More than 100,000 people registered over the Easter holiday weekend to try out the beta version of “Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures” that is being developed by Funcom and Eidos.

Of that number, some 50,000 signed up during the first 24 hours of registration.

Funcom, an international game development company, has its U.S. headquarters in Durham.

The Conan game, a massively multiplayer online title, is scheduled for release this fall.

The registration process for the beta version of the game is detailed, requiring personal information as well as information about the player’s computer.

“We’re naturally very pleased to see that so many dedicated gamers are signing up for the ‘Age of Conan’ Beta at such a rapid pace,” says Trond Arne Aas, CEO of Funcom. “With more than 100,000 gamers signed up in such a short time-frame our confidence in the game’s potential and its ability to be a major contender in the MMO genre continues to be strengthened.”

The game already has received several awards and is being developed as part of Microsoft’s Games for Windows lineup.