Funcom: DUNE still ‘a few years away,’ will be a ‘more ambitious and robust version of Conan Exiles’

Funcom reflects on 2019 financials, Tencent, DUNE, and its 'bedrock' Conan Exiles

    
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This week, Funcom dropped its financial report for the entirety of 2019. It’s not going to be a shock, since we covered all the quarterlies as they rolled along, but there are some insights from CEO Rui Casais worth noting.

For example, Casais notes that 2019 marked the “most releases in Funcom’s history, with a total of 10 game and DLC releases spread around four hardware platforms, 23 online stores and global retail distribution.” He points out the company’s focus on multi-platform releases and publishing, he talks up Conan Exiles as the studio’s “bedrock,” and even admits that Conan Unconquered didn’t generate “as much attention” as the studio hoped (yeah, everyone forgot about this game for a reason). And of course, he discusses the impact of Tencent, which is now the company’s largest shareholder, angling to become the only shareholder. On the horizon, there’s still DUNE, now prioritized in development:

“The biggest, most exciting and most ambitious of our projects is without a doubt the DUNE open world survival game we’re working on, after having secured the exclusive rights for PC and Console games with this fantastic IP. It’s a game that is still a few years away and will be a more ambitious and robust version of Conan Exiles set in the DUNE universe, designed to be a game as a service from the outset.”

There’s no mention of the Secret World film, in case you’re wondering, and the company’s performance in 2019 was roughly on par with 2017 (in 2018, there was a big jump in revenue as Conan Exiles launched).

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Neurotic

What about that Conan Chop-chop game? That sounded like fun.

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Kvarin Sunermidst

And they couldn’t do this for Anarchy Online? Do they really hate their IP that much that they refuse to revisit it’s expansive world in any project ever again?

I guess now they figure the only way to make money is to throw other licensed IPs names on the box.

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Bruno Brito

They hate their past as a whole, dude. Funcom keeps creating new stuff hoping something sticks. They hate being a niche game company.

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Paragon Lost

So disgusted and sick of Funcom.

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SeCuLaParSec

And so what? After you announced this was changed from an MMO into (ANOTHER) garbage survival game from Funcom I dont give a flying F tbh.

Sick and tired of all these stupid dumb survival games.

WE WANTED A DUNE MMO

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Eamil

I mostly just hope that the developments they make to their tech on Dune will also result in benefits to Conan. As a survival-sandbox setting I’m more interested in Conan than Dune.

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Neurotic

Seconded.

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Mordyjuice

Here I thought Dune was more about rich world building, an expansive history, and thought provoking narrative; who knew that all this time it took Funcom to prove us wrong by deconstructing Dune down to a Survival Sandbox game.

This reminds me of that time Bethesda Game Studios decided to make a rich compelling Fall Out experience by giving us Fall Out 76.

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Crowe

Yup. Now I’m really just hoping Funcom loses rights to the IP so someone else can make a game with it.

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Mordyjuice

It would be a crap shoot if Zenimax got their hands on it, on the one hand look at what they did with ESO with excellent story telling, or they could Fall Out 76 it.

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Crowe

Zenimax would be lose/lose for me. I thought ESO was particularly bad (gameplay and laggy combat) and FO76 is only just now potentially worth looking at (once the post-Wastelanders price drops back down to ~10 bucks).

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Greaterdivinity

It feels like Conan Exiles is really propping the studio up in a big way. Some of their other titles (Moons of Madness, that mutant shooter thing etc.) have done well, but none have come close to the success of Exiles.

On Dune…

It’s a marketing bummer that they’ll miss the movie by so much, that would have been a perfect tie-in. That being said…

a more ambitious and robust version of Conan Exiles set in the DUNE universe

God. Fucking. Damnit. The exact type of game I have little interest in, and my attempts to get into Conan Exiles were never successful. I’ll probably still give it a shot “Because Dune” and hope it gels with me better, but I guess I’m stuck with the last “good” Dune game being Emperor: Battle for Dune. But at least that’s a bloody fantastic RTS so I can live with that.

Was really hoping for a MMO or something more interesting than a copypasta survival sandbox : (

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Crowe

Agreed. I just don’t think Dune would make an interesting survival game. How much fun is “ration water” and “walk unevenly through the sand” really going to be? I’ve played a few dozen survival games now… and I haven’t played a good one yet.

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Greaterdivinity

IMO it’s one of the better settings for a survival game at least, since a core part of the Dune world is that Arrakis is harsh as hell and survival is tough. Just wish I had any interest in the genre : (

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Jon Wax

difficulty based on planetary choice? thatd work. dune would be the end game plaanet?

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Fisty

As far as the movie tie-in, I’m pretty sure the movie will be broken down into two different releases. One this year, one next. Hopefully we have theaters then.

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NeoWolf

That makes me happy to hear, and if it has a build system like Exiles I will be totally stoked.

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Dug From The Earth

Its time.

Its time for survival games to move to the next stage.

Its time for survival games to stop being just a gameplay mechanic packaged as a full fledged game.

Its time to incorporate everything that survival games have been trying to perfect, into the REST of the game now.

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Jon Wax

hard to balance perpetuity(?) and the long game war vs the instant gratification and todays battle mentality.

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Dug From The Earth

Talk about milking it.