We contacted Age of Conan
developer Funcom yesterday after reports from Norwegian news site E24 claimed the company would soon be making major staff cuts
. The company's director of communications, Erling Ellingsen, recently responded to our query, confirming the layoffs, and adding that Ragnar Tørnquist's mysterious MMO The Secret World
would indeed be delayed "by a few months." Age of Conan
and its in-development expansion, Rise of the Godslayer
, will not be affected by the layoffs.
Ellingsen explained that the cuts, which would primarily take place in Funcom's Oslo, Norway offices, were made "in order to adjust to the market situation." Though the layoffs are coming fairly soon after the developer announced its new, Montreal-based studio
, Ellingsen explained that "this has nothing to do with the establishment of our studio in Canada." We wish our Norwegian game-crafting allies the best of luck in getting back on their feet.