latest entry into the MMO field, The Secret World
, has been receiving some less-than-stellar publicity lately with a bit of news involving poor Metacritic
scores and layoffs (albeit temporary) at Funcom
. It doesn't look like things are changing much yet, unfortunately. TSWSociety.com reports that, in a financial document released today, Funcom is claiming sales of "over 200,000" for the horror-themed title. These sales are reported as being "below expectations" and resulted in an impairment charge of $35,000 US.
In the report, Funcom also cites Guild Wars 2's
launch date announcement, followed immediately by that of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria
, as reasons for The Secret World
's subpar performance. But regardless of these setbacks, Funcom is looking ahead according to the company's Director of Communications, Erling Ellingsen
, who says that "[Funcom's] focus is now to readjust, roll up our sleeves and focus on the future." Hopefully dark days are not, in fact, coming.
[Thanks to Gostik for the tip!]