With more than eight million subscribers, World of Warcraft dominates the online gaming market but some strong rivals are gearing up to take it on.
Gaute Godoger, game director at Funcom, said succeeding was important for the health of the online gaming world.
"The industry so needs competition to World of Warcraft," he said. "We need other strong games that can make people understand that there's more to it than WoW."
Funcom is developing an MMO based on the iconic hero Conan who was originally the creation of US author Robert E Howard.