Funcom's enemy-crushing, lamentation-hearing MMORPG Age of Conan arrived years too late in the MMO rush, just another wanderer scavenging for scraps in the lands World of Warcraft pillaged and salted. Funcom today announced that they're joining in the fun of 2013's hottest craze with Conan Exiles [official site], a multiplayer open-world survival game set in the barbarian fantasy world. This summer it'll launch into early access, as open-world multiplayer survival games will. Still, I do like the sound of sacrificing players to please gods.
Yep, this'll be that new Conan game we were hearing about. Here's what Funcom have to say about it:
"You are an exile, one of thousands cast out to fend for themselves in a barbaric wasteland swept in sandstorms and besieged by enemies on every side. Grow crops or hunt animals for food. Harvest resources to build weapons and tools. Build a shelter to survive. Ride across a vast world and explore alone, or band together with other players to build entire settlements and fortified strongholds. Unleash your fury in savage, fast-paced combat and execute bloody and bone-crushing attacks that will see heads rolling and limbs flying. Fight other players to dominate the exiled lands, and even call upon the wrath of the heavens to aid you by sacrificing enemy players on the altars of the gods."
As well as having public servers, it'll support private servers and singleplayer.
Ah, I don't know, maybe this might have a shot. While WoW was the undisputed god-emperor of subscription MMORPGs, the survival world does seem a bit more fluid, with games like DayZ, Rust, Unturned, and Ark rising and falling, jostling for dominance. Maybe the genre's permadeath and social isolation make it easier for players to move on to other games. Maybe Funcom are hoping to make an impact in the less-contested lands of consoles. Maybe Funcom are hoping prettiness will lure players away from the competition. Maybe? This just seems awfully late.
Here, this trailer will tell you very little about the game: