One of the best things to happen to Conan Exiles is the cosmetic DLC packs IMO. Early into early access, one of my hopes for the game was building diversity. Early days (and pre-black ice etc) every base looked identical and it was really quite disappointing. I wished back then that’d we’d see cosmetic packs for the buildings, never thinking it’d really happen. The quality of these building sets has exceeded my expectations every single time - they look stunning and are more than worth their pricetag IMO.
The best part about these DLC’s is that even if you don’t buy them, you can enjoy the extra diversity of base appearance they add to the game (similar to the way Total War adds new races to the game which you can enjoy as opponents without having to pay for them).
What i am a tad dismayed to see though - is an increasing move towards adding new building pieces to these packs. It’s all good and well to add new building appearances, but new pieces like the curved/vaulted ceilings of the arena pack, the new bridges and tree foundations of the Dekerto pack - these should be enhancing the base game. These packs should be adding a plethora of extra cosmetics and options yes, but i firmly believe the structural pieces should be going into the base game as they really are standard feature sets.
Not sure if i’m alone in this thinking but i am hoping this doesn’t become a continued trend. I appreciate that there is lots of new content going into the game that is in fact free, but when new building pieces start to become the norm - i am concerned. I’m also voicing this as someone who owns most of the DLC packs - i just don’t think these new pieces should be key features of the packs, it’s creeping further and further away from being cosmetic. Being able to so easily create bridges is pretty advantageous as far as base construction goes for example.