It was back in January that the reveal trailer for Conan Exiles was first shown, giving a look at the tone Funcom were going for with their new game. After a few more trailers, it was announced in a new trailer today that Conan Exiles would be going into early access on PC January 31, 2017, with an Xbox One preview coming sometime in the spring.
In the trailer we get a sense of this world, giant monsters battling each other, players building structures and exploring old ruins. The official site describes Conan Exiles as "an open-world survival game in the brutal lands of Conan the Barbarian." The trailer ends with the words "Survive. Build. Dominate." Given this set in the Conan the Barbarian world that tagline does seem fitting.
You will be playing an exile. After being outcast to the wasteland you will need to fight for survival. The game will have light RPG elements as well as letting the player build structures. It is a survival game so you will need to gather resources in order to live in this harsh world, all while battling and making allies with other players. You will also be able to enslave NPCs in the game.
Originally, early access for Conan Exiles was meant to begin in September but Funcom decided to push this date back. It should also be said that the game is planned on being released for the PS4 but due to it not having some form of an early access program Playstation players will need to wait until the full release to play it.
Funcom is probably most known for making MMO's with The Secret World being their last big one. Though Conan Exiles is multiplayer focused it does not seem to be an MMO, but rather an online survival game, although it will also allow single player play. It is explicitly not a sequel to Funcom's Age of Conan MMO which is still running. Game Director Joel Bylos spoke a bit about the title and the announcement
The open-world survival genre is ripe for Conan’s conquest. If there ever was a world that can truly test your strength and skill, it is the brutal and savage world of Conan the Barbarian. ‘Conan Exiles’ is not just an empty sandbox, it is a world rich in history where you must discover the secrets of ancient civilizations as you struggle to build your own.”There is no clear date for Conan Exiles full release the only time frame we know is January 31 for Early Access on PC via Steam and sometime in Spring for Xbox One.
How do you feel about this new Conan game? Do you like the look of it? How do you feel about it going early access?