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Post by trog @ 12:28pm 02/03/09 | 30 Comments
We've got the opportunity to interview the Age of Conan development team over at FunCom, and rather than just ask the same old stuff, I figured we'd throw this open to the MMO crowd. I know a lot of people out there got into Age of Conan for a short bash before getting a bit disillusioned by the lack of content, so I'm hoping people who live and breathe MMOs might be able to help us out here with asking some actual serious questions about the future direction of the game - what might make you come back and try it again?

Let us know by posting in the comments and we'll pass on the questions and see if we can come back with some good news!



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Obes
Posted 01:49pm 02/3/09
On release, 1-20 awesome ... 20+ almost no effort, why ?
If they replied they fixed it, point out no-one plays it anymore so no-one knows.

Combos, why were "combos" password protected abilities rather then the traditional combos of say Street fighter or Mortal Combat ? The system was silly but had potential.
If they replied it's fixed now ... again point out no-one plays it so no-one knows.

Probably not a good way for an interview to progress. But the game had a fair ammount of potential and was ruined by the worst launch since Anarchy Online (interestingly I think that was a Funcom effort). It had awesome music, awesome art, a great lore to use, heaps of cool ideas.

The underlying system wasn't real good however, eg. stopping to use an ability because of the animation.
rubba-chikin
Posted 01:53pm 02/3/09
The only question I'd want an answer to is why did they release it in the shape it was instead of holding out 6-12 months to produce a polished game that wouldn't drive the masses away.


That's probably the main one anyone who tried it would like to know.

Answer is most likely publishers said NOW NOW NOW and they had little say in the matter.
Raider
Posted 02:09pm 02/3/09
My question

Who's bright idea was it to try to compete with WoW and are they still employed?
Jim
Posted 02:37pm 02/3/09
in my opinion it didn't try to compete with wow, it was a pvp game with siege

RogerTheIncredible
Posted 03:28pm 02/3/09
The uninitiated or uninformed often mistake MMO to automatically mean 'direct competitor to WoW'...
rubba-chikin
Posted 03:58pm 02/3/09
It was pretty damn close to wow... it is essentially the same genre.

Running around with swords and spells doing quests hacking and zapping s*** for XP to level up.
Obes
Posted 04:02pm 02/3/09
It was pretty damn close to wow...


In the same way that Counterstrike is like Quake ...
groganus
Posted 04:02pm 02/3/09
id like to know if they still plan on releasing a version for the xbox360, if so what is the proposed current release date atm and what changes are the making to make it more suitable for the console market.

id also like to know there thoughts on what went wrong as far as there launch and loss of players.
and given the fact they reduced the number of servers what are there proposals are for keeping players and introducing new ones.

personally i loved the game and thought it was great, it had flaws but i was willing to stick em out... if everyone else hadnt of quit of me id still be playing... but when all my friends left the game was just empty.
elachlan
Posted 04:33pm 02/3/09
I'd like to know if its in the works to have a single server. I for one am sick of having shards. (Disclosure: eve fan boy lol).
Vorador
Posted 04:39pm 02/3/09
Question the first)

What is best in life?


that is all
Tollaz0r!
Posted 04:46pm 02/3/09
Will they be playing the up and coming Star Wars MMO?
evıs
Posted 04:47pm 02/3/09
I'd like to know if I can have my money back.
Jim
Posted 04:48pm 02/3/09
haha winner
fpot
Posted 05:57pm 02/3/09
1. Are you really the guys who made Age of Conan?
2. Really?
3. You?
Dan
Posted 09:07pm 02/3/09
id like to know if they still plan on releasing a version for the xbox360, if so what is the proposed current release date atm and what changes are the making to make it more suitable for the console market.
Oh man. I'd completely forgot that was even planned. Crazy.
nF
Posted 09:41pm 02/3/09
In the same way that Counterstrike is like Quake ...


I presume you mean quake 1?

You get the phone call at 4 a.m. By 5:30 you're in the secret installation. The commander explains tersely, "It's about the Slipgate device. Once we perfect these, we'll be able to use them to transport people and cargo from one place to another instantly.

"An enemy codenamed Quake, is using his own slipgates to insert death squads inside our bases to kill, steal, and kidnap...

"The hell of it is we have no idea where he's from. Our top scientists think Quake's not from Earth, but another dimension. They say Quake's preparing to unleash his real army, whatever that is.

"You're our best man. This is Operation Counterstrike and you're in charge. Find Quake, and stop him ... or it ... You have full authority to requisition anything you need. If the eggheads are right, all our lives are expendable.."
Jim
Posted 10:40pm 02/3/09
I think he meant quake, there's no such thing as quake 1 lolbite

and you forgot the best part:

While scouting the neighborhood, you hear shots back at the base. Damn that Quake bastard works fast!


riveting!
nF
Posted 10:47pm 02/3/09
What I want to know is, and perhaps this is a question to ask Funcom, but if you "have full authority to requisition anything you need" why wouldn't you ask for a rail gun?
DeePer
Posted 10:51pm 02/3/09
Without reading all the discussion after what trog posted, my thoughts were that I had no dramas with all the bugs in the game and I had fun playing it and would of been keen to see what it was like at end game......... however everyone else I was playing with that talked me into playing were over the bugs and lack of balance which coincided with the launch of the WoW expansion........ so it was back to WoW and I followed.

That being said, all I had really was a level 17 sorc which I levelled 90% through PVP battlegrounds.

The game reminded me quite a bit of neverwinternights in terms of mechanics..... I hope the make some okay coin from it cause I wouldn't say the game is a failure and personally I'm not into supporting the whole wow thing THAT much. A lot of people who play WoW see it as the only mmorpg, but a lot of it and the way the game is designed is really quite a joke.

Holy f*** I typed a lot in 20 seconds
rolo_tomasi
Posted 11:36pm 02/3/09
the more mmos that fail the better.
BatS***
Posted 11:52pm 02/3/09
Do they regret releasing the game when it clearly needed more work? If they had the chance would they have delayed it so they could work on it further?
Midda
Posted 11:56pm 02/3/09
the more mmos that fail the better.

Yes, how horrible it would be to have an MMO that's incredibly fun and enjoyable to play.

C*******.
typo
Posted 12:51am 03/3/09
How did it feel simultaneously raping a million gamers at once?
Mantra
Posted 02:15am 03/3/09
You rock my world Typo...

And I don't think they could have a single server for games like this, they just can't be as astronomically big as Eve, because you have to walk, ride etc etc everywhere. Eve can do it because it's just like having 100s of Westfalls or similar. Also, every system is pretty much a conglomeration of variables i.e. This system has x stations, y asteroid belts, z moons etc etc with "this" type of space. Not a lot of rendering going there, and they're literally millions of kms apart, so they don't have to render it all at once. The cool thing is you can go anywhere in those millions of square kilometres, but it looks pretty much like any other area of space in that system, but it's just coordinates on a massive plane.

ps - eve fanboi also.
Saint
Posted 07:33am 03/3/09
Without reading all the discussion after what trog posted, my thoughts were that I had no dramas with all the bugs in the game and I had fun playing it and would of been keen to see what it was like at end game......... however everyone else I was playing with that talked me into playing were over the bugs and lack of balance which coincided with the launch of the WoW expansion........ so it was back to WoW and I followed.

That being said, all I had really was a level 17 sorc which I levelled 90% through PVP battlegrounds.


Wrong game Deeper :p This thread's about Age of Conan, the one where you played the overpowered healing class with lightning spells.
DeePer
Posted 11:42am 03/3/09
yeah I was talking about conan then got mixed up during and listed my warhammer char! lolol

ToS on, they were so much cooler before they nerfed their pbae to hit a max of like 3 players :x dumbest pbae ever!

last edited by DeePer at 11:42:17 03/Mar/09
Rukh
Posted 12:01pm 03/3/09
They nerfed it to only hit 3 people?

Good thing I quit AoC when I did then (I played a ToS).

typo
Posted 10:47pm 03/3/09
Eve can do it because it's just like having 100s of Westfalls or similar.


There's two real reasons that Eve Online can have a single server but most other MMOs can't.

#1: Eve doesn't deal with as many agents/objects at once as most MMOs. Most MMOs have hundreds of agents/objects that need to be monitored in any given zone - and they do this poorly.

#2: Eve selected a concurrency model that works well for this kind of product. Most other MMOs try very hard to do follow traditional concurrency models that have real performance issues when you start dealing with thousands of concurrent objects.
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