conan exiles

Official Site: Conan Exiles
Studio: Funcom
Launch Date: Anticipated 2016
Genre: Multiplayer Survival
Business Model: N/A
Platform: PC and console

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.”

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Massively Overthinking: On slavery mechanics in MMOs

Polygon recently had an interview with Conan Exiles creative director Joel Bylos focused on the game’s slavery mechanics, a “feature” I had entirely forgotten about, probably because the game calls such NPCs – whom you are encouraged to capture and enslave – “thralls.” Bylos likens thralls to the ‘bots of Westworld: They serve multiple purposes, from dancing for entertainment to manning base defenses as “intelligent turrets.” Essentially, he argues, they’re a mechanic that allows a single human player to build out and staff a mini empire.

I thought it would be interesting to explore the subject of slavery in Massively Overthinking now that Conan is back in the headlines (and getting good reviews). Should slavery exist in MMOs and other online games? Does it get a pass because it’s NPCs, or does it make you uncomfortable to see your player potentially cast as a heroic slaveholder?

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Returning to Conan Exiles: Praise for Funcom’s progress on PvE and PvP

As some of you may remember, I wasn’t terribly impressed with Conan Exiles when it first went into Early Access last year. It wasn’t exactly that the game was rough, but just more of the same: free-for-all PvP with people constantly zerg killing each other, now with slavery and some dragons!

But Funcom has done a lot to flesh out the game since then. My GDC look at the game gave me hope, and although the PvE conflict switcharoo is really upsetting, I actually have to say that, mechanically, Funcom has won me over. While I normally track my playtime, I have to admit that I spent far too much time playing Exiles. Sadly, I didn’t get to experience clans, god summoning, purges, teleportation, massive battles, or slavery, but it wasn’t from a lack of trying. In fact, Conan Exiles should give all of us, PvE players included, a reason to pay more attention to the survival genre.

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The Stream Team: Building a Conan Exiles treehouse

While Massively OP’s MJ hasn’t found her dream location for a base in Conan Exiles yet, she has found a decent little tree just right for building a little treehouse. And that’s exactly what she is going to do. Of course, after she’s spent a bit of time on construction, who’s to say she won’t meander out in the wilds of the swamp looking for that ideal spot she craves? Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. to witness the birth of a baby treehouse.

What: Conan Exiles
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

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Conan Exiles boasts about its concurrency while looking to stability improvements

While Conan Exiles may have made a fairly quick trip out of early access compared to its peers in the genre, there’s always the worry that it’s already made its mark and launch won’t get people interested in it. However, the people at Funcom seem happy with its concurrency numbers, as the game’s official Twitter reported concurrency of around 50,000 players on Sunday evening. That’s just how many people were all online and playing at the same time.

The same Twitter was also used to inform players that while there are other plans down the road, the immediate focus for the team is on addressing performance and stability issues; quality-of-life improvements and other patches will have to wait a little bit longer. So while there’s more stuff coming down the road, it can hold off until everyone can log in and play the game reliably. Which is probably for the best.

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Betawatch: Boxes of sand survival for Conan Exiles and Wild West Online (May 11, 2018)

Sometimes, the title “survival sandbox” might seem a bit inaccurate or limiting. But then you get into stuff like Conan Exiles and Wild West Online, games that… well, pretty much place you inside of a box of sand to survive. And they both launched this week! Which means that we’re waving farewell to them from this particular column, but we hope everyone has fun in that box full of sand. Oh, there’s so much sand there, you wouldn’t believe. Sandy everything.

Other beta news? Hey, why not, it’s a free country. How fun.

Want more betas? Boy, you always want more. Good thing there’s a list just below! But do let us know if something slipped into proper launch without letting us know or if the developers seem to have dropped off of the face of the planet. That… latter one might be more likely.

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The Survivalist: The good, the bad, and the barbaric of Conan Exiles’ launch

If the survival genre is any indication, Early Access is a nigh indestructable beast! Time and time again we’ve seen where so many have failed to defeat this end boss. But that all changed when one mighty barbarian came along and did just that. Conan Exiles strangled the last breath out of the Early Access beast with its bare hands and cast it aside, then strode straight into the waiting arms of launch this week.

Now there is lots to say about this launch, and a good chunk of it is pretty glowing. However, no launch is without some troubles. And sadly, there is also a despicable element as well. Here’s my look at the good, the bad, and the barbaric of the first couple of days of Conan Exiles’ launch.

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Ouch, Conan Exiles players are pretty pissed off about Funcom’s PvE Conflict server switcharoo

It’s not every day that an online game changes the official ruleset of whole servers the day after everyone rolled characters, but that’s exactly what Funcom did yesterday in Conan Exiles. As MOP’s Justin reported incredulously yesterday, the studio abruptly changed all of Conan Exiles’ PvE Conflict servers – that is, the servers that are primarily PvE with small windows for PvP – into pure PvP servers. Pure PvE and Pure PvP continue to exist (Fast servers were done away with prior to launch), but that’s cold comfort to folks who thought their server would be partly safe and now isn’t safe at all.

And the playerbase is letting Funcom have it. Steam reviews are bashing the company for the move, accusing Funcom of misrepresenting the game and sacrificing hybrid server players at the altar of bringing more PvP servers online – and that’s on top of the ongoing queue problems brought on by the game’s popularity. And on the Conan Reddit, the front page is littered with angry rants about the topic.

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Conan Exiles brings online more servers, changes rulesets on the fly

Suffice it to say, it’s been a massive first day for Conan Exiles. Funcom’s brutal sandbox title is riding high off of one million sales to date and over 28,612 concurrent players charging into the fray.

To meet the demand, Funcom has been turning on servers left and right, with nearly 1,500 shards coming online in various regions. The studio said that it wants to double the number of official servers by the end of today on all platforms. Shouldn’t have a hard time finding a place to call home, then!

The studio also forced many PvE players to switch over to a PvP format: “You’ve also made it clear that you want more PvP servers! By popular demand, more PvP servers are on the way. We are also switching all existing ‘PvE-Conflict’ servers to the regular PvP ruleset. This should help streamline the modes and make choosing a server much more simple. Don’t worry, we’re simply changing the mode on these servers — your existing characters and buildings won’t go anywhere.”

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The Stream Team: Conan Exiles slayed the early access beast and launched!

It has happened! While some games can never escape the grasp of the early access beast, the mighty Conan Exiles has strangled this beast and left its broken corpse laying by the side of the road. Yes, the survival sandbox has officially launched! That means there are massive new biomes to explore, purges to withstand, and much more. Massively OP’s MJ is excited to get back in and start over on her newly wiped server. Tune in live at 8:00 p.m. to explore with us (and see how long she can go before the Death Counter feeds!).

What: Conan Exiles
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 8:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

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Conan Exiles has officially launched with 1M copies sold to date and a huge day-one patch

Funcom’s survivalbox Conan Exiles has officially shed early access and entered final launch as of today – that’s on PC, PS4, and Xbox One – having sold a reported one million copies in the lead up to release. More servers are apparently on the way now to handle the load!

You may have thought that last month’s patch – with the combat revamp and fast travel – was the big show, but you’d be wrong. In fact, there’s a huge download for the day-one patch (and patch notes) waiting for you no matter your platform. As our hands-on already previewed, players can expect the massive map update (yep, with the volcano and swamp biomes) and new Derketo religion, plus tweaks for the Purge, the healing rebalance, and too many bug fixes to count.

Here’s abbreviated look at our best coverage to date:

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Conan Exiles prepares for launch with an AMA starring the man himself

Do you feel the need to ask someone what is best in life? Perhaps you should not, as the Conan Exiles AMA run by Conan himself will probably be full of people who think that referencing that specific line is the height of comedy. But as the game gears up for launch, you can take part in that Reddit AMA starting at noon EDT; the thread will open for questions an hour before the start time. Crush your hesitation and march forward to ask questions before the proper launch!

There will also be a lengthy launch stream starting at 6:00 a.m. EDT on launch day, so you can enjoy that entertainment if you can’t play right away on launch. The game is doing fairly well in the ramp-up thus far, entering the top 10 of global sellers as it ramps up for its full launch. Even if you’ve got no questions for the barbarian himself, you know he would probably appreciate that.

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