Funcom to announce three new games in 2016

Watch out world: Funcom is cranking up its game factory for 2016.

In the studio’s Q3 2015 report, Funcom said that it would be announcing the creation of three new titles — one “large” and two small — next year: “In line with the company’s strategy, prototyping and concept development for new titles is underway, with the first new game to be announced during early 2016 and two additional games throughout later that year.”

Funcom needs a good future source of revenue, as its earnings continued to decline to $2,195,000 for the quarter. The decline was attributed to “a gradual and expected decrease in sales from the current live games.”

The Park is too recent to show up on the report in regard to revenue, although Funcom said that it was a success in developing and marketing on a small budget while strengthening The Secret World’s IP.

The studio said that it’s written off LEGO Minifigures Online due to the game’s underperformance and will be proceeding with a multi-prong strategy to develop both big and small games that leverage Funcom’s technology and IPs.

Source: Q3 2015 financial report. Thanks to aboomwithaview for the tip!
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Rebel Engie
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Rebel Engie

Want more subs?
Fix the lame combat in TSW.

Kodimus
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Kodimus

Funcom is the Michael Jordan of game ideas and the Tim Tebow of execution.

Cindy_Adorkly
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Cindy_Adorkly

Lateris Honestly I hope not. :/ I think they could be much more successful going back to single player games with high adventure and story telling.

Cindy_Adorkly
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Cindy_Adorkly

TCO_TSW enamelizer The Longest Journey is being developed and published by Ragnar and his team at Red Thread Games. Eagerly waiting on the next Dreamfall Chapter episode.

Lhumierre
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Lhumierre

Oleg Chebeneev Well Yea, but the advertising is on them. If they publish it i’m pretty sure they want to see a ROI at some point.

Lateris
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Lateris

I am going to guess that it will not be MMORPG related? Just a guess.

EpicViking
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EpicViking

Anarchy Online 2 please. :D

Oleg Chebeneev
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Oleg Chebeneev

Lhumierre Oleg Chebeneev Funcom didnt make it. They were publishers

salidar
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salidar

DPandaren All they have are MMOs? They literally released a single player game around three weeks ago. I agree with the hope for some more side games, some more single player story-driven games.

Gottphoenix
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Gottphoenix

McSleaz please don’t procreate

DPandaren
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DPandaren

I hope they’re smaller offline titles. Besides Dreamfall, all they have are MMOs.

TCO_TSW
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TCO_TSW

enamelizer They said no longest journey game since they felt it was Ragnar’s thing. Yet Ragnar said he might be done after DF:C and maybe Funcom might want to do something with it.

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

paragonlostinspace “Like Bioware they make stuff that’s good for a run through and then you walk away.” That’s you. Myself, I have a couple DAO playthroughs, plans for a 2nd DA2 playthrough, a couple DAI playthroughs, several ME1, 2, 3 playthroughs. Still only getting close to walking away.

Zeneren (mateuszpachnik)
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Zeneren (mateuszpachnik)

2nd expansion for Age of Conan?

ChockFull
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ChockFull

“large”….”small”    That is so incredibly subjective it wasn’t worth even uttering, what a ridiculous statement.

Lhumierre
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Lhumierre

Oleg Chebeneev It never got the support, they just kinda made it and left it. No Advertising, no talk nothing :/

Project54
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Project54

As much as I’d love to see some new massive scope MMO type game from them, they haven’t got the finances or financial stability for it. Hopefully they have the sense to dial it back and make some smaller scope but quality games that are successful and they can make a profit on. They have some big ideas but I hope they realise they need to get their house in order first before pursuing those ideas.

Project54
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Project54

MrFester

That doesn’t seem to be their style. Ironically that also seems to be their downfall with games coming out rather under-cooked.

Project54
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Project54

ThunderJackson Oleg Chebeneev Pashgan

Definitely subjective, I much prefer the ‘look’ of TSW to either of those examples. I’ll agree on the animations though.

Project54
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Project54

Pashgan

With a company in the financial situation they (always) in, what else can you expect? Ideas are cheap, fancy graphics and animations are expensive.

Project54
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Project54

I fear we are going to see another great concept game that
didn’t spend long enough in the oven.

I have a lot of love for Funcom but they seem stuck in a
feedback loop of having insufficient capital and cash flow to provide enough
resources and time in development which results in great ideas coming up short
on implementation, which results in the games being less successful, which
results in them having insufficient capital for the next under resourced game
they have to rush out the door to stay afloat.

If I ever became a billionaire this would be the one company
I would want to seriously invest in. Not because I think it’s a good investment
on a financial level, but because I think have they some great ideas and I’d
love for just one of their games to really get the true resources and
development time it needs.

johnmynard
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johnmynard

MrFester Given that they were able to crank The Park out in about a year, probably not.  They aren’t Blizzard.

johnmynard
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johnmynard

paragonlostinspace TSW is a “story” based MMORPG, not a theme park like WoW.  If you start adding “gamey” things that there for the sake of it being a game instead of serving the story, you weaken it.

ThunderJackson
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ThunderJackson

Oleg Chebeneev ThunderJackson Pashgan Subjective. GW2 and TERA are from the same year and look much better.

Also TSW’s biggest flaw is those awful animations.

enamelizer
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enamelizer

After The Park, I am really hyped to see what else they have in store. Hoping for something along the lines of a new Longest Journey… something.

Oleg Chebeneev
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Oleg Chebeneev

ThunderJackson Pashgan What are you talking about? TSW looked fantastic. Was the best looking MMO when it was released

Oleg Chebeneev
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Oleg Chebeneev

Lhumierre Hardly anyone plays BLC now, so it wont help their financial situation

johnmynard
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johnmynard

Ekphrasis Superhero MMO?  Have you not played TSW at all?  Danny Dufrense actually refers to us as superheros on several occasions.

Cambruin
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Cambruin

Wandris  I wholeheartedly agree on point 3. I quit my main MMO for several months to play AoC, but I ended up leaving it, never to return. I’m a keybinder and having to bind 5 or so keys to directional attacks alone leaves me with only a handfull for actual skills which in turn require those same darned directional attacks. They have me pressing 3-4 buttons to execute a single skill.
So I tried those 2 mages instead, but boy, those pet are ugly and a complete and utter mess to manage. Left me with that healer-type, which wasn’t exactly an original approach and felt lackluster.

Give melee classes normal skills and I’d be back yesterday. They tried the new approach, it missed it’s mark, time to revert to the old. Makes me wonder why new MMOs all feel the need to reinvent combat. For me personally it’s the grind for rep, the grind for gear, the reliance on said gear, the cash shops, the gambling systems in place (be they lockboxes, hobbit presents, …), … that need to be either updated or removed entirely, not the classic approach to combat. Is it just me that’s out of touch or has the current generation of devs never actually laid hands on Ultima Online, Everquest, Shadowbane, …

Nordavind
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Nordavind

Gibbins Fallout 1, aye?

Ekphrasis
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Ekphrasis

Make a super hero MMO Funcom. Please.
The writing, voice acting/audio and atmosphere Addis your games is excellent and I’d love a non-campy super hero MMO with the same production quality. (Just please focus on making the combat perfect)
Dreams aside, good news here and while I recognise it’s important to bring in revenue, something like TSW is already a great title that could be amazing with revisions in certain areas. I hope they don’t adopt the mindset of moving from one game to another, reducing development effort and continued growth of their existing games.

McSleaz
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McSleaz

“Funcom to announce 3 new failures in 2016”   There, I fixed your headline.

Gibbins
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Gibbins

A Lovecraftian Fallout style single player game please.

aboomwithaview
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aboomwithaview

Wandris Agreed on the RotG part:)
I think they need to ditch the hybrid payment model as it just doesnt go down well anymore. Make it F2P with the expansions B2P, so all the old world content is open, raids etc. Then release periodic episodes like TSW’s.
Then add an optional sub like TSW with a bigger stipend. Would also really like to see a cross game sub like SOE’s All Access, maybe with cross game perks.

I wish that AoC figured in their long term plans but totally understand why it isnt, just a shame to see what is still a perfectly yet niche mmo disappear.

Wandris
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Wandris

3 things that would make AoC all the more better: 1)Unlock RoG as B2P, 2) make AA as at least a B2P unlock and 3)most importantly give us standard MMO hotbars. I can appreciate them trying to do something different back when the game launched but these days it is a major headache trying to set up keybinds in a way that doesnt boggle the mind.  The game feels a bit dated but it is still pretty good for the most part, especially since modern hardware can run it very well maxed out.

BrotherMaynard
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BrotherMaynard

DemonicPossession Coolits The game came out in summer 2012, making it 3 (and a bit) years old – so “the last few” years and the first 3 are basically the same thing.

SomewhatEclectic
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SomewhatEclectic

Cambruin They’re not bankrupt yet. Sure they don’t have the money to pay off their debt but their creditors agreed to defer their debt until next winter. So using the money they still have they’re going to make games in an attempt to make money to pay off their debt.

Lhumierre
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Lhumierre

I want them to focus on Bloodline Champions, it’s really fantastic and deserves more than what it currently has. Its the only game that ACTUALLY personifies a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena.

aboomwithaview
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aboomwithaview

Tithian This is from an interview with Joel in 2014:

“Let me tell you a story. When the expansion was wrapping up in 2010, I wrote a proposal for a series of single player adventures based in the world of REH. They were essentially reproductions of the Howard adventures in the Age of Conan engine, and you could buy them stand alone, or tied to the MMO itself.
You played Conan through these adventures, targeted to 3-4hrs long and at the end of each, you received a code which could be redeemed in Age of Conan for an item based on these legendary adventures.
Alas, the team was moved to Montreal, we went through another round of layoffs and I was moved to The Secret World. But I still have the design document I wrote for the first of these adventures, and it was Pool of the Black One.
Why? Because we have the assets for that island, we have the Black Ones, we have the pirate assets and because making it as a prototype for the concept would have been extremely cheap.
Those reasons really haven’t changed, so if I was to start building adventures based directly on the REH stories, Pool of the Black One would likely be where I would start.”

So it is a possibility at least:)

Tithian
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Tithian

Can we please get a single player Conan game? The initial experience in Tortage in AoC was great, can’t they just use that as a basis and create a new story with the Conan lore?

luxundae
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luxundae

Fingers crossed!

Anything to keep TSW (and to a lesser extent, AO) alive!

DugFromTheEarth
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DugFromTheEarth

I feel bad if one of those is an mmo.

ProfessionalNoob
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ProfessionalNoob

PurpleCopper Secret World MOBA you say?

Greaterdivinity
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Greaterdivinity

hardy83 Lego Minifigures is already on mobile, but with a $5 price point.

hardy83
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hardy83

Make a few F2P mobile games. A necessary evil at this point in the gaming industry.

Port the Lego Minifigures game to IOS and Android and cash shop it up.

Use those profits to fund TSW and other stuff.

paragonlostinspace
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paragonlostinspace

DemonicPossession Too bad I have no interest in stand alone computer games.

Coolits
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Coolits

Wohnwagen AoC 2 would be great!

Koshelkin
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Koshelkin

Awesome!

paragonlostinspace
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paragonlostinspace

Wohnwagen Fixing AoC would be a dream come true.

Coolits
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Coolits

At least in the case of The Secret World they tried to innovate and not just carbon copy WoW like so many others. I truly hope they will continue this with the three new games.

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