While the upcoming Conan Exiles will take place in the same fictional universe as Age of Conan and be made by the same studio, it’s not going to quite be the same game. The survival title, which goes into early access this summer, will take place when Conan is much younger and lack the class structure of the MMO.
In a new interview, Funcom’s Joel Bylos said that the title will focus more on frantic first-person combat in which players can pick up and use any weapon. Captured players can even be sacrificed to their enemies’ deities, although the studio promised that it would be a “quick process” versus a long, drawn-out captivity.
Conan Exiles will take place over a huge 53-square-kilometer map that will cover a wide range of biomes. It won’t be isolated from the rest of Hyboria, as other nations will periodically send in armies to “purge” exile villages. Between these purges, players can craft and build settlements and gear, forging their own proto-kingdoms from the land.
And if you’re concerned that there won’t be enough flesh to go with the wanton violence, fret not. “Definitely there will be nudity on some level, but there’s a question of where it goes and how far it goes,” Bylos said.
One last tidbit of interest courtesy of Massively OP reader Nordavind:
@kneedeepinfilth @ConanExiles Unreal frontend with Dreamworld backend.
— Joel Bylos (@joelbylos) January 30, 2016