The Secret World Developer Funcom Hit With Layoffs
It appears that Norwegian developer Funcom isn't doing so well, as it has recently announced that an undetermined number of employees worldwide might be affected by "cost-adjustment initiatives." Funcom declined to specify the number of affected staff, but has confirmed in a statement that "it is in the process of reducing operational costs and this process includes temporary layoffs as well as other initiatives." The Age of Conan developer, and most recently, The Secret World, may have suffered some setbacks with the latter, as it received middling critical response which may have resulted in a less than desirable subscriber population. "A game like The Secret World, which isn’t based on a well-known brand, is normally dependent on positive press reviews to achieve successful initial sales, in addition — but not limited to — other factors such as word-of-mouth."