Though it was only recently announced, the Frozen North expansion to Funcom's breakout survival hit Conan Exiles isn't just an add-on for those who've exhausted the Exiled Lands. It'll welcome sweeping changes across the board when it launches next week.
Detailed in a lengthy post by the developers on its Steam page, players can expect loot changes, camp balance and male-only facial hair. For newcomers, there's a new UI to get you started.
Finally finding a bug that could very well have been there since the start, creatures should now have their stats better represent their level. Essentially, this means they're going to hit harder than they did before, and take a few more knuckles to take down. Similarly, Faction Enemies at camps have been rebalanced to pose more of a threat with the upgraded AI. Less powerful enemies will, in turn, provide less reward. You may have to repair some of the gear you find on your hunting travels, though. To cope, there are now three difficulty levels for single-player games.
Combat will see a number of changes essentially culminating with the idea of animation skipping. Light attacks should feel more responsive, whereas heavy attacks will feel... heavy. And slow. To account for 'lag jousting', you'll no longer be able to sprint with drawn weapons, but that just means you'll be dodging more!
Of course, with the introduction of the Frozen North, you'll be dealing with extreme temperatures on the opposite end of the scale of what you'd in the desert, expect to become good friends with the Temperature System. Feeling various levels of chill will affect your hunger and health, while the heat will ramp up your thirst. Seems accurate.