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Conan Exiles

Conan Exiles logo

Developer Funcom (Credits)
Publisher Funcom
Deep Silver (Physical retail)
Spike Chunsoft (Asia)
H2 Interactive (Asia)
Genres Open world, Survival
Engine Unreal Engine 4 (4.15.3)
Platforms
Latest Version history
Released
May 8, 2018 (All platforms)
April 24, 2018 (Physical retail)
August 23, 2018 (JP PS4)
Released as Conan Outcasts
Expansions Downloadable Content (DLC)
(payed, cosmetic)
Code name Jacinth[1]

Conan Exiles is an open-world survival role-playing game being developed by Funcom, set in the brutal lands of Conan the Barbarian and based upon the writings of Robert E. Howard. The events in Conan Exiles take place on Conan's timeline between the stories Xuthal of the Dusk (The Slithering Shadow) and A Witch Shall be Born.[2]

In January 2016, Funcom announced it was working on Conan Exiles, an open-world survival game based on the Conan the Barbarian brand. The game released on Steam PC Early Access on January 31, 2017 and launched on the Xbox One as part of the Game Preview program in August. At the end of the month, Funcom teamed up with Koch Media/Deep Silver, which handles physical retail for all three platforms since the full release.[3] The game was finally released in physical retail on April 24, 2018[4] and digitally, for all platforms simultaneously, on May 8, 2018.

On April 27, 2018 Spike Chunsoft and H2 Interactive were revealed to release Conan Exiles digitally and in retail in Japan, Korea and several other territories in Asia. In Japan, Spike Chunsoft released a separate PlayStation 4 version both for digital download and in retail stores across Japan on August 23, 2018 called Conan Outcasts.[5][6]

Description

Short description

Conan Exiles is the open-world survival game set in the brutal world of Conan the Barbarian!
Survive. Build. Dominate.
~ Funcom Forums

Long description

You are an Exile, one of thousands cast out to fend for yourself in a wasteland swept by terrible sandstorms and besieged on every side by Enemies. Here you must fight to survive, build and dominate.

Hungry, thirsty, and alone, your first battle is against the harsh environment. 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 Strongholds to withstand fierce invasions.

When strong enough, march into battle and wage war against your enemies to dominate the Exiled Lands. Sacrifice enemy players on the altars of the gods and shift the balance of power your way. Unleash your fury in savage, fast-paced combat and execute bloody and bone-crushing attacks that will see heads rolling and limbs flying.

Survive. Build. Dominate. Play alone in single-player mode, or forge alliances and make enemies online on both public and private servers. Will you dominate the Exiled lands, or will your enemies sacrifice you on the altar of their god?

~ Steam

Features

Languages

Conan Exiles is one of our most international releases ever and that can only be achieved with strong, local partners.
~ Rui Casais (CEO)[7]

Interface and subtitles are supported for the following languages:[8]

  • Simplified Chinese
  • Traditional Chinese
  • English (Full audio)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian (Added on release)[9]
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Polish
  • Portuguese-Brazil
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • TurkishUpcoming

General

A collage of all content added before 2019

Taken from the Official Website:

Multi-player requires Xbox Live on Xbox and PlayStation Plus on PS4.

Steam

Taken from the Official Steam Store:

PC: Steam Controller
PS4: DualShock 4
Xbox: Xbox One Wireless Controller

Xbox

Servers

Main article: Server Configuration


  • Funcom Live Services (Social features)
  • GPortal (Server Hosting and maintenance).[10]
  • Pingperfect (Parternership, 70 Player Server Provider and Renting).
Official servers are maxed at 40 players to ensure server stability, where private servers may set it up to 70.

Modding

Main article: Modding


Technical

See also: Guide.

Other

Upcoming

Main article: Upcoming features


Cancelled

Main article: Cancelled features.

Game pre-orders

Conan Exiles was released on May 8, 2018 and is no longer available to pre-order. There are different pre-order incentives for digital and retail versions of the game.

Digital pre-orders

The digital pre-orders, as well as existing owners of the Early Access or Game Preview version, will receive -upon redeeming a code- an in-game Conan's Royal Armor.

Physical pre-orders

The physical pre-orders will receive -upon redeeming a code- an in-game Icon atlantean 2h sword.png Conan's Atlantean Sword, limited to the Day One Edition of the game. The Day One Edition also contains a full-color printed map of the world of Conan Exiles.

Limited Collector's Edition

The Limited Collector's Edition depicted on the right, includes the following:

Limited Collector's Edition collage
  • 15 cm polyresin figurine of Conan modeled after Conan from the Conan Exiles cinematic trailer.
  • Full-color custom print comic book which tells the story of Conan on one of his adventures in the Exiled Lands.
  • Three Conan soundtrack CDs featuring the music from Conan Exiles as well as Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures and Rise of the Godslayer.
  • Full-color print artbook with production artworks the developers used to guide their vision for the game.
  • Full-color printed map of the world of Conan Exiles.
  • Six digital Conan comic books from Dark Horse Comics, featuring the entire "A Witch Shall Be Born" story arc.
  • Digital pen-and-paper Conan RPG rulebook from Modiphius.
  • "The Coming of Conan" eBook illustrated by Mark Schultz.



Conan Outcasts Survival Guidebook

Conan Outcasts Survival Guidebook cover

The Survival Guidebook is a physical book included in the Conan Outcasts release. It guides players on their journey in the Exiled Lands.

Downloadable Content (DLC)

Main article: Downloadable Content


System requirements

Main article: System requirements


Guides

Main article: Guide


Game support

Conan Exiles Wiki is focused on creating the definitive guide to Conan Exiles. But while we make an effort to be complete, we are not an official game support channel.
Funcom does not provide classic MMORPG bug/issue-tracking. Instead, reports may be made through the forums and using several report forms.

Report issues through their respective page listed in the Issue section of useful links.

Notes

Conan Exiles has brutal combat where you can cut off limbs and heads of human opponents and blood is shown frequently. Players may choose to play the game with either no, partial or full nudity enabled. This is possible in both single and multiplayer.
~ Steam
  • Below is a list of age ratings per region and their respective organisations.
    • US: M (17+, ESRB); Blood and Gore, Nudity, Language, Use of Alcohol, Intense Violence, Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB
      • In the US, full nudity is disabled by default.[15][16]
    • EU: 18 (18+, USK and PEGI); Violence
    • JP: Z (18+, CERO)
      • For the Japanese version, the title has been changed to Conan Outcasts for various reasons. In addition, the developers removed the functions and effects which the screening organizations define as banned expressions:
        • The semi-naked setting (the female character's chest exposure expression). (Even if you remove all the equipment, both men and women will wear the minimum clothes.)
        • The option in character creation to set the size of male characteristics.
        • The male characteristics drawn on some monsters.
        • Other Gore expressions are the same as the PlayStation 4 version released overseas.
    • AU: MA (18+, ACB)
    • NZ: R16 (16+, OFLC)
    • AS, SA and other regions (18+, DJCTQ)
On Xbox, full nudity comes with the free Nudity DLC and is only available for the digital editions that are indicated in the store page and if you're in a region that allows for it. For physical copies, whether the full nudity option is available or not depends on the region of the purchased disk.[17]

On PS4, there is no Nudity DLC available; US regions disks only support partial nudity, whereas UK and Oceanic regions both support full nudity on PS4.
There is no region lock on PS4, so users are able to purchase disks from other countries and play them on their console, unlocking full nudity. Using a disk from a different region than the one your account is created in will restrict your access to the PSN store and you will not be able to purchase any DLC. However, the region specific disks install separately on your PS4, allowing you to play with full nudity on one disk and purchase DLC from the store on another disk.
  • There are currently 1159 official servers available over all regions and platforms.[18] At launch there were only 225.[19] They are not moderated, because there are no monthly subscriptions or paid in-game shops to provide the necessary manpower and infrastructure.[20]
  • There are over 20,000 dedicated servers hosted by players themselves.[21]
  • Linux is not supported, but the game is compatible with it. For setting up a dedicated server with Linux, see Dedicated Server Setup: Linux and Wine.
  • There are no plans for a Nintendo Switch version[22] or VR support.[23] Splitscreen support on consoles will not be added,[24]. Cross-platform has been considered, but at the moment it is not technically feasible for the developers to implement it.[25]
  • Consoles receive the same content as PC. However, some features (e.g. text chat) are not available, as they either already exist as platform feature or are not feasible on consoles.[citation needed]
    • The developers did not have time to optimize for console, which is why it only runs at 1440p even though they initially said it would run in 4K.[26][citation needed]
  • Conan Exiles' Early Access was planned for September 13, 2016[27] but was delayed two weeks later due to sufficient feedback, expectations and additional funding for the studio.[28] The Xbox Game Preview was planned for Spring 2017, but was postponed to Q3 2017 (later August 16, 2017). The reason for this is unknown.[29]
  • Italian was not shown on Steam until after May 9.[30]
  • Originally, the PC version did not come with the ESRB edition of the Limited Collector's Edition.[31]
  • Conan Exiles was partly inspired by the European migrant crisis.[32]
The exact details of how Conan Exiles and Age of Conan will connect are not decided yet, but it is our intention to cross promote and encourage players from each game to try out our other games, especially for games within the same IP.
~ Answer on Investors QA feed.[33]
  • The developers have not mentioned details on ties between Conan Exiles and Age of Conan yet. See above quote.
The Vanguards – Are our first line of defense against major bugs and exploits. This is a cross-profession team of designers and coders who are focused on fixing the problems that the community are reporting. If you encounter a shy dev on steam asking you for more information about a bug, it is probably one of the stalwart vanguards.

Terraformers – The Terraformers team is made up of designers and artists working on the next biome for Conan Exiles. Their focus is new content and areas – you have seen the first touches of their work in The Dregs dungeon that we patched just before April. Their primary focus is the new biome and all of the work required for that.

Featurama – The featurama team are focused on the new features that we want to add to the game. This includes mounts, sorcery etc. In addition, they are also heavily focused on further iterating features that already exist in the game, for example, combat. You see their work with every new feature that makes its way into the game (for example dyes and trebuchets) and there is a lot more to come over the coming weeks and months.

The art team – The art team supports all the studio teams with artwork, animations and fx.

~ Easter Survey Results
  • In older newsletters, the team has been adressed differently. It consisted of several smaller, more specific teams. Individuals from different teams would often work with one another, which likely led to abandoning the concept entirely.
Conan Exiles and future games will use the combination of Unreal Engine 4 (for the frontend/client) and DreamWorld Technology (for the backend/servers).
~ Answer to Investors QA feed. on Q: Will Conan exiles use the Unreal Engine? (29.01.15)
  • Funcom has made Unreal Engine 4 a soft requirement for future pitched games. In combination with this, they will be using DreamWorld Technology.
    • Tether distance will probably not get limited. This is mostly a UE4 limitation. It is definitely not possible for consoles, because of memory constraints.[34][citation needed]Could not find this answer.
  • Denuvo Anti-Tamper, a 3rd-party DRM which provides anti-piracy protection was removed on June 16, 2020.[35]
  • Red Shell, a third-party tool which collected data on players (eg. store country) was removed after full launch.[36]
  • Trailers are made in Oslo, Norway (motion capture) and Uppsala, Sweden (CGI motion capture).[37]
  • Conan Exiles made back its initial development cost during its first week in sales. However, that does not mean that all the money made after that is pure profit, nor that all of it is funneled back into the game. Some of the money was put into Conan Exiles when the developers saw it was a success, meaning they extended the development time and were able to hire more people. Funcom is a company with over 100 employees, split across 2 studios, all of whom need to earn a livable wage and about half of them are working on all their games.[38]
  • Originally, support tickets for all Funcom games, including Conan Exiles, went through the main Funcom support portal. It is now used for issues with the company itself.

Barbarian Edition

Main article: Barbarian Edition


This DLC bundle has been discontinued as of March 7, 2019.

Modiphius sourcebook

The "Conan Exiles" tie-in sourcebook for Modiphius' 2d20 "Robert E. Howard's Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of" tabletop roleplaying game is a full-color 112 page hardcover illustrated with concept art and screenshots from Conan Exiles. It adapts adapts areas and gameplay from Conan Exiles and the community development system from "Mutant: Year Zero" to the Hyborian Age. The sourcebook was announced in a press release by Modiphius Entertainment on March 16, 2016.[39]

Reception

  • 480.000 units were sold during the first month of Early Access and 1 million units1 across all platforms during Early Access. In total the game sold more than 1.4 million units1 including retail sell-in before the May 24, 2018 Q1 presentation.
1: PC refunds not excluded.
  • It was awarded "Recommended" by Eurogamer.[40]

Official links

Listed in the left sidebar of the wiki under Conan Exiles Links. The listed discord is unofficial; it can be found under External links.


External links

Main article: Useful links


Media

Main article: Conan Exiles/Media


References

  1. EpicData
  2. "Dev Blog #9: The world and lore of Conan Exiles" the dev team, Site - January 16, 2017
  3. Funcom and Koch Media Partners to bring Conan Exiles to stores around the world - August 21, 2017 (Press Release)
  4. Conan Exiles, PEGI
  5. Conan Outcasts Twitter post
  6. PS4 Release Dates - Gamespot FAQ
  7. Conan Exiles Is Heading East, Rui Casais - April 27, 2018 (Press Release)
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Dev Blog #1: An update on Conan Exiles" the dev team, Site - November 15, 2016
  9. Twitter - April 27, 2018
  10. Soon after the Early Access launch of Conan Exiles we had to change the host of the official servers, so we began cooperating with zeuz. They delivered very quickly, were efficient and provided top-notch quality. As a partner zeuz are reliable and service oriented. always understood our needs and is a great company to cooperate with. The guys helped us offer our players the best possible multiplayer infrastructure.
    ~ Jespen Bakken, General Manager Funcom Oslo

    Also, an interiew with Natascha Röösli. (Zeuz' Site)

  11. For Conan Exiles, the sheer size of the world and number of unique meshes populating it meant that memory usage on GPU was always going to be a major bottleneck. Predictably, the biggest usage of VRAM was overwhelmingly textures. Without any clear rules on what textures could be used in what parts of the game world, our lack of an advanced texture streaming system meant we originally had to use extremely low-resolution textures on memory-constrained devices. Granite proved to be an excellent solution to this problem, providing out-of-the-box texture compression and streaming support. In practice, this allowed us to provide high resolution textures on a wide range of hardware, including GPUs with just 1 GB of VRAM. We would not have been able to support the same range of hardware without it, nor offer the same degree of visual fidelity, even on 4 GB+ GPUs.
    ~ Fred Richardson (source)
  12. https://www.conanexiles.com/blog/tackled-texturing-large-open-world-conan-exiles-short-amount-time/
  13. Games, GeForce, NVIDIA
  14. Games, GeForce NOW, NVIDIA
  15. Official Website (bottom)
  16. IMDb Parents Guide
  17. Hugo, Funcom Forums - May 1, 2018
  18. https://forums.funcom.com/t/how-many-official-servers-are-there-supposed-to-be/36752/2
  19. "Weekly Community Newsletter: The end is nigh" Jens Erik Vaaler, Site - May 2, 2018
  20. https://forums.funcom.com/t/no-admins-on-officials/39574/8
  21. "Harassment and Griefing Issues" Tascha, Funcom Forums - June 7, 2018
  22. https://survivethis.news/en/conan-exiles-no-plans-nintendo-switch/
  23. https://forums.funcom.com/t/developer-stream-recap-october-10th-2019/90032
  24. Funcom Forums FAQ
  25. Twitter - January 15, 2020
  26. Kruttmusa, Funcom Forums - June 22, 2018
  27. First EA release ETA
  28. Second EA release ETA
  29. Twitter - March 3, 2017
  30. "REALLY? ALL LANGUAGES BUT NOT ITALIAN?" Reply #10, Community Manager (Nicole V)
  31. ESRB Collector's Edition - Funcom FTP
  32. Joel Bylos, PC Gamer
  33. Q: Will Conan Exiles have direct ties to Age of Conan like The Park had with The Secret World? (29.01.15)
  34. Scooper, October 12 Twitch Stream (Twitch VOD)
  35. https://forums.funcom.com/t/pc-update-16-06-2020-update-41-followers-re-balancing-avatar-fixes-and-more/124915
  36. https://forums.funcom.com/t/why-are-conan-exiles-sending-data-to-redshell/5043
  37. IMDb
  38. https://forums.funcom.com/t/where-the-magic-funcom/41137/29 - Jens Erik Vaaler, Funcom Forums - October 13, 2018
  39. "Modiphius & Funcom announce CONAN EXILES a new sourcebook for the Conan tabletop roleplaying game" Modiphius Entertainment - March 16, 2016
  40. Steam Store