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Funcom is being sold to the highest bidder: Who will get it?

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  • kb4blukb4blu Fuquay Varina, NCPosts: 683Member Uncommon

    Knowing nothing about economics and the market :)  I would think if FunCom is sold it will be the death knell of AO.

    I played AO from the start and despite its rocky bug ridden start I really liked the game. (Until they came out with Shadowlands)  However the game is dying.

    It was never very popular and I have seen it turn into a ghost town.

    I still do not believe it will ever see a graphics upgrade.

     

     

     

  • OrtwigOrtwig Cambridge, MAPosts: 1,159Member Uncommon

    Actually, kind of sad that the OP seems to have made it his life's mission to spell doom for the company, evidently due to struggles with AoC by the looks of his post history.  Nice job posting two identical threads on the day of a major update to TSW, btw.

    And while I can sympathize with being disappointed in a game company...give it a rest, man -- it's not worth it.  (Sorry if this is double posted, but given that the OP has an affinity for double threads, I guess that's necessary.)

  • CastillleCastillle KhobarPosts: 2,703Member Uncommon

    If zynga buys it, Id be like "wtf just happened??"

     

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  • AkulasAkulas GoldcoastPosts: 1,619Member Uncommon
    Developers used to focus on making a good game and these days they focus on making money. They already know what makes a good game but prefer to make money than make good games. This is thanks to MMORPGs becoming mainstream so thanks WoW. Only thing left is little indie games which have the right focus of making a good game unfortantely they have a lack of people due to a lack of budgeting which means a lack of updates so people move on.

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  • YizleYizle Atlanta, GAPosts: 517Member
    Originally posted by grimgryphon
    Originally posted by Rasputin
    Originally posted by Goatgod76
    Originally posted by Ambros123
    Originally posted by nethervoid
    It's funny how a game like UO can be so friggin awesome and published by a pretty small company and budget, but new MMOs can't seem to grasp what made that game a blast. It's only been 15 years guys. You figured it out yet?

    Maybe because of the incredibely fast pace of technology is ever changing and the massive change in the demographics of the MMO consumers?  UO eventually was left in the dust.  If it was soooo good then why is it not still kicking?  UO was the pioneer of MMOs and would be incredibely lacklust to modern MMOs.  MMOs nowadays have plenty of incredibely satisfied consumers that far exceed UO's peak sub numbers.

    Last I knew...UO is still going, just as EQ is. Sub numbers don't equal success btw. Longetivity does more so.

    And not to forget: UO was changed into an EQ-clone with Age of Shadows, leaving almost nothing of the old gameplay intact.

    So in a way original UO does not exist anymore.

    It was over for UO when they released Renaissance, the second expansion. Trammel killed UO.

    Agrred.... This was brought on by EA

  • ThaneThane berlinPosts: 2,232Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by nethervoid
    It's funny how a game like UO can be so friggin awesome and published by a pretty small company and budget, but new MMOs can't seem to grasp what made that game a blast. It's only been 15 years guys. You figured it out yet?

    try to release with such an outdated gfx engine nowadays ^^

     

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  • xmentyxmenty SingaporePosts: 679Member

    Funcom is not an exciting company to invest in. 

    Just look at their gameplays.

    If I got the money, I would rather invest it in PearlAbyss and Star Citizen.

    Pardon my English as it is not my 1st language :)

  • VannorVannor YorkshirePosts: 2,970Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by nethervoid
    It's funny how a game like UO can be so friggin awesome and published by a pretty small company and budget, but new MMOs can't seem to grasp what made that game a blast. It's only been 15 years guys. You figured it out yet?

    It's funny to think about that yeh.. but it's not because those games were better. It was because those games were better 'at the time'. It's all relative.. if UO had never been released, everything else til now released as normal and they released it next week... the game would get pounded into the ground. It wouldn't even see the light of day. Fond memories are fond because of the time and space more than anything else, not because they are/were amazing compared to todays standards..

  • jpnzjpnz SydneyPosts: 3,529Member
    Originally posted by Castillle

    If zynga buys it, Id be like "wtf just happened??"

     

    Zynga makes some questionable investments so I guess Funcom fits that bill. :P

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  • niceguy3978niceguy3978 Gainesville, FLPosts: 2,000Member
    Originally posted by Yizle
    Originally posted by grimgryphon
    Originally posted by Rasputin
    Originally posted by Goatgod76
    Originally posted by Ambros123
    Originally posted by nethervoid
    It's funny how a game like UO can be so friggin awesome and published by a pretty small company and budget, but new MMOs can't seem to grasp what made that game a blast. It's only been 15 years guys. You figured it out yet?

    Maybe because of the incredibely fast pace of technology is ever changing and the massive change in the demographics of the MMO consumers?  UO eventually was left in the dust.  If it was soooo good then why is it not still kicking?  UO was the pioneer of MMOs and would be incredibely lacklust to modern MMOs.  MMOs nowadays have plenty of incredibely satisfied consumers that far exceed UO's peak sub numbers.

    Last I knew...UO is still going, just as EQ is. Sub numbers don't equal success btw. Longetivity does more so.

    And not to forget: UO was changed into an EQ-clone with Age of Shadows, leaving almost nothing of the old gameplay intact.

    So in a way original UO does not exist anymore.

    It was over for UO when they released Renaissance, the second expansion. Trammel killed UO.

    Agrred.... This was brought on by EA

    The whole game was brought on by EA they owned Origin through the entire development of the game.

  • OG_ZorvanOG_Zorvan Fresno, CAPosts: 615Member
    Originally posted by jpnz
    Originally posted by Castillle

    If zynga buys it, Id be like "wtf just happened??"

     

    Zynga makes some questionable investments so I guess Funcom fits that bill. :P

    Zynga's busy losing money and laying people off, so they won't be buying anybody soon.

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  • Dreamo84Dreamo84 Niagara Falls, NYPosts: 3,437Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by niceguy3978
    Originally posted by Yizle
    Originally posted by grimgryphon
    Originally posted by Rasputin
    Originally posted by Goatgod76
    Originally posted by Ambros123
    Originally posted by nethervoid
    It's funny how a game like UO can be so friggin awesome and published by a pretty small company and budget, but new MMOs can't seem to grasp what made that game a blast. It's only been 15 years guys. You figured it out yet?

    Maybe because of the incredibely fast pace of technology is ever changing and the massive change in the demographics of the MMO consumers?  UO eventually was left in the dust.  If it was soooo good then why is it not still kicking?  UO was the pioneer of MMOs and would be incredibely lacklust to modern MMOs.  MMOs nowadays have plenty of incredibely satisfied consumers that far exceed UO's peak sub numbers.

    Last I knew...UO is still going, just as EQ is. Sub numbers don't equal success btw. Longetivity does more so.

    And not to forget: UO was changed into an EQ-clone with Age of Shadows, leaving almost nothing of the old gameplay intact.

    So in a way original UO does not exist anymore.

    It was over for UO when they released Renaissance, the second expansion. Trammel killed UO.

    Agrred.... This was brought on by EA

    The whole game was brought on by EA they owned Origin through the entire development of the game.

    ya, but it only counts when something they don't like happens. Havent you learned this yet? Origin had exclusive control over the game until each individual player stopped liking it, then EA ruined it.

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  • pauly6478pauly6478 binghamton, NYPosts: 276Member
    Originally posted by moguy2
    Some one , any one, buy them and fix up Anarchy Online please!

    Anarchy will always be the best game ever made imo. No game out there can ever come close to it. I have given up hopes though that it will ever be updated. 

  • lotapartylotaparty taxila canttPosts: 514Member
    Originally posted by NBlitz

    Isn't EA going to swallow it whole? image

    (EA in a nutshell)

    At around 4:18, I imagine Funcom amongst the rest. Sigh.

    i think either ea or activision will buy it .i will be very surprised if square enix bought it 

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  • lotapartylotaparty taxila canttPosts: 514Member
    Originally posted by OG_Zorvan
    Originally posted by jpnz
    Originally posted by Castillle

    If zynga buys it, Id be like "wtf just happened??"

     

    Zynga makes some questionable investments so I guess Funcom fits that bill. :P

    Zynga's busy losing money and laying people off, so they won't be buying anybody soon.

    zynga is in horrible position i doubt it too 

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  • JorlJorl SunderlandPosts: 257Member
    I will cry if EA buys Funcom, may as well say bye bye to TSW, AO and the others.
  • ScotScot UKPosts: 5,769Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by NBlitz

    Isn't EA going to swallow it whole? image

    (EA in a nutshell)

    At around 4:18, I imagine Funcom amongst the rest. Sigh.

    Thank you for one the most funnily apt videos I have seen in a long time. :D

    EA are a contender. AO would get the boot and TSW would have a easymode makover and P2W cash shop. 

  • JackdogJackdog Charleston, SCPosts: 6,344Member
    Iwould defintly try AO 2.0. Best MMO Funcom ever made was AO. TSW needs a betterengine or a entire animations makeover. Conan is  just sad, scrap it entirely

    I miss DAoC

  • ElsaboltsElsabolts Greencastle, INPosts: 2,594Member Uncommon

    Aa far as Funcom goes Let the " Twinkes " fall where they May. Good Ridance

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  • Loke666Loke666 MalmöPosts: 18,041Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by nethervoid
    It's funny how a game like UO can be so friggin awesome and published by a pretty small company and budget, but new MMOs can't seem to grasp what made that game a blast. It's only been 15 years guys. You figured it out yet?

    It might sound logical if you dont think about it but UO were released in 1997 and the prices of making games have tenfolded since then.

    And it already had gone up a lot since 10 years before that. A lot of the best games ever were made by 2 guys in a garage.

    Making a great MMO today is really expensive and FunCom is just too small to really pull it off. Both AoC and TSW have great ideas but way too little content, as well as they were released far too early since FC couldnt afford to wait until they were ready.

    I am not saying that UO (or AC, M59 and a bunch of other classics as well) wasnt a masterpiece but if it were released today it would have failed unless it had 10 times the budget of the original game, at least.

    Of course a truly masterprogrammer as lead programmer could also cut the costs a lot, but there are just a handful of those in the world and the only one working on a MMO leads Undead labs.

  • VengerVenger York, PAPosts: 1,318Member
    Originally posted by nethervoid
    It's funny how a game like UO can be so friggin awesome and published by a pretty small company and budget, but new MMOs can't seem to grasp what made that game a blast. It's only been 15 years guys. You figured it out yet?

    That is a pretty sad but true statement.  I don't think the big developers could create the magic that UO was because it wouldn't draw the numbers that investors are looking for.

  • zymurgeistzymurgeist Pittsville, VAPosts: 5,215Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Venger
    Originally posted by nethervoid
    It's funny how a game like UO can be so friggin awesome and published by a pretty small company and budget, but new MMOs can't seem to grasp what made that game a blast. It's only been 15 years guys. You figured it out yet?

    That is a pretty sad but true statement.  I don't think the big developers could create the magic that UO was because it wouldn't draw the numbers that investors are looking for.

     It wouldn't draw enough customers to survive either.

    Still don't think anyone wants Funcom. Their track record of mismanagement and lack of a truly marketable IP dooms them.

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  • GhostGeishaGhostGeisha AlbufeiraPosts: 286Member

    Funcom doesn't care about AO that's the sad part. AO has the same bugs for years, decades even. Been waiting for the new engine for so long now.

    That game had so many potential before LE came out.

  • J-icepdJ-icepd BergenPosts: 23Member

    Dream on. 

    Funcom is not for sale at this level. 

    Everything are sadly for sale when the price is high enought. 

     

  • BurntvetBurntvet Baltimore, MDPosts: 2,950Member Uncommon

    For someone to want to buy a company, it has to "be worth something" and have some kind of reasonable prospects going forward.

    From the post TSW launch financial report, everyone knew that FC was in serious financial trouble. That they are looking for a buyer is no surprise: they have been for a while.

    But why would anyone want to buy?

    The price would have to be stupidly low for anyone to bother.

    All in all, it is largely a "who cares" thing.

     

    My guess is that one of the Asian F2P companies will eventually pick up one or more of FCs MMOs should FC go under.

     

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