Continuing our week-long series of MMO-themed features, GamesIndustry.biz spent some time talking to Funcom's Erling Ellingsen, product manager for the soon-to-be-launched Age of Conan title.
Here he talks about the changing market for MMOs, what the company learned from Anarchy Online, and how expectations must be managed.
Q: Age of Conan is a game designed for the mature market - do you see that as a progression of the MMO genre?
Erling Ellingsen: Yes, I think so. There are so many MMOs coming out, more and more every year, and they're all 12-rated games. Age of Conan is really the first mature MMO title to hit the market, and I think that if it does really well, that's definitely going to open up that market for the competition.