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Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures (Collectors Edition) (Windows)

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Back of Box - Windows (United Kingdom):
    GET READY FOR AGE OF CONAN,
    THE MOST SAVAGE, SEXY AND BRUTAL MMO EVER CREATED.


    FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST FANTASY HERO AND ENTER HYBORIA AS ROBERT E. HOWARD ENVISIONED IT. CARVE A SAVAGE AND BRUTAL DESTINY UNDER KING CONAN'S REIGN, AND DISCOVER A WORLD OF STUNNING GRAPHICS, INCREDIBLE MUSIC AND UNIQUE GAMEPLAY.

    EXCLUSIVE IN-GAME ITEM
    THE RING OF ACHERON


    A RARE AND MAGICAL ARTIFACT FROM AGE OF ACHERON. THE RING IS KNOWN AS "THE POWER OF THE FEW" AND OFFERS THE HOLDER AN EXTRA 2% XP AND 3% STAMINA

    EXCLUSIVE BOOK OF CONAN PACKAGING

    OVERSIZED COLLECTOR'S BOX CERTIFIED WITH AN INDIVIDUALLY NUMBERED HOLOGRAPHIC STICKER

    BONUS IN-GAME ITEM
    THE DRINKING CAPE


    THE DRINKING CAPE GRANTS PLAYERS FREE DRINKS FOR LIFE IN ANY TAVERN ENTERED.

    ART OF HYBORIA

    A 128 PAGE COLLECTOR'S ART BOOK.

    COLLECTORS EDITION BONUS CONTENT DVD

    A BONUS DISK FEATURING TRAILERS, INTERVIEWS WITH GAME DEVELOPERS, BEHIND THE SCENES CONTENT, DEVELOPER DIARIES, AND RICH ARTWORK.

    OFFICIAL COLLECTORS EDITION SOUNDTRACK

    THE OFFICIAL GAME SOUNDTRACK CD COMPOSED BY KNUT AVENTSTROUP HAUGEN

    AGE OF CONAN GAME DVD'S

    THIS HUGE GAME IS DELIVERED ON TWO DVDS.

    LEATHERETTE MAP OF HYBORIA

    A RICHLY-TOOLED 14" X 20" FAUX LEATHER MAP OF HYBORIA.

    HEADS WILL ROLL!


    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (107144) on Jun 07, 2010.

Funcom press release (May 2008):

    Age of Conan Collector's Edition Completely Sold Out

    Games Convention 2008
    NVISION 08

    DURHAM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Funcom is proud to announce that the Collector’s Edition of Age of Conan is now completely sold out in all markets. The exclusive edition was announced in January, and has since topped retail charts at numerous retailers. In some markets, the Collector’s Edition has been sold out for weeks, and as a result additional boxes were made. These are also sold out, and the total print run stands at 111.000 units. Lucky customers may still find some copies on retail shelves, but no re-orders are available.

    Additional retail figures for the standard edition of Age of Conan are also highly impressive. In total, Funcom is shipping around 700.000 copies of Age of Conan on day one. This impressive figure for a PC game is powered by equally impressive pre-order numbers. As a result of the tremendous interest and recent order increase, Funcom has not been able to fulfill all orders of Age of Conan in several markets due to current server capacity limitations. Extra orders of servers are now in place to facilitate for handling of more customers.

    “Everyone in Funcom is delighted and humbled with the historical pre-order numbers for Age of Conan. If the information we have is correct, they represent the highest pre-order number for any global launch of an original PC game, ever, including the original World of Warcraft launch,” said Morten Larssen, Funcom’s VP of Sales & Marketing.

    More than one million unique visitors visited the Age of Conan websites last week, and as a result of the great interest in the game, Funcom's early access offer was swiftly oversubscribed. The three day early access program was a limited offer reserved for pre-order customers. While Funcom scaled the servers above anticipation, player demand surpassed expectations. As the Early Access servers launched last night, the servers and game held up exceptionally well. As the game launches properly later this week, Funcom expects additional large numbers of customers to enter the game.

    All the positive signals are naturally not equal to eventual success, but early indications from the press points out that the game boasts unique qualities. The very first review for the game gives it a 9 out of 10 score from Game Reactor, the Nordic regions largest gaming magazine.

    While Funcom is thrilled with the early success of Age of Conan, and proud of the game launching this week, the company regrets to inform gamers that the DirectX 10 version of the game will not ship with the initial launch. As Microsoft’s DirectX 10 is undoubtedly the future of PC gaming, Funcom has decided to ship only the DirectX 9 version at launch, giving the team more time to focus on building a DirectX 10 version worthy of Microsoft’s great vision for the future of PC gaming. This postponement will let Funcom include even more features in the DirectX 10 version of Age of Conan than originally planned.

    The DirectX 10 version will be premiered at the German Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany, August 20 – 24, 2008. A special preview showing off the advanced graphics made possible by DirectX 10 technology will be unveiled this summer at nVidia’s NVISION event in San Jose, California, August 25 – 27, 2008.

    Age of Conan launches 20th of May in North America / Oceania and 23rd of May in Europe. More information about the game can be found on www.ageofconan.com

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (107144) on Jun 06, 2010.

Funcom press release (January 10, 2008):

    Age of Conan Exclusive Collector's Edition Officially Revealed

    Redwood City, USA - January 10, 2008 - Funcom and Eidos today revealed that an exceptional Age of Conan Collector's Edition will be available when the highly anticipated MMO launches in March. This unique and limited edition box set features numerous exclusive assets, and promises to be the ultimate Age of Conan version. In addition to the game itself, the box comes with an impressive art book, the original soundtrack, a bonus DVD, a faux leather map of Hyboria, and additional gamekeys which can be given to MMO friends. The Collectors Edition also comes with priceless in-game items, making it a must-have item for any serious MMO gamer.

    To make the edition even more collectible, Eidos and Funcom also revealed that the Collector's edition will only be printed in one batch. If you are not able to secure this limited edition in time, it will become permanently unavailable. As befits a Collector's Edition, it all comes in a specially designed box with a broad selection of Conan collectibles included.

    The pack will retail for $89.95 in North America, and will be available at retail and online stores on March 25, 2008. Retail programs have already been set up with leading US retailers and the box can soon be pre-ordered at gaming outlets. The Collector's Edition will also be available in numerous European territories, with more information to follow.

    Contents for the North American Collector's Edition will include (contents may vary for European editions):

    * Ring of Acheronia (Exclusive In-Game Item) - The Ring of Acheronia is an exclusive in-game item which will only ever be available in the Collector's Edition. Stemming from the ancient civilization of Acheron, the ring offers special XP and stamina enhancements for players, making it a powerful companion on the brutal journey through Hyboria.

    * Hand-Finished Collector's Edition Box - A true piece of art, the metalay-embossed box comes with the royal emblem of King Conan. Naturally it comes in a larger-than-life box, with inlay page and individually numbered holographic sticker.

    * Hyborian World Faux Leather Map - Made with a unique finish and designed by celebrated cartographer Clayton Bunce, this 14" x 20" faux leather map gives players an authentic overview of the vast Hyborian world.

    * Unique Bonus DVD - The bonus DVD is filled to the brim with visual entertainment, and includes trailers, a greeting from the game director, behind-the-scenes videos, developer diaries and artwork.

    * Official Age of Conan Soundtrack - The official game soundtrack CD features a hand-picked selection of the best music from the game. Composed by Knut Avenstroup Haugen, the official Age of Conan soundtrack delivers an incredible and powerful musical journey.

    * Age of Conan Art Book - With hundreds of art pieces hand-picked by the Art Director, this 128-page book delivers a stunning visual experience. Featuring never-before-seen pieces, it fully depicts the incredible amounts of art which went into the creation of the savage world of Hyboria.

    * The Drinking Cape (Bonus In-game Item) - Fitting for a mature MMO game, the Drinking Cape gives you access to free drinks in all the taverns of Hyboria. This dream-come-true outfit will never be available after the game launches, and with it you can impress friends down the road by proving your status as a pioneer player.

    * Five Free Guest Passes - Online games are all about having fun with your friends, and only in the Collectors Edition will you get five special guest passes to Hyboria. With the guest passes, you can invite five selected friends, allowing them to play together with you, at no cost, for a limited time period.

    "We are very proud to present such a striking and distinctive Collector's Edition for the countless Conan and MMO fans," said Robert Lindsey, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Eidos Inc. "Those fortunate enough to secure this limited edition pack will find many authentically crafted Conan mementos to treasure for years to come."

    "At Funcom we are all gamers, and we know how much gaming fans treasure unique editions," said Morten Larssen, vice president of sales and marketing at Funcom. "Together with Eidos we have therefore put a substantial amount of work into this Collector's Edition, ensuring that every single piece is of the highest possible quality. This is surely the be-all, end-all edition of Age of Conan, and we hope that our players will cherish what we have created for them."

    Age of Conan is consistently mentioned as one of the most anticipated PC games in development. It has received close to twenty magazine covers and more than fifteen major awards, including numerous "Best MMO of E3" awards and the official "Best Online Game of Show" award at the GC convention 2007. Age of Conan is a key title in Microsoft's Games for Windows line-up, as well as a showcase title for nVidia.

    For more information about the game or to join the thriving community please visit www.ageofconan.com.

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (107144) on Jun 06, 2010.