Cash Injection Saves Funcom, Work Continues On New Open-World Conan The Barbarian Game

Remember Age of Conan? The MMO based on Robert E. Howard's burly sword-swinging, princess-saving warrior? While it got off to a cracking start, it quickly lost gas and like many other so-called "WoW killers", faded into obscurity. Developer Funcom kept on trucking, but things weren't looking good for the Norwegian studio until this month, when its financial fortunes changed dramatically.

According to a story by Develop's Matthew Jarvis, Funcom has managed to secure over $US6 million in investment money, bringing it well into the black and in a position to continue work on Conan Exiles.

Announced at the beginning of this year, Exiles promises to be an "open-world survival game" set in the "brutal lands of Conan the Barbarian". With no mention of a massive-multiplayer aspect and an Early Access release planned sometime in the next few months, Funcom looks to be exploring very different pastures than those of The Secret World and Age of Conan.

That said, the game's description shares much with the current glut of open-world survival games:

Hungry, thirsty and alone, your very first battle is that against the harsh environment. Grow crops or hunt animals for food. Harvest resources to build weapons and tools. Build a shelter to survive. Ride across a vast world and explore alone, or band together with other players to build entire settlements and strongholds to withstand fierce invasions.

In Funcom's favour is the Conan IP, as well as what can only be a universe-sized notepad of lessons learned from Age of Conan.

Conan Exiles creator Funcom 'back on the right track' after $6.3m investment [Develop]


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    They Make second rate mmos not surprised they are in the red.

      For AOC, Tortage is still my most favorite MMO starting zone/tutorial zone to date best , I really loved the world but it was just alittle ahead of its time and they didn't get round to fixing it till much later in its lifespan.

      Honestly I would be happy with a single player experience instead they now think its a great time to join the over populated 'survival' genre

        AoC in general was fucking great, the reason why it failed was because it came out 3 years after WoW and it decided to go back to useing everquest mechanics like public dungeons with bosses having 30-60min respawn timers. It was also the only game at the time to have models with vaginas and penis that was not porn

    Funcom, what is best in life?
    To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of our investors accountants!

    Had a really good time in AoC but after leaving the starting zone found that there was a big chunk of missing content between the start and the end game content. Never did reach max level cap but I did have fun playing the assassin and ganking people from the shadows

    Just for a non-AoC LOL and direct cut n paste from the Funcom web site (re: system requirements for one of their "MMOs"):

    Windows Vista •
    Intel Core 2 Duo •
    2GB Memory •
    Graphics Card with 512 MB of RAM •
    DirectX 10 •
    5GB Disk Space

    (http://www.funcom.com/games/lego)

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