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FunCom Reveals Upcoming Titles - Screens

by Rainier on Feb. 27, 2003 @ 10:59 a.m. PST

In addition to the upcoming Anarchy Online expansion, Shadowlands, Funcom today announces exciting additions to its product portfolio. Work has started on a new booster pack for Anarchy Online, the long-awaited sequel to the award-winning The Longest Journey, and a brand new Persistent Online World game. With these new titles, Funcom will pave the way for single-player adventure and role-playing games on multiple platforms, in addition to Persistent Online Worlds. "We will hence focus our efforts on what we excel at: exciting adventures, role-playing, astounding visuals, high-quality content, deep game-play and fascinating stories," Funcom CEO Trond Arne Aas explains.

The Longest Journey is considered a true classic within the adventure genre, and has attracted a huge following world-wide. It was voted Adventure Game of the Year 2000 by both PC Gamer and Computer Gaming World, and received numerous similar awards and a large number of rave reviews.

"Hundreds of thousands of players worldwide have wondered when the next chapter in The Longest Journey would come out." says Trond Aas. "For years, both gaming media and fans have requested this sequel, and we recognize that they deserve to get the next chapter of the saga." Early this week the concept was approved, and key members of the original game are already hard at work with the sequel.

The many fans of the critically acclaimed Anarchy Online will also have a lot to look forward to in the coming period. Not only will Funcom release its anticipated expansion pack Shadowlands this year, full production on the next booster pack will move forward.

"Our main focus for Anarchy Online is still obviously our expansion, Shadowlands, but we have started conceptualizing another booster pack," Aas continues. "With the success we had with the introduction of the booster pack concept, we're certain we will expand and improve on that with a second product."

"One of the main features in the next booster pack will be social aspects, like player-made towns and gardens," says Game Director Gaute Godager. The working title is "Towns of Rubi-Ka", a project that will further expand the depth and possibilities in the most advanced Persistent Online World to date.

Funcom can also reveal that a new Persistent Online World has been in the works for the last nine months. The first impressive looking demo is already up and running. With the new title Funcom aims to take the genre to a new level, both in terms of setting, graphics and player immersion. "With the invaluable experiences gained from Anarchy Online we are in a better position than ever to create a brand new and fantastic Persistent Online World" says Aas.

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