This week’s Conan Exiles newsletter covers some of the changes coming to the PC version (a plant-harvesting sickle!) and hints that the team might be cutting some of the planned features to get the title launch-ready.
“We’re reviewing the various features to look at what we’ll be able to implement, what needs to be scaled down and what, unfortunately, might need to be cut before full launch,” Funcom said. “We’ll be able to do a lot in four months, but we won’t be able to do everything.”
If you were thinking of picking up Conan Exiles on Xbox One or PlayStation 4, do it very, very soon. As we reported earlier this week, the price of the early access survival sandbox will increase on consoles from $35 to $50 to bring it in line with the pre-order pricing. However, the studio is also throwing a sale before that price increase arrives, selling Conan Exiles for $17.50 from December 8th through the 10th.
The PC version will remain at $30, as it will see “a very small retail presence and at a different price tag at launch.”
Funcom has just announced to Conan Exiles players anxiously awaiting the game on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 that they’ll be paying more than they originally thought: $49.99, up from $34.99.
“The version we release at launch will have even more content and gameplay in it than what you see today, and will have a landmass more than twice as big as what we started out with on PC Early Access launch. In fact, we’re adding an entirely new biome, a completely remade combat system, and new gameplay mechanics,” says the studio. “Because we are now doing pre-orders in retail, we have to increase the price already as soon as pre-orders start. It’s not something we want to do, we would of course prefer to have kept the Game Preview pricing the same until launch, but there is a very good reason why we have to bite the bullet.”
Usually, building in Conan Exiles is a long process. Much of that time goes to gathering the materials. Crafting itself may be the quickest part as — at least for Massively OP’s MJ — placing your pieces just right might take a great deal of time (and not a few do-overs!). So what if you can forgo the first two steps and just focus on the actual construction? What could you build? MJ is going to demonstrate some speed building with the various components. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to see what designs she comes up with.
What: Conan Exiles
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Friday, December 1st, 2017
After consuming the recent Conan Exiles newsletter, we are concerned that the Funcom team is succumbing to early winter madness over in Norway. At least, the studio’s gleeful talk of tackling literal bed bugs (as in, issues with bedrolls) and poetic descriptions of players leaping out of the water like dolphins is giving us that impression.
In all seriousness, it does sound like there’s a lot being done to this survival sandbox as the team scrambles to get as much work in as possible before the holidays. Chat windows are being cleaned up, war paint is on the way, and there’s something about a populated volcano that is on the way…
Xbox One players will be pleased to find that their version of the game was patched up this week to come into parity with the PC version. This means that the console Conans now have all of the newer features and fixes that their PC masters have been enjoying for a while now.
Don’t forget to party up with MJ tonight at 9:00 p.m. as she streams a new set of adventures from this survival sandbox!
Back when Massively OP’s MJ saw lights in the distance in Conan Exiles’ expansion, she ventured forward to discover the source. It turned out to be a dungeon! Tonight, she wrangled a group together so they can charge deeper into this mysterious holding. How long can the group survive, and what treasure will they uncover? Tune in live at 6:00 p.m. for a look inside this second dungeon.
What: Conan Exiles
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 6:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, November 25th, 2017
On Black Friday, Funcom was working – well, it was streaming Conan Exiles, at least, which is sort of like working. The devs sit for an hour of chat and Q&A, noting that the PC parity patch will hopefully push to Xbox One next week and that work on the massive combat overhaul continues. Then they dive into new stuff, including the new weapon racks, attribute rebalancing, .
Most recently, the studio says it’s rolled out a new bug reporting feature (through Reddit) and patched up update 31 with thrall inventories, new placeables, and repair kits. What’s the on the horizon? More work on the ecology system, including the creature revamp.
There’s much of the land from the expansion that Massively OP’s MJ has yet to explore in Conan Exiles, and she aims to correct that. She has invited a friend along to wander all over the north, poking into the nooks and crannies — and hoping nothing pokes back! Who are we kidding, have you seen the wildlife? Those antlers?! We’re not taking bets on how long the pair survive, but join us live at 12:00 p.m. to see if they can.
What: Conan Exiles
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 12:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, November 18th, 2017
By Crom, Conan Exiles is under attack by dupe bugs! Funcom hurried to push Update 31 live yesterday to deal with the issue and add a few fun new options to the game. These features include inventories for thralls, armor patch kits, new building materials, and an artisan crafting workbench.
Funcom said that it will be rolling out a series of server wipes (partial and full) to deal with the effects of the duping. The level of wipe is dependent on the vote results from each server, with only a handful electing not to wipe at all.
“To soften the blow, we’re increasing the harvesting and XP rate on the official servers for the next week, letting you quickly get your stuff and levels back,” Funcom said.
The money scene continues to progress generally well for Funcom, which reported a third consecutive quarter during which it made a tidy sum. Funcom reported raking in $6 million in revenue (a little over $1 million in profit), thanks in part to “a very strong launch” of Secret World Legends earlier in 2017.
“[This year] represents a significant improvement from previous years, with the new strategy of more titles with shorter development time proving successful,” the studio said in its Q3 2017 presentation.
Funcom revealed some of its plans for Secret World Legends, such as a refer-a-friend system, a smaller initial download size, a winter event, and new content coming next year. “For Q1 2018,the focus will be on major gameplay and story content release to improve retention and provide a more complete experience for the players.”
Conan Exiles is expecting some new building pieces, so of course Massively OP’s MJ is eager to test them out! But since she hasn’t constructed anything in a while, she might be out of practice. All the more reason to jump in flex those building muscles again. (As if MJ needs a reason to build!) Join us live at 9:00 p.m. as OPTV‘s infamous Stream Team returns to…
What: Conan Exiles
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EST on Friday, November 10th, 2017
The latest edition of Microsoft’s gaming console launches today, and Conan Exiles is ready to take advantage of all of the new bells and whistles. Not literally, because that would be an audibly annoying console, but we’ll assume you understand metaphor.
In yesterday’s patch, Funcom said that it is ready for the Xbox One X: “Conan Exiles is now Xbox One X ready, with improved graphics resolution and shadow quality, increased effective resolution textures, and longer view distance.”
The patch isn’t just about the new console, as it has re-enabled the ability to summon avatars, fixed a nasty server crash bug, and adjusted stamina so that it will regenerate normally in single-player mode.
Funcom’s latest Conan Exiles newsletter is short and sweet and a week behind, but there are still a few tidbits worth sharing, including an on-the-way Xbox One patch and a new content update for Steam players next week, the latter of which touches on “thrall inventories, new building pieces and repair kits.” In the meantime, the studio is working on new clothes, dynamic weather, and a new mug for Conan himself – because Crom forbid Conan look like some sort of old.
“The Art team has given Conan a facelift so he’ll look better during cinematics. With some digital botoxing, tucking and lifting, the hardened barbarian looks at least ten years younger.”
Also of note? New console editions. Conan Exiles will support the Xbox One X, and even better, the studio has a “mostly working” PS4 edition currently in QA. “We’ve partnered with a company called Testronics to test our games and they’ll put the game through the proverbial wringer for us,” Funcom writes. “Full launch across all platforms is scheduled for Q2, 2018.”
Welcome back to another edition of Betawatch, the game where literally everything is in early access forever. Except Closers, of course, which is open! I never get tired of that. Yes, Closers Online is running a fully open alpha this weekend, which I guess is what we do now when open beta is actually soft launch. Regardless, you can play it and check it out. What else happened in the world of eternal testing this past week? Let’s see…
- Go Project Gorgon! It put your crowdfunding to work on a programmer to overhaul the in-testing UI.
- OrbusVR kicked off its third round of closed beta testing. Backers could also take part in Dual Universe’s second pre-alpha, which begins tomorrowday.
- Both Legends of Aria and Prosperous Universe put the wraps on their alpha testing.
- Crowfall talked up its action harvesting, while Ship of Heroes went all pew-pew with lightning.
- H1Z1 changed its name. Again. This is its third try and it’s still in early access! So is PUBG; it broke 2.3M concurrent players last weekend. Not too shabby.
- Don’t get your hopes up about Star Citizen spinoff Squadron 42; it’s not launching this year. Star Citizen itself is still busy breaking alpha 3.0. But Bless Online is definitely coming (to us) in 2018!
- Conan Exiles, on the other hand, will stay in testing an extra quarter.
Did we miss anything? Other than Eliot, who will be back in action next week? Send it along to us! And in the meantime, check out our ongoing list of MMOs-purporting-to-be-in-testing that we’re watching.