The Secret World seeing 400% more player activity following subscription removal

The Secret World

By on January 11, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Last month The Secret World dropped its subscription fee and moved to a pay-one, play-forever model akin to that of Guild Wars 2. Now, it seems, that move is paying off.

Funcom claims in a stock report to their investors that “activity levels in the game have increased by over 400% as original players have returned joined by thousands of new players”. Furthermore, Funcom reports that The Secret World shifted 70,000 sales in the last four weeks, which marks a 30% jump in sales figures.

It’s not all good news though — an announced restructuring of the company means that the Montreal studio of the developer is set to see some job losses, with further losses across the company. However, no games are set to be cancelled as a result.

Source: Funcom via GI.biz

5 comments (Leave your own)

I’m sure it being $13 on Amazon Digital played some part in this, It’s pretty much all people were talking about for a time on the Cheap Ass Gamers Forums.

 

400% could mean 40 players are now playing as opposed to 10 :)

 

40 as opposed to 10? Sure. TSW is an excellent MMO. What drew me away was GW2 f2p. Couldnt justify paying a sub when GW2 was just as good without. I have played lots of MMO’s and TSW is right up there. I hope they survive. Huldra server is the unofficial Aussie server should you want to find Aussie timezone numbers. You can invite people across servers too unlike other games so no prob rolling on the wrong one.

 

Much more than 40 players playing. ;)

In regards to the restructuring, that was a long-term process started back when the company didn’t sell that many copies of the game at first, so is largely independent of the move to B2P.

Between the restructuring and the relaunch of the game Funcom should be in good shape.

 

I dont get why an MMO made so recently still has issues with letting players choose the same names that other players have.

Worse than that: It makes you specifiy a first name, nick name, and last name – but only checks if the nick is unique? what’s the friggin point of that?

 
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