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.