Life is no day at the beach in Conan Exiles. But life by the beach is definitely easier — at least you don’t die of thirst! But Massively OP’s MJ and Andrew have found plenty of other ways to die as they carve their little niche out of the unforgiving world. Can they keep alive longer tonight? Join us live at 8:00 p.m. as the duo returns to the homestead and tries not to succumb to the elements… or the neighbors.
What: Conan Exiles
Who: MJ Guthrie & Andrew Ross
When: 8:00 p.m. EST on Monday, January 31st, 2017
Funcom’s Conan Exiles formally launched overnight, sending early access purchasers into the antique but brutal world of Conan the Barbarian. Despite some confusion over the official server list, which has been limited to 100 for now (but with hundreds more player-hosted servers), the game’s launch actually went off rather well, which is high praise for the company whose first MMORPG was once dubbed the “worst launch of all time.”
The studio has also begun discussing its immediate plans for the game, including trebuchets, better animations for captured thralls, and a dye system for gear, among other content and bug fixes. The game is expected to remain in early access for around a year.
Reviews on Steam are “Mixed” as of press time with just under 600 players having reviewed it. Massively OP’s Stream Team played the game last night for those who want to check it out with their own eyeballs before putting up any dough. That stream, plus the launch trailer, is down below!
Do you want to check out Conan Exiles? How about peeking in before it opens for Early Access? Massively OP’s MJ is sneaking you into the new survival sandbox for a look-see before everyone else. And she’s dragging Andrew along to die, too! Tune in live at 5:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team brings you a first look at…
What: Conan Exiles
Who: MJ Guthrie & Andrew Ross
When: 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, January 30th, 2017
The hype meter is rising for Funcom’s Conan Exiles, which launches early access tomorrow. Community Manager Jens Erik and Creative Director Joel Bylos ran another stream this past weekend, showing off the world and desert setting, character inventory, recipes, object interaction, in-game maps, swimming, and even underground lairs. It’s definitely worth a skim through if you’re still on the fence about whether to jump in early.
We’ll be streaming the game ahead of time — check back in on our Stream Team’s antics later this afternoon! For now, here’s the archived dev video and a peek at the art book.
Funcom has announced Conan Exiles: Barbarian Edition, a special edition of the upcoming survival sandbox that boasts a crapton of extras, including a t-shirt, digital comic book, six actual comic books, the full-size Conan RPG core book, another e-book, the digital art book, soundtracks from all of Funcom’s Conan games (sup Justin), in-game stuff like a rhino mount (for Age of Conan), “and more.”
According to the promo image, all of the items are digital items except the t-shirt. The Barbarian Edition will run $59.99, 30 bucks more than than the basic edition. Both editions of the game get players into the early access launch on January 31st.
“The game launches at 6am in the morning, central European time, so get that coffee ready! This means that players on the American West Coast will get to jump into the Exiled Lands at 9pm on January 30th.”
With just one week to go before its early access launch, Conan Exiles wants you to get spiritual. Specifically, Funcom’s released a dev blog on the religion of the Exiled Lands — and its very much real gods.
“In Conan Exiles you can choose to worship one of the gods and gain their favor,” says the studio. “As you play the game you can worship any, all or none of the gods as you see fit. The gods you can choose from at the start of early access are Crom, Mitra, Yog and Set.” Depending on your choice, you’ll begin the game with different items and skills, then progress and survive by building religious altars so you can sacrifice your captives and their body parts (because this is a Conan game).
The very best worshippers and sacrificers will gain access to avatar summoning, which brings us back to that creepy flying squid that Funcom is fond of depicting.
Update down at the bottom — Funcom just announced the game will run $29.99 in early access.
If giant squid, oversized snakes, or massive automatoi are among your phobias, seriously, don’t watch this Conan Exiles video. It kicks off with a bit about the critters that are planning to kill you, the awful things they’re going to do to your corpse, the weapons you’ll be using to fight back, and how you’ll get revenge by pulling down castles and taking slaves.
“In Conan Exiles, everything is out there to get you,” Lead Designer Oscar Lopez Lacalle says, “but the most dangerous enemy is other Exiles.”
If you say so, Lacalle. Our money’s on that Avatar of Yog and his tentacles.
The new vid and infographic are below. Conan Exiles hits early access later this month.
A little while back, I took a look at the healthiest games in the MMO space at this time. That was a nice, uplifting list, wasn’t it? And all of those titles continue to do just fine, even if one or two might have had a few bits of shocking news along the way.
Unfortunately, this is not an industry in which health is assured. Games can be high-quality and beloved, but they can still be shut down by outside forces. And that’s not counting games that just come out in the wrong time period or launch in an unrecoverable state.
That may sound grim, but we’re already staring at the first two shutdowns of 2017 in the near future, and both of the titles being killed are surprises. One of them might have wound up on this list if it weren’t being shut down, but at this point, it is. So let’s look at the MMOs with the most unclear futures and start hoping for the best.
Last week, Funcom explained that Conan Exiles will have multiple rulesets for PvE and PvP: purist, relaxed, hardcore, roleplay, experimental, and random, in official and player-run flavors. In response to player concerns, the studio now says it’ll offer more — and will change up how wipes of these servers work.
“We understand your concerns and we’ve been listening. As a result of your feedback we’ve decided to include three types of official servers to accommodate both preferences: PvP servers, PvE servers and PvP Blitz servers. These settings will only apply to official servers. Admins are free to choose whatever settings they want on unofficial servers. The regular official PvP and PvE servers will not be wiped. The PvP Blitz servers will provide an accelerated experience, but will reset after 30 days. This ensures that players on PvP Blitz servers will be able to experience everything Conan Exiles has to offer before their progression is reset. PvP Blitz servers will be tagged in the server description so you can easily differentiate them from the regular PvP and PvE servers.”
And the studio has once again noted that custom, player-run shards can have a wide combination of settings from the rulesets, including accelerated progression.
Conan lore is probably the most contentious thing about the franchise, and Funcom today has clarified the focus of that lore in Conan Exiles when it hits early access later this month. The game is set specifically between Xuthal of the Dusk (The Slithering Shadow) and A Witch Shall be Born, a pair of stories written in 1933 and 1934. You’re not playing Conan himself, of course; you’re playing a character rescued from certain death by Conan.
“An enigmatic serpent bracelet has been placed around your wrist. It will kill you if you try to escape by crossing the huge Cursewall surrounding the Exiled Lands. The Cursewall is a powerful magical barrier which cuts you off from the outside world. Who has placed the bracelet around your arm? Why have you been exiled to this place for your alleged crimes and not just executed on the spot by those who brought you here?”
Excellent questions! We don’t know yet, but that’s the point. Funcom is building out the lore and focusing on its strengths: ancient civilizations, thieves and pirates, relic hunters, hidden treasure, buried secrets, abandoned temples, statues imbued with glyphs, decaying shrines, mystical cities, ghosts of the past — it’s all in the synopsis Funcom is spinning, and if you want to whip out your favorite “ALIENS” gif, we say be our guest.
Funcom announced today that it’s teamed up with web hosting service Pingperfect both to host Conan Exiles’ official servers for Funcom and to offer custom hosting services to players intent on running their own Conan sandbox shard. The official servers will offer both PvE and PvP experiences across six different ruleset types: purist, relaxed, hardcore, roleplay, experimental, and random. Private servers should be a snap:
“Setting up a private server is incredibly easy. A copy of Conan Exiles purchased through Steam comes packaged with a dedicated server tool. Once the game exists in your library you can install a private server on any machine from Steam. Head to your Steam library, go to the tools menu and find Conan Exiles. From there you can install your private Conan Exiles server and set it up. […] The server settings are available to server admins from inside the game via the options > Server Settings GUI. From here you can enable PvP gameplay, turn the sandstorm on and off, and choose what players lose when they die. Things like the day/night cycle, player health and stamina, resource yield, experience growth and resource spawn rate. Everything can be adjusted and implemented on the fly, without the need for a server restart to activate the changes you’ve made. Just hit apply and the world around you and your player will adjust immediately.”
It’s a given that players in Conan Exiles will spend no small amount of time facing off against one another; that’s part of the nature of any survival game. However, you won’t always be stuck facing off against other players. You can also face off against a variety of creatures inhabiting the Exiled Lands, many of which want to tear off your face and feed it to you in new and interesting fashions. The latest article on the official site details some of these creatures, many of which have all sorts of pointy and ouchy parts on their bodies.
Look, it’s not really a Conan game without all of that.
Of course, not every animal in the area is made of lethal materials; shalebacks and rabbits can be harvested for their hides, gazelles are positively full of meat, and rhinos have even thicker hides and trophy-worthy heads. But where you find these animals, you’ll find dangers like crocodiles, imps, and the lethal inhabitants of the Unnamed City. And many of these creatures will fight you tooth, nail, and horn to kill you should you strike them (they’re rather attached to their hides). It’s a dangerous world out there, full of critters that might want to kill you. That’s what is best in life, as you can see yourself toward the end of the month.
Following up on last week’s building-themed Conan Exiles video, Funcom hosted a Friday afternoon stream showing off the building tools in depth.
Community Manager Jens Erik and Creative Director Joel Bylos captain the stream, in which they explore building materials, material storage, the crafting tools and stations, and the chunk placement system, building up a tower from brick to multi-story structure.
They also vandalize signs, visit a sweatshop, play with explosives, and watch thralls dance. Just another day in the Funcom offices!
Conan Exiles is still expected to launch for early access at the end of January.