Funcom announced that Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures will receive a digital re-launch this summer under the new name “Age of Conan: Unrated”. As well as reaffirming its position as the sexiest and most savage MMO in the world, “Age of Conan: Unrated” will also feature a hybrid business model allowing anyone to freely roam the vast lands of Hyboria either as free players or premium subscribers with access to extra content.

“With over 1.4 million copies sold, glowing reviews for both the core game as well as the expansion, and a healthy player base ever since launch in 2008, there is no doubt that Age of Conan has been a true success story for Funcom,” says SVP of Sales & Marketing Morten Larssen. “Now we turn to another chapter in this story as we thrust ‘Age of Conan: Unrated’ into the world of free-to-play games, a gaming space that is becoming rapidly more popular and profitable across the board.”

The new business model will give players the opportunity to choose whether they want to play for free or become premium subscribers, and Funcom is also introducing an in-game store to the game where both free players and premium subscribers can purchase exclusive content such as weaponry and mounts. For a full overview of what differs from the free and premium offerings, you can view the Frequently Asked Questions now available on Age of Conan community website.

Age of Conan has always been a Mature gaming experience, but going Unrated gives the development team freedom to stay even more true to the original works of Conan author Robert E. Howard, and use even more of the barbaric, brutal and sexy setting that is Howard’s Hyboria. Funcom is already in the process of developing new locations, monsters, equipment and storylines for ‘Age of Conan: Unrated’. This includes the movie tie-in adventure pack announced yesterday, that will introduce content and characters from the upcoming ‘Conan the Barbarian’ movie.

“Everyone on the team is excited about opening up our world to an even larger audience,” says Creative Director and Executive Producer Craig Morrison. “The online world of Hyboria is constantly expanding as we continue to introduce new gameplay features and new content, and we truly believe that ‘Age of Conan: Unrated’ will offer something truly new and unique to both new players and to those have already experienced the brutal online world of Conan the Barbarian.”

Launching in May 2008 Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures quickly became a smash hit in retail, shipping over 1.4 million copies around the world. In the weeks after launch Age of Conan simultaneously topped the charts in 17 countries, and the game received critical acclaim from gaming press across the globe. Age of Conan is now available in English, French, German, Spanish, Russian and Polish localized versions, and has also launched in Korea.

To learn more about Age of Conan, visit the official site at: http://ageofconan.com/

13 COMMENTS

  1. So what you’re saying is that Funcom is going to start handling AOC just like they have Anarchy Online since it came out in 2001ish. A developer falling back on the same business plan they used previously which has worked out rather well thus far…who would’ve thunk it.

  2. agreed the game looks good I hope my computer can run it, I have relatively dated graphic cards and a ton of viruses. anyone know where I can get better cards?

  3. I think a lot of people saw this coming for a long time now. I’m a little disappointed about the “unrated” bit though. Do we really need all that?

  4. most free to play end up living a long time….f2p isnt bad it just mean item malls and item and money pits but hell ur damned if you do and damned if you dont its a toss up like anything but the economy is y alot of p2p are slowly going to f2p i bet f2p item malls generate as much if not more then the revenue they made while being p2p…i bet AOC will grow with it being f2p

  5. Hate those F2P i mean when game was P2p and now F2P so sad really , 1 more game ruined by F2P .. So sad , so sad … Money Means Everythinge ((((

    • That doesnt really make sense. Pay to play=more money if the game is really good. WoW dominated, that doesnt mean LOTRO, DDO, and AOC arent great games, they just got blown out of the water really.

      Both LOTRO and DDO apparently became much more successful switching over to free to play. I think it will be a good thing.

      I dont like cash shops at all personally, i hate the idea, i would rather play a game that has a subscription without a cash shop. But we’re past that it seems. Even WoW basically has a cash shop now and that disgusts me. Aion: cash shop, Lineage: cash shop and these are all pay to play games! its freaking ridiculous.

      Im hoping that AoC going F2P just isnt doing it too late. I really like this game, i hope the switch brings them a lot more players, it should but you never know. People are already bored of this kind of game now that theyve played it so long and every time a new mmorpg comes out its just a rehash.
      I personally feel AoC is different enough, but the similarities are there and people will see them right away.

  6. This is such awesome news! I really loved this game when i trialed it but i had just quit playing WoW and honestly didnt want to pay to play another game similar to it. Same reason i dont play Rift and why i havent played the average F2P mmorpg, theyre just the same old boring crap.

    Conan’s combat is different enough to me tho, it feels more involved and i had a ton of fun with it.

    Im looking forward to this.

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