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Funcom Brings SpeedTree�RT Into Age of Conan

Durham, NC � Funcom, a leading developer of multi award-winning games like Anarchy Online and The Longest Journey, has licensed SpeedTree�RT for their upcoming Online Action RPG Age of Conan - Hyborian Adventures.

�The partnership with IDV and SpeedTree helps us ensure that Funcom can continue its tradition of creating visual excellence in games,� said Trond Arne Aas, CEO of Funcom.

�The integration of the middleware was exceptionally easy, but the results were amazingly realistic," said P�l Hansen, Funcom Project Manager. "We are thrilled to be working with SpeedTree and when our players see the results in Age of Conan, they will be too.�

In �Age of Conan� the players will encounter a dark, lush, violent and sinful universe, presented in fantastic graphics and stunning 7.1 surround audio. In a world filled with cruel gods, mythical creatures, lost civilizations and a struggling human race, the mighty barbarian has finally seized the throne as king of Aquilonia. But Conan�s rule is on the brink of chaos, spiraling towards the doom of ancient evils. In this twisted fantasy world, dark magic and brutal combat lurks around every corner, and each man and woman must carve their own unique destiny under Conan�s reign.

�Age of Conan � Hyborian Adventures� is scheduled for a Windows release in Q4 2006. The game won the Gamespot award as �Best MMO� of E3 2005, as well as being runner-up as the �Most Innovative Game of Show�. It recently also won an MMORPG.com award as their �Most anticipated MMO of 2006�.

Screenshots are available at http://www.ageofconan.com/conan/media/screenshots/index.html

ABOUT FUNCOM - Funcom is an independent developer and publisher of online games for PC, consoles and mobile platforms. Funcom has provided outstanding entertainment since 1993 and continues to expand its track-record of 24 released games to date. Recent successes include �The Longest Journey� and �Anarchy Online�. For corporate information please visit http://www.funcom.com. For information about Funcom games visit http://www.anarchy-online.com , http://www.dreamfall.com or http://www.ageofconan.com .

SpeedTreeRT, winner of the 2005 Front Line Award for middleware, delivers highly realistic trees and plants, with adjustable wind effects, user-configurable and seamless LOD transitions, and an included library of hundreds of tree, plant and marine models representing more than 170 core species. SpeedTreeRT includes SpeedTreeCAD, a Windows application used to create and edit animated trees in real-time.

Interactive Data Visualization, Inc. (IDV), develops software products with a focus on real-time three dimensional applications for the game development, visual simulation, engineering visualization, and animation industries. IDV, a privately held corporation, was founded in 1999 in Columbia, South Carolina. For more information about IDV, visit http://www.idvinc.com.

ABOUT CONAN PROPERTIES INTERNATIONAL - Conan Properties International, a wholly owned subsidiary of Paradox Entertainment Inc., controls all rights to Conan, associated characters and the Hyborian world, as created by Robert E. Howard and expanded upon by acclaimed authors and artists for decades. Conan is considered to be the world�s best-

Posted by Directory of Games on January 10.

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