The headline says it all, really, and if you have ever read a Conan book this news shouldn’t be shocking in the slightest.
If you are even remotely familiar with the Conan universe, it won’t come as a surprise to you either.
Speaking in an interview with IGN, one fo the more interesting details dropped by Funcom’s Joel Bylos, is that players in the multiplayer title can be captured, and sacrificed to gods such as Set, Mitra and Derketo. He said sacrifices will come rather quickly, so players shouldn’t expect to be “kept in a cage for 10 hours.”
Funcom is even considering the ability for players to cut out enemy hearts on the battlefield and place them on altar as an offering to their chosen god.
Players will be able to claim various territories in which to build their cities, grow crops and hunt for sustenance. Armies from other nations will also descend upon villages to purge the inhabitants. The ability for players to craft and build settlements and their own gear will help when it comes to raids such as these.
These NPC troops hellbent on purging the inhabitants could cause many player settlements to band together, or allow one another to be slaughtered. There’s the option to lead these marauders to rival villages as well, but Funcom said admins can disable the purges if they choose, as they don’t want to destroy everybody’s progress intentionally.
Still, players will need to build strong fortifications and be prepared for the worst.
Players will also be able to use various weapons in the game, and since there isn’t a class system, they won’t need to be a certain level to use a particular weapon. It’s all about freedom and individuality.
At the start of Early Access this summer, the game will sport a 53-square-kilometer (20.5 miles²) map with no loading screens and diverse areas such as the Cimmerian highlands, swamps, deserts and other biomes. Funcom said the map will continue to grow.
And there will be nudity. That being said, the team is still figuring out how far it plans to go with such sexual themes.
The Early Access period for Conan Exiles doesn’t have a firm release date outside of the “summer” window and is one of three upcoming games based on the Conan universe. All are slated for release in 2016.
You can keep up-to-date on the open-world survival game through the official website.
Conan Exiles is being developed using Unreal Engine 4 on the frontend with Funcom’s Dreamworld on the backend (thanks, Massively).