DURHAM, N.C. — International game developer Funcom, which has an operation based in Durham, has struck a deal with Microsoft to make its “Age of Conan” game compatible with Windows Vista.

Microsoft’s forthcoming release of the Windows operating system Vista will include features designed to capitalize on video and online games growth. Microsoft also plans to integrate gaming capabilities to link players over mobile phones and its Xbox 360 game platform.

Funcom’s Age of Conan title is an online role-playing game designed to support many players as a massively multiplayer online title.
Funcom and Microsoft have signed a marketing and development agreement under which Microsoft will showcase Age of Conan, Funcom said. A Windows version of the game is scheduled for release in the fourth quarter.

In a press release issued at the E3 game show in Los Angeles, Microsoft described Age of Conan as “an online action-RPG with a mix of a deep, story-driven single-player experience and massive and brutal multiplayer end game, bringing to life the ultimate representation of the Age of Conan.”

For more details about Windows Vista titles, see: download.microsoft.com/download/3/7/d/37d1985b-06dc-48f3-a342-961972f55319/G4WE3LineupPR.FINAL.doc

Funcom: www.funcom.com