Funcom - All News
Thursday - November 01, 2012
The Longest Journey Adventure Game to be Completed - Dreamfall Chapters to be Developed
We now interrupt our normal RPG coverage to bring you this news. I know many of us has a liking for adventure games, hence the newsbit. Many have probably also played The Longest Journey and Dreamfall - the longest journey. You (and I) can now be thrilled to learn that Ragnar Tornquist has decided to start pre-production on Dreamfall Chapters, the third and final game in the TLJ trilogy. Thanks to Gameboomers we can look at the full press release here.
A quote then from the press release:
Durham, USA – November 1st, 2012 – Funcom is excited to announce that 'Dreamfall Chapters', the long-awaited sequel to the award-winning adventure title 'Dreamfall: The Longest Journey', has gone into pre-production at Red Thread Games, a new studio founded by Ragnar Tørnquist, creator of 'The Longest Journey' saga. Red Thread Games has licensed the rights to 'The Longest Journey' universe from Funcom, and Mr. Tørnquist will spearhead development of 'Dreamfall Chapters', while continuing in an advisory role as Creative Director on Funcom’s recently launched modern-day massively multiplayer online game ‘The Secret World’.
After this, we now return to our regular RPG schedule.
Saturday - May 16, 2009
Funcom - Positive Figures in Q1
In a report about their financials for Q1 2009 Funcom shows again a positive quarter (7 Million Dollars). Besides all the financial stuff it also adds some stuff about Age of Conan mentioning longer subscription periods, increased customer base and that 120 people are still working on it. In addition it shows Funcom is keeping its options open and keeps on working on their new MMO The Secret world and several free-to-play MMOs amonst which are Java and browser games.
Monday - February 23, 2009
Funcom - CFO Resigns
CFO resigns, as losses rise, according the The Edge.
Norwegian MMO developer Funcom reported a $22.8 million impairment charge during its fiscal Q4 ended in December, due to lower-than-expected revenues of Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures.
Funcom said in a Monday statement that it continues to "invest heavily" in Age of Conan, which released in May of 2008, as 120 employees (not including customer service) continue work on the game.
The number of Age of Conan subscribers declined during the quarter, although Funcom said the subscriber base has been "relatively stable" in 2009, which is believed to be a result from improvements to the game implemented last year.
The developer continues to market the game in new territories, and aims to "revitalize" interest in the core markets as well.
Operating loss for the quarter totaled $23.4 million, compared to the comparable quarter a year ago, which saw losses of $2.8 million. The impairment charges related to Age of Conan were the main driver.
The company reported $40 million in cash as of December 31, 2008.
Wednesday - November 26, 2008
Funcom - Layoffs
Ten Ton Hammer are reporting (rumour) that Funcom have fired 70% of their customer service people in the US.
Rumor has it that Funcom fired about 70% of their U.S. Workforce today. Sources say that they were released this morning, the cuts are mostly in the Customer Service and Quality Assurance departments. What this means for Age of Conan and the rest of Funcom is uncertain, but Ten Ton Hammer will keep you updated as this story unfolds.
Saturday - May 12, 2007
Funcom - The Secret World
Funcom has announced a new MMO entitled The Secret World which they have been developing for the Xbox 360 and PC.
Durham, USA – May 11th, 2007 – From the creators of ‘Age of Conan’, ‘Anarchy Online’, ‘The Longest Journey’ and 'Dreamfall' comes a brave new massively multiplayer online role–playing game for the PC and Xbox 360. Taking place on our earth, in our times, ‘The Secret World’ (TSW) is inspired by history and mythology, modern conspiracy theories and ancient mysteries.
For there really is a world within ours, a secret world, where magic exists, monsters roam and ancient forces are fighting for the dominance of earth. It is a world of legendary stories, ageless conflicts and powerful cabals. In this world, even modern cities hide secrets. In this world, players can take part in the greatest conspiracies of our age, and battle the forces of darkness across the world and throughout time.
“We started envisioning this contemporary online world more than ten years ago, and as the years passed the ideas grew and improved,“ said Ragnar Tørnquist, Producer and Director on ‘The Secret World’. “We always wanted a different kind of online world, something scary and contemporary, something deeper and closer to our reality. Our goal now is to create a detailed world where players feel empowered and part of something big, something mystical and epic.”
“We believe there are millions of gamers out there who want to explore something beyond traditional fantasy and sci-fi games,“ said Trond Arne Aas, CEO of Funcom. “'The Secret World' is just that – a fantastic new setting that will fuel the imagination of online gamers, and keep players busy for years. We have a golden opportunity to bring something fresh and exciting to the genre, and we firmly believe the game is an ideal extension of Funcom’s MMO portfolio.”
‘The Secret World’ has been in development since last summer and the game is in a playable state. It is produced at the Funcom studios in Oslo and Beijing. A release date is not being announced at this point, but players are already getting involved in the fast-growing community. Through a complex web-based mystery launched on May 6th, players are being led to a series of websites, including www.DarkDaysAreComing.com, where – after solving a puzzle – concept art from the game is being unveiled.
As a gamer you can become a member of the first wave community, and through pioneer forums you can discuss and explore the intriguing backstory. To access the forums and learn more about the mystery make sure you check out: www.darkdemonscrygaia.com
Tuesday - March 06, 2007
Funcom - New MMO Revealed
Well...sort of revealed. FiringSquad has the news that Funcom has signalled they have a new MMO in development. It's a short piece, so here's the whole thing:
During the demo for their MMORPG Age Of Conan, Funcom project director Jorgen Tharaldsen informed the press group that the company is already deep in development of yet another MMO project for the PC and Xbox 360 platforms. The game is actually being shown to publishers at GDC (although not to the press). The game is using the same graphics engine as Age of Conan and Tharaldsen told us that the unnamed title takes place on Earth in the present day, making the game one of the first, if not the first, MMO project that uses a real world present time setting. We hope to get more info on the title in the months ahead.