Conan Exiles makes its way to the Epic Games Store and will be free for a week

    
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Conan Exiles makes its way to the Epic Games Store and will be free for a week

If a free copy of ARK on the Epic Games Store didn’t exactly light your survival sandbox heart on fire, perhaps you’ll be more interested to know that Conan Exiles will be arriving to the EGS soon, and when it does, it will be free for a week.

Specifically, the game will land on the storefront on Thursday, July 2nd, and will be one of the latest free titles until Thursday, July 9th. Presumably, all of the DLC associated with Conan Exiles will be making its way over as well, and if you’ve been paying any attention, you know that’s quite a lot. And if you’re diametrically opposed to EGS (be sure to tell us in the comments, we love it), the game is 60% off on Steam as well. Admittedly, that’s not the same as “free,” but it’s near enough.

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starbuck1771

Looks like it has been removed from the free list and the Exiles page says coming soon. https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/ https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/conan-exiles/home#editions

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Malcolm Swoboda

I’m really hoping that it works well with Geforce NOW and I can drag a friend or two in with me. It’ll be one of my last tests of whether Funcom is worth any of my time and future money.

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Mordyjuice

I don’t do survival games but it’s nice that people that enjoy that playstyle can play it for free.

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I played it during the Steam free period around the end of 2019/beginning of 2020. It’s literally a game about nothing – there is a vague goal to leave the dome you’re under and the rest is just aimlessly walking, trying to find something to do justify those $40 you just spent.

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EmberStar

That’s an interesting take. It can also be applied to almost anything. What is EVE? Right, a game about nothing. You make a character, then do vague things to make numbers on a spreadsheet go up and hope someone doesn’t decide that their spreadsheet would look better if they used it to kill you. Even games with a defined story are essentially pointless. I could play Witcher 3 or Fallout 4 or any other game, and none of the “people” I help are actually saved. Any of the enemies I kill are only one reload or new game from living again. None of it *matters.*

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McGuffn

My name is McGuffn and I’m not diametrically opposed to EGS but I wish I was. I broke down and bought a few games during their 10 bucks off sales.

(Edited because I don’t know how to capitalize my own name.)

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EmberStar

Meh, I claim the free games but won’t ever install their launcher or actually spend money in their store. Based on the “usual” pricing of the games I’ve gotten, I figure I have a net worth in the Epic Store of several hundred negative dollars. Epic claims they pay the devs up front for the free games, so it’s not like it makes any difference whatsoever to the devs if that’s true. I have no good rational for it – it’s at best pointless (because I’ll never play the Epic versions due to the launcher.)

The difference is that I actually spend money on GoG and Steam, so I hope someone somewhere is keeping track, for whatever good that does.

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Fisty

I really hope EGS is prioritizing mod support in that next update. Ark requires modless servers to crossplay and I imagine this will too.

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squid

Solid game (single-player, at least) with optional, cosmetic DLC and an expansion on the way. Combat could be a lot better, but overall it’s one of the top survival games.

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Schmidt.Capela

I have had it in my library for some time already — got it in a bundle — but never bothered to even download it before because until recently it was protected by Denuvo.

Removing that blight at least put the game on my list of games to try soon, though it’s not a priority for me exactly because of its DLC (I tend to only play offline games after purchasing all the DLC, but at the same time I flat out refuse to purchase any game that ever had Denuvo, or any of its DLCs, unless it’s at least 60% off, which isn’t the case yet for the Conan Exiles DLC).

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EmberStar

They traded Denudo for a mandatory online connection requirement. If you lose a link to the Funcom servers, you can’t even reach the options menu. At least not in the steam version. I uninstalled the game because of it, but from what I’ve seen on the Steam forums the Funcom “live service” network has kaked out and died fairly frequently. I think it might have been offline for most of the day after the most recent hotfix, but I don’t care enough to check.

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Natalyia

They didn’t exactly “trade” Denuvo for an online check. They removed Denuvo, and added the “Funcom Live” service, and made other changes.

Something in there – I’m gonna guess, but I don’t know – the Funcom Live stuff broke a mod that bypassed the existing online check. They haven’t banned the mod, or purposefully broken it – but just like every time you patch a moddable game, some mods will break.

So the net result is that the online check wasn’t bypassable, but Funcom never promised there wouldn’t be one, and if the mod author makes it work with the current patch they don’t much care.

Net effect is much the same, but it’s less “evil company forces online check on consumers” than “patch broke a mod” which happens every patch that changes anything significant.

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EmberStar

Once again: Single player offline mode was NOT A MOD. It was a menu option, part of the base game. I’ve used it since I bought the game in Early Access, and I’ve never installed a single mod. NOT ONE.

The online check is something new, and works exactly like U(can’t)Play. IE, if their servers kak themselves and die, you can’t play. At all. Not on private servers, not in single player.

They purposely broke THEIR OWN GAME. The “live service” check is 100% a DRM check, so they completely traded DuNoto for it.