Funcom Q1 2018 financials: Conan Exiles will be the studio’s ‘bestselling game of all time’

    
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A year ago, MMO fans were thrilled to find out that Funcom had had its best quarter in ages thanks to the early access launch of Conan Exiles. The first quarter of 2018 wasn’t quite as huge, but you can be sure next quarter will be, as Funcom says it’s already sold 1.4M copies of the game, a million of those before May 8th – which Funcom notes is as many as Age of Conan sold in its first three years of life, making it Funcom’s “bestselling game of all time.” It’s expected to launch on PS4 in Japan this summer, alongside the game’s first DLC in June.

Age of Conan, by the way, gets a note for its Saga of Zath progression server that ran throughout winter and spring; the studio says it was “successful in engaging players and increasing revenue.” Little ink is spilled over Secret World Legends beyond a note about Dawn of the Morninglight and a promise for “more content and events […] going forward.” Anarchy Online is not mentioned.

Funcom does use its presentation to remind investors that it’s still working on Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden for the second half of this year. The Oslo and North Carolina studios are each working on a new title, separate from yet another Conan game in the works, this one set for a PC launch in the first half of next year. Interestingly, it’s being developed with real-time strategy studio Petroglyph, whom some of you might remember from the development of End of Nations way back in the day, as well as multiple single-player RTS titles. Seems like a solid hint to me.

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ultorius

I realy dont get it. The secret World is a million times better in my opinion. Only thing they had to do was actually fix the combat and the animations. But maybe its realy hard or realy expensive. Hell if i could have an option to use the old combat and keep my progress i would still play it.

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Armsman

So..I suppose Funcom will now take back it’s comment of: “We feel the MMO genre is dead…” ??
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rafael12104

With all due respect, it was a low bar, wasn’t it?

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Brown Jenkin

Funcom is one of those MMO companies I always wish the best for. Their games are great and tend to push the genre… they’re just really shit at managing them. Super-glad to hear Conan Exiles is doing so well.

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Swifty

Anarchy Online, A true classic MMO of it’s time. Now basically abandoned. Shame on you Funcom.

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Yoshi Senpai

Yes, how dare they not just keep pouring resources into one of the oldest MMOs that is still running today.

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Cyclone Jack

If EQ is still getting updates and expansions, then I don’t see why AO can’t see some love. ;)

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Bruno Brito

Only resourcehogs drain resources. Smart companies can revive old setups by distributing those resources inteligently.

In the case of AO, i would just do a graphical rework and fix a shitload of inconsistencies and some QoL.

Given that Funcom loves to reboot games and fix absolutely nothing, i’m not sure they would be a company that would get any of this right.

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Yoshi Senpai

Or they can just cut off service.

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Castagere Shaikura

Anarchy Online was not mentioned. Why are they charging a monthly fee for the whole game and TSWL is completely F2P? I don’t get thinking on this Hey MOP can you ask them this if you ever talk to them?

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Bruno Brito

Squeezing the last of the dead cow. Pretty obvious.

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squid

Picked up Exiles this morning after doing the whole “I’ll play it when it’s done” thing since they announced early access. I’m honestly impressed. It’s a lot more of a game than I expected, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re not already building an MMO off of it.

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Ceres Outpost

I just can’t get past the fact that it’s not a full MMO. Playing with so few other people on limited does nothing for me. The game itself is otherwise fantastic.

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Vunak23

I’m hoping they take another stab at age of conan and not release it in an unfinished state

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Paragon Lost

Yeah, gave up on you Funcom. Never fixed nor finished Age of Conan. Abandoned The Secret World for something less. Just can’t bring myself to step up to the plate once again…

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BDJ

Rotate camera ftl lol.

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Paragon Lost

I really despise iPhones. I was holding the camera correctly. Open that up in a new tab and it’s correct, oddly.

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BDJ

I know what you mean. Mine does it too haha.

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Kawaii Five-O

Whoa, I had to go check out the presentation to see if “alongside the game’s first DLC” was referring to the Frozen North “expansion’ in regards to releasing it for Japan.

Wow. They’ve been awfully mum about a DLC that’s scheduled to arrive just next month. You’d think they’d at least tease something about it by now. Although, I guess they’re worried about knee-jerk reactions from the community over a DLC in general and especially so soon after launch while they’re still working out a lot of issues.

Personally, I’m happy about it. New content is great, especially when they’ve promised that features they talked about during EA will be free, and that presentation insinuates ALL features and functionality will be free.

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Xijit

Yeah, DLC this soon feels like they cut content from the base game … but at the same time: as long as it is NEW content and not the features they said would be in the base game and then cut from the launch version, I am cool with it.

From a Console perspective, this game is brand new, but from a PC perspective: this game is kinda older than shit and most of the copies sold are the $20 sales on the EA version (I know mine is).

So I am cool with them shipping DLC to mine up some revenue from the PC market … AS LONG AS IT IS ACTUAL NEW CONTENT.

But if it is the basic stuff they said they just couldn’t get into the game for release: then fuck these guys.

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Koshelkin

Probably doesn’t apply to people which bought the game at proper release but I’m ok with giving them some money for the DLC because I got the game awfully cheap in Early Access and Funcom worked enough on it to justify the release price.