The lights are on
Developer Funcom said initial sales of its new MMO, The Secret World, totaled 200,000 units, about half of what the company expected.
One of the reasons for the poor sales, Funcom said, was due to low press scores. "Press feedback on The Secret World have been mixed, with some major press outlets in the US having rated the game as low as 50%, which have impacted sales of the game significantly."
According to financial reports, Funcom says it will now focus creating games with smaller development cycles and higher player interaction, such as League of Legends, World of Tanks and Minecraft. "Funcom will concentrate it’s new development on more focused, systems-driven games that have a high degree of community and player interaction. These games require less time and development cost to bring to market."
Funcom recently announced plans to lay off about half of the developer's 250 employees.
Smart move by Funcom! It's sad to see this game doing so bad at the time being..
That sucks. I meant to get into the Secret World once i had the time, and i still intend to. It may be flawed but it's still better than the usual generic mmo.
If I was gonna jump into an MMO, this is the one that would get me, I just dont have the kind of time to devote to an MMO (and I dunno If my rig would do it justice). Shame, looks like fun.
Prolly 'cuz peeps never heard of it. (Well, at least, I haven't heard of it...)
Since I'm already paying for a WoW sub, I just couldn't get involved in any other subscription-based game at the moment (same reason why I passed on Star Wars: ToR back when it came out despite my love for Star Wars and KoTOR).
It's a shame really since I got to play one of their free weekend events and really liked what I saw.
Great for Funcom.
Funcom...make this game free to play and you will make your money back...subscription model is dead..the only game that can do that is WoW and that is just because those players have played and paid for so long that blizzard can keep suckering them into thinking they aren't getting ripped off.
I'm having flashbacks to APB. That's part of the reason I didn't buy this, everyone kind of assumed it would "underperform." Hopefully it finds life in F2P
Take away the subscription fee and I'll buy it for sure, Might even support it by buying extras through microtransactions if I like it enough :)
Yeah Funcom! Stop trying to scam money out of everyone with a subscription model! Scam them with the "Free to Play" model like everyone else is doing!
i feel like part of why this undersold is cause they barely advertised it... i remember the last time i heard about this game was like half a year ago
That's a shame that it didn't do so well. I'd have given it about a 7.0 personally...
The real answer is people being tired of these MMOs everywhere
If the game wasn't an MMO. I would have bought it on its first day.
I saw a fan-made trailer for it, and I was wishing it really wasn't an MMO.
I like games I can play by myself, especially when I travel to a country that has really crappy internet.
Hello free to play.