Posts Tagged ‘Funcom’

Conan Exiles Is Funcom’s Open-World Survival Game

Funcom’s enemy-crushing, lamentation-hearing MMORPG Age of Conan arrived years too late in the MMO rush, just another wanderer scavenging for scraps in the lands World of Warcraft pillaged and salted. Funcom today announced that they’re joining in the fun of 2013’s hottest craze with Conan Exiles [official site], a multiplayer open-world survival game set in the barbarian fantasy world. This summer it’ll launch into early access, as open-world multiplayer survival games will. Still, I do like the sound of sacrificing players to please gods.

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I’ll Be Back: Funcom Making New Conan Game

There’s a scene in the 1982 film Conan the Barbarian where the musclebound protagonist asks chum Subotai about religion. “Who do you pray to?” he asks. “I pray to the four winds, and you?” his pal replies. “To Crom… but I seldom pray to him, he doesn’t listen.” Subotai laughs. Conan ain’t happy. Alas, sometimes prayers go unanswered. But maybe you enjoyed Funcom‘s 2008 MMO Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures – and its subsequent 2011 free-to-play guise Unchained – so much that you prayed they’d return to Cimmeria. You did? Friend, your prayers have been answered.

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Wot I Think: The Park

The Park [official site] is a short horror game, a spin-off from Funcom’s MMORPG The Secret World [official site]. For as long as people have been talking about the modern myths and conspiracies of The Secret World, there has been a desire for a singleplayer experience set among its mysteries and horrors. The Park will not satisfy that craving – it’s a brief visit to one small self-contained area of that world – but I found it be an oddly engaging experience, warts and all, and hope it’s the first in a library of singleplayer stories.

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Screampark: Secret World Spin-Off The Park Released

Funcom’s latest adventure into the spooky world of The Secret World isn’t the single-player version I’ve wished for, but they are revisiting a memorable location from the supernatural MMORPG.

The Park [official site] is a spin-off horror walk-o-story set inside Atlantic Island Park, a haunted fairground where now a mother has lost her young son. Don’t get your hopes up, lady. But you, dear reader, perhaps cock an eyebrow at its spooking potential, as The Park opened its gates this afternoon.

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Secret World Spin-Off The Park Summons Release Date

To me, every day is Halloween, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the glut of ghosts and ghouls who rise and swarm around the end of October. Here’s another date to add to your calendarrgghhh: October 27th.

That’s when The Secret World folks Funcom will release The Park [official site], a walk-o-spook spin-off from the supernatural MMO and their first single-player game in years.

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The Park Wants To Feel Like A Stephen King Novel

MMORPG specialists Funcom have revealed more details about their ominous theme park-set single-player outing The Park [official site]. Although it’s the studio’s first solo-playing venture in nine years – Dreamfall: The Longest Journey in 2006 being the last – The Park takes place in The Secret World‘s wider universe.

The latest trailer asks ‘What is The Park?’, before taking a behind-the-scenes peak beyond the rope barrier as it arrives at an answer.

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Funcom Announce The Secret World Spin-off The Park

Update: “The Park is absolutely set in the universe of The Secret World,” tweets Funcom creative director Joel Bylos.

I’ve wished that Funcom’s MMORPG The Secret World had been a single-player game instead and it looks like… I’m still not getting my wish. However, the MMO-focused studio have revealed a single-player horror game which seems to have a little of that TSW tone. The Park [official site] is a spook ‘em up about a mother who takes her child to a theme park, then terrible things happen. Come check the teaser trailer (but mind the flashing lights):

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LEGO Minifigures Online Release, Ditches F2P Model

LITTLE PLASTIC PEOPLE.

LEGO Worlds is looking like it’ll become the brick ‘em up folks have been asking for since 1873, with the grand vision of letting folks slap down plastic bricks with their pals and play silly beggars to their hearts’ content. LEGO Minifigures Online [official site] is, well, one of the games that made the long wait for LEGO Worlds so frustrating.

Made by Funcom, LEGO Minifigures Online is an MMO action-RPG where different LEGOMEN are different classes, romping through LEGO settings. After a year in open beta as free-to-play, yesterday it officially launched as regular old pay-to-play offering everything for one price.

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The Secret World Wraps Up Season 1 In Latest Expansion

I suppose one doesn’t hear much about The Secret World [official site] nowadays. The idea of a supernatural RPG where our modern-day world is filled with all sorts of ghosts, ghouls, cryptozoological oddities, and unspeakable horrors from beyond the stars is fantastic, but it’s a shame it’s an MMORPG.

Still, Funcom have steadily expanded the story with mini expansions called ‘Issues’ and brought it all to a head with the launch of Issue 11. ‘Reaping the Whirlwind’ wraps up season 1 (a mixed metaphor, there), showing consequences to decisions throughout the game. It visits a fine setting: the headquarters of a sinister megacorp whose supernatural experiments went awry.

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The RPG Scrollbars: Back To The Secret World

What do Egyptian pharaohs like to feed their cats? I don't know, but Akhenaten cats prefer Whiskers.

You know those games that you can never really get into, but you keep dipping back into, time and again? For me, they tend to be MMORPGs, and two in particular – City of Heroes, which I’d often feel the urge to just fire up for a weekend and clobber some stuff, and World of Warcraft, which I always jump into each expansion pack to take my Undead Mage out of storage for one more adventure. The Secret World is also on my list, but from the other direction. It’s a game that ticked every one of my boxes when it first came out, save the one about actually having fun with it. Yet I’ve been back several times, always secretly hoping that at some point it will have morphed into the single-player Vampire: Bloodlines type game its world constantly cries tortured screams to have been.

Well, spoiler: It hasn’t. And yes, I know in my heart that it never will. However, last month… actually, wait, we’re in May. Bah! Fine. Back in March then, Funcom launched what it called ‘The Enhanced Player Experience’. Well, it’s been a quiet week. I thought I’d see if it’s helped things out any.

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