Funcom has been in the news a lot recently, not all of it on the happy side. Layoffs, c-level executive restructuring and subscription talk. In a recent interview with GamesIndustry, the new CEO Ole Schreiner discussed the later in relation to The Secret World. First and foremost, it’s important to note that the title is now a “profitable operation”.
Despite the influx of money from the current-day MMORPG, Schreiner stated the Funcom is willing and able to move the game to the F2P model if the decision makes sense. In fact, the company created the game from the get go with this possibility in mind.
“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” said Schreiner. He went on to admit that the field is more difficult than previously due to the rise of the F2P business model. Yet that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.
“I believe there is a market for free-to-play, subscription and hybrid business models. What’s most viable for your project depends on what sort of game you’re trying to make, what your focus is and how you’re going about putting it together. I do think that as that as free-to-play offerings keep raising the bar in terms of quality and longevity, it’s becoming more and more difficult for subscription games to live up to player’s expectations” he added.