Unlike any other genre of videogame, the success or failure of an MMO relies almost completely on whether other people like it; what good is an mind-destroyingly rad multiplayer world if you're there all by yourself? That's why the news that Age of Conan has sold 400,000 copies is pretty important.
The game's maker says that over 400k people have ventured into the game already, making it the top-selling PC game ever. From the company's press release:
Over the weekend an astounding amount of concurrent gamers were logged on to the game, making Age of Conan one of the busiest MMOs in the western hemisphere. With stock flying out of several retail chains, Funcom expects the number to increase in the days to come. In addition to the many gamers logging in, there was also substantial traffic to the Age of Conan websites, with more than 2.2 million unique visitors during the last ten days.
Geez, Funcom, easy on the adjectives! We get it. People are playing your game.
"The initial sales and reviews are very encouraging, and it's great to see that so many are enjoying Age of Conan," said Funcom CEO Trond Arne Aas. "This is just the beginning, and we already look forward to massive updates and cool new features. We believe our focus on making Conan unique and groundbreaking is a key reason for the initial success. This is a focus we will keep and reinforce, and players can expect continued quality and innovation as we enter a new era for the game."
What say you? Are you tired enough of Warcraft that you're entering Conan?