Funcom releases second quarter financials and announces The Park

We could quote a lot of numbers from Funcom’s second quarter financial report, but let’s be honest here: They’re just confirming what we already know. There are three non-numerical takeaways from the report, the first being confirmation that LEGO Minifigures Online underperformed significantly and will have its investments reduced. Second, some of Funcom‘s existing investors are deferring the company’s debts in light of its current situation. Third, and most importantly, the company is shifting gear to developing faster experimental games with a more aggressive release schedule.

The first of those games, The Park, is slated for release this October and should look familiar to fans of The Secret World even without all of the teasing director Joel Bylos had done regarding the previously unannounced title. The game is a single-player spinoff horror game centered around an amusement park that features prominently in the MMO, so if you wanted to have a short and directed horror experience outside of the online space, you’ve got something to look forward to. Check out the trailer just below.

Source: Financial report, Official Site; thanks to Wildabyss, Zen Dadaist, and Vikestart for the tip!
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SteinarB
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SteinarB

I’ve said all along that Funcom has a potential single player game goldmine the Secret World setting.  It’s such a fun and different setting from som many other games today that the fact that they’ve only used it for an MMO is really surprising to me.

Wohnwagen
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Wohnwagen

TSW and Age of Conan are the best games in my gaming life. I not regret one minute invested in them. Very tallented people at Funcom I would love to see them make more money they deserve it!

Nordavind
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Nordavind

That’s the reason :p

Kaaz
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Kaaz

confectionally but the black house is amazing! ^^

Kaaz
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Kaaz

Kaiser Sosey i concur! i want to see the Fear Nothing Foundation in the middle of the creepiness and doom (well, when everyone is alive)

thegirlwiththehair
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thegirlwiththehair

agemyth

If Ragnar and his buddy Martin weren’t the two who made all the calls that doomed TSW (like the horrid combat system), I could get excited.

KirkSteadman
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KirkSteadman

Kaiser Sosey Yes please! TSW IP has so much potential for amazing stand alone games.

KirkSteadman
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KirkSteadman

Yangers Honestly as long as they don’t majorly fuck it up it will sell well. Look at all the indie horror games on steam, Horror games sell like hot cakes.

KirkSteadman
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KirkSteadman

confectionally Oh my fucking god, the Black House.. I forgot about that place. I need to play TSW again.

KirkSteadman
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KirkSteadman

Silverbourne That was quite possibly the best thing I have read all day.

KirkSteadman
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KirkSteadman

I will buy this, That one one of the best zones in TSW. So much fun.

Lord Zorvan
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Lord Zorvan

Silverbourne Lord Zorvan That was so nice, that even if you were insulting me, I still like it. lol

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

Omedon Superbrak I usually watch the ‘Let’s Play’ videos to see if I’m going to like a MMO, but stick to the simple reviews for SRPGs that I plan to buy for myself later on down the road.

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

Silverbourne paragonlostinspace Ah! You’re Scottish. That explains the biting wit. ;)

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

Sorenthaz Have to agree here. Soley targeting preteens is a misfire, especially considering that those of us who are older and have dispensable income are the ones with the greater sentimental value attached to the LEGO brand.

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

Wow.

I LOVE the ‘Savage Coast’ themepark! I actually love it enough that I’d be happy to play a whole story-based game based on it, and here it is… gosh, it’s like an awesome present!

Crow God
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Crow God

confectionally Don’t worry. I’m sure the Black House will be the sequel.

Crow God
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Crow God

No, no, noo, NOOOO! Of all the areas to do a standalone why there? Why the hell did they have to choose the amusement park? That place was freaky enough…

Kaiser Sosey
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Kaiser Sosey

This is a brilliant move. Looking forward to it. They should do as much as possible with the TSW IP.

EpicViking
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EpicViking

confectionally Gonna prepare the fetus position for when that one comes out. D=

Wyattearp1989
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Wyattearp1989

Wratts Yangers Hopefully this proof of concept works. I will buy it. :)

sandgrown
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sandgrown

rottenrotny I would just play the endgame and don’t go back with alts . I think you will be shocked at how easy and dumbed down everything before Tokyo has become .

Vagrant Zero
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Vagrant Zero

Syco_at_Twitch  Not interested in comments that add nothing to this thread.

Unless they’re my own.

Naturally.

Vagrant Zero
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Vagrant Zero

Midgetsnowman Flimflamberge  Yeah the Black House isn’t so bad. Done it so many times that I have the tiny place memorized so I just squeeze my eyes shut, rock back and forth softly, and BLAST THE EVER LIVING TITS OUT OF MY SHOTGUN. I find that it helps me get through it.

Hurbster
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Hurbster

agemyth And Alan Wake.

Greaterdivinity
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Greaterdivinity

Honestly…I don’t even like horror games much but the more I think about this throughout the day the more I’m actually kinda interested in it. Will keep an eye out for in October.

Lord Zorvan
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Lord Zorvan

Silverbourne Lord Zorvan Why would my neighbors gardner have my back?

Cotic_OP
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Cotic_OP

agemyth 
Will vouch for Dreamfall: Chapters. Really good game from such a small company. Great story, interesting characters and good set design. The origin of the series http://www.gog.com/game/the_longest_journey should be played by everyone atleast once in their life.

Superbrak
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Superbrak

Omedon Superbrak Depends on the game.
This is all just based on the whole “single player… short, directed horror experience” bit, but its exactly the kind of game you can watch and experience all the content (the scares and story)  on yourube or twitch for free.

Midgetsnowman
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Midgetsnowman

Flimflamberge Midgetsnowman the house isnt very scary once you know whats going on.

The park is just sheer nightmare fuel.

WildarX
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WildarX

Sorenthaz I agree for the most part, but I think a LEGO MMO can work if handled by company that knows how to market to a family demographic.  I think KingsIsle Entertainment, https://www.kingsisle.com, could do a LEGO 101 and be very successfully, if the wanted.

Lord Zorvan
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Lord Zorvan

Hirku Better yet, smear it with peanuts and add extra strobes.

Lord Zorvan
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Lord Zorvan

Hey, lets chop bits and pieces out of our existing, barely profitable games so we can call those bits and pieces “games” too.
Next month Funcom releases their new highly anticipated game “Kingsmouth”! Then in two month, the long awaited “Blue Mountains: Part One”!
This is Failcom’s strategy to get out of the toilet. I have never anticipated the utter shutdown and eradication of a game developer as wholeheartedly as I anticipate Funcom’s flush.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

“Third, and most importantly, the company is shifting gear to developing
faster experimental games with a more aggressive release schedule.”
That’s pretty nice to hear.  They definitely should go for some singleplayer games if it helps keep revenue flowing to keep the MMOs alive and to keep them producing more stuff.

Sorenthaz
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Sorenthaz

At this point I think game devs and LEGO itself need to realize that you simply can’t make a LEGO MMO aimed almost solely at children. It’s been attempted twice now and failed both times.  Instead, appeal to both younger and older folks.  Have a casual friendly layer that’s inviting for younger audiences, but have depth and the LEGO humor from other games mixed into it that can draw in older audiences as well.   Like IMO all they’d really have to do is take what they did in games like the LEGO Star Wars, Batman, Marvel, and Lord of the Rings games and expand that into MMO systems.  Lego Universe *kind* of did that but it was much more minigame-centric and had some incredibly stupid grinds for meager things.   
Or hell, make a LEGO sandbox.  Which I think is already being done with an Early Access game.
But simply put, making a LEGO MMO aimed primarily at children doesn’t work.  It hasn’t worked twice now, so LEGO needs to give up on that venue.  Almost every MMO aimed at a younger audience has shut down for a reason, after all.

Omedon
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Omedon

Superbrak Wait… whoa… that’s a THING?  What kind of gamer sees something fun, something interesting, something interactive, played by someone else, and thus decides not to get into it themselves?  Really?

I’m sorry, I don’t get the twitch/letsplay craze, and now I get it even less if it’s supposed to TAKE THE PLACE of playing games!  That’s ludicrous to me!

I guess I can see it as a browse window before you decide to buy… but I assumed the buying was still happening when there’s worthy products and interest in it.  Like, ok, if a game sucks, don’t buy it, that’s wise, but what kind of gamer just… passes on even getting to try the thing themselves?

sfrees80
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sfrees80

So im not the inly one who squeezes his eyes shut and sprints past the black house sobbing every time I need to go by?

luxundae
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luxundae

Nice!  Hope we get to wander a bit around the rest of Solomon Island as well :)

Hirku
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Hirku

For the embedded video above you might want to include a seizure warning like FC did on the official site.

agemyth
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agemyth

Does the idea of a single player games with the writing style you have come to expect from TSW interest you? You should probably pay attention to Red Thread Games’ games:

Dreamfall Chapters

Draugen

They are a lot of the original brain power behind TSW, like some guy named Ragnar Tørnquist. That isn’t meant to take any buzz away from this announcement since Funcom clearly still has some writers on staff that people appreciate, but just saying there is a splinter of Funcom already making things like this :)

confectionally
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confectionally

A game based on the most terrifying part of Solomon Island that I avoid at all costs?  Oh no.  But I want to give them my money…

Feydakin
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Feydakin

Looks great! Thought it was a TSW issue at first… Good luck FunCom, we’re pulling for you!

Gibbins
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Gibbins

Same creepy spine tingling trailer style that got me into TSW.  Good luck Funcom, if this game delivers the chills TSW does then it will hopefully be a big success for them.

rottenrotny
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rottenrotny

Some friends and I are gonna jump back in TSW this weekend. It’s a solid MMO with a great vibe. Best wishes to Funcom.

Jack Pipsam
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Jack Pipsam

Hopefully the switch to making more single-player games will work better for them.
Steam has proven there’s a market for those kinda games, so with the polish and more marketing behind them everything points towards it working.
And no servers to deal with would be a plus.

sfrees80
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sfrees80

This os a really good move. I think everyone agrees that the strongest part of TSW is the storytelling, and the overall atmosphere, so it’s a perfect fit for funcom to develop this type of sp game.
Also, I loved the amusement park, and I’m excited to have a chance to revisit it in a new game.

Flimflamberge
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Flimflamberge

ProfessionalNoob Dantos I don’t know that’ll happen. This seems like it’d have to be set before the island went to hell, and so would any follow-ups.
Might get more background on them though!

Flimflamberge
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Flimflamberge

wild_abyss I expect it’ll be a roaming first-person game, in the vein of Amnesia: The Dark Descent or the P.T. demo for Silent Hills.
(R.I.P. Silent Hills.)

Flimflamberge
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Flimflamberge

Midgetsnowman No, that’s down the street a bit.

Flimflamberge
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Flimflamberge

Syco_at_Twitch And lots of people aren’t interested in MMOs. And many more are interested in diverse and interesting experiences regardless of the presence or lack of other players.
Wow! What a world!

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