Conan Exiles is an open-world survival game where the player is thrown into the brutal world of the franchise popularized by Arnold Schwarzenegger’s films.

The game features many examples of survival genre mechanics – the player starts the playthrough with little to no resources and has to fight not only against the enemies but also unforgiving elements. In Conan Exiles, finding water, food, and shelter will be as important as honing combat skills. Conan Exiles is a decent title that can be wholeheartedly recommended to the fans of survival genres.

However, if you're looking for titles featuring similar mechanics and/or setting, take a quick look at our list of games like Conan Exiles.
You'll definitely find something to sink your teeth into for hours!
GameGenreReleaseInfo
Rust Survival Dec 11, 2013 Read more
ARK: Survival Evolved Action-adventure, survival June 13, 2017 Read more
Kenshi Role-playing video game Mar 20, 2013 Read more
The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset Collector’s MMORPG Mar 21, 2018 Read more
The Elder Scrolls Online MMORPG Apr 4, 2014 Read more
Far Cry Primal Special Edition (Uplay) Action-adventure Feb 23, 2016 Read more
Valheim RPG, fighting, adventure Feb 2, 2021 Read more
The Forest Open World survival Apr 30, 2018 Read more
Raft Adventure, Indie, Simulator May 23, 2018 Read more
Middle-earth: Shadow of War Action RPG Oct 10, 2017 Read more
ARK: Survival Evolved (Xbox Live) Action-adventure, survival June 13, 2017 Read more
Far Cry Primal FPS Feb 23, 2016 Read more
Hellblade: Senuas Sacrifice Action-Adventure Aug 8, 2017 Read more
Gloria Victis MMORPG June 9, 2016 Read more
Scum Survival game Aug 29, 2018 Read more
7 Days to Die Survival horror, Open world Dec 13, 2013 Read more
Don’t Starve Survival Apr 19, 2013 Read more
The Long Dark Survival Aug 1, 2017 Read more

Rust

PC
Release year: 8 February 2018 (PC), 21 May 2021 (PS4, XONE)
Developer: Facepunch Studios, Double Eleven 
How is it similar to Conan Exiles? Expansive open-world environment, with a focus on survival

Facepunch Studios’ survival game gives the player everything they could expect from the genre – vast open environment, a multitude of crafting options, and the perspective of imminent death breathing down their necks.

Rust

Fans of Conan Exiles will find a lot to enjoy about Rust. The setting – an open-world region divided into various biomes – is very similar to the eponymous Exiled Lands. Similarity can also be found in various mechanics – crafting, managing the player’s stats, etc.

However, while Conan Exiles stuck pretty closely to its medieval fantasy setting, Rust blends various themes, leaning towards abstract sci-fi, where the player will start the game crafting primitive spears and summon Apache helicopters after leveling up some.

Key features
  • A multiplayer survival game pitting the players against each other
  • A procedurally-generated environment filled with dangers
  • Various survival game mechanics to keep the player occupied
  • Clans and factions the players can join to increase their chances of survival

ARK: Survival Evolved

PC
PS4
Release year: 29 August 2017 (PC, PS4, XONE), 30 November 2017 (Switch)
Developer: Studio Wildcard
How is it similar to Conan Exiles? An online sandbox, set in a lore-rich world 

Ark: Survival Evolved is one of those titles that need no introduction. One of the most popular action-adventure/survival games in recent years will definitely satisfy the fans of Conan Exiles with its complex crafting system and survival mechanics.

Ark Survival

While Ark: SE has been popularized by its highly detailed customization options (which players had used to create characters that would make P.T. Barnum uncomfortable), its main feature is the story – something you wouldn’t expect in an open-world survival game.

While most titles throw the player into the thick of it with little explanation, the world of Ark is filled with tidbits of lore that paint a bigger picture of the game’s setting. The fans o complicated background information will enjoy the time spent with Ark, as will the fans of excellent survival games.

Key features
  • Explore the island filled with dinosaurs and bend the creatures to your will
  • Survive against the dangerous reptiles and unforgiving elements
  • Find out the history behind the mysterious world of Ark

Kenshi

Release year: 6 December 2018
Developer: Lo-Fi Games
How is it similar to Conan Exiles? A large variety of customization options, with various character paths to follow

Kenshi blends survival gameplay with RPG features, giving the player a title unlike any others – one where a non-linear narrative coexists with the rules and mechanics of role-playing games.

Kenshi

Kenshi’s main selling point is its non-linear story. The player is put in the game world, and from that point forward, they can do virtually anything. Initially, the game offers little in terms of resources, making the player to struggle for survival. But with time, the player will unlock new skills and shape the protagonist of the game into the character they want.

The player’s actions will not go unnoticed in the world of Kenshi, and certain decisions will influence future events. The game, however, in no way punishes the player for making a bad call. Instead,  it rewards them with new narrative scenarios set against the backdrop of post-apocalyptic fantasy land.

Key features
  • Explore the post-apocalyptic fantasy world
  • Build your character the way you please, increasing their skills in various areas
  • Enjoy the non-linear narrative, where the player’s actions influence future events

The Elder Scrolls Online

PC
PS4
Release year: 4 April 2014 (PC), 9 June 2015 (PS4, XONE), 8 June 2021 (PS5, Series X/S)
Developer: ZeniMax Online Studios
How is it similar to Conan Exiles? It's an online multiplayer game set in a fantastical world, with quests to complete and monsters to slay

The MMORPG version of the popular Bethesda series brings the best features of The Elder Scrolls into the online multiplayer arenas.

The Elder Scrolls Online

The Elder Scrolls Online features all the elements of the TES series the players have grown to love, embellishing them with some new mechanics to please the fans of online gameplay. The game is set in the familiar world of Tamriel, where the player can visit some of the regions they know from the single-player installments of the series.

The player can choose from a variety of races and classes, join factions and complete quests to level up and increase their skills – you know, the typical MMORPG stuff. While survival mechanics are virtually non-existent in this game, the fantasy setting and complex RPG gameplay should be enough to satisfy the fans of Conan Exiles.

Key features
  • Explore the post-apocalyptic fantasy world
  • Build your character the way you please, increasing their skills in various areas
  • Enjoy the non-linear narrative, where the player’s actions influence future events

Valheim

PC
Release year: 2 February 2021 (Early Access)
Developer: Iron Gate Studio
How is it similar to Conan Exiles? It features a mythological setting, in which the mettle of a man is tested against the will of gods and monsters

The Early Access sensation of early 2021, Valheim capitalizes on the popular trend of Norse mythology, bringing the players an open-world survival game, where the equal focus is put on combat and exploration.

valheim game

The titular Valheim is one of the worlds of Yggdrasil, a proving ground for those who wish to be granted entry into Valhalla. The player takes the role of a Viking warrior, who awakens in this mysterious land, and must defeat powerful monsters to earn entry to the Hall of Heroes.

Gameplay-wise, Valheim doesn’t surprise the players who played other survival games, including Conan Exiles. The game’s main draw is its simplified graphics design, an impressive, procedurally-generated world map, and the general feel of playing as a badass Viking.

Key features
  • Explore the vast regions of Valheim on foot or using a boat
  • Gain skills by defeating regular enemies and powerful bosses
  • Craft items to help you survive in the hostile land

The Forest

PC
PS4
Release year: 30 April 2018 (PC), 6 November 2018 (PS4)
Developer: Endnight Games
How is it similar to Conan Exiles? You can experience a survival-horror scenario with a friend through multiplayer

The Forest might not be the most polished game on our list, and its gameplay might not offer much variety in terms of mechanics. But, much like Ark: Survival Evolved, The Forest draws the player in with its intriguing story, at the same time offering a decent, albeit paint-by-numbers survival gameplay.

The Forest

The players will find in The Forest all the staples of survival game: starting the game with little resources, exploring an open world in search of materials to craft items, etc. All this has been done before and will be done in the future in many other titles. This is why the intriguing plot of The Forest stands out so much from the standard gameplay.

The story follows a father, a survivor of a plane crash, looking for his kidnapped son on a plateau inhabited by all sorts of alien creatures. The fans of survival games and mystery TV shows in the vein of “Lost” will definitely enjoy Endnight Games’ production.

Key features
  • You are the only survivor from a plane that crashed on a mysterious plateau
  • Scour the titular forest in search of resources necessary to survive
  • Find your son and discover the plateau’s alien mysteries

Raft

PC
Release year: 30 April 2018 (PC), 6 November 2018 (PS4)
Developer: Redbeet Interactive 
How is it similar to Conan Exiles? Because you can explore vast areas and expand your "hub" through crafting.  

Raft puts the player as a survivor on a vast ocean, left adrift on a makeshift raft. With little to no resources, the survivor must travel the procedurally generated landscape, searching for food and other consumables, as well as materials to expand their vessel.

raft video game

The survival mechanics in Raft require the player to expand their vessel and manage various meters, such as hunger, thirst, and exhaustion. All those are absolute classics, but somehow Raft manages to make them intriguing by virtue of an incredible setting. The vast ocean the player will travel is filled with items that can be used for crafting.

The player can use a hook to fish them out of the water or simply swim towards them to collect. However, the game makes sure that the player thinks twice before leaving their vessel, as the tide can sweep the raft leaving the player at the mercy of sharks. The game features a multiplayer mode, in which two players can cooperate in order to increase their chances of survival.

Key features
  • Stay afloat on your makeshift raft, beware of the dangerous harks and treacherous tides.
  • Collect resources to expand your vessel
  • Keep yourself fed and hydrated to stay alive longer

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

PC
PS4
XO
Release year: 10 October 2017
Developer: Monolith Productions
How is it similar to Conan Exiles? It features settings well known to the fans of fantasy literature 

Shadow of War might not be an example of a survival game, but a title based on the world of J.R.R. Tolkien is a perfect choice for the fans of the fantasy world of Conan the Barbarian.

middle-earth: shadow of war orc battle

Shadow of War improves upon the gameplay features of its predecessor, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. The revolutionary Nemesis system is expanded with new features. The protagonist Talion gains new powers that he can use against Sauron’s minions.

The story ties more directly to the plot of the books, with the characters of Shelob and Gollum making a guest appearance. If you’re interested in finding out what fate awaits for the last Ranger of the Black Gate and his wraith companion, then you should definitely play Shadow of War.

Key features
  • The closing chapter of Talion’s story of revenge
  • Explore new areas of Mordor and dominate them in the name of the Bright Lord
  • Experience the expanded Nemesis system, and use Talion’s new powers to bend the armies of Sauron to your will

Far Cry Primal

PC
PS4
Release year: 1 March 2016 (PC), 23 February 2016 (PS4, XONE)
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal 
How is it similar to Conan Exiles? The protagonist is a quasi-barbarian hunter. The game allows you to tame wildlife  

Far Cry Primal abandons the exotic locations and shootouts with bloodthirsty warlords and takes the player to a very different world, where mammoths and sabretooth tigers ruled the forests and plains of the world.

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It’s impressive how such a drastic change of setting didn’t change too much about the mechanics of Far Cry. In Primal, the player still explores the semi-open world, this time as a hunter named Takkar.

Takkar possesses all the skills of a 10,000 B.C. hunter, such as throwing spears and shooting arrows, but he can also communicate with animals and use them to attack. Completing optional quests, taking over enemy encampments, unlocking new skills – all these features of a classic Far Cry game are present in its “prehistoric” spinoff. The fans of Conan Exiles will also find themselves at home here.

Key features
  • Explore the late paleolithic world, filled with dangerous beasts and even more dangerous people
  • Use your hunter skills to survive in the hostile environment
  • Command animals and send them against your enemies

Hellblade: Senuas Sacrifice

PC
PS4
XO
Release year: 8 August 2017 (PC, PS4), 11 April 2018 (XONE), 11 April 2019 (Switch) 
Developer: Ninja Theory
How is it similar to Conan Exiles? A hack and slash game set in a world built on myths and legends

Senua’s Sacrifice is all about the lore. Norse myths and legends ooze from the screen told by Druth, an Irish bard and a spiritual companion to the protagonist of the game. As Senua travels further towards her goal in Helheim, the truth and myth begin to blend, making it impossible to tell the madness from reality.

hellblade

A lot has been said about Hellblade’s ambitious origin – an AAA game made by a small development team, tackling the issues of living with the stigma of mental illness. We won’t deliberate on that here, focusing instead on the meat of the game – an epic tale of a woman venturing into the Norse underworld to save the soul of her lover.

The setting of the game is definitely darker than that of Conan Exiles, but the fans of the legendary and mythical themes will find a lot to enjoy here. Also, the game features a permadeath system, represented by the rot slowly consuming Senuas body after every failed encounter. It might not be exactly the kind of survival the players are looking for here, but it’s enough to keep them on their toes at all times.

Key features
  • Experience an epic story told from a perspective of a mentally ill person
  • Fight your way towards Helheim, solving puzzles and defeating vicious Vikings
  • Beware of the plague devouring your body – each death brings you closer to a permanent end.

Lands of myths and legends

While deciding on what makes some games similar to Conan Exiles, we looked at various factors. That’s why on our list, you’ll find not only typical survival games, where the player has to struggle against the elements to keep themselves from dying but also titles which feature deep lore, rich stories set in fantastical worlds full of monsters and magic. The fans of Conan Exiles interested only in the survival gameplay aspects of the game will definitely find something to play on our ist, as will those who seek epic tales of heroic deeds