Dev Blog #15: The Frozen North!

On August 16th, snowy mountains and misty valleys beckon as we invite you to join us in The Frozen North. That same day we are also launching Conan Exiles on Xbox One Game Preview.

Today we are excited to tell you more about this upcoming free expansion update! The Frozen North is massively expanding Conan Exiles, with huge new areas to explore, hundreds of new items to craft, many new monsters to battle, two new dungeons to delve into, an all new temperature system, two new sets of building pieces, a new religion plus cooking and brewing and much more!

The map of the Exiled Lands itself expands, so as you head to the tall mountains in the north, you will now be able to find paths which take you past them and into a brand new type of landscape.

Leave the desert behind and venture forth into green fields of grass, mist filled forests, gloomy valleys, frozen lakes and snowy mountains. You will discover a forgotten tribe of Cimmerians and the Heirs of the North Nordheimer settlements.

You will also be able to uncover a whole new set of ancient ruins, very different from those of the Giant Kings in the south. These mysterious ruins are now crawling with undead and in their midst the entrance to The Black Keep dungeon awaits!

On the slopes of the snowy mountains you will face the mighty Frost Giants. They are hulking warriors wielding massive axes and guard the freezing paths leading to the Temple of Frost dungeon.

With the expansion update comes the temperature system, introducing heat and cold as new survival elements. To survive in The Frozen North you will need to make new armor sets and new houses which will help you deal with the cold. Some types of food and alcohol, which you now can make through new recipes and crafting stations, are also very useful for surviving in the extreme cold of the north and heat of the deserts in the south.

The Frozen North can be a dangerous place and it is best suited for players of mid to high level. You can venture north at lower levels as well, but the cold climate and hostile creatures may well put a quick end to your explorations.

Here are some of the key features in the expansion update. Please stay tuned for more info in the coming days.

The Frozen North features:

  • A HUGE, NEW LAND: The world of Conan Exiles is now 70% bigger! Climb towering mountains, explore deep forests, fight your way through massive new dungeons, and discover new people, cultures, and settlements.
  • WEATHER AND TEMPERATURE: In the north, rain and snow can make you freeze to death and in the desert, the burning sun can be equally deadly. Make sure you dress for the weather to stay cool or warm. Camp fires, torches, drinks, and more can also help you control your temperature.
  • NEW BUILDINGS AND RESOURCES: Harvest new resources such as star metal, black ice, and more. Build new homes and entire cities with all new building pieces and furniture, and make sure to use the right materials to either keep your home warm or cool.
  • NEW RELIGION AND AVATAR: Dedicate your work and worship to Ymir, the Lord of Storm and War. Summon his avatar and use his giant battle-axe to crush your enemies!
  • NEW ENEMIES: Encounter towering Frost Giants, hungry wolves, aggressive mammoths, and many other new enemies. You must also go head to head against new dungeon bosses such as Tyros the Deathbringer.
  • BREWING AND COOKING: These two new crafting systems lets you brew different drinks and cook up a variety of juicy meals. Make mead, wine, absinth, bug soup, demon blood sausage, and more. You can even trap fish and practice beekeeping!
  • BETTER THAN EVER: The expansion update brings with it a host of improvements such as better combat, better artificial intelligence on human enemies, and more. This is in addition to the 28 updates worth of additions rolled out over the past six months including climbing, siege equipment, avatar defenses, dying system, and much more!
  • NEW ARMOR AND WEAPONS: Find and craft three new material types: Star Metal, Black Ice, and Hardened Steel. Equip many new kinds of equipment, including the Vanir Fur Armor that will protect you from both cold temperatures and enemy strikes!