Age of Conan loses lead designer, offers multi-month sub deal

    
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Sad tidings are in store for the Age of Conan community today, as Lead Designer Matthew “CirithGorgor” Bennett announced that he is leaving Funcom.

Bennett said that the split was amicable, and he shared some of his highs and lows from his seven years with the studio: “I want to make it clear that this is for personal reasons and my parting from the company is under good terms. I absolutely wish the company and project well going forward and I know it is being left in competent hands.”

Bennett’s duties are being passed on to a couple of other developers. Stay tuned for more on this, as Massively OP is talking with the former lead about this move.

In other Age of Conan news, Funcom is offering a subscription deal to players who pay for multiple months in advance. By subbing up for three, six, or 12 months, players can get extra subscription time and other in-game goodies.

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paragonlostinspace
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Ugh, more bad news for Funcom. I’m just catching up on this, when the fall/winter comes and the time change kicks in I tend to start suffering from sleep issues. This cyclic crap goes on for a few months and then by spring I can usually beat it back. Until then I find myself not being able to go to sleep until sometime around 4am to 6am. This morning was a six am sleep time, just gets old. Good thing I’m retired these days. (mutter)

Back on topic, I’m really starting to get worried about Funcom as a company. AoC and TSW are both still very incomplete mmorpgs but their potential has always been great and certain parts of both mmorpgs are excellent to be sure. I think that some other entity might end up buying them out or merging with them. :(

Porculasalvania
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DeviateFish
I’ve said it many times – but yes – this is my dead horse with AOC.

I love Age of Conan’s world, characters, combat model, riding horses, music, savagery, etc…

I am SO DISAPPOINTED with their F2P model.  At this point its a text book example of what NOT to do with your F2P.

Porculasalvania
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Porculasalvania

Damonvile
I wonder what it must have been like for him – all the dreams he had for AOC, all the player feedback he’d gotten from what’s actually a pretty good community.

Then from Funcom corporate:  “No no no, we need to use the AOC money to make The Secret World. And if that doesn’t work out we need to use our last few pennies from our investors to make Lego Mini-figures online”.

Koshelkin
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Koshelkin

JimGriffiths aboomwithaview Funcom said that they can keep the games running at the very least.

What happens to your IPs and live games if you can not continue?
“We
strongly believe that no matter the outcome of the process, at an
absolute minimum, our live games will continue running either by us or
someone else as they are generating profit. These are high quality games
with strong communities that we respect and care about, and regardless
of how the future looks, we are confident these games will live on for a
long time to come.”
http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2015-08-18-we-havent-always-made-the-right-decisions-we-are-all-well-aware-of-that

JimGriffiths
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aboomwithaview Well you got to understand this has been a bad year for Funcom. If they don’t find new investors or someone to buy their games they will end up having to shut everything down including the secret world.

JimGriffiths
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JimGriffiths

Nanulak Oh you know you still play just so you can run around topless. :P

breetoplay
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breetoplay

Wild_Phil I dunno, honestly I think it’s usually the other way around.

DrowNoble
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DrowNoble

bryanjturner If you mean as in, Rise of the Godslayer was only new full blown buy to access content.  Then yes, there was “only” one expansion.  However, Funcom has added content in smaller bits, some free, some for less than an expansion cost.  They even added a full area to support the movie that came out.

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Armsbend A Dad Supreme People want to change companies. Considering how long he’s been there, it’s pretty natural he’d be interested in doing something else.

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PizzaDoh

bryanjturner Since you appear to have come from the 90s where expansions were the only updates given to games allow me to share some info with you.

We now have online games that run as a service, so while expansions get released for them that bring about big changes, they have a consistent stream of patches adding events, balance changes, small content, and even some big content pieces.