Funcom will return to Conan the Barbarian in 2016

Years after Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, developer Funcom has announced a deal with Conan Properties to return to Conan the Barbarian, starting next year.


In the latter half of the last decade, MMORPGs were hitting the market and quickly getting crushed like bugs by the monolithic World of Warcraft. Some of them did see some success, as well as critical and user acclaim, and one of those games was Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, which was released in 2008. Years after the game came and went, Funcom has remembered the good times with the mighty barbarian and has announced that it will be returning to the property in 2016.

Funcom has entered into a formal deal with Conan Properties, making it the preferred partner in Conan-based games across PC and consoles. As part of this deal, Funcom will begin development on three new games based on the Conan license. The first of these games will be based on Conan the Barbarian and will be announced in January.

For those unversed in Conan lore, Conan the Barbarian is a Cimmerian warrior, created in 1932 by Robert E. Howard. He lived through the fictional Hyborian Age, following the fall of Atlantis, defending his people with his unequaled sword skills, his keen intellect, and his unending will. Conan was the star of a series of films in the 1980s, famously played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, before the film series was rebooted with Game of Thrones actor Jason Momoa in the lead role.

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