So I just got back yesterday, which for us here in the US is a lesser known holiday Martin Luther King day which celebrates the work of Martin Luther King and the nonviolent civil rights movement in the 1950's and 1960's. My wife and I had gone up to Oakhurst with my Father in Law to help him work some property that he purchase. This time it was mostly burn piles, rather than clearing brush. We had a good time but it was exhausting and we also got a chance to go ride our dirt bikes/four wheelers out in the mountains and I only fell over and ate the dirt once.
So big big news yesterday. First we got the shiny new www.ageofconan.com website.
Then we got the announcement about the release date being moved to May 20th.
And an explanation from our very own Game Director Gaute.
First in starting to discuss this I want to echo what Gaute said, which is up until last week we did not have any intention of delaying the game further. So when both he and I tell you we as a team have been working our buns off to reach this goal we are not just blowing smoke.
I feel very strongly still that we *could* release in March, but with all my years working with MMO's I am not going to look a management "gift horse" in the mouth. The flat out raw truth is *ANY* MMO designer approaching launch would probably kill for another 8 weeks at this stage of Beta. Using World of Warcraft as a fantastic example, they stayed in Beta for a long time and on launch they had a game that was very polished in most regards and thats what I want to see for Conan as well. (For those Non old-farts or non American the saying to look a gift horse in the mouth comes from Western Cowboy days where it would be considered rude to check the teeth on a horse given to you for free, IE don't complain when something good comes your way for any reason)
We are also working on getting the official FAQ updated with correct information and hopefully being able to expand its features.