Conan Exiles - the topless and, um, bottomless barbarian survival game by Funcom - will now launch a little later than expected on 8th May 2018. That's on all three formats: PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. We had expected it in the first quarter.
I stress the PS4 release because it's the only platform the game is not currently playable on. Conan Exiles is currently on Steam Early Access and the Xbox Game Preview programme, but there is no equivalent service on PS4.
For launch, the price will increase. On PC the game will rise $10 to $39.99, but not until 8th May. On Xbox One, however, the console launch price of $49.99 will come into effect this week.
Multiplayer barbarian survival game Conan Exiles launches on the Xbox One Game Preview programme this week, on Wednesday 16th August. But because of regional age-rating organisations, the game won't be quite the same in America as in Europe.
Conan Exiles' free expansion is The Frozen North, developer Funcom revealed today.
The Frozen North, due out on 16th August alongside the Xbox One version of the game, brings Conan Exiles out of the desert and into the snowy north, introducing a new climate and weather system that requires players wrap up warm or die. Funcom said to expect 70 per cent more landmass.
Elsewhere, the expansion adds fish traps, beekeeping and cooking. Brewing, a new crafting system, lets you make alcohol, which helps keep you warm in the cold. There's a new religion, too, which lets you summon the avatar of Ymir, the Lord of Storm and War. The video, below goes into more detail.
Funcom's PC survival hit Conan Exiles will launch on the Xbox One Game Preview programme 16th August. 4K Xbox One X support is coming too.
A free expansion for both Xbox One and PC will launch on the same day: 16th August. The expansion doesn't appear to have a name and will be detailed later this summer.
There are screenshots and a video, though, which show a brand new frozen biome with mammoths and what appears to be the new character ability to climb.
What if Conan Exiles existed because Funcom was desperate and the survival genre looked like the easiest play for life-saving money? What if Conan Exiles came from a place of cynicism rather than passion?
Conan Exiles will launch on Xbox One, via the Preview Program, in Q3 2017 (July-September). A full PC, PS4 and Xbox One release will follow in Q1 2018.
The inevitable naughty mods for already-pretty-naughty survival game Conan Exiles have appeared after only a weekend of mod support.
Norwegian developer Funcom struggled for years creating a hit game. Age of Conan didn't quite do it, nor did The Secret World, nor did Lego Minifigures Online. Things got tough. But Funcom may have at last found the hit in new sandbox survival game Conan Exiles.
Conan Exiles was released only days ago, Tuesday 31st January, but has already been pirated. Denuvo Anti-Tamper was supposed to protect it.
Could Funcom be onto something with Conan Exiles? The survival game due end of January on PC early access, and Xbox One Preview in spring, looks pretty good.
Conan survival game Conan Exiles comes to PC early access 31st January 2017, and to Xbox One Game Preview spring 2017.
This is Funcom, experienced maker of massively-multiplayer online games The Secret World and Age of Conan, courting the Ark and Rust market, and perhaps Skyrim fans too. Start with nothing and learn to craft, fight and survive in a brutal world of dark fantasy, either alone, with friends on a private server, or out in the wide-world on a public multiplayer server. Sounds like a scalable Minecraft multiplayer experience in that regard.
Differentiating Conan Exiles is Robert E. Howard's barbaric setting. A world where you can sacrifice enemies to summon avatars of gods that can trample your enemies or fight other godvatars - see the embedded new trailer for some giant statue against giant snake action. A world where you can capture, tie, drag and torture bandits, breaking them into thralls for your slave army. A world where you can slice people in half, lop their heads off, or just limbs, whatever you fancy. A world where you can explore ruins and battle fantastic beasts for fantastic treasure.
Funcom is making an open-world multiplayer survival Conan game. It's called Conan Exiles and it's coming to Early Access on PC this summer, then PC and consoles in full after that.
You play an exile in an arid land and need to hunt, or grow crops, for food. You need to build a shelter to live in, and make tools and weapons to fight monsters and other players with. Or you can work together and build entire settlements and strongholds, which sounds interesting - imagine the politics!
The gods of Conan's world will have an influence and you can sacrifice other players on altars to them, brilliantly. Combat will be bloody and fast paced, apparently.