Likely due to surprise appearance of its now very popular genital slider, Conan Exiles skyrocketed up Steam's popularity chart at launch. And while that's typically great news for everyone involved, the unexpected burst is causing a few problems.
And those problems lie mostly with the game's official servers. We've seen it happen plenty of times before. Typical of MMO launches or general 'Always Online' experiences, it's difficult to gauge just how many people will attempt to rush in for that first experience when a game launches. There's only so many concurrent connections a server can withstand, so going beyond that causes problems; much like it has done here.
Due to the surge of people slamming into the game's official servers over the last week, Funcom has decided to shut them citing that "Unfortunately, due to the overwhelming demand for servers and our needs for administrating them, our official partner has been unable to deliver the level of quality and service we require." Mutually agreeing to go their separate ways with PingPerfect - even after offering a 25% lifetime discount for those looking to use said service - Funcom is now on the lookout for a new home for the data housed on their partners old servers.
In the meantime, they're encouraging players to use any of the other 7500 player-hosted worlds. Eclipsing their own offering of a mere 200, there's no shortage of places to conquer. They've even scaling back their daily patches to alleviate the pain of 7000+ server admits having to apply updates every day. Downtime should be at a record low despite official servers being offline - so things should be better than ever.
If you haven't already picked it up, Conan Exiles can be had through Steam. Just note that the Barbarian Edition doesn't come with that PingPerfect discount anymore.