Funcom has now confirmed that a company restructure is underway, with GamesIndustry International
reporting that the MMO publisher is beginning a total restructure, which includes the closure of certain offices and minimising costing on productions. It is unclear how many people have lost their jobs, however Funcom ensures that the closures are need in "creating a stronger unified organization that can take full advantage of the exciting opportunities that face the games industry as it steps into 2013 and beyond."
A representative for Funcom confirmed to us that the Montreal office will be affected but not closed down entirely. "The Montreal office is part of the restructuring process and will be affected, but our goal is for the studio to continue to exist although in a different form than today. As we're currently in the middle of this process we can't go into further details right now, but we will update the market once the process has been completed," the spokesperson told GamesIndustry International.A stock report
has also been revealed that details the company will be looking to focus on more "smaller high quality MMO games such as the upcoming ‘LEGO Minifigures’ game which is currently in development by the highly experienced team at the Company’s Oslo studio." The restructuring will also be looking in favour to their current MMO's, titles like The Secret World and Age of Conan, with more focus on strengthening "the competence of a joint central team that will continue to operate and enhance these games."
The report also detailed that the move to make modern MMO The Secret World playable without subscriptions has apparently helped activity levels in the game jump by 400 percent. Funcom has also stated that the game has sold more than 70,000 units in the last four weeks since dropping subscriptions, a near 30 percent rise in sales.