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Posted May 07, 2007 by Keith Cross


Over the past few months, BBC News has recognized the increasing popularity of MMOs by running an increasing number of stories about MMOs on the technology section of their site. In past weeks they've taken a look at World of Warcraft. This time around they take a look at some of the competition, including Age of Conan, Lord of the Rings Online, and Star Wars Galaxies.

With more than eight million subscribers, World of Warcraft dominates the online gaming market but some strong rivals are gearing up to take it on.

Gaute Godoger, game director at Funcom, said succeeding was important for the health of the online gaming world.

"The industry so needs competition to World of Warcraft," he said. "We need other strong games that can make people understand that there's more to it than WoW."

Funcom is developing an MMO based on the iconic hero Conan who was originally the creation of US author Robert E Howard.

Mr Godoger said Funcom was trying hard to make Age of Conan stand out when it launched in October 2007.

The whole tone of the game would be darker than many others to reflect Howard's vision of a corrupt lost age of Europe, he said.

This means it is likely to have a very different audience.

"It's for adults," he said. "We did not want to be a teen-rated game, we wanted to have the possibility of making a game that takes the licence seriously."

Read the full article here.


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