Generation: Gamerz Conan Delayed, but with Reason

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The highly anticipated and award-winning MMO Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures has been pushed back eight weeks so that they can do further refinements to it before launch. I am always happy to hear about this type of delay because it makes for a better game and if it's truly a good game then it's worth waiting for as are many good things. The new release date is now 20 May 2008.

 

Despite great feedback
on vital aspects like immersion, fun factor and the exciting combat
system, the management of Funcom has decided to polish the game even
more. Eight weeks of development work has been added to stress game
systems and polish the game further leading up to launch.

Funcom
is fully committed to its communities and the quality-level they demand
and deserve, and has previously postponed the Age of Conan launch. The
changes implemented as the game was moved to a 2008 release have proven
to greatly improve the experience for newcomers, while introducing a
more involving and accessible character progression throughout the
game. Press and beta feedback in the aftermath of these changes has
been very positive. As a result, the ongoing presentations of the game
have continued to increase the anticipation for Age of Conan. To date,
Age of Conan
has received more than 20 magazine covers and 15 industry
awards, and is widely considered to be one of the most anticipated MMOs
in development.

Funcom has great faith in the Age of Conan game,
and feels certain that further polish is in the best interest of the
hundreds of thousands of gamers who follow the game. “The companies
standing apart in the gaming market today are those with a relentless
drive to achieve quality. Even though we regret delaying the launch, I
am certain we made the right choice. I hope that our followers and fans
will support our decision, and respect our commitment to quality,” said
Gaute Godager, Producer and Game Director of Age of Conan.

Funcom
will also continue the beta efforts for the title with continued
testing on its large server parks in North America and Europe. Players
can already sign up at pre-order programs in several countries and
enjoy the recently released website at www.ageofconan.com,
displaying part of the wealth of marketing and game material already
prepared for the game. A special Collectors Edition of the retail box
is available for pre-order at select retailers. Thousands of players
have been invited to the beta of the game, and the number will continue
to go up as Age of Conan moves towards launch.

To help hold you over they have a video from CES 2008

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That sure is a pretty tech demo of the Dreamworld Engine, maybe one of the prettiest I have ever seen. It definitely looks like the game is ready so they are definitely working on the mechanics now.

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