Yikes! I wonder how Funcom's going to spin this one. Funcom co-founder quits, "dissatisfied" with Age of Conanhttp://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/funcom-co-founder-quits-dissatisfied-with-age-of-conan
Gaute Godager, one of the original co-founders of the company, said that he was dissatisfied with parts of the game, and that it was now time to hand control of the popular MMO over to a new team member.
"I have done my very best making this fabulous game, but I have concluded there are elements which I am dissatisfied with," said Godager.
"I have decided to act on this, and as a result I have chosen to leave Funcom."
I know we have an ocean of AoC threads, thought this was worth highlighting.
To avoid confusion though, this is *not* Funcom product manager Erling Ellingsen, whose face is probably more familiar from interviews and cheesy photo spreads (like so, http://www.massively.com/2008/09/16/daedren-pulls-no-punches-on-erling-ellingsen-interview/
). But Ellingsen is more a marketing type.
Massively also has a cheesy photo of Godager in happier times...http://www.massively.com/2008/09/17/producer-and-game-director-for-age-of-conan-resigns-from-funcom/
His replacement is Craig Morrison, who's held the same position with Anarchy Online for several years prior to this change.
Morrison had a post introducing himself to players:http://forums.ageofconan.com/showthread.php?p=1993007
Godager throwing his hands up and saying "this won't work. I give up!" is... I don't know what to liken it to. I guess it's like if Jack Emmert had thrown up his hands after City of Heroes had been out a few months and said, "I'm dissatisfied with City of Heroes. I give up!"
While I'd probably have more respect for Godager if he gutted it out and found a way to make said elements "satisfying," I can't help thinking there must be something ugly going on behind the scenes there, esp. with the Funcom stock falling into a black hole (from $55 to $8 per share, as various news sites have pointed out), for him to throw in the towel in such a public fashion. Normally, if you're "bought out," a condition is to keep mouth closed as you exit, certainly not the case here.
The timing seems bizarre as they are finally getting the ballyhooed, revamped PVP system into place today I believe (or perhaps tomorrow) after some delays.
I stilll have affection for the game's combat, mounts, environments, sounds (I may have returned to LOTRO but I miss AoC's heavy use of well voice-acted NPC dialog, and visceral combat sounds) and some of its more interesting quests. I also think it has too many remaining hardware bugs, not enough different zones at the various levels to adventure in (it's a bad sign when you have to "wait in line" for quests at a certain level because everybody your level is doing the same things in the same zone), too many hunt quests (it almost rivals Dungeon Runners in that respect), a kludgy interface and UI, and seems to think "M-rating" means "Nipples everywhere!" rather than "let's do interesting quests that old farts might find interesting."
And of course PVP is nothing like what people were hyped up to expect (this week's update might finally make a dent in that, if it works properly).