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Age of Conan: Update 3.0 Interview

StraddenStradden Managing EditorHalifax, NSPosts: 6,696Member Common Managing Editor Jon Wood had the opportunity to sit down with Funcom's Erling Ellingsen to talk about the most recent major update to Age of Conan that hit the live servers today. In the interview, Ellingsen tells us a little bit about combat changes, improvements to tradeskills, PvP changes and more!

What was the team hoping to accomplish with this new update?
Erling Ellingsen:
We started introducing the new PvP system in the last update, and we wanted to finalize it in this one. So that was certainly a big focus for us. The notoriety system is a major addition the gameplay in Age of Conan, and I think this will open a whole new world of opportunities for those inclined to get involved in PvP. We also wanted to improve on tradeskills, introduce culture armor and start making some changes to the combat system. The update is simply huge, but the highlight is undoubtedly the PvP additions!

Check out the Age of Conan Update 3 Interview.

Jon Wood
Managing Editor



  • kazsonkazson killeen, TXPosts: 224Member

    ok wow? not bad ...good turnaround indeed.

    you have my attenion again up cancelled accounts around patch 5.0 (2 major patches away) and you might have a nice surge in numbers.

  • GajariGajari Halifax, NSPosts: 984Member

    Interesting. I'm still a little skeptical, but it does look promising - I may have to try it out again soon.

  • craynloncraynlon remscheidPosts: 255Member

     i try it when ymirs pass is live, i alreaddy had alts around 55 when i quit


    whats especially of interest to me is the question if they can keep up with other companies like turbine, nc soft or even blizzard to produce something significant in a period of lets say 6month time.

    with signifcant i dont mean playing around with some stats or ironing out old bugs but bringing fresh content.

    6month of subscription to me is (even after substracting server/support costs) almost the price of a full game so id expect at least a +20-30% of its original game content.


    any company that cant manage that is either greedy, dont know their code, bad organised has a to limited player base imho

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  • AlloughNAlloughN Venus, PAPosts: 168Member

    I'm going to have to give it another try. Looks like they are doing some real work on it.

    Nice job Funcom, now just keep it up and you will catch up.

  • slythsslyths Posts: 194Member Uncommon

    I'm still undecided i'd prefer to wait a while for other players to give some feedback befroe consedering comeing back.

    There is Strength in numbers!!!

    eWazzuGaluga Gaming

  • RemyVorenderRemyVorender Riverside, RIPosts: 3,480Member Uncommon

    When you think you're ready Funcom, reactivate my account for a week and I'll check it out.

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  • chryseschryses LondonPosts: 1,453Member Uncommon

    I jumped in today for a usual 1-2 hour session.  The immediate change I saw was some armour looked different and the combat skills needed less key strokes.  The biggest improvements for me are:

    PvP mini games.  I actually enjoy these and it now gives a player who is not in a big guild a chance to PvP all night long and have some kills

    Stability - Its amazing how stable the game is now.  Ok I get lag spikes once in a while but it lasts 5-10 seconds and since everything else freezes you dont die stupidly.  Havent had CTD for ages.

    There are also a ton of changes within dungeons and all for the better. 

    Overall I was losing interest around 6 weeks ago but held out for a the last big patch.  Now AoC is the main MMO I play and I am looking forward to leveling an Assassin and trying out the more evil side of the game :)   

    Population is increasing and its nice to see a number of people around in all the zones and todays patch they have sorted the issue with ganking at rez points by increasing the invunerability time.


  • MinscMinsc Burford, ONPosts: 1,319Member Uncommon

    Yep I'll try it again, but only on thier dime. I already paid 4 months worth of subscription price for an unfinished game.

  • DavodDavod Solna, SthlmPosts: 44Member Uncommon

    I would love to try it, but I would never buy the hole game after the first failure. Shame they are not smart enough to give people 5 days free or something like that. Perhaps it will come.


  • ValentinaValentina Los Angeles, CAPosts: 1,768Member Uncommon

    Nice job Funcom. Keep it going!

  • darkcoud9darkcoud9 sunderlandPosts: 126Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by remyburke

    When you think you're ready Funcom, reactivate my account for a week and I'll check it out.


    Yea ill check it out also when you reactivate my account for a few days, other wise im just going to wait 6 more months till i try it out.



  • AmazingAveryAmazingAvery Age of Conan Advocate Posts: 6,966Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Valentina

    Nice job Funcom. Keep it going!


    I agree, finally getting somewhere.

    Do you still play Valentina? You were pretty active on Dagoth weren't you?

  • IKShadowIKShadow LjubljanaPosts: 782Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by remyburke

    When you think you're ready Funcom, reactivate my account for a week and I'll check it out.


    When they do this you will know they feel the game is ready.

    Most likely they will do this somewhere in January 2009, when they aim to release for Russian and Polish market.

    Somehow I doubt they will give some free time before DX10 and all that new content is released.

    Futilez[Do You Have What It Takes ?]

  • DistopiaDistopia Baltimore, MDPosts: 20,155Member Epic

    To bad there's a serious flaw that came along with this update. Apprenticed lowbies don't get the debuff if they are part of a group of aggressors, meaning if you kill them they will give you murder points.

    Edit- issue was less severe than I first thought.

    For every minute you are angry , you lose 60 seconds of happiness."-Emerson

  • TerranahTerranah Stockton, CAPosts: 3,575Member Uncommon

    These sound like some nice additions and changes.  I will definitely give this game another chance if I get a free week trial.  If my performance issues are resolved (ati user) then I would resub atleast for a month to check things out.

  • Frostbite05Frostbite05 Jacksonville, FLPosts: 1,880Member

    ha since its been confirmed that the games gonna be on the 360 ill get in then.

  • khartokhar3khartokhar3 HannoverPosts: 486Member Uncommon

    i hopethe game wont die because it gonna be the best mmo when its finished

  • Leonatos65Leonatos65 Hell, TXPosts: 166Member

    I recently restarted my account about 1 week ago and was also an initial beta tester as well as with everyone in the first wave of its release. I'll admit it had serious problems and was perhaps one of the biggest hyped MMO's yet released.

    Being a veteran WoW, WAR, Lineage 2, and EvE Online Player, I must say that with this patch this game has come a long way since its initial release. No more memory leaks, lag spikes, or serious performance issues and the game world itself has become much more user friendly. The gameplay and combat is still the same but flows extremmely nicely...if you have the hardware. PvP is very fun and FUNCOM added a hefty spoonful of balance into it. Crafting is actually worth pursuing now with tons of more recipes and simpler schematics.

    I foresee a possible free trial in the future (within the next 6 months?) in attempts to bring some players in but it already has a solid population so I wouldn't expect one very soon. Its at a fine stage right now where it should have been at launch so if you're still sitting on the fence, I say its worth the $15 to fire it back up and give it another try. This game is only going to get better!

    My score at launch: 5/10

    My score via Patch 3.0: 8/10

    A few things that could really aid Conan:

    -Word from FUNCOM that an Expansion is being planned

    -New Servers (only if the population increases) or an actual RP-PvE server (there are currently none)

    -Advanced character leveling spawns (if you reach a certain level with a character, you recieve another on the same server starting at level 20 so you don't have to repeat Tortage if you choose not to)

  • thanoskkkthanoskkk AthensPosts: 229Member Uncommon

    i will certainly try it when ymirs is out. Im glad that serious ppl took over th situation there, this is a game with potential

    He that lives upon Hope dies farting.

  • gothamgotham ValenciaPosts: 26Member

    I'll come back when there is more content for roleplayers, like housing and real furniture where you can sit down on a chair

  • SarykSaryk Tallulah, LAPosts: 476Member

    I’ll check it out when there is a free week. But as of right now I like Warhammer better, when Warhammer gets boring, then I will check on EQ2.

  • dpollackdpollack Wheeling, WVPosts: 15Member

    Funcom really burned me with AoC release.  I am a big fan of Conan and robert e. howards books and looked forward to AoC with great interest. I preordered a CE and was their at headstart.  From day one i realised I had been bamboozled by Funcom into buying an overhyped game based on a francise i loved. I felt lied to, cheated, and plain bitter about what I bought. I gave funcom one paid month after free month to fix my gripes, and they failed to address any of them.  Even more so, i rolled a Dark Templar, one of the most laughed at an undesirable classes in the game at launch... what a mistake, but i felt certain Funcom would answer are pleas..........


    Now  I am playing Warhammer online and its such a breath of fresh air to come to a game where the developers roll out patches consitently that do not break the game further, provide clear feedback and listen to the player base, and were up front with what would be shipped with their game. I can not say the same with Funcom.


    IF they want me to come back to AoC for another try, they will offer me a free 1 week return... or hell, how about let me use one of my 5x buddy keys I never got to use because they wern't at release and blank slips of paper in my $89.99 CE box?!?!

  • auutumnauutumn Perris, CAPosts: 14Member

    I'm not now nor ever again to believe a thing that F**ckdUpCom says. They totally lied during the beginnig of launch and haven't stopped since. The *patches* they delivery are full of crap and do nothing to help, only hinder the game. I will never go back to this maggot infested piece of crap again and I hope no one else does.

  • mrputtsmrputts Beaver, PAPosts: 226Member Uncommon

    I would seriously be careful about listening to what anyone at Failcom has to say. Let the people decide. Read what the suckers supporters are saying on the forums. So far I have not heard them singing it's praise. Aside from the fanbois.  Don't be swindled by failcom.




    I would return to AOC if it was not a piece of sh!t game.

    Ea is like a poo fingered midas ~ShakyMo

  • ClaschClasch Palmetto, FLPosts: 10Member

    I admit, when the game first launched, it stumbled a bit, but after all the updates, it's much smoother. I would definatly give the game another chance if your still sceptical : )

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