Funcom’s Romain “Tilty” Amiel, well known to MMORPG gamers as the lead designer on The Secret World, has taken over game director duties from Age of Conan lead designer Matthew “CirithGorgor” Bennett. Bennett announced back in December that he was parting ways with Funcom just days before the studio announced that a fresh Conan game would be one of three new games announced by the company in 2016.
Tilty is no stranger to Age of Conan, he tells players in his introductory letter; he worked on the much-loved level 1-20 content in the game beginning in 2007 as well as dungeons in Rise of the Godslayer. “I’m still in the process of catching up with the status of the game and figuring out the plans for the future,” he says. “Once everything is sorted out I’ll get into more details about what we have planned for 2016 in AoC.”
Community Manager Andy “Odonoptera” Benditt penned a post of his own today, summing up the game’s 2015 accomplishments. Last month, he reassured players that Funcom remains “committed to the continued development of Age of Conan into 2016 and beyond” with plans to expand the dev team and focus on a PvP arena system, raid finder, accessibility, and membership perks.