Posts Tagged ‘Funcom’

Conan Exiles slashes out of early access

Fantasy sandbox survive ’em up Conan Exiles left early access and launched properly yesterday, and evidently it proved more popular than developers Funcom had anticipated. With the game peaking at almost 29,000 concurrent players yesterday and official servers filling up, Funcom hastily launched extra servers – and it sounds like more might still be needed. Turns out, people quite like the idea of building settlements, fighting monsters, crafting, enslaving NPCs, currying the favour of the gods to summon monstrous avatars, and crushing their enemies, seeing them driven before them, and hearing the lamentations of the players controlling the characters. Read the rest of this entry »

Improved performance, server wipes, price hikes when Conan Exiles exits early access next month

I can't believe we've only used this image once before

Open-world survival affair/one-eyed trouser-snake simulator Conan Exiles has spent over a year in early access, initially hitting it big thanks to a combination of brutal low-fantasy setting and a whole lot of hullabaloo about winkies. Its full release is almost upon us – 14 months is a pretty brisk turnaround as these things go, especially given that devs Funcom reckon the game’s doubled in size during that time.

May 8 is the due date, but last week’s early access patch already introduced the big new features we can expect to see in it. The bad news for long-time players/murderers is that the official servers are in for a wipe on release day. The bad news for on-the-fence players is that the price will jump by 25% on the 8th.

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Secret World Legends’ Dawn of the Morninglight expansion released

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Nine months after its free-to-play reboot as Secret World Legends, Funcom’s globe-trotting MMO of modern myth and magic finally has a second new location to explore. For those who have finished the main story and are hungry for more, you’ve got a new assignment out in South Africa, and giant glowing hyenas are probably the lesser evil out there compared to the Morninglight cult.

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Watch half an hour of Mutant Year Zero’s manimal tactics

Mutant Year Zero

A duck, a pig and a human walk into a store. They buy several grenades and a top hat for the duck which gives him +10% to ranged damage. You were expecting a punchline?

We’ve covered a bit of tabletop RPG turned tactical hybrid  Mutant Year Zero: Road To Eden before, but previously we only had a CGI teaser trailer and a few screenshots to go on. Now, The Bearded Ladies (again, amazing studio name) and publisher Funcom have released over half an hour of gameplay footage, giving us a better idea of what the post-apocalyptic world holds for us.

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Secret World Legends is off to South Africa next

Secret World Legends is off to South Africa in its next big update, the first new land added to the supernatural MMORPG in yeeaars. While Funcom’s recent free-to-play revamp-o-relaunch of The Secret World initially focused on rolling out old areas, now they’re ready for new adventures with new mythologies. Old mythologies? New old mythologies. I still haven’t gotten around to revisiting this pleasant spookworld after its relaunch, though our John quite enjoyed it still, so maybe I’ll poke my head in for new ghost stories. Apparently we get to join a cult, which I’m certainly up for. Have a peek: Read the rest of this entry »

Mutant Year Zero: Road To Eden blends genes & genres

Mutant Year Zero

So, stop me if you’ve heard this one: A duck, a boar and a lady walk into a bar… No, it’s not a joke, but the set-up for the reveal trailer to Mutant Year Zero: Road To Eden, an upcoming post-apocalyptic RPG from The Bearded Ladies Consulting, a small Swedish outfit featuring talent from both Hitman and Payday’s development teams, and based on a well-regarded pen & paper RPG line.

Within, the trailer itself, introducing the trio of protagonists: Porcine powerhouse Bormin, waddling warrior Dux (the animal-folk of this post-nuclear world are clearly lousy at naming things) and Selma, who appears to be a mostly-normal human up until trouble comes knocking. Also, some high-res screenshots that you can click to embiggen.

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Tackle a huge beast under Times Square in latest Secret World Legends raid

Secret World manhattan

Funcom have been slowly building up Secret World Legends [official site] – the revamped version of their conspiracy-laden 2012 MMO The Secret World – by taking bits of the old game, polishing them up and plonking them down in the free-to-play title, which launched in June. Now it’s the turn of the Manhattan Exclusion Zone, a 10-person raid that happens directly under Times Square.

Any level 50 character can plunge under New York’s tarmac in search of the 100-foot long Unutterable Lurker, the raid’s big bad. There’s multiple difficulty levels and lots of rewards for success, including new weapons.

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Frost giants and snow storms in Conan Exiles new region

Conan Exiles frozen north

Early access survival game Conan Exiles [official site] added a new chilly region called the Frozen North this week. It brings with it new weather types including rain and snow, alongside a temperature system that will affect the whole game: you’ll have to wrap up warm in the new area and strip off in the game’s desserts.

There’s shiny weapons to swing at new beasts, including wolves, bears, frost giants and mammoths, fresh dungeons to crawl and new materials to find and cobble together into shelters and items. Plus, you can now summon an Avatar (Exile’s versions of embodied Gods) called Ymir: Lord of Storm and War, who is a giant frosty dude with a big beard, antler horns and a huge axe that can level whole towns.

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Secret World Legends Impressions – free and easy

The Secret World was always a game struggling to crawl out from under the weight of its own genre. Many have attempted to build a story-led MMO – and it’s a noble pursuit – but no one has ever quite figured out how to do it, not least because an MMO is a terrible setting in which to tell a story. The Secret World got the closest so far. The intricately woven tale of conspiracy upon conspiracy was a huge hook when the game first released five years ago, and some could forgive the janky grindy weirdness of its online necessities to enjoy a setting and quest style not seen before in the genre. Will more people learn to see past the structural faults now, with its free-to-play reboot as Secret World Legends [official site]? Read the rest of this entry »

Secret World Legends opens its spooky doors today

Last night, a hipster necromancer (or maybe she was a thaumaturge?) stopped me from becoming the main course at a zombie diner. Just a regular evening in Secret World Legends [official site], I guess. I’ve been dabbling in the relaunched MMO’s head start phase for a wee while, but it launches properly today. Read the rest of this entry »

The Secret World relaunching F2P as Secret World Legends

Real-ish-world supernatural MMORPG The Secret World will relaunch reworked and free-to-play as Secret World Legends [official site] this spring, developers Funcom announced today. It’ll look prettier, fight better, and rework quest flow, all of which sounds great. The Secret World is a wonderful game at heart, with a weird and well-written world I hugely enjoyed getting to know and some cracking puzzles, but it has suffered from its MMORPG baggage. Funcom aren’t even calling Legends an MMO – it’s “a shared-world action RPG”. TSW dropped subscription fees years back but Legends will be properly free-to-play, with all content free to everyone too. Read the rest of this entry »

What is best in life? Conan Exiles launches mod support

Mod support has arrived in Conan Exiles [official site], letting players futz with the guts of Funcom’s craft-o-survival game. A few hiccups aside, the developers seem pretty pleased with the launch, announcing that the game sold over 320,000 copies in its first week on Steam Early Access. That’s enough sales that “all development costs have been recouped”, they say. Goodness me! Read the rest of this entry »

Conan Exiles war on lag continues

Morning glory.

Conan Exiles [official site] developers Funcom have temporarily shut down the game’s official multiplayer servers while they switch to a new host. The majority of servers for the early access survival sandbox game are unofficial player-run ones, mind, but perhaps you’re a good little warchild who sticks to the playground and never jumps the fence to play in the woods. This switch is part of Funcom’s battle against online lag, which was one of our John’s complaints after he played but far from the only one. Funcom have also released a flurry of patches aimed at tackling lag in other ways. Read the rest of this entry »

Three laggy hours with Conan Exi ConCona Conan Exiles

Oh, Early Access!

Sorry, just stubbed my toe. Yes, it’s certainly worked in places, but goodness me if it isn’t sometimes the most infuriating way of releasing barely functioning games for a fee. Time was it cost a developer lots of money to have their game concepts tested and QAd – now they charge £27 for the privilege. That’s how much it’ll cost you to get into Funcom’s Conan Exiles [official site] right now. The store page describes a game where you discover ancient secrets, enslave your own army, ride around on rhinos, build entire cities – it sounds stunning. Right now it’s a game where you’re more likely to die because a menu won’t load. [Nudey Warning: There are some pictures of naked characters below] Read the rest of this entry »

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: Read the rest of this entry »

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Funcom Show Off First-Person Spooker Hide And Shriek

The Secret World developers Funcom will launch their latest small spin-off game on October 25th, they announced today. Hide and Shriek [official site] is a 1v1 scare ’em up with two teens from Little Springs High and Innsmouth Academy turning themselves invisible to sneak into school and spook each other on Hallowe’en, as you do. They have to watch for tell-tale signs that the other’s about – moving objects, and such – then give ’em a dang good jumpscaring. Kids these days. Read the rest of this entry »

Funcom’s Hide And Shriek Is A 1v1 Jumpscare ‘Em Up

The Secret World developers Funcom have announced a new spin-off from their supernatural MMORPG, a 1v1 competitive jumpscare ’em up named Hide and Shriek [official site]. It sees two teens sneaking around school on Halloween, trying to find the other one and give them a dang good jumpscaring. Oh, and they’re both invisible. The Innsmouth Academy does have some odd traditions, and we’ll all get to join in this Halloween when the game arrives.

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9.3 Million Accounts Compromised In Epidemic Of Forum Hacks: Funcom, Epic, And More

A rash of hacks in the past two months has left the usernames, emails and passwords from at least twelve gaming forums compromised, including those of Unreal creator Epic Games and Secret World developer Funcom. Other breaches include a GTA fansite and, as previously reported, the official forums of Dota 2. All the attacks involved an exploit in the forum’s software, which the hackers used to hoover up details of members. And while the passwords are encrypted, they can often be easily cracked. In total, over 9 million user accounts have had their details stolen.

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