Age of Conan: Unchained

The king of Conan steps down

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Following the a highly successful launch of Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures Norwegian developer Funcom have had to cope with a lot of harsh criticism from players regarding missing features and lack of end-game content. It has sent the stock in a downward spiral since the record levels around the launch in May, and today it was announced that game director Gaute Godager resigns from his position.

- I have done my very best making this fabulous game, but I have concluded there are elements which I am dissatisfied with. I have decided to act on this, and as a result I have chosen to leave Funcom, says Godager in the press release.

The reactions and controversy following the launch of Age of Conan has obviously taken its toll on Godager, who has spent 16 years at Funcom. Godager was not present when the new features of Age of Conan were presented at Games Convention in Leipzig so it is likely that the move has been in the making for a while.

- It is time to get new, fresh eyes on Age of Conan, and I wholeheartedly support the appointment of Craig. I have had a fantastic time these last 16 years, and I am very proud of the many things Funcom has achieved. Funcom and Conan will always be a big part of me, but as I now look to new ventures outside the gaming industry I am certain Age of Conan's future is in the best of hands, concludes Godager.

Stepping in as the new game director for Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures is Clint Morrison, formerly producer on Funcom's other MMORPG Anarchy Online.

- Taking on the position as Producer and Game Director on Age of Conan is a great challenge but also one I welcome. I have a clear conviction I can lead the further development in a good way, evolving Age of Conan into something even better. My main priority now is therefore to listen to, and act on, player concerns, while ensuring we add additional great content to the game. At heart I will always be a gamer, and the coming changes and additions to Conan will always be done with the gamers in mind. Together I am certain we will shape an amazing future for Age of Conan, states Morrison in the press release.

We wish Gaute Godager all the best of luck on his new ventures, and we hope that he some day will find his way back into game development...

We had the chance to speak to Gaute Godager at Game Developers Conference in San Francisco prior to the games launch... you can find the interview here.

Age of Conan: Unchained

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