Subscription fee oriented MMO, The Secret World is back on track after going through some dark times.
Funcom’s last financial statements report that the game sold just 200,000 copies. That resulted in the company issuing a round of lay-offs and it’s said that almost 50% of the staff were removed.
Talking to GamesIndustry, new Funcom CEO Ole Schreiner said:
After the recent re-structuring of our internal teams, The Secret World is now a profitable operation and we expect it to be so for the foreseeable future.
That’s also why we are committing to the ambitious post-launch update plan. We’re quite comfortable with where we are now and what we’re providing our players.
When asked whether they will decided on a free-to-play model, Ole replied:
We tried leaving our options open during development so that we could launch with a different model should we have decided during development that’s what we wanted, but eventually we did settle on the subscription model and that’s what informed much of the game’s design.
That said we definitely have the tools to turn The Secret World into a free-to-play game – or even hybrid – should we decide to do that somewhere down the line. We did that with Age of Conan with significant success.
The game might have been overshadowed now with the release of Guild Wars 2 but The Secret World is a good driven MMO which I would suggest any one.