Conan Exiles on city life, hardcore servers, and Xbox One dev

    
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Funcom doesn’t want players to think of their Conan Exiles towns as nothing more than a “protective box for their assets.” That’s according to a new Q&A penned by Lead Designer Oscar Lopez, who takes a stab at explaining the point of the city life update.

“The general design philosophy is to allow players to create interesting setups for their towns. Stuff like centralized resource storages, upkeep/wages, automatic chain production, job scheduling for thralls, sleeping quarters, thralls automatically opening drawbridges, operating siege cauldrons, repairing your walls, serving your bar and so on,” he says. “All of those and more are on the table and we are looking forwards to get our hands on this system.”

Lopez also covers nonsensical animal drops, the upcoming Highlands biome, camera options, stamina drain from climbing, chat progress, custom equipment hotkey sets, and hardcore servers. Helmet-hiding isn’t on the table, and there are no plans for boats or rafts yet, but maybe soon: “It’s a cool vehicle type that’s very likely to make it if/when we add biomes with larger areas of open water. Right now, we are focusing on land mounts.”

Finally, there’s a note about Xbox One development.

“Adding console support is always tricky because you must maximize visual fidelity on a performance limited GPU. We need to fit the game in a limited amount of shared memory, accessible by both GPU and CPU. We also need to do extra optimization work on our gamecode, as it currently runs mainly on one thread and on Xbox each CPU core is quite slow compared to a modern PC GPU. On the other hand, fixed hardware allows us to make assumptions and makes certain optimizations possible. A lot of the Xbox integration work will also benefit the PC builds as well as our server performance! The experience playing on Xbox sitting on a couch is pretty awesome and different from PC.”

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Ceres Outpost

I really enjoyed this game until I realized the core mechanics on a PvP server consisted of what felt like banging my head repeatedly against a wall. Hours and hours of building only to have it all destroyed when I log off for the night. I can only do that so many times before I no longer care.

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Alfredo Garcia

The only people that build what could be called towns are roleplayers on private servers with moderator-enforced rules for when and how PvP is conducted. In any other scenario a town-like construction is undefendable.

So that’s all great and well, but it’s certainly not the default game.

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Jeff

I don’t think the devs really understand that most folks aren’t playing this as a survival game but rather a private MMO.

Ironic.

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stege99

Shhh…not too loud. Maybe they’ll catch up on the weird idea of people yearning for an MMO set in Hyboria…

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Jack Pipsam

Could be the kind of thing shown off during the ID@Xbox montage at E3.

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Arktouros

It’s like these developers have some romantic notion of how the game is played and then they try to brush off everyone leaving as it just being early access and everyone will return and you’re just like “Ohhhh boy…” haha.

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luxundae

I’ll have to revisit once new biomes go in!

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Lights and Music

Shame they didn’t let this game build for another 6 months before going to early access

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George

Why? They are developing it. People are not playing it because what’s in is not enough maybe, but eventually they will get back when they get something new.

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Lights and Music

Why?

Because if they spent 6 more months developing a more viable product they wouldn’t have lost 80% of the playerbase in month 1. And then they wouldn’t have to hope and pray those users return at a later date when they are actually done with the game (certainly not a guarantee)

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George

Well, first thing first: they needed the money (already postponed the EA release of Conan Exiles). Secondly, this is a B2P, so imho they did the right choice. And if the game will be as good as they suggested it will be, the player will come back. If not, well, it’s just another failcom product.

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Toy Clown

All of the “free” MMOs out there have created a fickle player base who MMO hop. They’ll be back. :)