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The Secret World

Platform(s): PC, Xbox 360
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Funcom
Developer: Funcom
Release Date: July 3, 2012

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'The Secret World' (ALL) Developer Restructures, Closes/Merges Offices, Layoffs

by Rainier on Jan. 11, 2013 @ 12:17 a.m. PST

An ancient, dreaming evil stirs. Dangerous creatures awaken. The Earth is in mortal peril. The wonders and horrors of the secret world are re-emerging in our world. The time has come to take up arms in the war between good & evil. Warriors and champions of Gaia, your training is about to begin. Rise. You have been chosen.

An ancient, dreaming evil stirs. Dangerous creatures awaken. The Earth is in mortal peril. The wonders and horrors of the secret world are re-emerging in our world. The time has come to take up arms in the war between good & evil. Warriors and champions of Gaia, your training is about to begin. Rise. You have been chosen.

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.

As part of the ongoing review of strategic options announced on 22 October 2012, Funcom has initiated a process of restructuring the Company around its core products and technology. This includes the consolidation of offices and teams around the world as well as the streamlining of internal processes. By taking advantage of the Company’s industry-leading proprietary technology, the new organization will be better equipped to realize the strategy of building smaller high quality MMO games such as the upcoming ‘LEGO Minifigures’ game which is currently in development by the team at the Company’s Oslo studio.

The restructured organization will continue to focus strongly on its existing, successful MMO games; ‘Age of Conan’, ‘Anarchy Online’ and ‘The Secret World’. Through providing more organizational focus and strengthening the competence of a joint central team that will continue to operate and enhance these games, the Company will work towards increasing their profitability and continue to provide exciting experiences for existing, returning and new players of these online worlds.

The Company is especially pleased with the successful re-launch of ‘The Secret World’, after switching to a buy-to-play business model in December 2012. Activity levels in the game have increased by over 400% as original players have returned joined by thousands of new players. After its re-launch, ‘The Secret World’ has sold more than 70,000 units in the last four weeks alone, which is close to 30 percent increase in total sales. The Company will continue to build on this initial success in the months to come.

“We are building the basis of a very sustainable business” says Ole Schreiner, CEO of Funcom.“With a restructured organization, we will have a joint team of the best-of-the-best working together to expand our existing online worlds and to create new, exciting and memorable online experiences such as our upcoming ‘LEGO Minifigures’ game.”

The restructuring of the Company will involve cost reductions through the closure and the consolidation of offices with the goal of creating a stronger unified organization that can take full advantage of the exciting opportunities that face the games industry as it steps into 2013 and beyond.

Details on the results of the restructuring will be made available once the process is complete.


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