playing Conan. I guess it was either him or Conan O'Brien. How much do Hollywood casting directors make these days? The Conan game was actually pretty fun. Wouldn't mind seeing a sequel.

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Man I loved Conan movies back in the day when Arney was ripped on roids and acted in grunts.

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NeoIostars i agree with you...if he was maybe another foot taller and added about 30lbs of muscle..

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kinda off-topic, but personally I don't think Jason Momoa has the proper build to be Conan. He's more surfer/swimmer-muscular rather than bulky, barbarian-like.

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Didn't they learn from AOC? Lol

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Very interesting, I hope it does justice to it's awesome movies though. If it does I think I may finally be ready to jump into the mmo world. If you could unlock the option to play as Schwarzenegger I'd just die lol.

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@fanirama I loved that game. I still play it once in a blue moon to play through. @DanieltheDead And you sir, have no taste in games. /End Discussion

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As much as I love Howard's stories, the first movie with Ahhnold, and some of the comic titles I just don't hold out any hope for a quality Conan game.

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THQ's Conan was solid and awesome. I bought it for like $30 and was amazed how good it was. The graphics needed little polish and overall as well, but the gameplay mechanics were solid. Dual wield, dual hand single sword, combos etc. were amazing. I enjoyed this more than the god of war sequels. I would pay $60 on release day for a sequel to Conan.

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YES!

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Oh come on I thought it was a new game on Conan O'Brien where he beats the crap out of Jay Leno

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The 2007 Conan game was awful, not only for it's unoriginal gameplay, but from a technical standpoint as well; the graphics were dull and ugly, level design was bland, enemies were incredibly easy and stupid, and it was just a lackluster title overall. They make an inferior version of God of War (which at this point has become a shallow, played out franchise anyway) and then wonder why they didn't move any units at retail. A franchise with the scope and history of Conan gives you an incredible amount of leeway with regard to game content, it just needs a developer willing to actually try something original, rather than sticking to the beaten path.

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O yeah lets just forget of fixing DX10 on conan online and start on a new conan, I don't know if this are the same guys from conan online but even if there not conan games sound lame.

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I hope they base it on the books, not just the movies. I am amazed that anyone could screw up a conan license... but it has been done.

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conan a la red dead redemption..

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YES! And eagles_band is right. Sooooo right! I would love traveling across Hyboria on horseback and going on epic quests!

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Hey, at least there will be boobies.

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i wish some true talented conan fans could make the game..not just some developers who watched the movies and think they know what conans all about like the guys that made the console conan game apparently did.. and valdarez is right..the real conan the conan in howards original story despised and mistrusted magic so those of you who gave him a thumbs down owe him an apology..

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Conan is a good story and it has much potential. Eidos must stick to a solid RPG single-player experience and avoid their botched MMO endeavors. At all costs.

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A game with more depth would be nice; the franchise has potential.

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Conan rules.

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Oh GOD no! They seriously need to leave this guy alone because they make him look bad. The games have been horrible.

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Conan is now public domain, since the original author died well over 70 years ago. Any publisher can make a game based on Conan without any kind of license or permission at all. So there can be a title at any time from anyone.

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As a Conan fan, I was disappointed they had him wielding magic in the games. If you're interested in an idea of how to provide a different game experiencing give this blog a read titled << LINK REMOVED >>. Hope you enjoy!

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Let's hope the graphics become --substantially-- improved.

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In this case, majority of the people interested in Conan games will be the fans.

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Maybe they can make a halfway decent Conan game...along the lines of eagles_band idea

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Just make a single player open world rpg.

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that last conan game was ok but it was frigging hard!!!

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Where did they find the money?

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Paradox will have to work harder on the new game if they even hope to break even. This has not been the most popular game around these parts.

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Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a, start.

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Man on horse bring good!

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Hopefully you get to punch a camel.

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At first I thought they were talking about Team Coco. I prefer that.

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wicked, if they really improve it ill buy it. the first one actually had innovative gameplay and ron perlman was a good choice and would b a good choice again.

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we need Arnold to do the voice over, if not, im not buying it

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No name actor to play Conan. Great, this should be a straight to DVD release. I hope at least the game will be better.

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Conan is a good franchise, they just need to find a studio that knows how to make good games to actually make it successful.

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I'm with Coco! Oh, wait... wrong person.

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If they make a Conan game, Arnold needs to do the mo cap. Bringing the epitome of manliness to a game is always a good thing.

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Conan is a cool world. Age of Conan captured it pretty well, it was just wasted on the MMO style gameplay and structure. Hopefully they come up with something good.

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CROM!

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Word of the Day: plaudits

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Conan has a well developed (minimal magic) fantasy setting that deserves a decent game. This article has so little information as to make me wonder why gamespot decided to include it.

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We need the next one to star Conan O'Brian AND Arnold It can be a brawler. He of the 'roids VS He of the Fiery Locks

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