Funcom is now working on seven new games with 15 total projects, according to Q1 2019 financials

    
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In our Overthinking roundtable last week, MOP’s Andy McAdams posted as one of his “unpopular MMORPG opinions” the assertion that “Funcom is one of the best MMO studios making games today.” I’m not entirely sure it’s such a wild claim, though, as Funcom’s first quarter financials released today, proving once again that it’s possible for a company on the brink of collapse to completely turn it all around with a string of successful online games.

According to the investor report, Funcom’s revenue was up 117% for Q1 2019 as compared to Q1 2018, in spite of the fact that the company released no new games in that period. That’s not as huge as it sounds, since Q1 2018 itself marked a relatively low point for the studio in the last couple of years, and it’s a drop of nearly 30% since fourth quarter of last year, but of course Funcom is on the verge of launching Conan Unconquered next week, which’ll likely pump things up next round.

On the MMO front, Funcom recapped its activities in Age of Conan, Anarchy Online, and Secret World Legends, with plans for all three in the next year: the Onslaught mode for AoC and anniversary events for AO and SWL.

The company is still touting seven new games and 15 total active projects, including the DUNE project previously covered.

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My money is still on an AoC 2 happening with the Exiles graphics.

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In our Overthinking roundtable last week, MOP’s Andy McAdams posted as one of his “unpopular MMORPG opinions” the assertion that “Funcom is one of the best MMO studios making games today.” -Bree

Let’s not confuse quantity with quality.

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Oh don’t worry, I didn’t :)

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Briar Grey

Then you are correct in it being a controversial opinion for sure! Funcom is fantastic on ideas but horrible on total MMORPG implementation.

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Randy Savage

And the combat will suck in all of them. Such is the way of Failcom

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Eamil

Combat in Exiles is a lot of fun…

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Sorenthaz

Welp, sucks for Secret World. Hopefully one of the projects they’re working on is still using the IP, or maybe they’re actually working on a sequel game that isn’t plagued with clunky outdated issues.

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jay

I too loved TSW IP and hope it gets to see light in another game somewhere. It’s in my top 5 games of all time for story & atmosphere. Sadly I ended up quitting shortly after launch due to the bugs, horrible combat, terrible animations, and other issues that plagued it launch.

To this day, I dream of a TSW IP game done by Bethesda or ArenaNet (not that it will ever happen)

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Somewhat Eclectic

They already announced the Secret World game a while ago. It’s called ‘Moons of Madness’ and it comes out this October. There’s a trailer out there for it if you do a quick google search.

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jay

I couldn’t disagree more with the assertion that “Funcom is one of the best MMO studios making games today.”

Every MMO they have ever released has been a steaming pile of crap on release, and while they did support them well, and slowly bring them to the point they should have been on release. By the time they do so, the majority of the player base has moved on.

On top of that, the more recent trend is to set MMO’s out to pasture with little to no support in favor of games that are cheaper and easier to fund/maintain in the short and long term (conan exiles) with small releases of texture packs and extremely minor story in the form of DLC.

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Greaterdivinity

Oh wait, they have the rights for a Kull the Conquerer game? That movie was glorious cheese, but that’s all I know about it.

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Bruno Brito

This is Aeriagames levels of spreading oneself thin.

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Loopy

It seems like there is definitely more money in quantity than quality.

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3dom

15 projects isn’t that much compared to THQ having 80 games in development (googlable)

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Fervor Bliss

Doesn’t compare with CiG games have only one MMO to make either :/

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Bruno Brito

This is Funcom. They were on the brink of failure last year. They have three games that are right now, on development limbo. They relaunched one of those games with the promise of new content, regularly, and they failed.

Gratz to THQ, but that doesn’t change this particular situation. Specially after a mass layoff in Anet following an attempt to make several projects from the profit of one game.

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Greaterdivinity

and anniversary events for AO and SWL.

Welp, guess I’ll give up any hope of actual support for SWL.

Now to just hope the upcoming Conan games and whatever they’re doing with Dune are good…and they don’t get abandoned.

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Bruno Brito

That ship has sinked for AoC.

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HorsesBehind

Per the docs: their investment in currently running games will be ‘very low.’

For the SWL folks hoping against hope they’ll get ‘Congo’ someday…well.

Perhaps a broom closet marked ‘Congo.’

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Malcolm Swoboda

‘Funcom’ can go there too. Maybe I’ll get a complete version of Mutant for 75%+ off.

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BalsBigBrother

MMO studio sure, mmo developer not for a long time *heavy sigh*