Conan Exiles isn’t going to be free for a week on the Epic Games Store after all

    
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Conan Exiles isn’t going to be free for a week on the Epic Games Store after all

If you follow Conan Exiles’ twitter, you might have noticed that a bunch of gamers have been pestering Funcom this morning over the fact that the game, which was supposed to be launching today on the Epic Games Store as a free title for its first week, was not in fact there and appeared to have been taken down. As it turns out, that wasn’t exactly an error, as now Epic (not Funcom) has announced the move and seems to be taking full responsibility for it too.

“The Epic Games Store team has decided that Conan Exiles will not be free, but will be available for purchase on the store at a later date,” the EGS twitter account just posted.

Yikes. There’s no statement from Funcom or the Conan Exiles team yet as we type this, but we’ll update when the studio chimes in.

Source: Epic Games. Thanks, Starbuck!

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Roger Melly

Might be a good idea for Epic to make all the weekly giveaways mystery games that way no one is disappointed . I was interested in trying it although its not really the type of game I usually play . Had it been free and dragged me in I probably would have brought the expansions but I doubt I will ever buy the base game .

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xpsync

I liked knowing waht was coming and if it’s of any interest, but agree, they should go back to mystery.

This sort of tomfoolery only pisses peeps off and makes Epic and whatever game owner look bad.

I mean tbh i was warming up to Epic, even though i’d prefer to keep everything within steam, i was considering maybe getting this or that through them, but now, just give me the free games so i can trial them, and stay with within steam if i decide to buy.

It’s like when origin thought they could go it alone, only pissed peeps off, now they are back with steam.

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Rodrigo Dias Costa

Yeah, mystery actually worked in their favor on a delay:
https://gg.deals/freebie/rumour-upcoming-epic-games-store-free-games-leaked/
There were the rumored dates for the mystery freebies and if you follow their releases you can see that ARK was delayed by a week (considering that someone took that photo from a screen with a phone before all those games were revealed as freebies, and also the dates for the first three were right, one can safely assume a delay happened and nobody got ticked off by it).

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Godnaz

Funcom dev on Discord about the situation: (Source) It sounds like to me that Funcom knew nothing about Epic cancelling the free game give away until the last moment.

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Tanek

This and a few other posts I have seen bring up an aspect of the cancellation I hadn’t considered.

A good number of players who were anticipating picking up CE on Epic already paid for server setups so they could jump in when it launched. Bad enough if you were looking forward to getting Conan Exiles for free, but if you had already spent money so you could play with friends and then Epic pulls this “decision” at the last minute? Yeah, I’d be plenty pissed, too.

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Teella Blood

Speculation is never good. The fact that Epic is the only one who made an announcement seems kinda obvious to me. Funcom failed Epic cert.

Gamers fail to realize that games just don’t magically appear on Steam, Epic Store, Xbox, PS, etc.. They have to go through certification by the store owners. Store owners want to make sure the game is integrated properly, works and doesn’t have glaring bugs. Certification passes will give you to the 11th hour to get your act together, and if you can’t.. well.. now you see what happens.

Given Funcom’s recent push to release they’re own live service before it was ready, now makes sense. They were pushing hard and fast to try to make this weekend at the expense of the existing community. They needed a way to handle SteamIDs and Epic IDS. They created their own Funcom ID. This hasty update broke many peoples game. And still continues to, even in the mod kit I just randomly loose a character.

It’s better to wait until Conan Exiles is ready for something like this, then to release it when it’s clearly not ready. This only leads to bad game experience, pissed off players and a flood of customer services complains, all which cost Epic time and money. (Beyond the certification process cost)

I’ve also seen people urging the current CE community players to get a 2nd account VIA Epic Store. I’m sure Epic saw that, I did. This would mean most of the gamers getting the game for free, will never spend any money on DLC, since they already have it on steam.

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starbuck1771

Speculation is never good. Funcom was teasing about the free week giveaway. TENCENT that owns FUNCOM owns 40% of EPIC Games. I think that the free week giveaway was going to be a push for people to buy the new Exiles map due out later this year.

In the end this was all an EPIC decision and it’s not the first time they have pulled the wool over peoples eye’s. EPIC is getting a ton of backlash at this moment and rightfully so. There have been threats of legal action due to false advertisement which with the internet documenting everything EPIC has screwed themselves EPICLY.

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xpsync

I mean that’s kinda funny, we’re taking legal action! Why? We didn’t get; yet another, umpteenth free game.

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xpsync

Thanks for the insight Teella Blood, that makes so much sense that even us tin foil hat peeps can’t reject it :)

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starbuck1771

You’re welcome Bree. Epic is under fire today as this was very questionable because it comes off more like a PR stunt. Both FUNCOM and EPIC Games have been dangling this in front of the community’s face for weeks and EPIC pulls it the night before it was supposed to go free. I believe this could be very actionable. They gave no real reason for pulling this stunt and didn’t even post anything on twitter until several hours after the backlash had set in. You should see some of the comments around the net about this.

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Godnaz

With how much I love playing, there are lots of issues with it’s stability that Funcom appears to have little experience in repairing (keep reading as to why). They keep breaking the in-game browser and mechanics with every ‘fix patch’ since the last point release two weeks ago. Many have a strong feeling that the folks who developed the game and know how to stabilize the game, have been moved over to the Dune MMORPG they are developing, leaving a less experienced crew to clean up issues. Their new ‘social experience’ feature pushed in the last patch really didn’t help either. Executive decisions can be some of the worst. The mod community is really keeping this game a float.

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Fisty

Review bombs are starting. I was really wanting this so my friends could get it and we could build a big empire, but noooo. I’ve been hyping it up and now its hard to convince all six people to get it on sale.

Gotta wonder what happened for sure. Id say it is along the lines of launches or exclusive deals not working out. Or Funcom wanted too much per game copy sold. Either way, I’m pissed at both of them this week.

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xpsync

i hear you, was recommending exiles to amny peeps who finally gave up and got epic with all my free game smack talk i was doing and yeah…

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Arktouros

Based on other past Epic deals I wonder if Epic wanted a timed exclusive launch of the Conan Exiles expansion coming later this year and when Funcom wouldn’t agree to it Epic pulled it for free at the last second. This makes it look bad for Funcom since it’s their game that was advertised for free.

No idea why you’d buy this title on Epic when there’s just vastly better mod support and existing player base with no issues to play with on Steam already. Also on sale currently.

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McGuffn

Epic has been advertising and not delivering free games for some time now. Including a just couple weeks ago I think.

My guess is it actually has to do with the nudity. Could also be a tencent cross contamination thing.

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Tom316

what free games have that not delievered on besides this and Escapists 2? So far everything that I have noticed over the last while has shown up and I have picked up for free..

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McGuffn

They pulled some virus boardgame around the time covid started getting big. And maybe another.

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Rodrigo Dias Costa

For the King was pulled too, and then was offered around a month later (like what’s happening with Escapists 2).

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Arktouros

I dunno I feel like a lot of the issues we could guess at (game cross platform compatibility, nudity, tencent, etc) would all be discussed long in advance especially as long as this has been advertised. It’s not like Epic was like, “Wait what? There’s dicks showing in this game? Why didn’t we hear about this till the last minute? Cancel the free game!”

Something like pulling a game off for free at the last second does nothing but damage the game owner. It seems a spiteful move of a company who failed to get something they wanted. The only thing I could think Epic would want is a timed exclusivity deal as then potentially customers would swap platforms from Steam to EGS to buy the new expansion if they wanted to play it which Funcom was likely unwilling to do because of the shade they’d get from their existing player base.

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McGuffn

See, I think the business issues would have been the ones decided before, and then epic’s like, “we’re giving free dicks to the kids that play fortnite? maybe we should rethink that.”

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Dug From The Earth

Wonder what funcom did to piss off Epic?

I mean… the games that get put up for free, still earn the devs money. Epic pays out for each free copy from what I understand.

Being how much Epic has just been throwing out money left and right, it must have been something pretty big for them to change their mind like this.

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xpsync

I am curious, it’s been advertised as coming for quite a while now and to pullout at the 11th hour? leaves many ???

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Fisty

Same with Escapists 2.

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xpsync

wow didn’t know, hmmm. i know my son mentioned that as he was going to get it for free as he was a fan of 1

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losludvig

escapists 2 is due for next week it seems

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Koshelkin

It would be interesting to know if Tencent, who owns 100% from Funcom and a big share, but not a controlling interest, (40%) from Epic is somehow involved in this.

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Bruno Brito

I hope a single word comes out from Epic’s twitter account as answer:

“Incompetence”.

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Hikari Kenzaki

A lot of folks were predicting they were going to have as many crossplay issues as ARK. Maybe that’s why they held back.

The good news is that it’s still on sale for $16 on Steam.

https://store.steampowered.com/app/440900/Conan_Exiles/

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Darthbawl

Meh. Pretty weak.

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