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We've pored over your many awesome Age of Conan screenshots for this week's "Screenshot of the Week," and today we're excited to announce the winning entry!
Congratulations to dits, this week's Screenshot of the Week winner!
The winning screenshot and dits' accompanying description can be found below:
"After getting my Wolf mount in Khitai "
Short, but sweet. Conan, which is known for its visceral and bloody combat, is shown in a different light here. A serene and gorgeous screenshot!
This week's winner snagged himself a key code granting access to Age of Conan's "Savage Coast of Turan" adventure pack as well as a code for a mystery bag of in-game items. Be sure to check back next Monday for a chance to win more awesome prizes!
Last week, we featured an interview about the Age of Conan: Unchained House of Crom update. This week, we sit down with Craig Morrison again to talk about Age of Conan: Unchained and the dev team's plans for 2012. Check it out and then leave us a comment or two.
Tell us how 2011 was for Conan? What changes are you happy with?
I am very proud of what the team accomplished in 2011. It was an amazingly busy year for the game. Between the business model conversion with the new Unchained version, the Savage Coast of Turan adventure pack, and the fantastic content updates we managed with the Refuge of the Apostate, the Pai Kang Districts, and the new scaling daily instances in The Forgotten City and The Breach, we really added a massive amount of new content in 2011. The team worked amazingly hard to achieve all of that, it really was a good year for the game.
Read more of Garrett Fuller's Age of Conan: Unchained – The Year Ahead Interview.
Everyone loves to take screenshots of their favorite games, and we want you to share them with us and the rest of the MMORPG.com community! To that end, we're back with our latest Screenshot of the Week feature this week, and we're looking to give out some cool swag. Some of our SOTWs will be themed to a specific game, and this week is one of 'em! This week, we'll be focusing on Age of Conan.
Participating in our Screenshot of the Week is pretty simple. All you need to do is post your favorite Age of Conan screenshot in the comments below (please use sensible dimensions and don't break the thread!) between now and Thursday, January 19. We'll select our favorite shot on Friday, January 20. Make sure to tell us what we are looking at, too!
Why should you bother sharing your screenshots with us? The answer is simple: SWAG! Who doesn't love swag? This week, we'll be giving away a code granting access to Age of Conan's "Savage Coast of Turan" adventure pack as well as a code for a mystery bag of in-game items to our lucky winner.
Please only post a single screenshot. Duplicate entries will be disqualified.More >
Age of Conan: Unchained players received a high-level treat with the recent release of the House of Crom update. We had the opportunity to talk with Game Director Craig Morrison about House of Crom. Check out our exclusive interview and then let us know what you think in the comments.
MMORPG: It’s most a max-level update, right? Is there anything in the new update for the new to mid-level players to look forward to? If not, are there any plans to go back and revisit some older areas?
Well, we focused a lot on that through 2011, so it was time for the max level players to get a good chunky update again. With areas like Ardashir, with its scaling instance, and areas like The Breach and the Forgotten City, we added quite a bit to the mid-game in 2011, so this time out it is the turn of the maximum level players to feel the proverbial content love!
Read more of Bill Murphy's Age of Conan: Unchained – House of Crom Interview.
According to a new post on the Age of Conan: Unchained Facebook page, patch v3.2 has officially gone live. The update most prominently features the House of Crom, a new area for high level players that features some new loot.
Within House of Crom are two distinct dungeon areas to explore. The Threshold of Divinity is self-described as a social area for 4-6 max-level players. The Vile Nativity requires 6 max-level players to complete.
Read more about House of Crom on the Age of Conan: Unchained page.
The Funcom team has published the December Development Update along with the news that the Age of Conan House of Crom content patch has been tentatively dated for January 11th or 12th.
In addition to the House of Crom announcement, the team also revealed that the annual holiday event, The Bloody Solstice, will be making its return.
Players will also be given a special holiday gift:
The Winter Solstice Fireside Package will contain:
- 1 x Refined Elixir of Ingenuity
- 1 x Major Elixir of Accession
- 1 x Greater Battlemaster Elixir
- 5 x Greater Battlemaster Philtre
- 5 x Major Philtre of Accession
- 5 x Refined Philtre of Alacrity
- 1 x Phial of Tranquility
Read the full December update on the Age of Conan site.
The latest development update for Age of Conan: Unchained has been published on the official site. In it, the team lays out plans for patches and updates from v3.1 through the release of the next adventure pack and v4.0.
- v3.1 is mainly focused on the Dreamworld engine and behind the scenes technology issues. It has been delayed somewhat to allow the team to "iron out any kinks" they've encountered. It is expected to deploy soon.
- v3.2 will include the House of Crom dungeon, new instances and world bosses, new social areas and more. The Jade Citadel, a new Tier 4 raid, will also make its appearance in v3.2.
- v3.3 This update will conclude the Tier Four raid experience, with the final Khitai raid instance, and the last two new encounters in the Tier.
- v3.4 will again focus mainly on the technical side of Age of Conan: Unchained.
- v4.0 will be the next adventure pack that Funcom is not quite ready to reveal just yet. The target date for the deployment of v4.0 is sometime in Q2 2012.
You can read the finer details on the Age of Conan site.
According to new metrics released by Funcom, over 600,000 players have checked out Age of Conan: Unchained since the free to play launch in July. To celebrate this milestone, players logging into the game between now and November 21st will be able to claim the "King's Reward Pack" from the item store for free!
The reward pack, which can be found in the 'special offers' tab in the store, contains a selection of potions and is yours absolutely free – a thank you from us for your loyalty to King Conan! Remember to be on the correct character when you claim it however, as these are limited to one per account! So make sure you log in and claim your reward!
Read the full announcement on the Age of Conan: Unchained community site.
The Age of Conan Unchained blog has been updated with the October Monthly Update. This time, the team lays out a ton of information about the House of Crom dungeon that is scheduled to go live by the end of 2011.
The post contains an interview with Writer Joshua Alan Doetsch and Senior Quest Designer Karl Andre Bertheussen. Basically, according to devs, the House of Crom is a series of ancient ruins originally built by Atlanteans. The ruins have remained largely hidden for over a thousand years until unearthed by Vanir excavators.
House of Crom will include two extensive dungeons. According to devs, one dungeon is a social dungeon that can support multiple teams inside. The other is a six-player dungeon.
Read all of the details about House of Crom, including some nifty references from Robert E. Howard's writing, on the Age of Conan Unchained site.
Age of Conan: Unchained players will want to head into game from now through November 6th to take part in the annual Night of Lost Souls event.
The event will bring back some of the most popular features from past years as well as add two new individual quests and one new team quest for some awesome new items.
Read more on the Age of Conan: Unchained Night of Lost Souls event page.