It seems there’s been a bit of a hubbub surrounding the latest patch for Conan Exiles. It all started a few days ago, when Funcom announced that the “500+ patch” (so named for its “over 500 changes, adjustments, and fixes”) would likely be delayed due to many dev team members taking a “summer break.” This, as you probably guessed, disappointed much of the game’s community, who made their disappointment known on the forums. In response, two days after the initial announcement, Funcom pushed the patch onto the test servers and put out a call to arms for players to come provide feedback, incentivizing them with free copies of the game’s upcoming DLC for players who reached level 25 within a twelve-hour window.
That decision may have been a bit short-sighted, as players packed the test servers in a mad rush to reach level 25 and claim their free DLC, arguably at the expense of actually testing the patch and reporting bugs. So, perhaps unsurprisingly in retrospect, when the patch was pushed to the live servers yesterday, it brought with it legions of unexpected and often game-breaking issues, leading many players to call for complete server rollbacks.
The end of the world is bearing down on some Age of Conan players, but that’s exactly when things get interesting. Funcom’s special Saga of Zath server has just a month left to go before the studio merges its population in with the Crom server and turns out the lights.
Before then, players can race to earn special gear and vanity items for the main server. To help with that, Funcom is giving all players a free extra specialization, cutting the price of mounts in half, chopping XP booster prices down by 75%, and making raid and PvP gear bundles available.
Saga of Zath started up back in January as a special time-limited PvE server. Players had just a few months to go through a saga quest to earn rewards and gain items. When the merge happens on May 15th, all Zath characters will be transferred to Crom with all progress and inventory intact.
Funcom’s not quite done with Conan just yet, not by a long shot.
The Conan Exiles studio announced today that it has signed a deal to establish a joint venture called Heroic Signatures that will manage the interactive rights to many pen-and-paper RPGs, including Conan the Barbarian, Solomon Kane, and Mutant Chronicles. Funcom and Cabinet Group LLC will each own 50% of Heroic Signatures and will be attempting to license out or develop these 29 intellectual properties for the video game market.
To aid in this, Funcom has secured a $10.6 million investment from SwedBank Robur Fonder AB. The studio said that it will use these funds to establish publishing partnership with developers and create more games internally. The bank said that it sees this deal as “a new giant leap in Funcom’s turnaround.”
It’s full speed ahead for Conan Exiles development this year, with no plans to slow down the game’s pace over the next several months. Funcom has released a video from the GDC show floor detailing the game’s development plans for the next year or so. The bad news is that it’s not a quick video, clocking in at just a bit below 15 minutes with the bustling sounds of a convention in the background. The good news, of course, is that it is a thorough video.
Players can look forward to seeing small updates to the game every one to two weeks, with larger mechanical updates coming along every few months. The first major update will include siege warfare and all of its associated frills, while the second update includes NPC armies attacking player structures to provide something of an endgame scenario. Check out the whole video just below for more looks into the future of the game.
Funcom’s getting the crew back together for Conan Exiles! Well, part of the crew: The studio announced today that it’s roped in Age of Conan composer Knut Avenstroup Haugen to write Conan Exiles’ doom-filled melodies.
Haugen’s AoC soundtrack won multiple mainstream awards and is a fan-favorite around here — in fact, the last time we asked you what your favorite MMORPG soundtrack was, Age of Conan literally topped the list, beating out World of Warcraft, Guild Wars 2, WildStar, and the rest.
You can pick it up on Amazon or catch snippets in our own Jukebox Heroes column and the Battle Bards podcast while you wait for the new game, due out in January. Here’s a favorite tune plus a sample from the upcoming tracks!
While the upcoming Conan Exiles will take place in the same fictional universe as Age of Conan and be made by the same studio, it’s not going to quite be the same game. The survival title, which goes into early access this summer, will take place when Conan is much younger and lack the class structure of the MMO.
In a new interview, Funcom’s Joel Bylos said that the title will focus more on frantic first-person combat in which players can pick up and use any weapon. Captured players can even be sacrificed to their enemies’ deities, although the studio promised that it would be a “quick process” versus a long, drawn-out captivity.
Funcom has just announced that one of the Conan games it’s working on is Conan Exiles, a multiplayer, open-world survival game.
‘CONAN EXILES’ is first and foremost a multiplayer game that can be enjoyed on both private and public servers, but it will also feature a single-player mode.
You are an exile, one of thousands cast out to fend for themselves in a barbaric wasteland swept in sandstorms and besieged by enemies on every side. Grow crops or hunt animals for food. Harvest resources to build weapons and tools. Build a shelter to survive. Ride across a vast world and explore alone, or band together with other players to build entire settlements and fortified strongholds. Unleash your fury in savage, fast-paced combat and execute bloody and bone-crushing attacks that will see heads rolling and limbs flying. Fight other players to dominate the exiled lands, and even call upon the wrath of the heavens to aid you by sacrificing enemy players on the alters of the gods.
Back in November, Funcom told gamers that it was planning to announce three new games in 2016. The first of them was revealed to be a Conan-themed game in December, and now here it is. Age of Conan players needn’t worry; Funcom has said it is likewise committed to the existing MMORPG in the franchise.
Conan Exiles will hit early access for PC this summer; expect the full launch on PC and console after that. Check out the renders and new cinematic video below.
Funcom has just announced that it’s creating a new video game based on the Conan franchise.
Funcom is excited to announce that the company has entered into an agreement with Conan Properties, making it the preferred partner for all PC and console games based on the ‘Conan the Barbarian’ brand and the world of Hyboria. The two companies have already enjoyed a long and prosperous relationship, having successfully brought to market Funcom’s critically acclaimed massively multiplayer online game ‘Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures‘ back in 2008. […] As Funcom communicated earlier this year, the company will be announcing three new games in 2016. The first of these games will be based on the ‘Conan the Barbarian’ brand and will be announced to the public in January next year.
That would be the existing MMORPG, Age of Conan, one of four in Funcom’s stable. In fact, Age of Conan’s community team rushed to reassure players that the MMO is not being left in the dust: