Conan Exiles announces The Frozen North expansion coming August 16

Just because they aren’t known for wearing shirts doesn’t mean that barbarians mind a little cold now and then.

Rugged and bloodthirsty player fighters will be forging into new territory later this month, as Conan Exiles is planning to release The Frozen North for the survival sandbox. Funcom announced that the expansion is coming out on August 16th, the same day that the game will go live on Xbox One. And as a reminder, this particular expansion is free for all owners of the game.

The Frozen North will greatly expand the game’s territory by 70%, adding icy biomes, rain, and snow. Players will explore this land while fighting new enemies, making a best friend of the god Ymir, brewing up strong drinks, cooking tasty meals, and — most important to the barbarian culture — taking care of honeybees.

“The team has also worked extremely hard to make sure this release brings with it significant improvements to core aspects of the game such as combat, artificial intelligence, and more,” said Creative Director Joel Bylos.

Conan Exiles is planning a multi-platform release in Q1 2018.

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Yannick Van Broeck

It goes beyond me why they call this an expansion. It’s not even officialy released yet.

Call it a ‘major update’ is more acceptable

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Dug From The Earth

I wish they would improve the “forever stuck in alpha status” feeling the game has with its co-op server option. Only being able to play with my friends on dedicated servers, and not something hosted on my own machine, is a pain in the rear.

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CONAN EXILES

You can host a local game on your machine and invite your friends if they’re on your friends list.

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Paragon Lost

Game developers need to stop announcing and releasing expansions on mmos that aren’t actually officially released yet. It’s getting a bit tiresome and makes me just want to not purchase any of their games.

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Serrenity

Normally I would agree, but as they aren’t charging for it I’m thinking about it as “They just finished a big chunk of the game they are releasing all once.”

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Paragon Lost

Actually that is a good point, that they’re not charging. I’m just frustrated with the concept of releasing expansions from mmos that aren’t even officially released.

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Dug From The Earth

Its just a stupid marketing naming convention.

Its NOT an expansion. Its just the newest update. Its them adding a large chunk of the remaining game content that was part of the games “complete package”.

Calling it a “Free expansion” just makes people think that the company is giving them something for free. Makes many customers feel like they are being treated well because of it.

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Paragon Lost

Guess you’ve not read my many posts where I mention how I dislike when things are made more confusing by bad usage of words and terms.

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AGx-07_162

Right. Is it really an expansion when the game isn’t even out yet? I mean, when it’s officially released do you still call that an expansion when, technically speaking, it’d be part of the base game at that point?

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johnwillo

So, does the snowy, sub-arctic biome just abut the scorching desert biome?

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Jeremiah Wagner

Wait… what?!?! Expansion??!!?? I have this game but I thought it felt somewhere between alpha and beta. How is there an expantion on the way??!!

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andistotle

why are so many confused by the expansion term?? I dont get it. I see comments like yours all over the place. Its an update thats expanding the map with 70%, and contains a lot of new features and items. Why is it wrong to call it an expansion?

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Alfredo Garcia

Well, it is kind of just bullshit marketing to try and make Funcom sound oh so generous when all this stuff was originally billed as a part of the core game that would be added during early access. So it should be called what it is, an update.

Of course, with the way they’re marketing it now, all the additional biomes will probably become DLC once the game leaves early access.

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andistotle

I dont see any problem with additional biomes released as paid DLC after the game is released. I dont see the difference is the terms “free update ” and “free expansion” but english is not my first language either.

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Serrenity

It’s semantics – either way FC would have called it, someone would have gotten their underwear bunched up over it. Such is the curse of being a video game company — ironically, you can’t win.

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Alfredo Garcia

No worries. There are definitely different connotations between the two words that may not be apparent if English is not your primary language, and traditionally they’ve been used by developers to define two different types of content additions.

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Theryl

Some people will complain about anything, even free stuff.

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Toy Clown

The definition of expansion from Dictionary.com:

1. the act or process of expanding.
2. the state or quality of being expanded.
3. the amount or degree of expanding.
4. an expanded, dilated, or enlarged portion or form of a thing:
The present article is an expansion of one he wrote last year.
5. anything spread out; expanse.
6. Mathematics. the development at length of an expression indicated in a contracted form, as a 2+ 2 ab + b 2for the expression ( a + b) 2.
any mathematical series that converges to a function for specified values in the domain of the function, as 1 + x + x 2+ … for 1/(1 − x) when x < 1.
7. Machinery. that part of the operation of an engine in which the volume of the working medium increases and its pressure decreases.

As you can see, calling it an expansion is proper terminology.

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Melissa McDonald

Hey, in a world (use deep announcer voice when you say it) that didn’t know of the existence of sugar cane, honey was the only known sweetener of any magnitude. Bees are bloody important. I just hope our cell phones and Monsanto don’t kill them all.

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andistotle

awsome. im hyped for this