MMO Week in Review: Funcom’s fate (August 16, 2015)

    
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Funcom fans are a whirlwind of worry this week as the studio announced that it is hunting someone to buy it out. “The Company is actively seeking interested parties for discussions surrounding a possible investment, acquisition, merger, or any other available options,” Funcom’s statement reads. Of particular concern to the modern MMO community is The Secret World, widely considered one of the more unique MMORPGs to have released in the last few years. The game is getting a big update next week. How many more will get it?

Read on for the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions.

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MewmewGirl
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JamesCrow I love The Secret World and normally don’t have a problem with Funcom, but they basically gave us purchasers of LifeTime Subs in Lego Minifigures Online the shaft when they switched the game’s model recently.  Our accounts were gifted the game sure, but they also gifted it to everybody who’d even bought 99 cents worth of IAP, and the game was far far far far cheaper than the LifeTime Sub price we paid.

I understand they were shifting, but every other MMO I’ve ever known or read about that shifted payment models or anything else still did some special perks and things for people who had purchased lifetime subscriptions.

So while that *would* make me reluctant, as far as The Secret World goes, I’m going to personally be spending more money than usual on it in hopes that we can help keep it around somehow no matter what happens to Funcom.  If it shows that it’s commercially viable maybe someone else can take up the reins if the company goes away.

Ekphrasis
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Ekphrasis

ManastuUtakata

Haha “Litterboxes” – I love it.

Greaterdivinity
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Greaterdivinity

groo the wanderer   I think its as big a mistake to cater for the casual gamer as it is to cater to the hardcore one given most players fall somewhere in the middle .
The “casual gamer” was who Funcom needs to pull in, the dedicated folks are already long past this.
And anyways, for the 93874298734 time, the leveling experience wasn’t hard to begin with. It was tedious, little more. Mobs weren’t threatening unless you pulled multiple packs (which is still the case), they just took forever to kill and left you at lowish HP, which required you to chill out of combat for a while. So it created a lot of downtime doing…really a whole lot of nothing. Beyond that, death penalties are nonexistent. Minor repair fees and that’s it, so it’s not as if death really matters. Hell, you have to die and be a ghost to progress in many missions.
What the did was fantastic. It takes a lot of the annoyance out of the combat of leveling up and makes it a smoother experience focused more on what the game is good at, story.

RooWoods
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RooWoods

JamesCrow I think you are lucky that you have not brought one already . If you had done so I suspect you would have lost your money on a game that will soon be closing down .

JamesCrow
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JamesCrow

Squive its not the first time funcome for sell.
the real question is if some one buy it, they save the LifeTime option or not.

i dont think funcome not keep working on the games if someone buy them…
the other question is what happens if no one going to buy them – last time we got more years without problems.

AilsaN10
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AilsaN10

How “individualistic” can an MMORPG get? Why bother with an MMORPG when there are a plethora of outstanding single-player games to choose from?

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

John Wise 
“…zombie sandcatboxes.”
Would “litterboxes” be easier to type? o.O

JakeDunnegan
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JakeDunnegan

Squive JamesCrow Hate to say it, but that’s a fair assessment. I wish Funcom would put a little bit more out there so folks would know if it’s safe to continue to purchase from them. At least for things like Lifetime accounts. (I get that they could keep their cash shop open for immediately usable buffs and the like, at least in the meantime.)

BKone
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BKone

n3rdbomb3r John Wise And the all consuming card game…. roflmao

Squive
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Squive

JamesCrow Don’t buy it until about a month after they’re purchased, at least. If they can’t find a buyer, these games are closing down. If they can find a buyer, there’s no guarantee that continuing to support TSW is something they’re at all planning on doing.