Age of Conan’s “rhythm, longevity, gameplay and style” may not work: WAR boss

Monday, 4th August 2008 08:43 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Warhammer Online creative director Paul Barnett has said that it will be “very sad” if Funcom’s Age of Conan collapses, and that the game’s “rhythm, longevity, gameplay and style” may not connect with the market in general.

“I think it will be very sad if they don’t have enough users to maintain the critical mass, because we need more successful MMOs in the world, not more failures,” Barnett told VG247.

“Whether they’ve hit the right rhythm, longevity, gameplay and style depends on the vagaries of the market. I know they worked really, really hard on it, and I know they tried really, really hard on it, and if they don’t make it that’s a real shame, because that’s people’s mortgages.”

Age of Conan has been beset with issues since it launched in May, with many questioning the longevity of the MMO’s content and its ability to hold a significant user-base.

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning is tipped to release in September.



  1. El_MUERkO

    rabble, rabble, rabble, rabble, rabble, rabble

    #1 6 years ago
  2. pjmaybe

    Reading between the lines, it sounds like he’s already doing a bit of damage control here…

    So a similar drop-off in subs after the game’s release a la Conan then? Joy. They’d better not do this with WH40K

    #2 6 years ago
  3. patlike

    I reckon WAR may well make it, you know. Talking to people that know about such things last week, there does seem to be a general feeling that it’s all “there” and there’s a solid content plan in place going forward.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. El_MUERkO

    paul barnett has always shown a passion for WAR and the dev team seem similarly driven, those i know who are on the beta also enjoy it immensely

    a complaint i hear often is the confused art design, it seems to jump from overly cute to dark and from sharp textured ‘realistic’ to low textured ‘fake’ at a whim constantly ripping you our of the game to say ‘wtf is that meant to be’

    #4 6 years ago
  5. El_MUERkO

    as for 40k, i’m flat out refusing to acknowledge it’s existence till they agree to scrap the RPG and make it an MMOFPS

    #5 6 years ago
  6. aocisfine

    Nonsense. Funcom’s Anarchy Online, a very small niche title, has been going for 7 years. Barnett is either backhanding AoC or just completely oblivious to finer details of the MMO market which is weak and concerning at either capacity.

    #6 6 years ago

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