Funcom is rolling out a launcher for all its games, including Conan Exiles and Secret World Legends

As the Tencent buyout begins

    
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It’s no secret that Norwegian games developer Funcom has been upping its profile in the online gaming world, building on its long-running base of MMOs with new games of its own and from other publishers. And with the Tencent buyout looming, it’s no surprise that the studio is planting its feet firmly in the realm of publishers with a brand-new company-wide launcher.

“We are introducing a new Funcom game launcher for Conan Exiles on TestLive. The idea is for this to be a platform where you will have easy access to the latest news, forums, DLCs and patch notes, without increasing the time it takes for you to enter the game. The new launcher will replace the old dialog box and instead remember your BattlEye settings (this can be changed at any time). It will also allow you to jump directly from the game launcher to where you left off in The Exiled Lands by pressing Continue, thereby bypassing the in-game menu. This works for both single-player and online games. The new launcher will not be a substitute for the Steam client, but will replace the current pop-up box and remember your BattlEye settings.”

Of course, you can see in the pic that all of the company’s games are included, including at least one, Mutant Year Zero, from the other dev-house. We spy the many-times-delayed Conan Chop Chop in the build, too. Funcom is currently collecting feedback, and it’s about what you’d expect (because you know how much people love extra launchers cluttering their desktops).

The announcement for the launcher is actually dropped into a Conan Exiles forum thread previewing the followers management system, so today is all about the UI apparently.

And as for that Tencent buyout? The Chinese company is proceeding with that purchase. “Tencent launches its recommended voluntary cash offer for all shares in Funcom at NOK 17 per share,” today’s release declares.

Source: Conan forums. Thanks, Thorsten!

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Leiloni

This is a good sign for their future IMO.

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seculaparsec

Ofcourse they didnt add AoC, which is bleeding the most

scumbag developer!

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strangesands

They need to add TSW. Also looks like Age of Conan is missing.

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sear.scar

My /thumb up for TSW.
(AoC is atop of Anarchy Online. At least, it’s there on the screenshot by Massively)

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strangesands

Ah yep, spaced.

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Shadex De'Marr

Will we be able to use it to launch SWL into space were it belongs?

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NeoWolf

I’m surprised it took them this long tbh, I mean pretty much everyone has their own launcher these days (he says looking at his desktop filled with them…).

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Kawaii Five-O

If they made it so you could modify your modlist and save/load mod profiles from the launcher, I wouldn’t mind the extra button click.

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arimer

Alright, a launcher to launch all the games they’ve given up on.

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Oleg Chebeneev

This is nice. I never thought about it but now I need it

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sear.scar

All in one launcher, eh?
All in one subscription will be a more delicious dish, I believe.

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styopa

Sweet, maybe we can connect the launcher to Steam, so we can have a launcher that launches the launcher (ala LotRO). I loved Inception!

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Is it age? I don’t understand why launchers are a thing. Why we let them be a thing? How hard is it to launch the game itself, and if it detects an update is needed, kick back to update and relaunch?

It’s like having apps for every stupid thing. One of the great leaps FORWARD with the web browser was its ability to handle so much natively so we DIDN’T have to have one program for Slashdot, another one for Youtube, and another one for Reddit. But guess what you can get all separate apps for now? WHY PEOPLE?

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John Mynard

Each publisher having their own launcher is basically advertising. It’s them saying, “Ok, we know you like this product of ours, here are all our other products, you might like one of them.”.