Oslo, Norway – December 22nd, 2016 – Funcom is thrilled to announce that Knut Avenstroup Haugen, the award-winning composer of the beloved and critically acclaimed ‘Age of Conan’ soundtrack, will once again return to produce new music for the world’s most famous barbarian. Haugen is joining Funcom to create an all-new soundtrack for the studio’s upcoming open-world survival game ‘Conan Exiles’ which enters Early Access on PC January 31st, 2017, followed by Xbox One Game Preview in Spring 2017.

“We are incredibly excited to have Knut join us once again,” says Creative Director at Funcom, Joel Bylos. “The music he created for ‘Age of Conan’ stands among the best ever made for gaming, and it helped bring the world of Hyboria to life for millions of players all around the world. We have listened to some of what he is working on for ‘Conan Exiles’ and all we can say is that players have something truly special to look forward to.”

“Returning to the Conan universe is an absolute pleasure, and I am very happy to once again be working with the team at Funcom,” says Knut Avenstroup Haugen. “The world of Conan is incredibly rich in culture and history, and it is a fantastic source of inspiration that allows me as a composer to explore a variety of different musical themes and soundscapes.”

The music for ‘Age of Conan’ as well as its expansions has received nominations for Best Score from several prestigious awards. Knut Avenstroup Haugen won the Best Original Song award at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards for ‘Age of Conan: The Savage Coast of Turan’ and also won Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media from the International Film Music Critics Association. The original ‘Age of Conan’ soundtrack is available on Amazon.com for streaming and purchase. The soundtrack to ‘Conan Exiles’ will be made available after the launch of Early Access on PC. In addition to the sample released today, some of the new music will also be made available through various ‘Conan Exiles´ videos to be released in January.

Conan Exiles is an open-world survival game set in the brutal lands of Conan the Barbarian, the world’s greatest fantasy hero. The game can be played on private and public servers, either in multiplayer or local single-player. In the world of Conan Exiles, survival is more than tracking down food and water. Journey through a vast, seamless world filled with the ruins of ancient civilizations, uncovering its dark history and buried secrets as you seek to conquer and dominate the exiled lands. Conan Exiles will be released into Early Access on the PC on 31 January 2017 and will hit the Xbox One Game Preview Program in Spring 2017.

You can learn more about Conan Exiles on www.conanexiles.com.

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