IGN AU writes: "Writer Robert E. Howard – or "Two-Gun Bob" as he was known to his friends – created the literary character known as Conan the Barbarian in 1932. Howard's use of dense, dark prose and rich, fantastic imagery has been credited by many with starting the Sword-and-Sorcery sub-genre. Something that has been a bountiful, creative well for other mediums. We've had multiple Conan books, numerous comic book incarnations, two movies – Conan the Barbarian (quite good) and Conan the Destroyer (quite shit) and of course, Conan games. THQ, for example, released a Conan action game in 2007 on consoles and provided a divertingly violent, if shallow and derivative experience.
The point of all this is that Howard's lead character all too often gets adapted when, really, it's his Hyborian universe that possesses the depth and interest that has sustained the franchise decades later. Thus enters Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures (AoC), an ambitious MMORPG that has been in development since 2003 and is due to be released on PC shortly with an Xbox 360 version to follow in 2009."