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Nothing can stop the mighty juggernaut that is World of Warcraft!  Funcom, the creators of the Age of Conan MMORPG have announced it is closing 60% of the games servers around the world.

The reduction is more dramatic in North America and the Oceanic regions, where 24 servers are being merged into just six. In the US, only one player-versus-player server and two player-versus-environment servers will remain, with each combining the populations of six or seven existing servers.

In Europe, 12 servers will remain, due to the need to provide a variety of server types in each of four languages. English-language European servers are being cut from 13 to four.

Funcom has another MMO releasing next year, so for now Age of Conan is the company’s only source of income, so it is unlikely the game will shut down completely.  Guess that tie-in to CBS’s Big Bang Theory did nothing for the game.

via Game Industry Biz

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3 Comments

  1. cory
    January 13, 2009 at 4:35 pm — Reply

    It’s Crom-believable!!

    This game was so overly hyped, delayed, fluffed, what have you, that it was doomed before it was released. Some of the hyped features that everyone liked, never made it into the game.

    I don’t believe this is an indictment of Conan’s potential as a game. I think they just made a boring game.

  2. Gaumer
    January 13, 2009 at 7:29 pm — Reply

    What they need is a straight up WoW ripoff set in a Sci-Fi universe.

    Starcraft MMO is the only thing that can stop WoW. Blizzard is too damned good at what they do (printing money:)

  3. Rodrigo
    January 13, 2009 at 8:15 pm — Reply

    everyone figured no one would topple Everquest, there will be another…

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