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Severity of Truth - Funcom Press Release

Posted by grace-monday Sunday June 8 2008 at 8:05PM
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Funcom is proud to announce that Age of Conan will pass the astounding “One Million Copies Shipped” milestone in less than three weeks after the launch of the game. Due to overwhelming demand Funcom’s retail partner is now re-supplying retail boxes rapidly while also including new markets to the mix. As a result of the tremendous interest from gamers, Age of Conan has for the past few weeks been claiming number one spots on sales charts across the Western world – including the US, Germany, France and the UK – while receiving glowing review scores from gaming media.

“Sales data shows that Age of Conan is the biggest MMO launch since World of Warcraft,” said Funcom Vice President of Sales and Marketing Morten Larssen. “The numbers are very promising, and we are very proud to be one of the fastest selling PC games ever in a launch month and the biggest simultaneous Europe/US MMO launch in history.”

 

Morbid curiosity, great game, or standard propaganda? No matter how you feel, numbers don't lie. (People do.) The juggernaut of fantastic/horrible (depending on your opinion) keeps staggering on, like my pre-order siege mount rhino. While apples to oranges, one cannot help but fathom what sort of hit Funcom will take in slowed sales during the fall/winter season when Warhammer Online (October) and WoW's expansion (November/December) come out. What matters now is that Funcom is making back their initial investment (assumption) and once quarterly figures come out at the end of the month, we'll see the full picture of profits and hopefully Funcom's real emotional investment in Age of Conan in the form of efficient patches, amped up customer service and promised improvements coming to fruition.

Business as usual. Read the rest of the press release here.

Tron420 writes:

IMHO, the more MMOs that make it, the better. As a level 52 ToS in AoC, I can say that I am having fun with the game, but it didn't give me the same fuzzy feeling as when WoW first came out. /shrug

However, I don't need it to be blowing my hair back, I just wanna play a compelling game.

I for one will be taking a look at WAR this fall.

Sun Jun 08 2008 8:34PM Report
grace-monday writes:

The definition of "success" varies. I'd like Age of Conan to make it in a market that is flooded already, but like all the other titles, AoC has its own cross to bear. Everyone will be watching these next six months, surely.

Sun Jun 08 2008 9:29PM Report
Vexe writes:

I personally, am neutral on the launch issues. No game-ruining problems for me.

I played WAR at the NY Comicon, though and it just felt too much like WoW for me. I quit WoW in a week cause it was just too repetitive for me. It felt similar. Too similar.

Sun Jun 08 2008 9:47PM Report
AmazingAvery writes:

By the time those games come Conan will be in even better shape. People will be sieging and having fun, whilst those games have their growing pains too.

Mon Jun 09 2008 1:34AM Report
Arcken writes:

good ole avery, always the optimist about AoC

Mon Jun 09 2008 1:37AM Report
craynlon writes:

good statement

im having tons of fun in conan atm and i still feel that i got a lot for my money. since im lvl 60 now and 80 is on the horizont time will tell if i stay in conan or swich to warhammer or aion (wich i also anticipate a lot). aoc will have a tough time keeping me there once the content ran out.

but then again maybe theres room for 2or 3 mmos in my life...

Mon Jun 09 2008 2:07AM Report
scruffo writes:

TBH i think many people who play AOC are proberly like me got bored of all the other mmos like wow and lotr and are waiting for warhammer to come out cause lets face it AOC is nothing special its just ur classic mmo the only thing id give it creditt for is its guild system and how diffrent each class is from each other giving good replay value

Mon Jun 09 2008 3:59AM Report
craynlon writes:

actually for the strongest point for me  in aoc is how close it is to its ip. the world, the quests, the atmosphere is a living, breathinh hyboria and thats refreshingly different from so many elfs, goblins and dwarfs in those other games.

one thing fc did hit right on the nail imho was the mature setting

Mon Jun 09 2008 4:31AM Report

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