Conan Exiles defies the odds to regain most of its early access playerbase

Launch has been kind to Funcom’s survival sandbox Conan Exiles. According to GitHyp (via VG247), the game has defied the odds to rebound.

“Most games that lose 95% of their players in such a short time span aren’t ever able to recover even half of their player base ever again – even when going free-to-play,” the analytics tracker’s blog says,” but even when charging 40 bucks, Conan Exiles regained almost all of its original playerbase, flying back up to almost 50K concurrency after spending a year at the 3K mark. GitHyp attributes the success to Funcom’s “committment to improving the game,” but we suspect Funcom’s extensive media blitz had a lot to do with it too.

The title saw a small patch on PC Friday with bug fixes and the new AFK system; that same patch rolled out to console this morning.

MOP has sent two writers into the depths of Conan’s world since launch: One had little bad to say save for criticism over Funcom’s handling of PvE-C servers, while the other praised how far the game had come since its first steps into early access and said it had “won [him] over.”

Source: GitHyp via VG247
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dumpster_baby

Been playing this game for a couple of days now and I’m hooked. The best survival game out right now but the whole server thing kinda throws me off a little. It sucks spending all your time on a server only to log on and have to make a new character because the server you played on is full. I would like to see more pve-c servers and more than 40 on one server.

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Dug From The Earth

I was loving the game in EA until i realized that the game wants you to be more of a nomad, than a settler.

What do I mean by that? Simple. The games ever expanding crafting relies on materials that are spread progressively across the land. Meaning you wont find Iron Ore south of the river you start near. You wont find other rare materials near the iron ore, you have to venture further north (or to new areas added).

What this means is unless you want to spend your time walking for 30+ minutes to an from your resources, just so you can upgrade/update your Fortress, you instead have to build like a nomad. Just enough to get done what you need to be strong enough to move further into the hostile lands beyond. So you build a quick and dirty sandstone fort just to have a place to survive at the start, and get some basic crafting done. MAYBE you craft an iron tool or weapon. Then you move further north where the next tier resources are, build your 2nd base, this time with higher tier materials. Get your crafting up again… then repeat the process.

For me, the dreams of building a crazy cool looking fortress were kinda smashed by this, unless I was willing to do WAY more traveling back and forth than was fun. Instead, its all about function rather than form. (which is unfortunate)

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Bionicall

There are some locations that have every resource readily available. The higher tiers of building materials just require a higher price. The exception is black ice, which like the name suggests requires black ice… something only mined in the frozen zones. If you are happy building your fortress of stone, I recommend just finding a place with iron, stone and wood. Stonebrick (the tier 3 alternative to black ice) does require plant fibre and ichor, so you may need travel a bit to gather enough of that. Edit – you can get ichor from fish, and plant fibre from ocean plants, I can think of one location that has all of the resources in the surrounds.

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Bionicall

Oh – I got the name of the tier 3 material wrong, Stonebrick is tier 2, Re-inforced stone (which requires hardened bricks, made from the stone consolidate needing ichor and twine) is Tier 3.

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Dug From The Earth

one location?
Do tell :P

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Bionicall

There is an island on the edges of the swamp/jungle that has iron, coal, stone, trees and plants. Brimstone in the water, a heap of places for fish traps.
I even ran (a lot of swimming as well) there from the starting location.

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Bionicall

My honest opinion is that this game got the formula right. Enough variance in the combat that makes it superior to other survival sandboxes, exploration and lore for those that are interested (found on ghosts and tablets) and a robust building and crafting system. Couple this with plenty of server options (excluding the stupid decision to over-write the PVE-Conflict servers) allowing you to play on a server that suits your style, or make your own.
The main negatives (again in my opinion) are;
The thrall system, with the morally wrong slavery and oppression.
The server player limit, and how busy they are (40/40 servers can’t be played on)
The nudity (and with a checkbox allowing the player to chose, this is minor).

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Roger Melly

Of course slavery and oppression is morally wrong in the real world . However this of course is not the real world .

And nudity was always a part of Robert E Howard’s books

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blahlbinoa .

The PvE-C servers are back though, and they brought them back fairly quickly, and they are always full and with people. I’m on one and it’s a nice community so far.

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Barnoc N'Draak

I’m rather fond of the crapsack world elements.

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zyrusticae

I jumped in after all the good word of mouth and I’m actually having a good time. It lifted a ton of stuff directly from ARK but, well, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel, right? Still wish one of these games would have terrain resculpting, though.

Took a couple friends into a decently populated server and we made ourselves a pretty nice fort. I love how all the torches light it up at night!

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Robert Mann

Wurm, Life is Feudal, and several of the block based titles have terrain sculpting.

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Dagget Burmese

Well, for terrain sculpting, you have Wurm Online.

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CapnLan

I’ve been hearing nothing but good coming from Conan Exiles lately and the streams I’ve watched also looked quite good…but I’m still wary of Funcom in general so I haven’t pulled the trigger yet. I’m tempted though.

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Barnoc N'Draak

For what it’s worth : The game is good, and you can play single player without a server or get your own server. You won’t be beholden to funcom.

You can also really tweak the server settings quite a bit.