Gamers are getting tired of World of Warcraft, according to the developer of upcoming fantasy MMO Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures.

Speaking in an interview with, quest designer Joel Bylos said that while "everybody working in the industry respects WoW", there is a "feeling on the Internet" that it is losing its lustre.

Blizzard's World of Warcraft has proved to be a gaming phenomenon since its release in November 2004 and currently enjoys 9.3 million active subscribers across the globe.

When asked whether he thought people were getting tired of WoW and might be looking for something different, Bylos said: "Yeah. There's definitely that feeling on the Internet. You get that just from online communities, which of course we all pay attention to as well."

He added: "But I think one mistake a lot of people make is they design a game to be WoW and WoW was successful on its own two legs and that's what Conan is going to do."

AoC is a violent fantasy MMO set in the universe of Conan the Barbarian and is scheduled for a March 2008 release on PC and sometime after that for Xbox 360.

For more on Age of Conan head over to the first part of our hands-on preview.