Hello again! Hope everyone's had a good weekend and are ready to tackle the coming week, Conan style! This newsletter is a day late because of yesterday's patches and announcements, but it is here now, somewhat large and in charge.
In case you missed it: we patched PC yesterday! More information on that below.
Current state of Xbox
We patched Xbox last week with an Xbox One X compatibility patch and some stability changes, which seems to have gone over well based on the feedback we've been getting. We're also working on another parity update for Xbox One, bringing it in line with the changes and updated that have been added to the PC version.
Current state of PC
We patched yesterday! Unfortunately, we had to delay the 31st content update, but it has now arrived, fresh from our computers to yours. This patch introduces fixes for the duplication and speed exploits, repair kits, new roof building pieces and, most importantly, thrall inventories. Read more about the content update on our blog.
Thank you very much for your patience while we've been working on this patch. We'll be hotfixing major issues that pop up, so please let us know how the patch is working.
With this patch we also did a full or partial wipe of the official servers. We wanted to give the community on each server the opportunity to decide how we clean up the aftermath of the recent duplication bugs. The full details of the wipe can be found on the Conan Exiles dev blog.
We're going to do a revamp to how we collect and process bug reports from our subreddit.
For the subreddit, we're adding two buttons to the header image that say, respectively, "Report PC bug" and "Report Xbox bug". Each will link to separate threads that we'll switch out after each patch. The reason we're doing this is to collect everything in one place, so we can more easily find and respond to bug reports from the community.
In addition to this we're launching a website where we'll create a poll based on the bug reports you send us. The community will then be able to vote on which bugs are especially annoying and what you want us to work on (of the ones listed). This way we can more easily see what's most important to you, and you can also get better, more frequent updates from us.
What the teams have been working on in the past week:
Every Friday, the development team meets up to highlight and talk about what they’ve been working on recently: New content and features, bugs that have been fixed, and things to come down the pipeline. So as not to make this newsletter overly long we're only sticking to the highlights from the teams. Things are still being worked on "behind the scenes", and we'll mention these when they're relevant.
What's this? A new team? Technically no, but we wanted to include a glimpse into the progress on the game's story. Creative director Joel is in charge of writing the story and is currently designing the structure of the plot with the different team leads. We hope to bring something fittingly Conan-esque to an open world game, that takes players through the Exiled Lands on an epic quest. You might even meet Conan along the way.
Terraformers (New areas and content)
In addition to the volcano and the new biome, the Terraformers have started on a revamp of some of the game's monsters. This entails everything from how they're placed in the game world, how they react to certain weapons and adding AI improvements and new features. We want to make the Exiled Lands to feel more like a real place. Updating the creatures is a step in that direction.
The main thing from Terraformers this week is an overhaul of the attributes system, adding series perks that give you bonuses when your attributes reach rank 10. The bonus could be anything from a quick double jump, a bigger breathing timer when under water, quicker reload, increased damage against certain enemies and extra resources. The perks will also come with a revamp of the attributes UI, which you can find a preview of on our latest dev stream
Art team (Character designs, outfits, animations and effects)
The art team is still doing their thing: putting meat on bones and pumping out new creatures, weapons, armor and items to fill in the gaps in the game. Here's a look at the Hyrkanian armor, which will be added at a later date.
And that's it for this week! Sorry it came out a day late, but we didn't want to smother you guys in too many news and announcements all on the same day. Hope you enjoyed reading.
Our newest update just went live and we have a bunch of new stuff for you! See official update video here:
You can now put equipment on and dress up your thralls, make all new buildings with a host of new building pieces, craft lots of new placeables in a new workbench, repair weapons and armor more easily with new repair kits and enjoy improved inventory management and user interface.
Read more about it on our Dev Blog[blog.conanexiles.com].
EXPLOIT FIX: It's no longer possible to duplicate items using recipes
EXPLOIT FIX: It's no longer possible to increase your movement speed using a Set Antidote
NEW CONTENT: Added thrall inventories so you can equip armor and weapons!
NEW CONTENT: Added ability to reposition already deployed thralls
NEW CONTENT: Added ability to have thralls follow players [max 1 at a time]
NEW CONTENT: Added repair kits for both weapons and armor
NEW CONTENT: Added monster/animal ecology - animals and monsters should now attack each other out in the wild
NEW CONTENT: Added new building pieces: Rooftops, corner roofs, corner stairs and awnings, amongst others. More information on the dev blog!
NEW CONTENT: Added new thrall workstation: Artisan Workshop. This has been implemented in order to reduce the amount of recipes players have in their crafting menus. All non-crucial survival items (pottery, for example) has been moved to this station.
General Bug Fixes and Improvements
Fixed a bug where logging out and back in would give players more encumbrance and additional items
Fixed an issue where scorpion corpses couldn't be harvested for resources
Water breathing potion should no longer deal damage to players
Thralls should no longer have white hair
Thralls should now attack enemies again
Players can no longer dismantle Blacksmith benches belonging to NPCs
Map markers should no longer disappear after closing and re-opening the game
Fixed a crash bug when placement brushes interact with large destroyed meshes
Fixed a bug where overlapping sockets on building pieces would provide stability that they shouldn't have
Female archers should now hold a bow correctly
Respawning on Hide Bedrolls should now be more reliable
Fixed bug where loot bags would spawn underground when dismantling certain containers, making players lose their stuff.
Fixed bug where shields wouldn't take durability damage
Humanoid NPCs should no longer be immortal when waking up after being knocked out with the truncheon
Fixed a bug where map markers and journey entries would disappear from an old character on an old database
Honeybread now gives more food than regular bread.
Moved the map marker for the Trapper's Cabin, as it was in the wrong location
Fixed a bug where armorers didn't want to go man their benches
It should no longer be possible to spawn inside cliffs with bedrolls
Waterskin should now refill thirst while "Cooling down" buff is in effect
Dancer thralls should not aggro NPCs unless attacked first
Dialogue NPCs should now be talking again
Fixed a bug where healing potions would not give healing under the new healing potion paradigm
Ghost will now correctly show the location of the location of the Slit throat emote
Covered up exploitable base locations.
You should no longer be able to duplicate the "Empty Hands" icon in the inventory
Black Ice-Reinforced Fences will now damage a climbing player
Tier 4 Armorers from the Heirs of the North and Cimmerian factions have learned how to craft Flawless Fur armor
Drinking from Water Wells now fills thirst meter, as intended
Fixed instances where players wouldn't learn certain emotes
The boss in The Dregs should now attack players again
Fixed a bug where teleporting to The Dregs would crash the client
Black ice nodes now give black ice reources
Drinking from the waterskin should now only cool you down if you are in the plus-range of temperatures.
Mystery Meat soup no longer appears twice in the list of recipes for Tier 4 cooking thralls
Added ceiling version of wall brazier
Fixed the inside checker so shelter should be calculated much more reliably. Larger houses, caves, etc. should all work. Water no longer gives shelter
Fixed a bug where players were unable to interact with elevators
Fixed a bug where players couldn't interact with other players
Fixed a bug where players could interact with the last used object by looking at water and pressing interact
Fixed a bug where Large Chests did not take damage from explosives.
Campfire, torches, furnaces and other placeables with fire and heat should no longer provide heat when turned off
Fixed an issue where Set Antidote could reset snare buffs several times, resulting in exponentially boosted movement speed.
Flawless and Exceptional versions of the Hyrkanian bow no longer damages buildings of a higher tier than the normal one.
Fixed an issue where players couldn't interact with loot bags and NPCs after killing an NPC
Fixed an issue where teleporting away from thralls in local play would cause them to sink into the ground
Fixed a bug that made it impossible to make Dragonpowder in a Firebowl cauldron
Fixed a bug that caused furnaces to not make crystal
Fixed a bug that caused bound thralls to disappear when being dragged behind a player
If a thrall sinks into the ground/floor you should be able to move it
Items crafted at Mitra altars should now accurately reflect the name of the altar where they are crafted instead of all of them merely saying "Crafted at Altar of Mitra"
Zamorian Armorers should no longer double up on the recipes known for the dancer outfit
Crafting Hardened Steel and Star Metal Arrows/Bolts should now give 10 arrows/bolts and not just one
All Stygian Armorers of tier 3 should now have the Stygian Dancer recipes available
Fixed a bug that prevented a second player from joining a password protected co-op game unless invited for a second time
Balance and Gameplay Fixes
Added thrall inventories
Added ability to move thralls
Added ability to have thralls follow players
Added fuctionality for repair kits
Added monster/animal ecology - animals and monsters should now attack each other out in the wild
Added new building pieces: Rooftops, corner roofs, corner stairs and awnings, amongst others.
Added new thrall workstation: Artisan Workshop. This has been implemented in order to reduce the amount of recipes players have in their crafting menus. All non-crucial survival items (pottery, for example) has been moved to this station
Added vulture NPC that flies away when aggroed. Can be killed when on the ground or the air, but will despawn when it flies too far away
Totems can now be learned by interacting with the totem outside the Frost Dungeon
Improvements on creatures with charge attacks
Optimized building piece placement and snapping
Removed message telling players they learned a non-existent emote
Addes assets for aquilonian medium armor set
Updated barbarian heavy armor assets
Jamila the Pirate Queen no longer teaches the Mitra religion. This honor has been moved to Muriela, who you may find at Muriela's Hope where construction of a large Mitra statue has begun
The "Simple Palisades" and "Palisades" feats have been combined into a single feat called "Palisades"
Campfires now reduce spoil time by 5%. Large Campfire reduces spoil time by 10%. Bonfires reduce spoil time by 15%. Stove reduces spoil time by 20%
Drying normal wood now gives 2 dry wood instead of 1. Drying normal wood now also gives 1 Resin as a byproduct. Drying sticks is reduced from 10 to 5 sticks to get 1 dry wood
Dogs of the Desert werehyena corpses can now be carved up for resources
Players should no longer get the Journey notification for drinking water when eating food that gives no water (and the reverse is true as well, no eating food journey notification when only drinking water)
Vaults should no longer stack in player inventory
Removed human spawn entries which were not in use
Sandstorm breathing mask, Climbing gear, Black hand and Relic hunter armors now grant protection against heat
The amount of "chops" it takes to bring down ice nodes and black ice nodes have been reduced to 3-6
Different strength healing items no longer stack. The item with the highest healing will overwrite or stop lower strength healing items. It is still possible to refresh the duration of the buffs by consuming another item, but it's no longer possible to gain 3-4 different healing over time effects at the same time
Combinde the Rugstitcher and Carpetmaker feats into one
Combined the different Stygian Banner feats into one
Moved some feats around to even out the rate at which players gain new recipes early on
Added new cat variations (jaguar, tiger, white tiger)
Added baby animals
Mead now requires Plant Fibers instead of Ale as part of it's recipe
Adjusted building blocker volumes / splines to prevent players from building
in places where they are not supposed to build
Bedshaper and Cushioner feats have been combined into one feat
Increased shield durability
Projectiles now have a 50% chance to break on impact.
Admin panel now lets you set your level directly, and the Experience is set correctly
Hardened Steel armor should now give cold-protection, not heat-protection
Reduced rate of Branch and Bark drop from trees
Hoar-Frost Hatchet now harvests 3-4 wood at a time
Creatures can no longer see through walls
Dancer thralls should no longer be moaning after being placed in the world
Optimized all in-game assets
Text on top of the carousel no longer gets cut off in non-wide screen resolutions
Death music added. When you die it will now fade in the death music which will play until you respawn and then fade out over the next 5 seconds
Recreated LODs, imported manually as auto generated LODs become corrupted due to low resolution of model.
Closed up areas of the map players shouldn't be able to access
Added support for different pickup animations
Minor sound optimization and fixes
Fixed Inventory background appearing on top of the carousel menu
Fixed ambush pose for Rocknose so it's more hidden under ground
Increased the inner interaction radius of the radial menu to match the visual radius. This means the mouse now only interacts with the visual part of each menu entry
Visual improvements to carousel GUI
Fixed camera collision when dragging unconscious thralls
Various map marker corrections
Deleted old obsolete cinematics
The inventory GUI should no longer resize when selecting items with long names
Fixed the temperature gauges to be more acurate to the new temperature values
Added headbutt attack to the dragon, and fixed an issue wuith the skeleton
Character meshes updated in preparation for facial animation
Potential fix for elevators not making sounds
Rename Sandstone Triangle to Sandstone Wedge so we have a consistent naming convention for building pieces
Widow type spiders now have increased damage but decreased health
The lorestones that give out the religious emotes have been switched out for journals. The functionality remains the same
Shellfish traps and fish traps no longer sounds like they're on fire
Beehives no longer play campfire sounds
Fixed various grammar errors fixed in the journey events table
The projectile for the thrown Yoggite spear is no longer the kushite spear
The recipe books spread out across the world now have texts.
The radial menu now has an arrow that indicate the position of the thumbsticks when using a controller
Crafting Stations no longer show all player recipes
Imported back up translation files to populate the translation for newly added items (with identical text as previous items)
Various translation fixes
Thralls placed in the world will end up being naked after patching
Thralls that are in storage or player inventory when game is patched will visually have their original armor after being placed in the world, but will have no armor equipped. This is just a visual bug. Adding armor pieces to thrall will clear the bug for the slot being equipped. Restarting singleplayer game or dedicated server after thralls are placed will also remove visual glitch (which will make placed thralls naked)
An animation glitch might occurr if you move weapons from thrall to thrall.
Restarting the multiplayer server/local game should clear this
Taking a weapon from a thrall placed in the world prior to patching may result in a visual glitch similar to "Arrow in my wrist", where a visual representation of their weapon will remain in their hands despite no weapon being equipped. The issue is cleared after restarting your server or local game