Conan Exiles' Endowment Slider Will Not Appear In Console Versions

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Now Playing: The Mighty Dongs of Conan Exiles

Conan Exiles has so far enjoyed an early surge in popularity, most likely thanks to its bloody melee combat, expansive open world map, and persistent MMO elements. That's why we spoke to the team at length about their plans for future content updates when we met during GDC last week.

But during that same meeting, we just had to ask: why did the team decide to allow players to adjust the size of male characters' penises during the character creation process? And how did they feel when the internet basically lost its mind upon discovering the feature? Creative director Joel Bylos graciously provided some answers and, in the process, revealed that the infamous "endowment slider" likely won't make it to the eventual PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game.

Clearly there had to have been some discussion before the endowment slider was included. How did that thought process go?

Joel Bylos: I remember pretty clearly because I was the one who had to go and tell the character modeler afterwards that she had to put penises in the game. And we had a discussion in the [project] leads meeting about nudity in general. We were talking about character creation and we were talking about Age of Conan, which we launched a few years ago, and it had a breast slider.

And we said, "What about nudity in this game? Like, how much do we care? We don't have to get a rating because it's going on Steam. We're not worried about the rating boards." And we went, "Yeah, dicks fit. It's Conan. Like, we could do it." And then we discussed it, and I said, "Oh, we should add a slider because that would be funny. People will laugh. People will think that's great."

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And the thing was, we laughed about it a little bit, and then nobody cared about it after. It was six months before we launched the game that we did this. Everybody laughed and chuckled the first time they saw it, and then we just kept working on the game and it became normal. And then I remember we talked about it with the marketing team for the game, and we were like, "Well, it's not a big feature. There's no need to talk about it."

We were actually quite surprised--I was, at least personally, I was very surprised. I was expecting journalists to sort of go, "Oh, there's dick slider. Whatever. It's funny," and then mention it in their commentary on the game. What I didn't expect was people to write full articles about it. It kind of blew up. I wasn't expecting quite that reaction, but it was fine. I was happy with it. It was a great reaction.

And the cool thing is that everyone sort of embraced it, right? Like, there was no one saying, "Oh, we hate nudity." Everybody was like mostly, "Oh, it's about time somebody did this. Why not?" So that was cool.

So your attitude has been to kind of embrace it?

Yeah, I think it's fine. I mean, I'm Australian but I live in Norway. It runs very liberal about nudity there. No one really cares.

Well, I was thinking more, it didn't bother you guys that the dicks got almost as much attention as the game itself?

Oh, well, I think the game got more attention than I expected anyway, so I'm just really happy with how everything's gone. I don't really differentiate between them. It's part of the game, so I thought it was really funny.

I watched some of the Twitch streams the day we launched, and it was really funny to watch the Twitch streamers in character creation. They'd be sliding the endowment slider, and they didn't have nudity on, which doesn't do anything. And then they'd see the nudity button and they'd push it and go, "Oh God!" And then they're like, "I don't know if I'm allowed to show this in Twitch."

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So yeah, I don't know. It doesn't bother us that people like that part of our game more than maybe other parts. That's fine. As long as it's not the reason that people bought the game, because I don't think buying a game to play with a dick slider is probably the best use of your money.

That's fair. One final question: You've mentioned that part of this decision was, “We're going to be on Steam. We don't have to get a rating.” But if you're eventually planning on releasing on consoles, you will have to get a rating. What does that mean for the dick slider?

It means that on consoles, it won't work. The nudity filter will be off. You won't be able to choose it. I haven't been in the process with Xbox for a while, but I think maybe boobs are okay on Xbox? So maybe we'll get partial nudity in? But, I don't know. We haven't started the process.

The thing I think is quite interesting is, it's not a sexualized game--there's not a whole lot of focus on the sex part. So I don't know. It's seems quite innocent to me. I know we talked about it, definitely. That's why we have the "turn-off" on servers, because A, some people don't want to play and have their kids see dicks in the background, and B, we knew that one day on consoles we'd have to set them to off anyways.

It's the least of our concerns, realistically. But there are some good mods for it, which I think is funny.

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lilhurk1985187

Is this supposed to make me angry? It is'nt working.Its a useless feature that adds anything of use to the game.Not worth getting upset about,but that wont stop the thinskinned snowflakes from getting mad.

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ladymulti

But you're the game with the Dick-slider, forever and always; live up to it..! People want their huge dongs just as much as their micro-dongs. If they can't handle the dongs, they should not get the game.

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CraZkid37

...free the D?

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N00bsla3r66

D O N G

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SecretPolice

Well that sucks.... :P

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Pyrosa

PC Master Dong

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videogameninja

So......... no one will be buying it on consoles I guess.

-NO SLIDER NO SALES NINJA APPROVED-

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Wraith3

This is a thing? lol Every guy who plays this is probably tripping over his digital member.

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Pyrosa

@Wraith3: "Helicopter attack!"

(pounds X repeatedly, E.Honda style)

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KillerCondoms

@Wraith3: Actually I think most guys are playing as woman so they can stare at their giant boobs lol

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Pyrosa

@killercondoms: This is important for the same reason that dancing is important in Destiny and dress-up is important in Borderlands 2.

Dong&Boob swinging/bouncing: the game within a game, to help people on your squad entertain themselves while back at base, because you're meticulously organizing your gear for 10min each time.

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KillerCondoms

@Pyrosa: I just like to go out and kill stuff while naked lol

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GirlUSoCrazy

Boo. Plenty of games has boobies sliders so I don't get the big deal. I guess because there's no labia/mons sliders it's sexist and they had to take it out?

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Thanatos2k

@girlusocrazy: Where's the prostate slider?

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GirlUSoCrazy

@Thanatos2k: Up the ass and around the corner?

Might not want to mess with it too much though

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Pyrosa

@Thanatos2k: Seriously. Gonna be a rough morning for Conan today...

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Blaise0fGl0ry

Still find it funny how depictions of Ultra Violence and gore are considered more appropriate than depictions of nudity and sex.... Lol society and censorship is stupid.

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scatterbrain007

@blaise0fgl0ry: That's mostly a United States mentality. I love my country, but the attitudes toward sex and nudity here are down right retarded.

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joeharamatheo

like, the one feature that everyone's talking about and playing this otherwise mediocre and derivative game for, and you're gonna puss-out and remove it. brilliant

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borgking1234

Sony and Microsoft are dicks to dicks

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DarthRevenX

@borgking1234: LOLZ nice one :]

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xhawk27

That is the Number one reason its doing good on Steam. lol

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Thanatos2k

Cowards.

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scatterbrain007

@Thanatos2k: I was kind of thinking the same thing. Shouldn't they just say screw it, and have it in the game? Wasn't there a bunch of nudity in The Witcher games?

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Mega_Skrull

Funny, something I might have laughed at for a moment and then forgotten about is now a reason for censorship and therefore a reason for me to not support the game on console. Whoever supports censorship now and always, can f*** themselves and go worry about real problems, I won't waste time and money on them.

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lilhurk1985187

@Mega_Skrull: K.

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Boddicker

Wut? LMAO

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Imajinn

Of course not. Consoles censorship for the kiddos. Nothing new about this. Abacab

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Iamkalell

I much prefer the breast slider.

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aross2004

I was looking forward to hearing the lamentations of the women regarding my man-bulge!

What a gyp...

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nurnberg

Wow, a penis slider. The SJWs must be all excited. The same people who hate sexy female characters.

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spartanx169x

Well then its decided. The PC version it is. I must be able to over compensate, I mean appear to be manly.

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Barighm

PS3 had Shadows of the Damned, which allows you to run across a giant chick's breasts, so I think PS4 will be okay with it.

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Xylymphydyte

@Barighm: Let us not forget the fight against Lucifer in Dante's Inferno on PS3/360.

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scatterbrain007

@Xylymphydyte: I never played the game, so I had to look it up.... (un)Holy SH*T dude. LOL

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DarthRevenX

well there goes my dreams of having a large schlong/dong/d**k etc etc etc.......LMAO

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scatterbrain007

@darthrevenx: I have a new name, as of now I will be known as Lord Schlong Dong D**k. HA!

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DarthRevenX

@scatterbrain007: well it's funnier than Long Dong Silver......lolz

he was a porn star in the 70's.....

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KhanWasHere

Isn't the lack of endowment a testament to general console gaming in a nutshell?

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HalfOfMe07

@khanwashere: Isn't comparing each other's penises a testament to PC gaming in a nutshell? ; )

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Pelezinho777

@halfofme07: Now THAT'S how you write a comment, children!

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spartanx169x

@halfofme07: You beat the internet today my friend with that comment. Congratulations, You can log off the computer for rest of the day. :)

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DarthRevenX

@halfofme07: LMAO!