Conan Exiles brings patch 2.6’s NPC AI improvements and building piece pickup features to PTS

    
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The next patch for Conan Exiles is almost here, but first it has to go through some testing. What kind of testing, you might be asking? The kind that’s currently on the PTS, which seeks to “polish rough edges” players have found in the 2.5 update.

Of note is special focus to thrall and NPC AI in an attempt to combat their lack of overall environmental awareness and “quirky” behavior. The patch is also introducing the ability for players to pick up building pieces and return them to their inventory — a QoL feature that was previously modded but will soon be included in the game regularly. Otherwise, the update is full of bug fixes and some tweaks to combat. Players can check the test build’s patch notes for all of the salient details.

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Those AI fixes were sorely needed. Might be worth a reinstall.

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I actually tried it after the big “Thrall update.” They *seriously* broke them. I had a couple of okay-ish skeleton followers before the update, so decided to test with one. He would lock onto an NPC, run up to them… then stand there and stare sightlessly at them as the NPC and his five friends started beating him to death. On the rare occasions he did attack, it was with the “heavy lunge” sword attack – which NPCs seem to be both aware of, and completely able to dodge. About the only thing he was good for was to distract them so I could stab them in the spine (and hopefully take them all out before he re-died.)

After testing more, the *only* follower I had that was still able to do *anything* useful in a fight was the giant bug monster queen thing, and only because she had a shotgun acid spit and a lifesteal attack. It was a deeply disappointing update. And I’m pretty sure it was also like *half a year ago.* So it’s nice to see that fixing it has been *such* a priority for them. ( OnO )

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Yes, there were some ‘problems’ following that update. But they have improved the followers a tiny bit through smaller updates since then. If you like the game at all, definitely give it another go after this.