Not to put too fine a point on it, but it’s clearly possible to cater to everyone. Conan Exiles has a playerbase that proves that. You just need to look at the Steam Charts and you can see that, despite the peaks and valleys, the long-term trend shows that Conan Exiles playerbase is growing.
As for the game not being popular as it “should have been”, that’s just magical wishful thinking. You can compare it to other games if you want, but saying it didn’t turn out as popular as you would’ve wished is merely a nice sentiment. It doesn’t actually say anything about the game itself.
Funny, because I’m pretty sure there are many people on these forums who find that it’s better than it ever was. Funcom added a whole lot of content and new game mechanics, and they’ve done countless improvements to the game.
Yes, that was part of the point I already made. If you want a true survival game, right out of the box, there are better choices than Conan Exiles. If you want to turn Conan Exiles into a true survival game, you’ll need a private server and probably mods. That’s what Conan Exiles is: a jack of all trades, master of none.
And I don’t mean that in a negative sense, at all. I still enjoy many aspects of the game, and it’s a formula that seems to be working, still, no matter how much people on the forums insist that the game is dying.
People keep bringing up this popularity contest, as if it mattered. Newsflash: it doesn’t matter. CS:GO is a hell of a lot more popular than Conan Exiles. PUBG, GTA 5, even the freaking Football Manager 2021, they’re all more popular than Conan Exiles.
Is Conan Exiles a niche game? Maybe. Who the hell cares? If it’s making Funcom enough money to justify its existence, then there’s nothing wrong with it occupying a niche in the market that would otherwise be emptier. Those of us who do enjoy this game are happy that the niche is being filled.
EDIT: Removed an acerbic paragraph that really served no purpose.