Conan Exiles mounts — a much requested feature in the legendary fantasy world — are finally coming in an update to the game along with follower leveling and a barrelful of new features.
Let's kick things off with the first major highlight: a test patch has implemented mounts and mounted combat into Conan Exiles. Whether you want to kite enemies with a bow and arrow or charge them down with a lance, a new combat dynamic will be entering the fray in the world of Cimmeria.
Players will be able to breed and train their Conan Exiles mounts. Of course, you don't have to use them for combat — they'll also serve as a perfectly fine fast-travel system.
New Follower Improvements Detailed
That's not all that's coming — another major feature is improvements for Pets and Thralls, both of which will now be collectively referred to as "Followers" going forward. As the forum post on this new system notes, these changes will not apply to crafting thralls; this is only for the thralls and pets that you can place out in the world or travel with.
Followers will have the same stats as a player in Conan Exiles with two exceptions: they won't have stats for Endurance or Grit, waving away any concerns about them running out of stamina. If you have Followers with you in combat, they'll gain experience (and consequently, stat upgrades). Mind, this will only apply to Followers who are actually following you. If you happen to get kills in proximity of static Followers, they won't gain any experience.
As they level up, they'll also gain perks which will further enhance their capability. Unfortunately, there is one downside: the new system won't apply retroactively to existing Pets and Thralls, meaning that you're eventually going to have to replace them.
There's More Than Just Conan Exiles Mounts Coming
The addition of Conan Exiles mounts and improvements to Pets and Thralls are pretty great, but that's not all that's on the way. Here's a quick highlight of what else is coming soon:
- New and improved trebuchet mechanics.
- New dodge-roll mechanics.
- New momentum-based character movement.
- Further combat balancing.
- Plenty of bug squishing!
- …and much, much more!
You can read about all of the new content in the test patch notes. Hopefully, this update will be making it to the live game sooner rather than later! If you don't yet already own Conan Exiles, you can get it on sale on Steam or the Humble Store for $19.99 or your regional equivalent, a 50% discount off of its normal price of $39.99. There's less than a day left in the sale, though, so don't wait!
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