Conan Exiles quickly became Steam’s most recent hit after it was released for Early Access last week. It quickly rose to the top of Steam’s global best sellers list and has sold way more copies than Funcom originally anticipated. With over 320,000 units sold in its first week, the developers of Conan Exiles were left scrambling to keep up with the enormous demand placed on their servers. In addition to worrying about official servers, Funcom also manages private servers, and nearly 12,000 of them have been launched since its Steam debut.
Despite the initial technical hiccups, Funcom managed to deliver a pretty polished experience for a game’s Alpha with Conan Exiles. The gameplay is brutal but engaging, and keeps players coming back for more. I’ve personally had the game for 2 days and have racked up almost 30 hours building and leveling in the brutal world of Conan.
“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. This is just the start of the Early Access adventure and we will do whatever it takes to make sure Conan Exiles turns into a fully-fledged game that has something to offer new and old fans of both Conan and survival games.”
Yesterday, Funcom released the custom Conan Exiles Dev Kit, allowing creators everywhere to create mods for the game and upload them for the world to see via Steam Workshop. The developer also announced that they will reveal more on the future of Conan Exiles at this year’s Game Developer Conference in San Fransisco. Funcom will also be present at PAX East where gamers will be able to chat with developers and try the game if they haven’t already taken the plunge and purchased it.
Though there’s already a large amount of content in Conan Exiles, it will be exciting to see what the developer can bring to the game to further flesh it out. Conan Exiles is available for $29.99 on Steam.