“Equality and all that”, say Funcom on penis and breast sliders in Conan Exiles AMA

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Conan Exiles developers Funcom took to Reddit over the weekend for an ask-me-anything session. On the agenda was polishing the game’s combat, adding new features, handling the game’s server issues, the developers’ eventual vision for the game and, of course, penises.

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The most-upvoted question asks simply whose idea it was to customise penises, referring to the ‘endowment’ slider that lets players adjust the size of their character’s package. Funcom’s response:

“We discussed nudity early on and decided that for the lore and setting, nudity was something we wanted to go with. The slider was a natural evolution of that, especially seeing we had a similar slider for breasts. Equality and all that.”

Here are a few more quick highlights:

  • Magic is coming in the forms of both sorcery and necromancy. Funcom say it “will not be anything like Skyrim” and will require corruption, which is a status effect that reduces max HP and stamina. The implication is that to cast magic, you’ll have to be physically weak. That’s very Conan.
  • Funcom say they have many plans to refine combat. “Right now we are improving the control feel of combat, a bunch of small things that lift the experience that we just didn’t have time to get to before early access launch. We’re also looking at how bows and crossbows work. Beyond that we are planning to separate light and heavy attack buttons which gives us greater flexibility. Oh and dodge, we need to take a pass on dodge. So yeah, we will keep working on combat for the foreseeable future.”
  • The devs also want to work other players into the human sacrifice feature, which can earn you favour with the game’s gods. “Similar to the way in which you capture thralls, we would like you to be able to drag players back to your altars and sacrifice them for a massive boost. We might also add specific killing equipment such as iron maidens etc. In addition we really want you to be able to harvest the heads of your foes and stick them on spikes outside and around your bases. Maybe even at some point… castration.” At this news, Redditors immediately discussed their plans to surround their cities with a wall of severed penises.
  • Funcom say their “vision for the game is to find the line between Skyrim and Minecraft. We want to have a game where NPCs inhabit a living, breathing world, but where players make a real impact on the environment and become a part of that world.”

You can read through the AMA for yourself here. Finally, on a post to the game’s Steam page, Funcom also addressed the game’s server issues.

“Unfortunately, due to the overwhelming demand for servers and our needs for administrating them, our official partner has been unable to deliver the level of quality and service we require. Because of this we have mutually agreed to end the partnership. We are in the process of finding new partners with the ideal hardware we can move the existing game databases to. However, due to the high demand for Conan Exiles servers, many hosting companies are simply out of the hardware that we need and as such this process might take a few days.”