“Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures” has already received critical praise and awards, but players won’t get access to the full release of the game until next year.

Funcom, an international game development company with an operation in Durham, said Friday that the Conan game won’t be released until March 25 of 2008. It had originally been scheduled for release this fall.

The Conan game is designed as massive multiplayer online title.

“We naturally regret that we have to push back ‘Age of Conan,’” said Trond Arne Aas, Funcom’s chief executive officer. “However, after careful consideration, and analysis of recent beta feedback, we believe that the new release date is in the best interest of the gamers, our company and our owners.”

Aas added that more time was needed for developers “to meet and deliver on the massive expectations for the game.”

The Conan title was selected by Microsoft for its Games for Windows lineup and received several awards at the annual E3 game convention earlier this year.

A beta version of the game remains available online.