Conan Exiles addresses weather system, accusations of slow content rollout

    
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Conan Exiles has another new Q&A thread up on Reddit over the long weekend, and the first takeaway is invest in a coat and some sunscreen. Funcom’s Joel Bylos says the team is still working on the weather system, including new weather types in the new biome and maybe some fixes to sandstorms. “Weather will affect temperature, and Exiles will need to start worrying about temperature in the next biome,” he explains. In fact, the new biome has a lot of new content; expect things like fishtraps, crabtraps, beehives, and fiber harvesting tools.

Bylos also promises custom stamps, shoots down a foundation placement request, gives advice on how to defend against climbers, and reminds players that Funcom isn’t making a “community consensus” game. And then there’s this from a player:

“What are you going to do about the game? Its so riddled with bugs, and exploits even the RPers are leaving. Most of the servers are at 0/0 people logged in, some are shutting down. Even viewer count on twitch is low. You’re game is basically dead and its not released. Content is coming to slow, bug fix’s too slow. For a game that saved your company, you sure are royally screwing it up.”

Instead of dumping the question in the circular file, Bylos points out that the team is already working as fast it legally can, that Funcom is hiring and contracting out work to get it done faster, and that it continues to patch exploits.

“Compared to other games that have been in Early Access for a much longer time, our client has a more stable framerate and far less exploits. Yet it doesn’t seem to impact the popularity of those games,” he argues. “We’re going to keep working on it, we’re going to keep improving it, and maybe, just maybe, when we are ready to launch, people will try it and be pleasantly surprised by all the things we have done to make the game great. Because, after all, this is Early Access.”

Source: Reddit
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Chronic Enigma

i play it regularly, and enjoy it immensley, the pace of development is fine. and its in great shape imo..

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mistressbrazen

The fifty year old man I know who plays this game likes it, and thinks FC is doing a decent job of making changes and adding content just as you would see in an early beta form of a game. There’s plenty of stuff he would like to see them work on, but in early beta, players should not decide what gets worked on. The developer has a schedule and a list of priorities. If players don’t like the schedule they should stop playing until the game is released. The whole “early access” phenomenon has created a population of gamers who expect a finished product for a game that is marketed as “in development.” Now, it would help if companies would simply stop releasing alpha and beta products to the public, but it seems the horse is already out of the barn on that one.

Edit: I’m not the 50 year old man, but I do keep up with development of the game because I know Joel Bylos has thrown his hear into the project and I respect that.

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chriskovo .

Better fixes would be cleaning up the process of creating your own server. Trying to play with 3 different ini files to get the server running is just dumb.

Want this so I can actually play with my friends coop rubberbanding of players is just ridiculous and makes that mode useless.

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Melissa McDonald

Opinions may vary, but a low server population speaks the loudest.

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agemyth 😩

Do we have a snarky internet term for this situation yet? The act of buying a game (particularly early access games) and putting dozens to hundreds of enjoyable hours into it in a few months then turning around and trashing the game and giving it a negative review.

Are we going to continue to see games that are heavily marketed through “influencers” on Youtube/Twitch that people trick themselves into believing are trustworthy because they are easier to see as human beings than traditional media, whether text or scripted/rehearsed videos.

Don’t buy games that are still in their potential “flash in the pan” stage of popularity and success unless you are open to disappointment further down the line. PUBG is currently that game and I only own it because a friend gifted it to me without my consent (what a jerk, right?), but I am very curious if it can maintain the positive response it has had so far.

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Zoe

(Off topic, but for what it’s worth: Bree, how do you resist the urge to slam square brackets over the sad state of today’s gamers’ spelling? The above needed [it’s] [your] [too] [fixes] to spare my poor eyes. I won’t question your journalistic integrity if you do this, I promise! ;)

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agemyth 😩

If I recall correctly, Bree basically got her job at AOL Massively by being OCD about grammar and typos on their articles :P Or it got her foot in the door with the staff by knowing her for doing that.

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Fisty

When this game came out we knew it was early and we could see it was early access all over the place. I stopped playing, but I still dig the game. I’m just waiting for more progress. I’m not sure why people throw a fit.

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Alfredo Garcia

Yep, I played for a couple months, got my fill of what was on offer at that point, and I’ll come back once the game leaves Early Access. At that point though the game very much needs to resemble what is being marketed or I, probably along with many others, am going to write Funcom off entirely as a serious game development company.

That’s not to say that I expect them to fail. Only that they haven’t exactly been doing things that inspire a ton of confidence for me as a gamer.

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Johnnyt305

Ark, Subnautica, Rust all those games had way more bugs at this point and still do… yet people jump on the bandwagon to hate Conan as they always so to funcom games. Its started by lonely 50 yr olds that are still mad about a game they played 20 years ago and stuff like that its so annoying and people follow them hating and so on to ruin any chance of the game being populated, then they blame the company.

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ceder

According to steam tracking sites like steam charts, Conan Exiles is down 90% of its player from its peak. Ark, Subnautica, nor Rust have -ever- dropped that high a percentage. I mean what’s even more wince worthy is Subnautica actually has a higher concurrent and average players numbers right now than Conan. (Mind you all 3 do but subnautica is such a minor player(albeit interesting one) by relation).

Worse, conan did this in just the first few months of its existence. Only game that readily comes to mind that has done that embarrassingly statistically recently would be No Man’s Sky.

Evidently you’re decrying the 90% who have shelved Conan as being the type you mention in your comments, which doesn’t seem to be very compelling. What should be compelling is that 90% of folks in this case seem to have found the game lacking. Your position thus would seem to be a minority one.

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kelvar

Can’t really speak for the others, but Subnautica is a fantastic game, extremely polished and has few bugs at this point. The couple that have skittered across my screen haven’t been particularly meaningful or impacting.

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Arktouros

The fundamental issues of things wrong with Conan Exiles aren’t things that will, realistically, be fixed or more accurately won’t be fixed in the time frame of game launch. Around 2019, it’ll be a great game to check out though for sure.

The “It’s Early Access!” defense, while not inaccurate, doesn’t actually do anything but silence criticism regardless if it’s valid or not which isn’t helpful. There likely won’t be some magic bullet, miracle patch that somehow makes a core system like the Thrall system interesting or meaningful. Instead we’re likely to see “hot topics” addressed like playing dress up on the thralls.

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ceder

Early Access has always been a tool to mitigate criticism. That said, I am skeptical of the game by 2019 being a “great game”. Too many red flags concerning design and philosophy in the development plus their business model signaling the opposite.

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Armsman

Leave it to Funcom to systematically kill a new game of theirs that had an okay launch. I’m sure we’ll hear them claim “MMO genre fatigue” as this one too, drops off the gaming map.