The most basic premise of Conan Exiles is survival in the fictional prehistoric Hyborian Age. Player characters begin convicted of various crimes, sentenced to death, and are crucified under the scorching desert sun. The player is rescued by Conan, however, and as an exile must now navigate a harsh desert landscape, appropriately titled The Exiled Lands. Though large, this was initially the only biome available for exploration. A later update added a biome called The Frozen North, which added new elements to build, new armors and a whole new land to explore. It also added Star metal which is used to build strong armor, and better tools and weapons. An additional biome, The Highlands, was added in 2017. A high-level Volcano area followed in Q2 2018 in the northern-most region of the game map. This newest addition also added Obsidian, used to create powerful tools and weapons rivaling their Star Metal counterparts. According to Funcom community manager, Jens Erik, the finished game is around 53 km2.