Conan Exiles includes purges, human sacrifice, and nudity

While the upcoming Conan Exiles will take place in the same fictional universe as Age of Conan and be made by the same studio, it's not going to quite be the same game. The survival title, which goes into early access this summer, will take place when Conan is much younger and lack the class structure of the MMO.

In a new interview, Funcom's Joel Bylos said that the title will focus more on frantic first-person combat in which players can pick up and use any weapon. Captured players can even be sacrificed to their enemies' deities, although the studio promised that it would be a "quick process" versus a long, drawn-out captivity.

Conan Exiles will take place over a huge 53-square-kilometer map that will cover a wide range of biomes. It won't be isolated from the rest of Hyboria, as other nations will periodically send in armies to "purge" exile villages. Between these purges, players can craft and build settlements and gear, forging their own proto-kingdoms from the land.

And if you're concerned that there won't be enough flesh to go with the wanton violence, fret not. "Definitely there will be nudity on some level, but there's a question of where it goes and how far it goes," Bylos said.

One last tidbit of interest courtesy of Massively OP reader Nordavind:

Source: IGN. Thanks to Nordavind for the tip!
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ZenDadaist
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Wait, what? Unreal AND Dreamworld spliced together? Oh no, Funcom, don't do this! D: I get that Dreamworld is your proprietary baby and all, but unless there's been some significant DW upgrades then trying to get the two to play nice sounds horrific. TSW's shop/mail/etc interface is horrendously slow and limited.

RagnarTheDrunk
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RagnarTheDrunk

Syco_at_Twitch Probably fine. It's not like it's some anime pedo creep shot simulator or anything.

Phubarrh
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Phubarrh

Armsbend This is definitely going to put programmers' expertise in jiggle physics to the test.

Matso
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Matso

MorpayneRADIO Armsbend What doesnt offend woman these days...

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

I'd say "Show me dick!" but I don't trust 2010s graphics enough just yet. Frontal torso and butts get thumbs up. Both sexes.

Dajhryne
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Dajhryne

Archebius Malorey  Hopefully this is the start of a world wide "no boobs, no buy" boycott of every game yet to be created. Cause a game without boobs is like a day without sunshine!
Ok, ok, I'm kidding. But, if not overdone, it does fit the Conan universe at least. Remains to be seen how that's gonna work out in a game that's not story or quest driven as I assume this one won't be.

Bashmet
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Bashmet

Jack Pipsam Armsbend Boobs don't equal dick though. Maybe a little neck.

Archebius
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Archebius

MorpayneRADIO Armsbend That's an interesting point. I don't usually think of them as hostile, but there's certainly a different connotation.

Archebius
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Archebius

Malorey Yeah, when they announced a gorgeous open-world survival game with a huge map and action combat and pets set in the criminally underutilized Conan IP, my first thought was "no boobs, no buy."
Now that they've given a vague answer to a reviewer's question that yes, it might be possible, I'm sold on it.

Angier
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Angier

I remember back when similar claims were made about Age of Conan. Weary until proven otherwise!

andistotle
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andistotle

SMP420 jesus.. relax dude. you are overheating... your rant doesnt make sense..

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

A Dad Supreme ManastuUtakata 
*Glances up from reading [Steamy Romance Novel]*
...err what? Oh..yeah, only reads the articles...for sure! <3

Malorey
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Malorey

Pretty sad when devs have to resort to in-game 'nudity' to get players to play their game!

A Dad Supreme
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A Dad Supreme

ManastuUtakata While you are just reading the articles, right? /wink

Jack Pipsam
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Jack Pipsam

Armsbend True, if they're going to go nude, then it should be nude for both.

Greaterdivinity
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Greaterdivinity

If they can deliver on all of this, I'm absolutely sold. Most of it sounds absolutely fantastic.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

"You know Uta, talking about porn stars the way you do...readers will also get the wrong idea about you.
...you know, that thought had cross my mind. It's not like go looking for this stuff myself, I sorta trip over it on my travels through the internet. :(

Silverlock
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Silverlock

Nordavind What are you talking about half of Foreigner where Americans and the rest where Brits.

tobascodagama
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tobascodagama

SMP420 Your rant would be more effective if you had any idea at all about any of the things you're ranting about.

Cindy_Adorkly
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Cindy_Adorkly

I'd rather go back to playing Conan... But.... okay... Also why not ADD to the existing MMO? O.o *shrug*

Cindy_Adorkly
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Cindy_Adorkly

SMP420 Shut your mouth about Ragnar. Like right now. He brought in what he was supposed to, creative story telling, which TSW does very well if it does anything right at all. Ragnar's baby was always The Longest Journey and while he did lend his time to The Secret World, his intention was always to go back to TLJ: Dreamfall. For crying out loud there's Dreamfall & Journey easter eggs right at the introduction cinematic...... 

I tweeted to Ragnar about TSW a few months ago and he was still really supportive of the game and of the current team. Sooooooo you can keep your half baked theories.

tobascodagama
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tobascodagama

MorpayneRADIO Armsbend It's not so much "penises" as "unsolicited penises". You just know that some guys would go around dealing out random "full frontal assaults" just to harass other players.

Fortunately, if you look at Bylos' actual words, I'm pretty sure he's just referring to classic Conan loincloths, not actual nudity.

MorpayneRADIO
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MorpayneRADIO
MorpayneRADIO
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MorpayneRADIO

Armsbend Penises offend most women, they're usually seen as hostile by both sexes and thats why we barely, if ever see them in movies or shows the same way we do boobs. A bit of google will actually reveal a fair bit on the subject.

Rozyn
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Nordavind Dunno, world size and world population have never really been closely linked. Look at SP games like Witcher 3 and Skyrim. I'm just saying, they're pretty heavily marketing this game as survival which generally has smaller player caps with emphasis on private servers and even SP, there's been no mention of it being an MMO. We shall see!

Armsbend
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Armsbend

Hopefully Funcom won't be as afraid of penises as their love of female breasts.  

I'm looking at you April Fool's Mankini.

Nordavind
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Nordavind

70 people on an initial 53 km^3 and growing area?

Ket_Viliano
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Wratts Ket_Viliano  Yea, I can see what you are getting at. I am sure the UE4 stuff will work fine :P
Database technology is kinda hard, and even database "professionals" often get the theory all wrong. Makes me cry.

Wratts
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Ket_Viliano Wratts Yeah, I saw that.  Keeping the DE backend is something I'm a little concerned with.  Inventory management, in-game mail, the auction house, etc. have all been weaknesses of AOC since launch.  Not to mention the long-awaited trade upgrade was supposedly delayed because of back end limitations with the database for supporting their materials trees (and conversion from existing).
"Back end" can mean a lot of things so obviously it's not clear if that's in what they're keeping or not, but it's not as though DreamEngine only  had weaknesses on the rendering side

Ket_Viliano
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Ket_Viliano

Nordavind  Prepare for a mass immigration of Barbarians! :P

Ket_Viliano
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Ket_Viliano

Wratts  They are using UE4, and adding in the existing Dreamworld back-end code, which UE4 does not supply. Says so at the bottom of the post.
The trailer reeks of the UE4 matinee feature, graph could only look that good in game with a maxed out SLI machine.

Ket_Viliano
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Ket_Viliano

Nordavind  Sorcery! Witches! Burn them!

*puts on Puritan outfit, grabs torch and pitchfork*

Nordavind
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Nordavind

You will all have to move to Norway to play it U0001f60a

Wratts
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Wratts

It's an interesting idea, and will be nice to see another survival game that doesn't center around zombies, but I do wonder if FC isn't late to the party.  Doubts about FC's delivery competence notwithstanding, unless they're modernizing all the assets and engine 2008's AOC isn't going to translate well enough to make a compelling new release in 2016.
I know I actually miss Hyboria, so will definitely be keeping my eyes open for how this comes together

Nordavind
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Nordavind

Foreigner? Like, not American? Like, a Norwegian guy employed in a Norwegian company? What sorcery is this?

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Wratts SMP420 
Tinfoil Goggles?...oh Google! o.O

ManastuUtakata
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A Dad Supreme ManastuUtakata 
I understand, I am just using them as example of males in demand known for their *packaging* in a porn industry whose primary audience is straight males. And by far, they're not the "largest". Using that, it's almost appears that the argument males designing males for a straight male audience is a bit weak sauce, with no offence to you. When you have a competition where size and all it's physics seems to matter...to put it mildly. They're also into huge ass jiggly boobs on females too, from what I gather. :)

Wratts
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Wratts

SMP420 Everything is true, it's all a conspiracy.  Goggle told me so

SMP420
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SMP420

Joel Bylos is the John Smedley of Funcom

I think the concept is a great one. The Conan IP has already been
successful and the world would translate very well into an FFA PVP MMO.

The features they are suggesting make it even more intriguing, things I
have always wanted to do in OTHER survival games. Such as human
sacrifice to the gods or the chance of your precious cobble stone huts
getting destroyed by NPC purges if you don't defend them. Supposedly a
world map that is TWICE the size of Skyrim! All good CONCEPTS.

This is where it stops. Because they are all CONCEPTS and that's it.
Funcom is notorious for this shit. TSW (The Secret World), despite what
rabid rose colored glasses wearing fanatics say, is an utter TRAINWRECK.

TSW began as a wonderful idea but it dragged on for years
before the actual release with the final game NOT AT ALL reflecting what
the game was advertised as or shown in publications as. TSW is barely
even a "game" and should have never been called an MMO, because it is
NOT.

The lead developer of TSW, Ragnar Tournquist, some foreigner
with a funny name (so he MUST be talented!) lead the charge in
propagating these deceptions. Shortly after TSW was launched (roughly a
month) Ragnar jumps ship and leaves Joel Bylos in charge of TSW.

One might think, "oh a new person, things will change!". Joel, of
course, put out the expected "we're going to make this game great
again!" shit that you hear when you know a game is going downhill.
Joel's role afterwards never seemed like an actual developer but more of
a commercial figure. He made pseudo YouTuber videos mocking the concept
of 2012 which a lot of the lore TSW was based around. Some found it
comical, I found it distasteful. I don't want the person in charge of a
video game making funny YouTube videos when he's at the office, work on
YOUR game.

But they never did. TSW was a catastrophic
disappointment for Funcom and a quick goggle search will show you that.
Production slowed to a crawl and content that had been shown to us since
before launch was gated to the consumer. You had to purchase future DLC
which was promised in the original game. Tokyo was shown since launch
and was barley released last year, 3 years later!
You know what
also happened last year? Joel Bylos stepped down from his position on
TSW. It seems that Funcom though "Hey this guy hasn't helped us at all
with our other IP that failed miserably in his hands. How about we put
him in an important position with one of our important future titles!"

Shit like this is what bother me about ALL industries. Some people just
fail upwards continually and it is baffling. WHY would they think he
has any competence, their financial records since TSW are solely his
team's fault. HIS team, HIS responsibility, HIS failure.

This is
the equivalent of the governor behind the recent Flint water scandal
becoming President in 2024.Do you people not know who the fuck this is
and what they've done?

I really hope Bylos's involvement in this
new Conan game is minimal or he at least contributes to the advancement
and development of the actual game this time. I want to be proven wrong,
despite what Funcom's history with him has shown me.

Ket_Viliano
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Given that the US censors for sex ( due to the influence of puritanism ) and the EU censors for violence ( due to being the scene of too many wars ), it would seem that Funcom is going for the "censored in ... " market, for which Conan is perfect!
Game should sell well.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Rozyn Dope_Danny 
It's almost though they live in a sheltered existence with that strawman they've constructed. o.O

Yangers
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Yangers

I don't trust Funcom any more. Not after AoC and TSW.

vicariousfan
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vicariousfan

cromahr well this sounds like a Single player game so I imagine they will keep running AOC unitl they can't get any more money out of it

vicariousfan
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vicariousfan

ManastuUtakata do you also count Second Life?

CloakingDonkey
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Quincha EpicViking CloakingDonkey well I guess that depends on where you live. Selling PG18 video games or movies to minors in germany gets you fired and fined up to 10000 € or 1 year in jail. It's a felony, too.

bryanjturner
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bryanjturner

ashfyn ManastuUtakata Never hung out with RNs have you.

A Dad Supreme
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A Dad Supreme

ManastuUtakata A Dad Supreme
Well, you already have male boobs anytime you want, even in character creation so there's your parity!
No need for Ron Jeremy level content.

A Dad Supreme
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A Dad Supreme

Quincha A Dad Supreme ManastuUtakata Well, I'll give you an easier explanation that should suffice.
Dongs= genitalia.
Boobs= Not genitalia.

No dongs allowed.

SomewhatEclectic
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SomewhatEclectic

LordOfBread Given 'The Park' and TSW I'm going to assume it will. Now we can only hope Funcom learns and you won't be saddled by borderline P2W items for your game (borderline as in some people swear they are and other's aren't completely sure yet).
... also that they fix the Woodcutters items for TSW at some point.

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Quincha ManastuUtakata 
I was tongue and cheek speculating. But your guess is likely as good as mine.

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