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  Betaguy

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11/16/12 6:14:13 PM#41
Why would anyone buy it?

  gravesworn

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11/16/12 6:16:57 PM#42
It is sad, AoC and TSW both had potential. They just thought they could pull off a different type of game and didnt. The way the industry is now, you would almost do better to create a niche game than a game for everyone. There are enough of those games. That being said, I am sure EA will get a steal of a deal for the company. I hope someone grabs up the conan franchise and does it right, doubtful though.
  fenistil

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11/16/12 6:22:42 PM#43
Originally posted by jpnz

 

I can see one of the asia's game makers (Maybe NCSOFT? or Tencent?) but from a business point of view, Funcom isn't that attractive.

Funcom is actractive only because it is cheap as f**k atm.  I agree that Acti-Blizz won't buy it buy it.  Tencent, Nexon maybe EA, very meybe Disney if it would want to enter mmo gaming and so on.  Acit-Blizz nope won't happen.

  Beacker

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11/16/12 6:25:56 PM#44
Really wondering who is going to buy Failcom. Also curious as to what price they value it at as opposed to what it will actually sell for. I don't see it being worth too much with all the flops they have on hand.
  OG_Zorvan

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11/16/12 6:40:29 PM#45
Originally posted by fenistil
Originally posted by jpnz

 

I can see one of the asia's game makers (Maybe NCSOFT? or Tencent?) but from a business point of view, Funcom isn't that attractive.

Funcom is actractive only because it is cheap as f**k atm.  I agree that Acti-Blizz won't buy it buy it.  Tencent, Nexon maybe EA, very meybe Disney if it would want to enter mmo gaming and so on.  Acit-Blizz nope won't happen.

Disney is already in the mmo business. Toon Town and Pirates of the Carribean for starters.  More importantly, Star Wars: The Old Republic (EAware) and Star Wars:Clone Wars (SOE), as Disney now owns eveything LucasArts.

 

Originally posted by Myrdynn

question

Is my lifetime sub to Funcom? or is it to TSW?

could a new company buy them out and not honor the lifetimes?

 

A new owner would not be required to honor pre-existing "lifetime" subs unless it were put in the contract specifically as a requirement for sale, and Funcom doesn't have enough clout left to make such demands in a contract.

EA CEO John Riccitiello's on future microtransactions: "When you are six hours into playing Battlefield and you run out of ammo in your clip, and we ask you for a dollar to reload, you're really not very price sensitive at that point in time...We're not gouging, but we're charging."

  jpnz

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11/16/12 6:43:23 PM#46
Originally posted by fenistil
Originally posted by jpnz

 

I can see one of the asia's game makers (Maybe NCSOFT? or Tencent?) but from a business point of view, Funcom isn't that attractive.

Funcom is actractive only because it is cheap as f**k atm.  I agree that Acti-Blizz won't buy it buy it.  Tencent, Nexon maybe EA, very meybe Disney if it would want to enter mmo gaming and so on.  Acit-Blizz nope won't happen.

Compared to what Funcom brings, it isn't 'cheap' at all.

What do you get? Some MMO IPs (who knows how long / type of contract that is) and a company that is losing money with a large overhead.

An asian game maker that wants a western presence is probably the most likely and even then, i'd give it 30% chance.

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  GhostGeisha

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11/16/12 6:45:00 PM#47

Their best game is Anarchy Online, wierd that everyone talks about AoC and TSW and ignores AO completely.

I hope it gets sold, i mean Funcom is going down the hill for years now.

  OG_Zorvan

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11/16/12 6:51:40 PM#48
Originally posted by jpnz
Originally posted by fenistil
Originally posted by jpnz

 

I can see one of the asia's game makers (Maybe NCSOFT? or Tencent?) but from a business point of view, Funcom isn't that attractive.

Funcom is actractive only because it is cheap as f**k atm.  I agree that Acti-Blizz won't buy it buy it.  Tencent, Nexon maybe EA, very meybe Disney if it would want to enter mmo gaming and so on.  Acit-Blizz nope won't happen.

Compared to what Funcom brings, it isn't 'cheap' at all.

What do you get? Some MMO IPs (who knows how long / type of contract that is) and a company that is losing money with a large overhead.

An asian game maker that wants a western presence is probably the most likely and even then, i'd give it 30% chance.

The only "major" IP Funcom has licensed currently for a future product is for a LEGO game. The Conan license is solely for AoC with no option for further games. AO and TSW could be expolited as there is no outside license holder to the IP to be beholden to when making games or other products under those IP's.

EA CEO John Riccitiello's on future microtransactions: "When you are six hours into playing Battlefield and you run out of ammo in your clip, and we ask you for a dollar to reload, you're really not very price sensitive at that point in time...We're not gouging, but we're charging."

  OG_Zorvan

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11/16/12 6:51:40 PM#49
Originally posted by wonderwise

Their best game is Anarchy Online, wierd that everyone talks about AoC and TSW and ignores AO completely.

I hope it gets sold, i mean Funcom is going down the hill for years now.

It's a 13 year old game that tanked at release and has remained a niche game ever since. That's why.

EA CEO John Riccitiello's on future microtransactions: "When you are six hours into playing Battlefield and you run out of ammo in your clip, and we ask you for a dollar to reload, you're really not very price sensitive at that point in time...We're not gouging, but we're charging."

  Iselin

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11/16/12 7:00:22 PM#50
Originally posted by ShakyMo
EA

They already have a bunch of ex ea execs on the board.

Think Nokia and Microsoft

I've been sort of expecting Microsoft to get into the MMO game since Don Mattrick left EA and took over Microsoft Interactive Entertainment a couple of years back. Wouldn't be a bad thing for them to compete in this genre.

  Helleri

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11/16/12 8:35:10 PM#51

I don't think Microsoft has designs on getting into the realm of MMO's. Not directly splatting their name all over it any ways. The only reason they got into consoles is because sony boasted that consoles would one day replace PC's. If this were true microsoft would need a console, more then this though they wanted to proove that a consokle could never beat a PC. And they accomplkished that. Makwe a hyped console that falls shoort of what it could be and send many of it's top rated exclusive games over to PC after a 2 year run on any given game (therein showing the difference). The Xbox division of microsoft has operated at a loss since day 1.

 

And Gates doesn't care either about that, he will keep chucking his pocket change at the division to balance the books, as long as Xbox continues to make that point for him.

'Your console over heated due to the fact that we couldn't see our way clear to put more then a single fan with a crappy duct system in it? well you would have had multiple fans cooling various components had you gotten a pc instead....btw that game you were playing for xbox as console exclusive is now available for pc too.'

 

But I can see microsoft getting into the MMO genre...the very second someone that heads a non-in-gate's-pocket gaming company comes out at E3 and says "The MMO will soon take over even the most popular console games" lol.

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  kb4blu

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11/16/12 9:10:43 PM#52

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.

 

 

 

  Ortwig

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11/16/12 9:42:03 PM#53

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.)

  Castillle

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11/16/12 9:56:46 PM#54

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

 

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  emperorwings

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11/16/12 9:58:38 PM#55
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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  Yizle

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11/16/12 10:23:57 PM#56
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

  Thane

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11/16/12 10:28:42 PM#57
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 ^^

 

some people just have no idea what they talk about... shesh.

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  xmenty

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11/16/12 10:39:34 PM#58

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 :)

  Vannor

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11/16/12 10:41:25 PM#59
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..

  jpnz

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11/16/12 10:51:15 PM#60
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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