With the release of Conan Exiles on Xbox One’s game preview program, there are plenty of questions from this new audience about the rollout of the survival sandbox. Funcom’s team was on hand yesterday for an AMA that ranged from crafting to crashes (“our number one priority”) to camel punching.
Funcom revealed that it is working on creating voice chat (in a similar fashion to ARK: Survival Evolved). It also hinted that PC and Xbox players may one day be able to share the same servers: “That is something we are still considering. Crossplay is complicated.”
The team also addressed the controversial omission of nudity on the console: “There is a nudity DLC for European territories (it’s free), but this DLC is currently unavailable due to a last minute issue with the Xbox Store. Microsoft is currently investigating a solution to this issue. In the meantime, all territories will be limited to partial nudity.”
Forget the parched desert, Massively OP’s MJ is ready to play in the snow! Conan Exiles has opened its new biome, and it is full of that cold powder. And trees! Of course MJ can’t resist running out to explore, even if she isn’t really prepared to survive there; there is much more than just the cold waiting to snuff out her life. Well, who needs to survive anyhow? It’s not like this is a survival game. Oh, wait. Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. for a glimpse into the The Frozen North expansion.
What: Conan Exiles
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
It’s a two-for-one special on news for Conan Exiles today! First up, the game has officially released into “game preview” on Xbox One, bringing the survival sandbox to a console for the first time. Players will need to fork over $35 for the privilege of playing this alpha game, however.
Of interest to PC and Xbox players alike is today’s launch of The Frozen North biome expansion. The free expansion adds 70% more (snowy and rainy) landmass to Conan Exiles, introduces the avatar Ymir, and provides players with plenty of new armor, weapons, enemies, and building materials to keep them occupied. The team said that it made over 2,000 changes to the game with this build.
Ready to take your tribe north to see if you can hack it in the cold? Take a look at the trailer below to get a feel for the dangers that await!
Can barbarians experience censorship and shame? On a recent livestream, the Conan Exiles team briefly explained that there will be one significant difference between the European and North American versions of the Xbox client: nudity.
Specifically, it sounds as though the NA version will only have the options for fully clothed or topless characters, whereas the EU version will share the PC’s ability to show downtown plumbing if players desire. Because immersion cannot be reached unless your game world looks like the locker room at the gym, of course.
Some players are not happy over the restriction, although others point out that if this restriction is such a dealbreaker, it is not that hard to switch your game region over to Europe. Now that this crisis has been dealt with, we return you to the rest of the internet, which is completely and totally nudity-free.
City life didn’t quite agree with Massively OP’s MJ — at least not in Conan Exiles. But she’s not ready to let a few grumpy locals and an elevator chase her away for good! She’ll be heading back… just as soon as she conquers Fingerfang Rock, the massive mountain that reaches up to the sky. MJ is determined to get to the top of it. Can she? Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to see how many deaths it takes to reach the summit.
What: Conan Exiles
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, August 11th, 2017
With “phase two” of Conan Exiles’ world domination strategy rolling out next week, console players will be able to try out the survival sandbox for the very first time on Xbox One. Funcom confirmed his week that the Xbox One launch will coincide with the multi-platform rollout of the game’s Frozen North expansion.
Similar to how the PC version is in early access, the Xbox One edition of Conan Exiles will be considered in “game preview” for now, costing players $35 to own. The studio released a 75-minute gameplay video to show off how the title works on console, so if that’s your bag, you’ve got it waiting for you below!
Funcom is hyping Conan Exiles’ free Frozen North expansion up with a new “Bigger & Better” trailer today, which zips through the game’s content-added since its early access release earlier this year. Frozen North will mark “phase two” of the survivalbox’s early access program.
“Since launching into PC Early Access on January 31 st 2017, the development team has been working tirelessly to introduce new content, improve mechanics, and eradicate bugs and exploits. The team has added siege weapons, a new dungeon, a dye system, new armor and weapons, new decorations, avatar defenses, new building pieces, and much more.”
The Frozen North launches next week on August 16th; the game itself is destined for a fall launch on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation early next year. “While the team has been able to expand and improve the game significantly the first six months of Early Access, there are several months left and the team will continue to work side-by-side with the community to realize Conan Exiles’ full potential,” Funcom says.
The new video and new screenies are tucked down below.
Never before have we seen players so eager to contract frostbite in the middle of summer as we are with the situation that’s going on this month with Conan Exiles. Next week on Wednesday the 16th, The Frozen Throne biome expansion will launch for this early access title, bringing the snowy lands of the north into the barbaric world that previously hosted only deserts.
As a follow-up to the expansion’s announcement this past week, the developers went on a “deep dive” into The Frozen North and its offerings. Creative Director Joel Bylos and company show off the new region and discuss the other changes and additions coming in this free update, including combat tweaks, new building elements, and a grand summoning of Ymir the Frost Father. Always helps to have a giant god on your side during fights, eh?
The full hour of deep diving delight is yours after the break!
Before the Conan Exiles’ new biome launches in two weeks, Massively OP’s MJ wants to make sure she has explored everywhere. And the one place she hasn’t combed ever inch of sand is the big city. That calls for a road trip! MJ is looking forward to hobnobbing with all the locals. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. as MJ and the gang prowl through the city streets and enjoy the architecture.
What: Conan Exiles
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, August 4th, 2017
Just because they aren’t known for wearing shirts doesn’t mean that barbarians mind a little cold now and then.
Rugged and bloodthirsty player fighters will be forging into new territory later this month, as Conan Exiles is planning to release The Frozen North for the survival sandbox. Funcom announced that the expansion is coming out on August 16th, the same day that the game will go live on Xbox One. And as a reminder, this particular expansion is free for all owners of the game.
The Frozen North will greatly expand the game’s territory by 70%, adding icy biomes, rain, and snow. Players will explore this land while fighting new enemies, making a best friend of the god Ymir, brewing up strong drinks, cooking tasty meals, and — most important to the barbarian culture — taking care of honeybees.
Motherboard has a fun-slash-depressing piece out this week on an unnamed hacker who claims he’s been cheating at MMORPGs to make a living for almost two decades.
Prior to his recent Def Con hacking conference talk, the hacker dubbed “Manfred” seemingly demoed via video a hack performed in WildStar, one he used to help him accrue nearly 400 trillion gold, which he then allegedly sold to players through various black markets. He argues he wasn’t hacking — he was providing a service by “finding unintended features in the protocol.”
At least some of his claims don’t even seem particularly outlandish, especially if you’ve been around in MMORPGs for a long time and have an understanding of how rampant duping and RMT markets have been over the last 20 years. Manfred claims he got his start in Ultima Online illegally deleting other players’ houses and selling his own on Ebay, funding his days in college. Since then, Motherboard says, he cheated and duped his way through the “wild west” of Lineage 2, Shadowbane, Final Fantasy XI, Dark Age of Camelot, Lord of The Rings Online, RIFT, Age of Conan, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and Guild Wars 2.
It’s gonna be a big couple of weeks for Funcom
The studio is teasing a big reveal of Conan Exiles’ expansion this week. Due out on August 16th, the survivalbox update is expected to heavily feature the long-awaited snowscape biome. Oh yeah, and it’s free and launching simultaneously for PC and console. “Winter is coming,” Funcom quips.
Meanwhile, Secret World Legends fka The Secret World is set to launch on Steam today. It’s been live for those willing to brave the studio’s launcher since June 26th — the 23rd, if you were a headstart participant. The game is currently offline for the next few hours in preparation. If all goes well, we’ll be streaming Secret World Legends this evening on OPTV at 9 p.m. EDT — join us!
Warning: This column will contain GRAPHIC and EXPLICIT references to film auteur Michael Bay. You may find yourself cutting away in excitement every two seconds and subject to unnecessary explosions and pixelated cleavage. Try to remain calm.
Siphaed had “super fun” in Citadel: Forged With Fire lately and wanted to share a vista from his new house. But what’s the best part? “Explosions!” he wrote. “Michael Bay would be jealous of the graphical fidelity of Citadel. And yet still aesthetically pleasing to the eye.”
Now that we’ve gotten our gratuitous Michael Bay reference out of the way, let us push forward and try to forget the man who single-handedly ruined two 1980s franchises. We are not bitter.