Hey, since Age of Conan is really empty nowdays I am thinking of switching games to play something else, I love Hyboria and all of it’s lore so I thought about Conan Exiles since it’s the only game set in Hyboria I can get right now as far as I know. Before buying I wanted to ask some questions since AoC and Conan Exiles are two completely different games… well, if you consider the gameplay, in the videos I watched I heard a lot of sounds, saw a lot of models / animations and (especially) the music that comes directly from AoC.
I never really followed any of the developement updates or announcements on what is going to be in the game or what is currenty being developed at all, my first question is:
Will there be any kind of magic? Or will the religion system become more complex? I saw a few videos that you can build altars for a few religions, like Set and Mitra, is there any real use to them or do they just look cool and are necessary to summon these giants for sieges? In Age of Conan I love playing as a Tempest of Set or a Priest of Mitra (healers) so is there any way to be some kind of priest in Conan Exiles (like having the ability to create special potions to heal people and so on)?
This leads to my next question: Is it possible to kinda create an economy system on a server? Like you got a player that is a weapon smith, another player is a chef and some other players are farmers all of which are dependend on each other to survive. Or is the crafting system more like “Everyone can do everything”? I played the early access “survival” game Eco on Steam and I really liked the idea there to get certain professions that you need to specialize in to create a working community on a server.
Is building without cheats easy / good? I really like building in games, I know Minecraft is a bad example since it’s very different in gameplay mechanics but the building seems kinda similar and I loved building stuff in Minecraft, so is it possible to create good looking buildings without cheats (e.g. flying around, unlimited building materials) or is it more like the game Reign of Kings where you build a box with incredible thick walls so you don’t get your stuff stolen?
Will the expansions still be free if I buy the game after it’s release? I heard that there was a “free expansion” where you can go to a Cimmerian / Vanaheim-ish looking area, will they always be included in the game or do I need to pay extra when early access ends?
Will the character creation process become more complex? All the videos I saw are from 2017 so I don’t know if anything changed but in those videos the amount of sliders to use seemed a little low. I liked the character creation in AoC since you could basically change everything from your character’s nose size, leg thickness, to eye angle and much much more.
My last question: What about lore? Is there any kind of lore in the game (since there are the religions, ruins and so on) or is it just a survival game with a Hyboria skin? I loved roleplaying in AoC, I love the whole fictional world of Hyboria, if it’s just a empty slashing and tree cutting game I feel like it’s too much of wasted potential.
Right now I am really undecided if I should buy the game, not only because I had a lot of bad experiences with early access games in the past (Reign of Kings where the Devs just abandoned the game) but also because I made a lot of bad experiences with Funcom (Well, a lot of things happened during the 9 years I played AoC).
I would be really happy if someone can answer a few of these questions for me!