Funcom Moves Forward With Restructuring Despite Success with The Secret World Free-to-Play Changes

Even though Funcom's The Secret World MMO found success after switching from a monthly subscription fee to a free-to-play payment model (more than 70,000 copies of the game were sold in the last four weeks, according to Eurogamer), the company is still forced to move ahead with restructuring, according to Develop.

Funcom has announced a series of layoffs and studio closures as part of company restructuring, though it said that details about those affected by the restructuring would not be released until the process is complete. Funcom says that this restructure will streamline the business to focus more on its core products and services. The company is currently developing a LEGO Minifigures MMO, and currently operates three games: The Secret World, Age of Conan, and Anarchy Online.

"We are building the basis of a very sustainable business” said Funcom CEO Ole Schreiner. "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."

It is unclear if this means more layoffs than what was previously announced for the company…

Source: Eurogamer, Develop

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