Funcom reveals Conan Exiles Isle of Siptah expansion, offers free Steam weekend and sale for original

    
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Funcom reveals Conan Exiles Isle of Siptah expansion, offers free Steam weekend and sale for original

Back in January, Conan Exiles players were wary when Funcom told its investors about “continuing to develop the game with a paid map DLC”; after all, players were promised free content and only cosmetics in regular DLC. In February, we postulated that Funcom would do better by fans making a real expansion instead of a DLC. As it turns out, it is a new expansion —  Conan Exiles’ first. Introducing, Isle of Siptah: a brand-new map with pirate-y shipwrecks full of new content for players to enjoy.

In this expansion, players will experience more than a dozen new dungeons, a gaggle of new monsters, two new building styles, a new rhino mount, and even all-new mechanics, like building in mighty redwoods and magic. Yes, Isle of Siptah sports sorcery — though sadly, not the kind players can wield. Engulfed in magical storms, the island spawns vile creatures and NPCs in surges of sorcery, while players can use magical portals to forcibly pull NPCs from the Exiled Lands onto the island to become thralls. And all this happens on an all-new character.

Early access for Isle Siptah starts on September 15th, 2020, with full release slated for early 2021. Early access adopters will receive a limited edition war-torn rhino mount skin, but anyone with the expansion installed can access the new building sets and mounts in the Exiled Lands base game.

Funcom also announced a free weekend and sale: Anyone wanting to give Conan Exiles a shot can hop on for a Steam free weekend from today at 1:00 p.m. EDT until Monday, September 14th, during which time the game will also be 65% off.

Source: Funcom press release

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Khrome

I worry that they haven’t taken the chance to update their version of ue4 to support larger landmasses (newer versions support world streaming just fine), and fix their horrible implementation of dungeons to remove them from the main map and give them their own instance, where applicable. This seems to be a rehash of existing tech to splinter an already shrinking community.

Huge missed opportunity.

On another note: Lately i’ve felt like Conan Exiles could have been an excellent co-op RPG. Remove the base building and add 2 or 3 friendly NPC towns (with crafting stations), with some smaller settlements in between, add (some of) the craftable-only weapons and armors to some loot tables in dungeons, lower the amount of materials you need for the craftable weapons and armor and you’re good to go. It has a defined start and end, and a very open middle with little to stop the players from doing what they want.

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rk70534

The historical pharaoh Siptah was a boy king, who died even younger than Tutankhamen, about the age 16. He was the penultimate ruler of the 19th dynasty of Egypt and ruled for about 6 years around 1200-1194 BCE.

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Hikari Kenzaki

The worst part about this is that I must wait 4 days to give them my money.

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Hikari Kenzaki

Also, FYI:

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Bruno Brito

Ouch.

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Arktouros

Depending on the game/map size it doesn’t sound that bad of a price. Original Conan Exiles map got tons of huge expansions to it over time. All depends on their commitment, which so far seems good based on the past.

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Bruno Brito

I think it’s less the price and more that it’ll increase after EA ends.

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Arktouros

Man I paid $30 for Conan Exiles and got over 400 hours out of the game. Kinda worth even at their release price of $40. If I can get even 200 more hours out of a new map that’s easily worth $20-30 to me.

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2Ton Gamer

Yeah I’ll wait until it goes on sale and get it to add to my server cluster that I play on as the need hits me.

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Jeremy Barnes

“And all this happens on an all-new character.”

1. So can’t use existing character.
2. Nothing new for anyone who doesn’t want to play on the island map.

Yea, that’s a No from me, dog.

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McGuffn

Lol. My question was, if we log into the new map, is our decay timer reset on the old map. This is infinitely worse.

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EmberStar

Yeah, probably going to pass on this. I’m not at ALL impressed by their new launcher and randomly losing access to my single player save because it can’t check in with their server. (Which is *exactly* the reason I will never buy any game from Ubisoft.) And the fact that I can’t use my existing character? Nope. One of the things I do like about Ark is that my original character can simply move from one map to another (and even bring my favorite pets, and export any new creatures.) Since this DLC apparently has nothing to do with the original map or story, it’s completely skippable.

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Arktouros

Actually looks pretty fun.

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Blinkenn

Early access DLC, barf.

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Fisty

This sounds like fun. I always liked building in the more temperate climates.

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Bruno Brito

So, how long until this is dropped for another game?

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EmberStar

Probably good odds that this is the only real content DLC. They might flog out another three cosmetic DLCs to clutter up the building menu (for the love of Cthulhu Funcom, put some kind of subfolders in the building menu already!) But it’s likely that once this launches they’ll have already moved most of the team to the Dune survival game.

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Bruno Brito

Tencent can’t rearrange this company soon enough.