- Jun 22, 2007

We haven't really been too generous when it comes to screenshots of dungeons, have we? Well, this week we want to remedy that.

Anyone following the Age of Conan development can probably agree to the fact that it boasts some beautiful landscapes. Snow-covered mountains, far-stretching woodlands and burning deserts are all well and good – but what about those nasty, dark dungeons? It’s time we lifted the veil just a little bit and introduced you to that part of Age of Conan as well. There are, after all, some really incredible dungeons in virtual Hyboria.

Let’s start off with The Black Ring Citadel, one of the very high-level dungeons you’ll get to visit in the game. Nested somewhere in the vastness of the Stygian deserts, this place of raw evil and corruption is home to some of the greatest challenges Hyboria will throw at you. Moving through the pitch-black shadows of the citadel is an experience unlike any other, and only the bravest of adventures will be able to claim the treasure this place holds deep inside its halls of death.

Associate Producer on Age of Conan, Henning Solberg, is more than happy to shed light on this darkest of dungeons:

“On the mountain side overlooking Kheshatta stands The Black Ring Citadel,” Solberg explains. “Inside its closed gates the Stygian mages conduct research, breath life into rock and create plots to increase their influence and power in the world of Hyboria. Unwelcome visitors will encounter nameless evil and boundless terror if they dare to journey into this heart of darkness.”

According to Solberg, The Black Ring Citadel is a so-called raid dungeon intended for adventuring parties as strong as twenty-four men and women. Among the horrors found within are not only corrupt mages, but also some of the foulest creatures you can possibly imagine.

We would love to go on and on about this dungeon, but we’re saving a lot of it for E3 next month. This will be one of the dungeons we will show off in detail, so expect a lot of videos, screenshots, information and other goodies to emerge from that event. As we move closer to launch we’ll be sure to reveal even more of the many dungeons found in the game (and there are quite a lot of them!). Expect anything from freezing ice ruins to ancient crypts and lost temples!

Also, the two screenshots above from The Black Ring Citadel. Hopefully they will give you a small glimpse of the level of graphical quality found within the dungeon environments in the game, from the highly detailed textures to the detailed architecture and half-naked women.

Did we say half-naked women?

PS: One of the screenshots has been censored because unlike Age of Conan, this site is not rated mature!