Funcom preps Secret World Legends Steam launch, teases Conan Exiles expansion

    
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It’s gonna be a big couple of weeks for Funcom.

The studio is teasing a big reveal of Conan Exiles’ expansion this week. Due out on August 16th, the survivalbox update is expected to heavily feature the long-awaited snowscape biome. Oh yeah, and it’s free and launching simultaneously for PC and console. “Winter is coming,” Funcom quips.

Meanwhile, Secret World Legends fka The Secret World is set to launch on Steam today. It’s been live for those willing to brave the studio’s launcher since June 26th — the 23rd, if you were a headstart participant. The game is currently offline for the next few hours in preparation. If all goes well, we’ll be streaming Secret World Legends this evening on OPTV at 9 p.m. EDT — join us!

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sophiskiai

I can understand the reasons they’d want to start the Whispering Tide event tomorrow, but it still seems like a daft decision to me given there are bound to be at least some problems with the Steam launch or the Tide event or both so trying to deal with both sets of problems at the same time while also trying to make a good first impression on the influx of new players seems like it’s asking for trouble!

Am still very much looking forward to both Whispering Tide (as I missed it first time round) and taking my Templar to Tokyo in two weeks’ time :)

For those who’ve not seen last Friday’s livestream or the latest Buzzing ( https://www.reddit.com/r/SecretWorldLegends/comments/6q7ctx/the_buzzing_info_roundup_for_july_28th_2017/ ), lockboxes are going to be changing every 5-6 weeks and people who owned the Ultimate Edition of TSW (or who owned all the Issues if they bought them individually) will be getting a free Raven Raiment outfit and ornithopter mount that are recoloured versions of the Phoenix Raiment outfit and Refurbished Ornithopter mount that come with the Steam-exclusive “Supernatural Bundle” DLC. Also, they reckon the new 64-bit client should fix a lot of the crashes people are getting once it arrives.

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NeoWolf

I’m not entirely sure how it works ..you know releasing expansions for your game when your game is still in Early access? lol

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Blaaznar

it means – “it’s wonky, it’s unstable but we want to make it better and need money now to feed the devs”

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NeoWolf

I havent had a wonky experience of it though the game is stable and performs well. But selling expansions when your game is in early access and not finished itself is definitely wonky logic on their part lol

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Bereman

Pretty sure the article mentions that the expansion is a free update.

Yeah, selling expansions while still in EA would be a bad deal, but it doesn’t look like that’s what is happening here.

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NeoWolf

Even IF its free

Again how does that work how do you release a expansion for an unfinished not yet actually properly released product? lol Surely thats just a content patch rather than an actual expansion because you cannot expand something that isn’t done you can only add to it until it is lol

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Purewitz

Been burnt by Failcom too many times to trust them with anything new. They always come up with good ideas and at first their games are good, but they always find a way to screw things up and ruin their games. It has happened over and over and over again. You’d think they’d learn from past mistakes, but they never do.

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Rottenrotny

I’m still having a good time in SWL.
I’ve finished up the main story quests and am at level 50 casually grinding my way to purple gear.
My only issue is that I mainly play alone or with one other person. I’d like to get into elites and lairs with a regular group of people, but the jaded old gamer in me doesn’t want to go find a cabal to do it with.

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Join in here on reddit,

Story to Elite from SecretWorldLegends

Try a few guilds and you’ll land in the right one but honestly, the pro players want to help new players, the A-Hat idiots don’t, but they all seemed to stay back with TSW, maybe another brilliant Funcom move.

Just sign up for E1 you’ll get in, but when you do immediately tell them you’re new at it, they will help you, trust me, I’m actually helping now with what i can, still learning.

Them helping is literally how i got going/hooked… if they don’t want to help, leave, but i doubt this will happen, I’ve done so many Elites and they are all helpful, one time ended up with a turd and that was story mode, lol, who only went on about how he’s going back to TSW, man i lost so much sleep over his news, lol.

There is nothing to be apprehensive about it, the pro players moved away from TSW too as even they can’t handle those players too Elite for even themselves. They want you there as bad as they want to be there, the more the merrier. It’s good chit, not to be missed.

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Rottenrotny

Thanks for the reply.
One of my main issues is that I started my own Cabal just to have the extra bag space and now that is full along with my personal bank. So I don’t have much of a choice but to stay in my Cabal.
Like most MMOs, I tend to just play along solo or with IRL friends until I meet nice people in-game. So far this just hasn’t happened in SWL.

I know how it sounds and I’ve been told many times “You want people to play with but won’t reach out to others to find them?”. Haha, but that’s just me. Once upon a time I would I would jump through all the hoops to get into active guilds, but now I’m jaded and don’t feel like putting in the effort. I’ll either meet friendly players organically or not. Sadly, in games that I don’t end up naturally meeting and playing with nice players I get bored and eventually move on to another game. Without the social element and having a regular group of players to run with I might as well be playing a single player RPG.
Hopefully that doesn’t happen in SWL.

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sophiskiai

I’ve not played many Elites yet, but have been surprised and impressed by how high the friendly to A-hat ratio in the Story mode dungeons has been! The main thing putting me off trying Lairs is not wanting my bank and inventory to overflow with distillates before I have the Marks to buy a decent Signet off the AH to pour them into…

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Rottenrotny

I did queue for a few Story mode dungeons while I was leveling and each time the random players I got were friendly and it was a good experience overall.

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xpsync

Just cue up for E1 to start and if you start running them often enough, you’ll start to notice similar players and you start to get to know them, add them to your friends list…
Maybe the difference here is you’re looking, i wasn’t i was there to do story and that’s it.
I watched many invitations to do elites go by in chat and one day i decided why not, reached out and haven’t looked back since.

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Tithian

Well, when the official tweet has (fingers crossed) in it, you know maintenance will be rough.

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xpsync

SWL, can’t stop playing… thank goodness i work all day or I’d be jonesing for sure.

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Fenna

they should finish the game they have before talking about expansion.

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Greaterdivinity

The “expansion” (a bit of a misnomer) is free. It’s part of “finishing the game”.

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Fenna

still :). they should finish what they have first.

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Greaterdivinity

Dude, this is literally part of finishing what they have. In addition to polishing and improving the existing content, part of what they’re doing in Early Access is expanding the features and content simultaneously. This is all towards the ultimate goal of being feature and content complete when they finally want to officially launch.

But adding content and features for free is like, the exact sort of things developers are supposed to do during Early Access. Your post is essentially complaining that an Early Access game is being supported in the very manner it’s designed to be supported…which doesn’t make sense >.>

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Coolit

I miss the days when an expansion actually meant an”EXPANSION” and wasn’t some marketing term for a patch.

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Koshelkin

Oh well, don’t remind me of the time when developers only dared to expand their game when they had something for which they could ask the 40$ expansions were usually going for. Don’t remind me of a time were solo games didn’t have microtransactions and a time were developers didn’t try to nickle and dime with their “free to play” games.

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Greaterdivinity

Yeah, terminology is all over the place now and nobody seems to want to get on board with a more unified lexicon to describe this shit, or at least return to the lexicon that had existed for years up until recently. It’s difficult to know when “expansion” means “traditional expansion” vs. “content update” vs. “feature update” vs. “paid DLC” etc., or when “open beta” means “actually, and open beta” vs. “This is basically launch” etc.

It’s a continual source of minor annoyance in the industry : (

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Roger Melly

I thought Conan Exiles was still in early access ?

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Tobasco da Gama

Nope.

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Somewhat Eclectic

No, it’s still in Early Access. It also appears to more be a large, free content update that they’re calling an expansion.

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Bereman

Yep.

It’s essentially an “expansion” in the sense that it is expanding what is available when you buy the base game.

PR wise calling it an expansion generates more buzz I’d guess, though it also generates more confusing due to the typical use of the word as it relates to MMOs.