Funcom is still working on co-op shooter and multiplayer Dune game, according to Q2 2019 financials

    
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Buried under all the WoW Classic news at the end of August was Funcom’s second quarter financial report. Let’s rectify our oversight with a peek now, shall we?

Funcom characterizes 2019 as a “transition between the turnaround and the growth phases of the company,” much of which isn’t “immediately visible” yet. While second quarter revenues ($8.9M) aren’t quite what they were back when Conan Exiles launched in 2018, they’re a big improvement over the low that was first quarter of this year ($5.8M). Over the quarter, Funcom dropped a brand-new game developed by Petroglyph: the co-op RTS Conan Unconquered (our impressions piece called it niche and punishing), which presumably helped that revenue.

Funcom appears to still be gearing up for production on (one of the planned trio of) Dune multiplayer titles; Joel Bylos, who recently stepped down from the top spot on the Conan Exiles team (and we are still speculating is working on Dune next) tweeted today that the Oslo-based Lead Designer position for the mutiplayer open-world DUNE game is still open.

It does look as if Funcom’s back-burnered the single-player Conan title it was working on. “The Open-world survival segment has very large reach and with our Dune open world game we are applying learnings from Conan Exiles to make an even better and broader reaching game,” the company says. “We still believe in the Conan single player game but right now Conan Exiles and Dune represent the biggest potential. As such, the single player game is temporarily put on hold.”

Work on the company’s upcoming US-based co-op shooter continues; likewise with Conan Chop Chop, which was recently delayed to 2020 so that it can be buffed with full online multiplayer. But don’t expect too much out of the company’s old MMOs; Anarchy Online, Age of Conan, and Secret World Legends aren’t mentioned except to tout “anniversary and community events” over the last quarter.

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(one of the planned trio of) Dune multiplayer titles

Erm, wait, what? I’d only heard of one Dune game from you folks…I’ve been mislead!

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MurderHobo

First thought: Combat tactics in Dune favor defense, until some lunatic brings a lasgun to a shield fight. Still provides fluff rationale for not including artillery or BVR combat. Might be easier to balance and lend itself to an interesting spin on the old shooter design. They’ll probably have to write out the whole lasgun/shield interaction to make it work, though.

Second thought: Axlotl tanks. Seriously I keep trying to write my thoughts and just… no.

PINK PIGTAILED AXLOTL T — sorry. No. Bene Tleilax are nasty. These are the same devs who made a game system out of thralldom. As a murderhobo I’m wary of strangers offering me such gifts.

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Utakata

I can only hope they go full on Jodorowsky with this project…with all the art assets, sound track and everything. The pigtails will be first inline and online to play this shooter if this being the case… o.O

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silverlock

Half to the point to playing a game is the environment and I don’t see how an endless desert world is going to be of very much interest.

The dune universe on the whole though could be very interesting.

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Armsbend

I like how Lynch made the sandworms create weather effects – the lightning.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

Hope the new movie does Shai-hulud as well as Lynch did.Nice to see you around btw.I believe you can check out any time you want here, but you can never leave:)

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Malcolm Swoboda

Good for them, but there’s nothing for me to be excited about.

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Greaterdivinity

The Open-world survival segment has very large reach and with our Dune open world game we are applying learnings from Conan Exiles to make an even better and broader reaching game

This worries me…please say it’s not going to be a survival shooter, even if it’s pretty fitting for the genre.

Gimme house politics and intrigue! Gimme economic management and trade wars with the spacing guild! Gimme psychedelic trips through space and time by consuming the space!

Please don’t set me in the desert with a stillsuit and say, “Pretend to be Bear Grylls and drink your own urine, and then find something to eat and search around for something to do.”

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Alex Willis

If you can’t play an ecologist, the game will have entirely missed the point.

No, I’m not joking. (And if you have read any of the books, you’ll know I’m not.)

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Fisty

Id love to play a Liet kind of guy, greening up parts of Arrakis and watching folks fight for spice.

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Alex Willis

Exactly. It’s like 60% of the first novel.

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Fisty

It’d be great if part of the game actually let you change the planet ecosystem and if enough people did, it’d go green, kill off sandworms and the map resets. Then again, it might not be that great.

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Alex Willis

Developing a Dune game, summed up in a gif:
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I love you!

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Bruno Brito

Why am i willing to bet that FC’s future will be putting out mediocre games and keep them afloat for a year while making more mediocre games?

This far out, i wouldn’t really hold any hope for them actively SUPPORTING their old games, specially AoC and SWL.

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Yeah, their MMO’s are done for. I doubt they’ll ever return to that well now that they’ve seen how much more money they can make with non-MMO’s and at considerably lower risk/expense.

Which makes me sad, especially on the SW front. At least we’ll still get games in the SW universe, but I’ve long since given up hope that SWL will see any proper content. We got an hour or so of content in South Africa, I guess that was worth re-leveling from scratch for. At least I finished seeing Tokyo since they removed the garbage aegis system : /

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Bruno Brito

honestly, SWL was their “attempt” ( poor one ) at trying to breath life into their MMO franchise, but the thing was so badly monetized and messy ( and destroyed TSW’s building system ) that it just died down.

In the end, they’ll neglect their MMOs and i pity their playerbase. I love AoC and wish it received more support but the game just lacks population and care.