The life of a barbarian. While it probably wasn't a whole lot of fun to be alive during precivilization — I heard they didn't even have WiFi — it sure is fun to play video games based on it. Funcom's upcoming Conan Exiles
, based on the Conan the Barbarian
branding, is a survival game that lets players live out the life of a true barbarian.
The story begins that you're an exile cast aside from their former life. In this unfamiliar wasteland, you'll have to use all of your wits to survive. Like other survival games, you'll be tasked with crafting weapons and clothing and foraging for food, but Funcom has introduced some unique mechanics like the capturing and enslaving of NPCs (not other players, fortunately) and interactions with gods who may come to your aid during combat. These mechanics were inspired by the Conan universe.Exiles
will be playable in local single player or online multiplayer on public and private servers. Funcom is no stranger to making multiplayer experiences, with their specialty being MMOs. Their library includes 2012's The Secret World
and a Conan-themed MMO from 2008 called Age of Conan
first mark on Xbox will be through the Game Preview program, which seems to be a popular route for survival games to take, with the program currently boasting ARK: Survival Evolved
and The Long Dark
. Funcom believes that collecting feedback from players as they go along is integral in making the best possible game.
It'll also be launching into Steam's Early Access program slightly ahead of its spring 2017 Xbox Game Preview release window, so this should give interested players time to check out some gameplay videos, reviews and impressions. It also might be a little less rough around the edges when it arrives on console, thanks to the help of the PC testers.
As for when the full version will be available, Funcom says that they "currently do not expect Early Access to last longer than 12 months." Conan Exiles
will be available on Game Preview in spring 2017.