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Secret World: “the revolution has just begun”, says Funcom

Monday, 3rd September 2012 09:31 GMT By Dave Cook

The Secret World developer Funcom has spoken out regarding the MMO’s poor performance, company lay-offs and the road map for future updates. Creative director Ragnar Tørnquist has also stated that the company’s “revolution has just begun”.

Speaking on the game’s official website, Tørnquist openly agreed that The Secret World sales of just over 200,000 copies was a let down, “As most of you probably know, The Secret World team has been through a turbulent couple of weeks.”

On the issue of Funcom’s lay-offs, Tørnquist added, “We’ve had to let some people go, and we’re in the process of reshuffling and reorganising ourselves around the remaining staff. This is never fun, but it’s the way of things: we need to scale down from a full development team to a more cost-efficient live team.”

On the issue of supporting The Secret World through future updates, Tørnquist explained that it’s business as usual for Funcom, “We’re not going to play it safe. We won’t be introducing classes or levels, elves or centaurs, and regardless of the competition, we won’t back down from our original vision. We’re going to keep doing what we’re good at. We’ll continue to push the boundaries, and we’ll keep reinventing the wheel (quite literally). Five years ago, we set out to revolutionise the genre, and the revolution has just begun.”

Thanks, GamesIndustry.

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2 Comments

  1. GwynbleiddiuM

    If you went for a GW2 like model, a Buy to Play model with micro transactions for more character slot, server transfer name change, etc, you could sell at least a couple of millions unit, I know I would’ve bought it. But you overestimated yourselves, you couldn’t resist the itch of a monthly subscription fee. You had to build your game around that model, a model you already failed 2 times to deliver, but you though this can’t go wrong, and guess what, it went.

    People would’ve welcomed your game if it didn’t force them a subscription fee from the get go, they would, trust me. But now, The Secret World will be forever known as another MMO title who failed miserably, and had to go F2P.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. roadkill

    “the revolution has just begun” Seriously? LOL! What a douche-bag.

    #2 2 years ago

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