Yes, I like these never ending and repetitive discussions about Pet and Thrall Improvements.
There are so many suggestions the community made since Release (or should I say since EA).
Let’s summarize them as the big Thrall/Pet Overhaul Funcom announced nearly 1 year ago and the whole community is awaiting now for a long time.
I know the Devs are working on this overhaul and I must say I have really huge expectations to this.
Survive - build - dominate. The first two features are well represented in this game, especially the building system is for me one of the best building Systems compared to every other similar game out there in the world.
The last word is „dominate“! And this Word has the lowest significance in this game at the moment. It is represented by the Thrall/Pet System and by PvP features.
The actual Thrall and Petsystem is not very motivating. Surely the players like to collect them and you need a few Thralls to stand against purges and other players or to occupy workstations but you will never feel like a real Master or chief. This system is too passive, you can’t influence it by your will, can’t plan, can’t organize. There is nothing really to do when the thrall or pet is tamed and equipped. They are standing and watching or working in their workbenches. You can take one of them with you on your journey to carry goods or give support in fights. You can’t handle them tactically and there are still problems with the AI.
It is never wrong to look at other games with similar and very popular features - Ark and his dinosaurs = pets. The possibilities what you can do with these dinosaurs are gigantic and really motivating especially for long term playing. Of course this game is not CE and it’s about dinosaurs.
But hey - Conan Exiles is about Thralls. What’s about them? Why can’t I name them, why can’t I command them, why can’t I train them, why can’t I give them special professions, why can’t I free them, why can’t I judge them… There could be so many possibilities.
As the last dlc came out (Riddle of steel) and there was a placeholder for a fighting pit in it, I was totally exited. Will we be able to let our Thralls fight against Thralls of other players? - what a cool new feature this would be.
The Thrall/Pet Overhaul is really needed. It will be a basic and motivating feature for this game which will open doors to new expansions, possibilities and even payed DLCs.
I really hope Funcom will use the development of the Thrall system as a chance to reach a new level.