Funcom Announces Near-Term Age of Conan Plans

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Funcom and Eidos have dispatched a missive, letting players know what the companies have planned for future months in the massively multiplayer online game Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures. We'll just give you their list, verbatim:
PvP Evolved - To the Death


The great combat system in Age of Conan has taken MMO fighting to a new level of fun, and Player versus Player (PvP) combat plays a major part. As a result, a massive new PvP update is planned for late June. Aptly called "To the death," this update brings more consequence and reward to PvP players, and an important part of it is the Fugitive system. The more lower level players you kill, the easier it is for others to hunt you down. In addition, ten PvP levels with additional ranks will be introduced, as well as specific gear and weapons for PvP.

Guild Alliance Warfare

Preproduction has started on a MASSIVE free update which will come later this year. Currently titled "Kingship!", large clusters of guilds will be able to form alliances, and rule and conquer on a massive scale. Everyone in a guild alliance will play a part in this system, and together they can even erect unique looking alliance Battlekeeps. The alliances can also fight over, and build, culture-specific "wonders of the world", with a direct link to higher powers! As part of the system Funcom will also facilitate larger amounts of players in massive battles.

Powerpoints

This fall, a unique reward and character evolution system called Powerpoints will be introduced. This rewards active in-game behavior, and allows for gathering points through numerous methods, including owning a Battlekeep, playing the end-game at level 80, winning PvP matches, or simply being an active guild member or subscribing to the game. There will be many ways to obtain Powerpoints, and numerous rewards, ranging from exclusive Powerfeats to weapons, armor and potions. Powerpoints may even allow you to level faster!

New Areas and Dungeons

You won't need to wait for an expansion pack to explore exciting new areas. In the months ahead, Funcom will debut several new areas, as well as evolving already existing areas. This includes a brand new dungeon in Aquilonia, reshaping three dungeons in Stygia, and an entire mountain range in Cimmeria!

Improved Player-Made Villages and Battlekeep Systems

While the guild alliance system brings a whole new level to the game, Funcom will continue to expand the existing player-made areas and the systems maintaining them. A focus on evolving the massive elements of the game even further continues, ranging from new city-dwelling NPCs to additional choices and benefits.

Social Updates

An MMO is nothing without a good social scene. While Conan is all about crushing your enemies, social enhancements are also getting some love. A fun example is the combo-based dancing system which is now coming to the game, and it's entirely motion captured by professional dance artists.

More Adventures

Age of Conan has received tremendous praise for immersion and the great voice-over quests. This is but the start of the adventure, and numerous new quests are coming to the game, spread across the entire world and across the level ranges. Soon, 60 additional quests will also get full voice acting, further improving immersion.

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