A big Conan Exiles expansion is releasing next week

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The first big Conan Exiles expansion, Isle of Siptah, will release in Early Access next week on Tuesday, September 15.

Rather than extending Conan Exiles' existing territory, Spitah is a separate new island where players will start fresh. If you haven't played the Conan the Barbarian-themed survival game, the expansion presents an opportunity to take part in the initial exploration of a map that's "engulfed in magical storms."

"The island features more than a dozen new dungeons, known as vaults, surges of sorcery that spawn vile creatures and NPCs, and an ominous dark tower," says Funcom. 

There's a lot going on in the trailer, but the gist is that there'll be a lot to kill and a lot of things that want to kill you, such as the horrible sky octopuses (also known as "demonic monstrosities that spawn from a storm of pure chaos"). The biggest threat remains other players, of course—it wouldn't be a survival game otherwise.

Aside from an island of deadly things and the portals that summon them, the expansion includes a pirate-themed building set and a stormglass castle building set, as well as a rhinoceros mount. You'll be able to use those building sets and ride the rhino in the base game, too, so long as you have the Isle of Siptah expansion installed.

Prior to the expansion's Early Access release next week, Conan Exiles (opens in new tab) is getting a free weekend (which starts today at 10 am Pacific) and a 65 percent discount. 

The expansion itself will cost $20, but the price will increase after Isle of Siptah leaves early access.

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley during the rise of personal computers, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early PCs his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. His hobbies include amateur boxing and adding to his 1,200-plus hours in Rocket League.