Funcom fired over a press release this morning announcing plans to release a series of ambitious "Secrets of Dragon's Spine" updates to their free-to-play MMORPG Age of Conan, the first of which will go live sometime this fall. Check out the new artwork in our image gallery, then find the details below:
FUNCOM ANNOUNCES â€˜SECRETS OF DRAGONâ€™S SPINEâ€™ UPDATES FOR AGE OF CONAN
â€“ All-new Parts of Hyboria To Be Opened Up In â€˜Secrets of Dragonâ€™s Spineâ€™ Update Series, Featuring New Areas, Dungeons And More â€“
Durham, USA â€“ September 3rd, 2012 â€“ Funcom is excited to announce a series of upcoming updates called â€˜Secrets of Dragonâ€™s Spineâ€™ for its massively multiplayer online role-playing game â€˜Age of Conan: Unchainedâ€™. The updates will be released over time, with the first one to hit in the next few months, and will introduce a remote desert region known as The Dragonâ€™s Spine filled with new dungeons, quests, monsters and rewards for players to experience.
The â€˜Secrets of Dragonâ€™s Spineâ€™ update series will provide players with all new Hyborian experiences as they venture to the desert region located south and west of the ancient city of Pteion. Rippling desert dunes stretches for miles in every direction from the spine, lifeless, except for a small oasis in the mountainâ€™s shadow, and treacherous caves and tunnels weave in and out of the mountain rock. The only building made by man is the Palace of Cetriss, which can be found in the center of the area, at the foot of the mountain ... but men are not the only beings to have forged a thriving civilization in the desolate desert, many secrets lay buried beneath the sands.
â€œOur version of Hyboria has grown into a vast online world since we launched back in 2008,â€ says Craig Morrison, Creative Director at Funcom. â€œWith the â€˜Secrets of Dragonâ€™s Spineâ€™ update we are moving into an incredibly exciting part of Robert E. Howardâ€™s work, and I think both â€˜Age of Conanâ€™ players and fans of Howardâ€™s work alike will find a lot to enjoy once they get to explore this new content.â€
Within the new content, which is aimed at level eighty players, there will be several new dungeons, a new raid area, a massive outdoor region (roughly the same size as the coast of Ardashir), and a new PvP area, as well as a host of new rewards, armor sets, weapons and other cultural items. There will also be a new mount type that will be revealed later on, which is closely linked to the story in the new area. The new dungeons are called The Coils of Ubah Kan, The Sepulchral of the Wyrm and The Slithering Chaos, and will offer the same kind of selection of experiences as in â€˜The Savage Coast of Turanâ€™ update.
â€˜Age of Conan: Unchainedâ€™ is one of the most critically acclaimed massively multiplayer online games of all time, and following launch in 2008 â€“ then called â€˜Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventuresâ€™ â€“ the game sold over 1.4 million copies worldwide. Over three million people from all over the world have adventured through the virtual rendition of Robert E. Howardâ€™s legendary world, and the game has become increasingly more popular after several major updates and the switch to a free-to-play model last year.
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