An official release from Funcom
has announced that Age of Conan
is one of the most successful PC titles "of all time." Since the game's release last Tuesday the Oslo company says that some 400,000 players have stalked the lands of Hyboria. A full half of those players are from the North American continent. If you recall, the company said that it had put roughly 700,000 boxes into the retail channel
. Though they don't give specific numbers, the release says "an astounding number of concurrent gamers were logged on to the game, making Age of Conan one of the busiest MMOs in the western hemisphere."
The official website received heavy traffic as well, with "2.2 million unique visitors" in the last ten days.
The release also notes the game's extremely positive reaction from review sites, with "the first 20 reviews [giving] Age of Conan an average score above 90%."
Obviously that's some selective statistical selection, but generally the response among the playerbase seems to be fairly positive. Keen and Graev's decision to skip the game
aside, everyone this blogger has talked to seems to be enjoying themselves. Even if Age of Conan
isn't a "WoW
-killer", or fails to retain these numbers
beyond the next few months, it's clear that Funcom has a successful launch on their hands.
Says Funcom CEO Trond Arne Aas, "This is just the beginning, and we already look forward to massive updates and cool new features. We believe our focus on making Conan unique and groundbreaking is a key reason for the initial success. This is a focus we will keep and reinforce, and players can expect continued quality and innovation as we enter a new era for the game."