Funcom CEO discusses missteps and the future of the company’s games

It is a very unsettling time to be a fan of Funcom‘s titles with the news that the studio is actively looking for a buyer or investor. A recent interview with the company’s CEO, Rui Casais, discusses the company’s missteps in a frank tone. Casais discusses why LEGO Minifigures Online was not the financial windfall the company had hoped for as well as how the studio plans to move forward from this point:

We haven’t always made the right decisions and we haven’t always performed the best we should. We are all well aware of that. It means we need to make significant changes to how we do things, and that’s exactly what we are working on now. We’re turning a new leaf, we have fresh, new ideas in terms of how we can become a viable, profitable business, and we have a strong desire to see them realized.

The interview also includes statements that even the loss of Funcom itself would hopefully not impact the ultimate fate of titles like The Secret World and Age of Conan, as those games are turning a profit. Whilst it may not be an uplifting or optimistic interview, it does provide solid insight about the state of the studio, and fans of the studio’s games or those interested in the fate of a longtime MMO developer should read the whole thing.

Source: GamesIndustry.biz; thanks to Jason for the tip!
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SkyyDragonn
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SkyyDragonn

All they had to do was look at the previously failed Lego MMO to understand that their target demographic isn’t exactly known for being financial affluent (8-10 yr olds don’t usually have funds for cash shops) Its a great IP for toys NOT for MMO’s

SkyyDragonn
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SkyyDragonn

Wait..so your two major brands are both “turning a profit” yet your in danger of closing up shop for financial reasons?!
/boggle how about we stop trying to make these shitty Lego mmo’s

poordevil
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poordevil

The biggest misstep for Age of Conan was launching the game in an incomplete state. The game never really recovered from it, even though the game today is light years ahead of what it was at launch.
I wasn’t playing back then, but came on board shortly after the Godslayer expansion. For me it was always a vibrant game, and any issues about the content falling into the abyss after the starting area had vanished before I ever played it.
All three games are posting a profit, but the problem is they are showing a profit only because the development team and everything else that keeps the games alive have been cut back to the absolute bare bones minimum. Yea the Games are showing a profit, but they are only able to support a skeleton crew. There is no money for proper expansions, or attention to planned tweaks like the Conan crafting revamp. All three games are in the doldrums, or shuffling along on 3 cylinders.
So speaking for Conan I can see the game struggling along, posting a profit, surviving on the content that it already has, because it does have massive amounts of quality content. But the game in my opinion is a great MMO and it is worthy of much more than continuing on in survivor mode.
I would love to hear that some experienced gaming company with a little cash and a vision for these three unique Funcom MMOS has picked them up.

etilheptanoat
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etilheptanoat

imo all mmo are shitty
but shitty all we have now

etilheptanoat
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etilheptanoat

nope. the one with seasonal dance-bag

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

Syco_at_Twitch Cyroselle groo the wanderer Yeah, the one with the outfits that rarely got updated. I’d actually spend good coin for more outfits.

Syco_at_Twitch
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Syco_at_Twitch

Honestly if i was working at Funcom i’de already have my resume set and out there

Syco_at_Twitch
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Syco_at_Twitch

DrowNoble McSleaz a game being craptastic is a matter of opinion so  tsw and aoc are both shitty imo

Syco_at_Twitch
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Syco_at_Twitch

Cyroselle groo the wanderer You mean that shitty cash shop that has litteraly nothing enticing sides dlc?

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

groo the wanderer I think most of TSW’s profits are in the cash shop rather than the optional sub. Still, I wonder how many of the general playing audience know about Funcom being up for sale? Enough to hurt cash shop sales?