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.