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Conan Exiles Sells 320,000 In First Week Of Early Access, Development Costs Recouped

Funcom's Conan Exiles has taken the number-one 1 spot on Steam's global top-sellers list in its first week in the wild, selling more than 320,000 copies. The survival title is still in early access, but players are flocking in droves to experience the gritty world of Conan in one of PC's most popular, community-oriented genres.

“We are deeply humbled and very grateful for the
initial success of Conan Exiles,” says Funcom CEO Rui Casais. “Funcom has gone
through some challenging times in recent years and seeing the game we have
poured so much time and effort into gain this amount of traction so quickly is
very invigorating for everyone who works here." 

Funcom released a Conan Exiles mod kit today that allows players and creators to craft mods and upload them to the Steam Workshop.

Conan Exiles will be featured at GDC and PAX East this year.

 

Our Take
Conan Exile's early success can likely be attributed to not only being a solid survival experience, but also the sheer spectacle of the "dong slider" making waves on streaming communities like Twitch. The game has been prominently featured on major channels as players experience the game and show off the whole package. Whether or not the game will have legs after the giggles wear off and the title moves from early access into a full-fledged survival game with many competitors on Steam remains to be seen, but for now, fending off crocodiles in the nude is making a significant splash.

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Battlecrew Space Pirates Pulls Ashore For Early Access

Dontnod Eleven's fast-paced PC title launched today on Steam Early Access. Battlecrew Space Pirates currently features four playable buccaneers, a central hub for players to track stats and leaderboards, and the Gold Rush game mode. This 4v4 competitive game type, which pits space pirate crews against each other to steal the most treasure, is shown prominently in the game's Early Access trailer.

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Battlecrew Space Pirates will be available for 30-percent off until February 7, with Dontnod Eleven promising more maps, characters, and a 2v2 Deathmatch game type as development continues during Early Access.  

Check out Jeff Cork's initial preview of the title here.

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How should Valve improve Early Access, if at all? Devs weigh in

“I don’t want to see any regulation of Early Access,” Introversion’s Mark Morris tells PC Gamer in a recent roundtable feature. “There will always be thieves & shysters who try to defraud the system.” …


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Warriors Clash In Early Access Launch Trailer For Conan Exiles

The Early Access launch for Funcom's take on Conan: The Barbarian arrives today and to commemorate the occasion is a trailer filled with sand, swords, and giant serpents. You can watch the whole thing right here:

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Conan Exiles will also be available on Xbox One in the Spring.

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Warriors Clash In Early Access Launch Trailer For Conan Exiles

The Early Access launch for Funcom's take on Conan: The Barbarian arrives today and to commemorate the occasion is a trailer filled with sand, swords, and giant serpents. You can watch the whole thing right here:

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Conan Exiles will also be available on Xbox One in the Spring.

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Conan Exiles Reveals Early Access Special Edition

Conan Exiles' Early Access period on Steam starts in the U.S. on January 30th at 9 p.m. Pacific. In anticipation of the survival title's journey toward a full release, developer Funcom has detailed a Barbarian edition for Early Access.

The regular Early Access for the title is $ 29.99, while the Barbarian Edition is $ 59.99 [Note: As Steam itself makes clear, Early Access titles are not final releases, aren't full featured, and may never make it to a final release – ed.].

The game is also scheduled for the Xbox One preview program in the spring, and PS4 at a "later date." 

Here's the current listing from Funcom (text from Funcom, all items except the T-shirt are digital)

  • Custom Conan Exiles digital comic book
  • Exclusive Conan Exiles t-shirt
  • Six digital Conan the Avenger comic books from Dark Horse Comics
  • 368-page, full-color, digital Conan Pen & Paper RPG Core Book from the hugely successful Kickstarter by Modiphius
  • "The Coming of Conan" eBook, 496 pages with illustrations and original Conan stories
  • The award-winning soundtracks from Age of Conan and Rise of the Godslayer, plus the brand new Conan Exiles soundtracks
  • In-game items for the Age of Conan MMO including a Savage Rhino mount
  • "The Art of Conan Exiles" digital artbook
  • And more 

[Source: Conan Exiles]

 

Our Take
With the game in Early Access, selling a special edition for a title that's not in a finished state and has no guarantee of a final release seems a little odd to me. Add on the fact that the currently listed contents don't include any in-game items – although "more" could entail some good stuff, and it feels like the Special Edition is more a cleaning out of Funcom's digital swag closet than celebration of the game itself.

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PSA: EA Access Members Can Play 10 Hours Of Mass Effect Andromeda Early

As a great reminder from Xbox's Major Nelson today, people who are a part of EA Access can play up to 10 hours of Mass Effect Andromeda before its release. The trial starts on March 17, the Friday before its March 21 launch. 

EA Access is only available on Xbox One, but PC fans have access to its sister service, Origin Access, for the same perks. Unfortunately, PS4 fans will not have this early access. 

Recently, EA also confirmed that more great games are hitting the vault this year for members, including Dead Space Ignition, Madden NFL 17, Skate 3, and Zuma's Revenge. 

If you're interested in EA Access, you can find out more about it here

[Source: EA Access via Major Nelson Twitter

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The Raw Data devs will share Early Access learnings at GDC 2017

At GDC 2017, the Raw Data devs will share “tales from the trenches” and lessons learned in taking one of the most popular VR-exclusive games through Early Access. …


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Star Wars Battlefront Coming To The EA Access Vault

Electronic Arts has announced that Star Wars Battlefront (Death Star Expansion shown) is joining EA Access' Vault, which makes it free for those enrolled in the subscription-based program on Xbox One and PC.

In responses to the tweet, the company says the game will also be available via Origin Access on the PC.

[Source: EA Twitter]

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Come out to GDC 2017 and get hard-won Early Access tips from a DayZ dev

At GDC 2017, DayZ creative director Brian Hicks will go over┬áthe top (and sometimes most painful) lessons learned from DayZ’s transition through Early Access. …


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