age of conan

Official Site: Age of Conan (Age of Conan: Unchained)
Studio: Funcom
Launch Date: May 20, 2008
Genre: Dark Fantasy Themepark
Business Model: Hybrid F2P (Optional Sub, Cash Shop)
Platform: PC

PAX East 2017: Talking Conan Exiles on the show floor with Funcom

If you're a fan of Funcom and the games it makes, Conan Exiles probably has you breathing a bit easier than you have in a while. It's an indisputable success for the developers, who have been in a difficult financial situation for the past several years. Now they've got a pretty big hit on their hands, big enough to take out a sizable booth on the PAX East show floor to demonstrate the harsh survival of the game.

I had a chance to chat with some of the Funcom staff on site as well as an opportunity to play the game a bit myself. (Although that was mostly an exercise in getting gored by rhinos and eaten by alligators, so MJ is probably the better source of information on the game mechanics.) They revealed to me just how big of a success the game has actually been for Funcom, hitting its twelve-month sales goal in 30 days. That's significant however you slice it, especially when you're discussing a buy-to-play game rather than a subscription setup.

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The Stream Team: Subduing the savage land in Conan Exiles

From the land, the sea (stream), and the air -- danger in Conan Exiles comes from everywhere! There really aren't any safe spots in the exiled lands; the only refuge you might find is if you take over some territory and build one. Massively OP's MJ continues to battle the wildlife in her quest to claim her own little space. Will she win the fight for survival this time, or will she be chomped into bloody bits? Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to see who survives: MJ or beast.

What: Conan Exiles
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 10th, 2017

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Conan Exiles will have no boners on Xbone

As it stands right now, players in Conan Exiles may stride across the land with mighty swords or short stabbing implements held high in the breeze, and also you can pick up a sword if you want to. But it appears that players on Xbox One (commonly shortened to "Xbone" because sometimes life loves irony) will be unable to thrust forward into the unknown. According to creative director Joel Bylos, the team was told outright that there were to be no rods dirtying up this game of filthy, scrabbling violence.

Bylos is unsure whether the ladies will still be able to go tits out for being exiled in a wasteland and trying to kill other people, but he knows that the dongs will be gone as surely as they are omitted from LEGO games. There's also no word about whether or not PlayStation 4 players will be able to enjoy the simple joys of having their digital bits flapping in the breeze. Of course, you can enjoy that in the PC verson, so if that's a selling point, you needn't feel limp and weak.

Source: Glixel via Kotaku

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 107: Dark Knight rises

This week on the show, Justin and Bree celebrate a couple of hearty MMO updates, argue about mandatory mount viewing, celebrate the soft launch of Revelation Online, and extol the virtues of the PC Master Race.

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

Listen to the show right now:

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Conan Exiles previews 2017 plans, throws shade on early access abusers

Though it's fun for the broader industry, GDC has been a bit of a dud for our genre for years now. If you're willing to expand your horizons past pure MMORPGs, however, there's plenty of juice. Exhibit A: Funcom's Conan Exiles presence at the show. PC Gamer has a report out today on Funcom's plans for the game, including the clothing and armor dye system (coming this month), mounts and taming, PvE purge events stuffed with iconic Conan NPCs, better thrall micro-management, a lush foresty biome (bring your warmer clothes!), trebuchets that hurl rocks and dead bodies, and a new sewer dungeon.

Funcom's Joel Bylos even sneaked in a dig on unspecified games that launch early access and linger there indefinitely while charging for DLC. Conan, of course, has vowed to launch by this time next year and has promised to avoid paid DLC during early access.

Massively OP will be meeting with Funcom at this weekend's PAX East, so stay tuned for more, and in the meantime, check out the videos below.

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One Shots: All dolled up

It's always a crapshoot with our weekly screenshot challenges; sometimes they take off, and other times... not so much. But boy howdy did you all seem to fixate on last week's call to share pictures of MMO sights that creeped you the heck out. Now they're creeping me out and I need sleep tonight!

Reader Vexia kicks us off this this nightmare fuel from Final Fantasy XIV: "I have 3,784 screenshots taken from FFXIV. Having played since open beta, I take an increased total amount of pictures each year. I searched through my 1,744 between now and February of 2016 to find the perfect shot of something that is creepy and, coincidentally, child-like. For some reason, the Sharlayans thought these were just the thing to guard their abandoned magical stuff. In true Square-Enix boss fashion, this is not even the final form. I spared you from having to look at that because it somehow gets even creepier.

Um... thank you?

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Conan Exiles delays Xbox One version until later this year, corrects server patch issues

If you're eagerly anticipating playing Conan Exiles on your Xbox One, you're going to need to be more patient. The game's official Twitter account announced that the port to the platform will be delayed until Q3 for unspecified reasons.

The good news for people who are already playing is that the game received a small patch intended to fix a few exploits and improve game server startup speed as well as region-specific server issues. Unfortunately, players seem to find that it's caused more of a server meltdown than anything, which was sort of the opposite of the intent. The developers have promised that they're addressing these issues as a top priority, although if you're experiencing any issues we're sorry to say that there is no ETA for a fix at the moment. If you lost your placeable items, you will have to do a bit of legwork to reset that problem. So perhaps that's why Xbox users will have to wait a bit.

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Funcom is 'relaunching' The Secret World in 2017, but it's maintenance mode for Anarchy Online and Age of Conan

Funcom's fourth quarter 2016 financial report for investors landed this afternoon, and it's a doozy, especially for MMORPG players. Of most interest is the news that the studio is planning on a relaunch of The Secret World in the next few months, with a redesigned newbie experience, revamps to gameplay and combat, dailies, and a business model overhaul.

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The Stream Team: Exploring deeper into Conan Exiles

Massively OP's MJ can get sidetracked for a long time building, but she's still very much an explorer at heart and there is so much more of Conan Exiles that she hasn't seen. So today, she wants to set her construction aside in order to explore a bit. Of course, the more she explores, the more dangerous it becomes; along with new sights and new creatures comes new ways to die! Join us live at 6:00 p.m. as MJ wanders out farther into the wilds and into a cave.

What: Conan Exiles
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, February 25th, 2017

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Conan Exiles preps player modders, patches up modding fails

Conan Exiles' big dev blog out today ought to be a big help for gamers looking to run their own survival sandbox servers and tricking them out: It's all about building your own mods, which is basically like putting up a sign that says Bree, read me!

Existing mods can already be downloaded through the Steam Workshop, but if you want to make your own, Funcom says, you're going to need the dev kit, launcher, and UE4 editor -- piece of cake, right?

If you're not familiar with how Workshop works and are jumping in as a player, all you really need to know is that you'll be asked to download any mods the server is using as you're logging in, which is one of the rare modding advantages of running Workshop-capable games through Steam.

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Conan Exiles is bringing up new European servers, already looms over PAX East

Funcom announced today that it's found a partner to host its Conan Exiles servers in Europe: G-Portal.

"This week the remaining European servers for Conan Exiles have been going up one by one," says the studio. "We’ve already rolled a decent number of servers and the rest of them will be ready in a short while thanks to our new server partner! Servers will be popping up all over Europe, from west to east, so look for the ones with the best ping to find the one closest to you. The old Pingperfect servers will be brought up with the same name and server database as before, so players can jump right in to continue their adventure in the Exiled Lands."

Early this month, Funcom told players it was parting ways with its original server host, PingPerfect, and switched to Gameservers, which it believed would be better able to handle the apparently huge demand for the game. Then, last weekend, the studio abruptly region-locked official servers for the game, sending legitimate international communities into turmoil as replacement servers have been coming up slowly all week.

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Conan Exiles buffs voice chat, brings new Asian servers online following region locks

"Goodbye, giant green poison balls of death -- you will be sort of missed," Funcom's Erling Ellingsen wrote of today's Conan Exiles patch, live on Steam today. The update is intended to fix several main menu bugs, improve the database, fix spider projectiles (!), and buff voice chat. What's not in it yet? Fixes for the explosive jar exploit, stack sizes, and archery issues.

New servers are on the way too. Over the weekend, Funcom announced it had abruptly region-locked official servers for the game, sending legitimate international communities into turmoil. The studio claims it was choosing to divide players along East/West region lines because of language barriers and timezones, even for those on PvE servers; players maintain that it's Funcom's solution for various countries' players' midnight raiding activities on PvP servers, and not a lot of folks were happy about the sudden implementation, especially folks who were cut off from all official servers in the interim.

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The Stream Team: Collecting all the things in Conan Exiles

Now that Massively OP's MJ found the perfect spot to build, she needs to gather all the materials! She needs tons of stone as well as wood and fiber to build her room with a view on the cliff side. And then there's her secret stash hideaway to construct. Of course, all those resources are guarded by plenty of vicious critters all vying for the chance to to help bump up the Death Counter. Join us live at 8:00 p.m. to see how far MJ can get in her grand architectural designs.

What: Conan Exiles
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Monday, February 20th, 2017

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