Funcom will still love Conan Exiles when the new baby is here

    
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Longtime Funcom watchers and MMORPG veterans already knew that Funcom was working on multiple games as part of its Conan franchise push, but some Conan Exiles players newly come to the studio’s games were hearing the news for the first time following Funcom’s quarterly financial report last week, leading to confusion and panic.

“We’re planning another Conan game, but full production won’t start until after Conan Exiles,” Funcom reassured followers on Twitter. “Our plans are to continue supporting Conan Exiles after launch, but first we need to concentrate on having the best launch possible. Exiles is set for full launch in Q1, 2018. We will make sure it is good and ready before we do anything else.”

“We have an additional six months of Early Access, and no resources will be pulled from Conan Exiles until it’s finished,” the company confirmed, repeating the messages in multiple replies.

The new game, by the by, is an untitled tactical turn-based strategy title initially launching on the PC and built in collaboration with Bearded Dragons. That’s in addition to the fresh Conan game set for next year and possible future Secret World spinoffs.

MMO players will also recall that Funcom also once built MMORPGs; as resources within the company were shifted around, Anarchy Online and Age of Conan were unceremoniously put into de facto maintenance mode earlier this year, along with original flavor The Secret World, which was demoted in favor of the Secret World Legends reboot.

But recall also that Conan Exiles helped propel Funcom’s finances to their biggest half year ever, so there’s little reason to suspect doom.

Source: Twitter. Cheers, mistressbrazen!
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mistressbrazen

Let’s see…maybe Conan’s Aged Legend?

Not sure of the “little reason to expect doom” part. Funcom has proved itself unreliable and nontransparent with its loyal fans. I can completely see the possibility of putting CE out of the gate in 6 months and then launching a remade AoC, since FC said that the new Conan game would release in 2018. Given how they handled TSW, I would say the reworking of AoC has probably already started. To me, a long time FC supporter, there is no reason to believe a damn word it says now.

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Michael Lehner

Yea. That was also my first thought… AoC better goes duck and cover, lest it gets the same treatment as good old TSW. It’ll be missed forever. :(

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Wakkander

Lots of salty talk in here about Age of Conan and Anarchy Online.

I mean, I get that your not happy those products aren’t getting big updates anymore, but for a relatively small company in the grand scheme of things, they kept those games running. Age of Conan got a fair number of expansions. Neither has had the servers turned off.

9 years for Age of Conan, 16 years for Anarchy Online, neither were huge blockbusters. Those are good runs, and as a business they cannot keep putting resources into games that aren’t making them money.

If they drop all support for exiles after it launches given how well it has done for them, I will be shocked, and given how long they have supported past games that have had only minor success doubly so.

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Jeff

I can’t help but wonder if they are going to do to AoC what the did to secret world…..there is a lot of content in that game and no one really plays…they could refit it to a co-op game and make the Tortage experience game wide….I think it would actually turn a crap product into a win.

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Greaterdivinity

If they do, it had better be far more expansive and extensive than what they did with SWL. I’m just hoping they abandon the Dreamworld for rendering etc. It’s pretty janky at this point, and they’re already showing that they can output far higher quality visuals with UE4 without a lot of the performance issues Dreamworld has.

I’d love to see it happen, but hot damn if it isn’t a longshot of a longshot of a longshot.

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NeoWolf

Conan Exiles is actually a really good game, so long as they fix the boatload of little issues it still has it should be a very solid survival game once it releases properly.

I would be interested to see what the “next” Conan game they are making will be.

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Polyanna

We have an additional six months of Early Access, and no resources will be pulled from Conan Exiles until it’s finished.

Translation: In 181 days from now, as soon as CE is “finished” enough for us to boot it out of Early Access without committing actionable consumer fraud, we will be yanking everyone who is on it so they can go into full crunch to get the next big thing out the door that we desperately hope will save us, but probably won’t.

I love Funcom and all, and they still have a positive bank of good will from me for having ever dared to make Anarchy Online. But that was a different company, and a different time, and the stuff they’re saying right now about Exiles is just par for the course.

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ogged451

It would be so cool if they sell AO to someone who cares.

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Micha Spangler

I still remember the fun of AO’s End of Beta & Release. Haven’t played a Fucnob game since.

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Purewitz

Fucnob, thats a good one. I normally call them Failcom.

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Arktouros

Oh boy! I sure hope that new Conan game is a MOBA or strategy card game!

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silverlock

hmm the sarcasm meter is maxed out… maybe it’s broken?

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Arktouros

So much sarcasm a /s is redundant.

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BalsBigBrother

Legend has it the first Conan child, who they called Ageof, has been locked away in the attic. You can occasionally hear strange sounds in the dark of night that often sound like an unloved child railing against an unfair world,

“I was the golden child once they told me they loved me don’t listen to what they say. They have a basement and will lock you away too its only a matter of time”

But of course things are different in the day time and you always tell yourself that is just the wind blowing through the trees or some other excuse so you can get through the day. Funny thing is no one ever goes to the Funcom attic anymore not even on the brightest of days.

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Zen Dadaist

So they’re preparing their next next generation of games before their current next generation of games have even fully released.

… and here’s me still waiting for a response to my over-2-week CS ticket so I can once again play my main character who is stuck in limbo after a GM couldn’t fix it. In an original generation game that, I suspect, FC had forgotten still exists.

Hair-on-fire-woman-screaming-into-white-flag continues to be an apt metaphor.

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Alfredo Garcia

Funcom should probably just stop talking entirely. At least until they get a good grasp on the definition of irony.

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