What is best in life? Conan Exiles will support mods

Funcom today announced that their craft-o-build-a-murder-e-survival sandbox Conan Exiles [official site] will support mods with official tools. They should be available right when it hits Steam Early Access on January 31st, letting folks get right down to fiddling with it. Conan Exiles is looking more polished than a lot of survive ’em ups, on paper/in slick trailers anyway, and mod support is a fine addition. I’ll gab more about mods in a mo but, first, let’s remind ourselves of its town-building and summonable godpals:

Having NPC slaves as a resource is a weird one, innit? Oh sure, Conanaria is a grim and gritty world — and created in 1930s America — but even just as part of the game, it seems a piece of tone-setting that might foster dickish mindsets. Survive ’em ups are hardly short of dickishness in the first place. Nice building though, innit? Some nice villages there.

Right, mods! Funcom say:

“Mod developers will be able to download a custom Unreal Engine editor, letting them create a whole host of modifications to the game. Everything from changing aspects of gameplay to adding new monsters and items to the game can be done with the modding tools. A mod management tool which connects to the Steam Workshop allows players to easily load in the mods they want to play with.”


Funcom’s dev blog post also goes into Conan Exiles’ server options, which span from official servers set up for different playstyles to player-hosted dedicated servers where admins can fiddle with a lot of the game’s workings. And dedicated servers can host mods, of course. Conan Exiles will support singleplayer too, mind.


  1. Gothnak says:

    Building system is nice, slave system is a bit meh, i mean why not do quests and convince the stygian blacksmith to come and join you, seems to be there for a soundbyte more than anything.

    However, the thing that turns me off is that other players can destroy your city. I’m all fine with the denizens of the game attacking and destroying it, but another player? Nah, not gonna play that.

    I want a Survival game where the world is the extremely dangerous thing and players can’t really survive alone vs the dragons/robots/whatever and therefore band together to take them down. Any game where the other players are the most dangerous things means that the game degenerates into PvP and the world becomes inconsequential.

    • Syt says:

      The game might be able to accommodate that. From the webpage: “Play alone locally, or fight for survival and dominance in persistent multiplayer on public servers. Host your own server and invite others to join you in a world where you have full control of the rules and settings.”

      Remains to be seen how this will be implemented. Elite: Dangerous at one point also promised offline solo play.

  2. Blowfeld81 says:

    Wow, basically everything in the video was already done and “borrowed” from other games. Some crafting stations look like the have been transferred 1:1;

    A, Funcom and their Conan games… never gets old. I wonder, how they will trick the customer this time after all the “half-truths” regarding AOC launch.

    Fool me once…

  3. KingFunk says:

    Early access with mod support? Sounds like a canny method for “crowd-developing” your game. I wonder if they’d go as far as remunerating community members who create stuff that got absorbed into the final game…

  4. Ethaor says:

    Depsite its many flaws, Age of Conan had a soul of its own, a nice mature atmosphere and realist approach (for an mmo).

    This, looks like a modded Rust.

    Why go with such cartoony graphics and generic gameplay? I understand it’s not even a year old project but that doesn’t look inspiring nor original.

    Mod support is great on paper but it’s weird to announce such powerful and unlimited mod support before the game boundaries are even set.

    It feels like they’re selling a big sandbox toolbox more than a game. “There you go, have at it..”

  5. Spacewalk says:

    It’s Conan so I wouldn’t be surprised if the first mod someone makes are nipple decals that you can stick on everything.

  6. SaintAn says:

    Ugh, it has Steam Workshop. Workshop is such a cancer to modding. Nexus and the other mod sites have been getting a lot less mods for new games that use Workshop slowly killing the competition that kept Steam from starting their paid mods BS and keeping mods from other places like GOG to force people to buy on Steam. I can’t support this game for using that horrible system. Wish the media had the balls to to talk about how Steam is ruining gaming with its greed.

  7. FordTruck says:

    This is one of those games that is made for streamers.
    Someone like Lirik will play it for 3 days and than crap all over it saying it’s the same as everything else.

    buuuut someone like MRmoonhouse is the perfect person for this type of game to play because he RPs and gets really into it.

    but these games suck if you don’t have friends to play them..so an offline mode would be great otherwise they should come up with an innovative way to make players play together