Funcom is now region-locking Conan Exiles’ official servers

If you’re a fan of playing survival sandboxes with your friends around the world, better scrape together some pennies to invest in a private server: Conan Exiles has implemented region locks.

“We have decided to East/West region lock the official servers for three reasons,” Community Manager Jens Erik told Steam players at the tail end of last week. “The language barrier and the different playstyles is proving jarring for a lot of players. Also, the vastly different time zones between regions made offline raiding an unavoidable issue for a lot of players who would wake up to all their stuff being completely ruined.”

The locks appear to affect both PvP and PvE servers, in spite of the fact that PvE servers aren’t subject to the same timezone exploitation issues.

That’s left players in some regions without any official servers at all in the short-term, but Funcom says it hopes to bring new official servers for those in Asia (including Russia) and South America this week.

Meanwhile, weekend players continue to complain about server crashes on the official servers; Funcom says it’s continuing to work on the problem.

Source: Steam. Cheers, Nic!
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Pedge Jameson

“Were gonna build a wall.”

Oh you knew it was coming. :P

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mcsleaz

First thing I did on my Conan server was region Block South America & Eastern Europe, lol.

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Rottenrotny

I’m guessing this is to prevent the server zerging being done by Chinese players. I’ve seen lots of threads pop up recently on reddit and elsewhere complaining about it.
Personally this won’t affect me at all so whatevs.

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StonerMk2

Well that sucks. Ive always enjoyed playing with Europeans, for one thing their humor is fantastic. Everytime ive ever played with people from Europe ive always ended up laughing damn near the entire time.

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CasualSlacks

I’m one of the many hundreds (thousands?) who don’t play on the official servers.

I feel indifference.

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mcsleaz

I never play on official servers if there are private servers to play on.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

I’d rather have no reasons given than appeasement reasons or false reasons given.

I have zero interest in international official servers, but those seem like weak excuses rather than honest explanations.

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Alfredo Garcia

The region locking doesn’t have anything to do with play that is on the up and up. It’s an attempt to block clans of players from Asia exploiting official servers into oblivion while they stream the whole thing on Twitch. It won’t work, but it was probably the only thing Funcom could do quickly to even try.

Anyway, the official servers are the hives of scum and villainy for the game so far. Until the worst exploits are fixed they will remain so. Fortunately, many of the private servers have active, dedicated admins that keep the hijinks to a minimum. The private servers I’ve been on also don’t have constant crashing issues, and run pretty smoothly overall.

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Michael18

How are “playstyles” different between North America and Europe? Also the language barrier thing seems like a weak argument.

In principle, I understand the exploitation issue. But that applies to PVP only. Also, why can EVE cope with a single server, then?

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silverlock

The term “the west” generally means NA and EU while “the East” generally means Asia.

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Bryan Correll

While I’ve not played CE (the survival game ain’t my thing,) I’ve played other alongside plenty of Europeans (and other continents/regions*) and have never noticed any gameplay distinctions other than the occasional language barrier.
* Though I can’t think of anyone I’ve run into that was playing from Africa (and said so.) I knew one guy who said he was an Emperor Penguin playing from Antarctica, but I think he was lying.

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Michael18

… but I think he was lying.

You should have more faith in mankind … uhm … Penguinkind.

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Jack Pipsam

“vastly different time zones”
*Looks at clock, 3:34 AM on the 21st*

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Bryan Correll

What are things like in the future? And in the upside-down?

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Jack Pipsam

Run. Take the children. Run. There’s no time to explain!
Smed, he did it again! HE’S COM-

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Godnaz

While I normally don’t approve of region-locking, this is actually a good idea for this game. They should however, offer a way for people who wish to play with friends to transfer regions without playing on a private server for a fee.