Funcom’s Conan Exiles hits early access on January 31st

We’re not short on multiplayer open-world survival games but coo ‘eck, I can’t think of many with spectacles like Conan Exiles [official site]. Funcom today announced they’ll launch their new MOWSG into early access on January 31st, 2017 and celebrated this with a new trailer showing such delights as a metal colossus stomping through a scrappy fort to punch a giant snake in the face. Good stuff. My dream is for fantasy monsters to look like Harryhausen stop-motion animated models and real reptiles composited into scenes but hey, if wishes were thrushes beggars would eat birds.

Conan Exiles looks like a MOWSG in the vein of Ark, one where you fight monsters and can build (and destroy) settlements with your pals. As is customary, you’ll start in the nip then craft tools and weapons and work your way up to building big fancy things. The land is filled with fantasy monsters too, of course.

Given how violent ol’ Conan is, yorp you’ll get to lop limbs off and drag people around from ropes. Youth of today, eh? The MOWSG genre is hardly short of violent dickheads so encouraging them is a curious decision. But! All this brutality can serve a purpose. You can curry favour with the gods by sacrificing your foes’ hearts to them, and presumably those honking great monsters are rewards from The Folks Upstairs. Funcom say you can also “Enslave the bandits of the exiled lands to do your bidding by breaking them on the grueling Wheel of Pain.” Jolly times.

Or you can play on your tod in singleplayer.

January 31st is the day for early access, though who knows when it’ll actually properly launch. Here’s the new trailer:


  1. Blackcompany says:

    Oh look: Another DOA survival game/asshole simulator.

    And people wonder why I have pretty much quit gaming at this point…

    • davethejuggler says:

      Because you overreact to trends and ignore the rest of the games coming out in every other genre?

      • Masked Dave says:

        If there was a like button on this reply, I’d have just clicked it.

      • Blackcompany says:

        Out of curiosity, which genres are those?

        Did you mean the totally undersold FPS genre? Or perhaps the completely vapid, utterly forgotten Indie Third Person Platformer? Or did you mean, perhaps, the open world, icon hunting genre, so vastly under served these last few years?

        I get that there are actual, real under served genres – for instance, we have yet to see a GOOD space sim in quite some time – but on the whole, video gaming is ever increasingly a copy cat industry. And its getting really old.

        • hungrycookpot says:

          I guess RTS. Simulation. Sports. Moba, Adventure, RPG, ActionRPG, Racing, Fighting, Stealth-action/adventure, horror, TBS, MMO, music, e-boardgame, or anything else that ISN’T SOMETHING YOU DONT FUCKING LIKE.

    • CartonofMilk says:

      who cares? there’s still a single player.

      Here’s the number of survival games i’ve played for over a 100 hours at least: 6

      Here’s the number of those hours i spent in MP: 0

  2. Scraphound says:

    What’s a MOWSG? I can’t even find the definition on Google.

    Come on, I know this is a gaming site, but at least spell it out once in the article. You’re getting a little too jargony.

    • Unclepauly says:

      Modern Open World Simulator Game? Can’t be

    • Person of Interest says:

      Pay attention, now!

      We’re not short on multiplayer open-world survival games but

    • DelrueOfDetroit says:

      Given thst it’s a Conan game MGTOWOWSG would have been appropriate.

  3. MikoSquiz says:

    “Given how violent ol’ Conan is, yorp you’ll get to lop limbs off and drag people around from ropes.”


  4. Daymare says:

    Maybe I’m wrong, but this looks like it’s using a lot of assets from the Conan MMO. A bunch of those character faces seem veeery similar. Also seems … visually dated to me. Like, from back when the MMO came out, but maybe that’s just pre-EA graphics.

  5. Retrofrank says:


    • Hedgeclipper says:

      he needs a lot of calories to support all that muscle!

      Conan:The hunt for Steroids and Protein Shake.

  6. Gibs says:

    That looks identical to Riace Bronzes
    link to

    edit: which means devs prob know about it and that’s cool

  7. Psychomorph says:

    More base building survive and raid games. Yay.

  8. hungrycookpot says:

    I have already played a game where I get to perform some of those actions, therefore this game is bad and everyone who likes it should feel bad.