Conan Exiles launches Seekers of the Dawn DLC, but don’t expect a winter event

    
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Conan Exiles isn’t doing Christmas, but it is launching a new DLC. It’s called The Seekers of the Dawn, and it focuses on the eastern kingdom of Yamatai. This means you can expect katanas and yumi and the Yamatai building set for creating your very own Japanese flavored castle. Pets and armor and warpaint are on the docket too. It’s $9.99 and live for PC players on Steam right now.

OK, so that whole Christmas thing? Not just a throwaway line. “We’ve noticed that some of you have been asking for a Christmas holiday event and we would have loved to create one for you,” Funcom says in today’s community post. “However, we did learn from the mistakes with our Halloween event and would like to have a few more tools in place before we run new events. Additionally, we are currently 100% dedicated to improving outstanding needed improvements to the core game mechanics as can be seen on the new patch as well as on testlive in the coming weeks. We did not want to run the risk of introducing additional, new things so close to Christmas vacation.”

The rest of the letter covers VOIP improvements, efforts combating exploits, building optimization, Purge tweaks, and adjustments to AI.

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baddblud

It is good that they are taking the time to focus on some of the core problems.

I’m not a fan of not having mounts but with the current state of the AI mounts would probably have a mind of their own and run off like thralls do. The addition of bearer thralls and camels make mat gathering easier which is good.

Two tips that I recently came across…

Use the oil from fish (put in press) as your main source of fuel and use your wood and coal for other things. It won’t work in bark fueled items though.

Also, on the bearers, use their backpack (head slot) so you can carry more, they don’t need it. It is not able to be repaired so bop and train low level bearers.

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NeoWolf

I’ve enjoyed all the DLC’s so far.. although i’m still waiting for the STYGIAN one!!!! gah.

Anyway.. I would appreciate them a lot more if we could have more than one character on a server that way I would have an excuse to enjoy my Alt-o-holism :)

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McGuffn

I know it is effort but they should bring back the decorative building pieces. If we’re going to have useless stuff in the DLC I’d rather have that instead of the weapons and warpaint.

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Kawaii Five-O

I think some of the warpaints are okay, and I love the light and medium armors in this DLC.

However, I am really disappointed by the lack of decorative items. Would have loved to have Yamatai themed decorations. Personally, I would have vastly preferred that over the pet skins.

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Alex Hyer

Will Lara Croft be in the DLC too?

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Bannex

This is probably a silly question but with conan the barbarian becoming marvel again will this affect funcom?

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Xijit

Funcom technically owns the IP, which is why they are milking the shit out of it.

I don’t know the exact relationship anymore, but one of Funcom’s parent corporations makes its money off being an IP thief where they claim ownership of intellectual properties that either have legally expired or do not have surviving owners to contest it … After that it is too much money for someone to try to fight them in court about it & the IP becomes theirs.

The author of Conan committed suicide without a wife or children to inherit ownership of his work, so when it should have ended up in the public sector, the current “owners” swooped in and claim jumped it … Which is how a semi obscure European MMO company ended up outright owning the rights to an American Fantasy series.

… I am not happy about the bullshit circumstances surrounding them “owning” conan, but they also have not done too bad by it & I shudder to think of what a company like Activision would do with it if they had the rights.

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Bannex

It looks like conan is the only “big name” IP that I at least recognize that they own.

Tbh funcom has really stayed pretty true to the conan books vs making him some disney style braveheart

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Bannex

Hey thanks! That’s great info.

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Bruno Brito

The author of Conan committed suicide without a wife or children to inherit ownership of his work, so when it should have ended up in the public sector, the current “owners” swooped in and claim jumped it … Which is how a semi obscure European MMO company ended up outright owning the rights to an American Fantasy series.

May he rest in peace, and this was quite a dick move. Never figured FC for a vulture company.

That being said, while i also agree they’re not really destroying the IP, they could stop making a new game every year for it and instead support the ones they have first.

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Xijit

The rabbit hole gets deeper:

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/conan-barbarian-lawsuit-seeks-character-225865

Which is how Paradox Entertainment got the rights in the first place, but then How the hell did Stan Lee ever have the rights in the first place?

…. The whole thing is a giant mess & probably the best example ever of why writing a clear will (or just don’t off yourself in a fit of grief over your mother’s passing) is important if yiu have a single shred of creativity to your name.

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Eamil

Funcom has nothing to do with it. They don’t outright own the IP, they entered into an ongoing partnership with the company that does. Xijit seems to have an incomplete grasp of the circumstances surrounding what became of the Conan IP after Howard’s passing, so don’t rush to judgement without looking into things yourself.

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Phubarrh

I still wish Funcom would do something with the work of Howard’s Weird Tales compatriot Clark Ashton Smith, whose copyright is probably flapping even more freely in the midnight winds.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Well… I figured this would be coming with the katanas, but Funcom really hates to give us warnings on these DLCs. I’d like to have a bit of a heads up before my money is savagely ripped from my bank account. :)

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Phubarrh

Yamatai? This might actually get me to buy the DLC and play the game!

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McGuffn

Someone is ready for Toypocalypse.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Armsbend

Good – I find the Christmas events tiring and common at this point. Devoid of any originality outside of a developers fashion department and taking the place of real, lasting content.