Age of Conan Gets Largest-ever Update

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The fifth Age of Conan update, dubbed the "Gangs of Tarantia," has now gone live, bringing the most significant changes yet seen to the Funcom-developed MMO.

In addition to the new region of Tarantia, which the developer says will add "several hours" worth of content, the game has also seen fundamental changes to its item and questing systems. "Items now have statistics that are easier to understand and that are more similar to what you find in similar MMO games," wrote Funcom on MMORPG.com. "With items being more important, questing and raiding will turn out to be a lot more rewarding than before."

Other changes include the addition of PvP minigame experience, population growth in player cities, social pets, and a reworking of the gem system.

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    June 24, 2009 12:31 PM

    People still play this? I thought they'd closed the servers or announced bankruptcy or something.

    Or did they just consolidate? Anyways..The only reason I enjoyed that game for the brief week or two I played was the idea behind the combat system. Oh and boobies.

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      June 24, 2009 12:36 PM

      Levels 1-20 was great and then you left the island and realized the entire thing was a scam.

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        June 24, 2009 12:58 PM

        That more or less sums up my experience in AoC.

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        June 24, 2009 1:02 PM

        Yeah the island was pretty fun, actually the game was pretty decent and fun until you hit level 50. Apparently they added a whole new zone to help with the tedious grind. But i quit the game at level 63 right as they released it.

      • Zek
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        June 24, 2009 1:06 PM

        Yep this is the reason it did so well at launch only to take a nose dive shortly afterwards. It wasn't horrible for a generic MMO though, what really killed it for the people who stuck around was the grind. After the 40s the quests totally dry up and you spend half the time just straight exp grinding from that point on. Releasing an MMO with a longer level grind than your content can cover is inexcusable IMO.

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          June 24, 2009 1:08 PM

          I think they simply went to level 80 to make it seem like they had the content to compete with WoW, which of course is pretty impossible at launch.

          • Zek
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            June 24, 2009 1:14 PM

            Yeah it was just petty oneupsmanship, and it really came back to bite them in the end.

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      June 24, 2009 12:37 PM

      i wonder if the patch adds "Largest-ever" boobies?


      anyway ya the game is still kickin

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      June 24, 2009 2:05 PM

      The only people I know who played it were people who loved to exploit, since there were so many exploits in the early months.

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      June 24, 2009 5:20 PM

      I don't think they ever said they're in financial trouble because of Age of Conan. They closed a bunch of servers, that's all. :)