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Funcom Oslo AS
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Formerly Funcom Productions AS
Type Subsidiary
Industry Video games
Traded as OSE: FUNCOM
ISIN NO0010887029 [1]
Founded 1993
Founders Erik Gloersen
Tyr Neilsen
Andre Backen
Gaute Godager (left in 2008)
Olav Mørkrid
Headquarters Oslo, Norway
Number of locations 3 studios and offices
Area served Worldwide
Key People Rui Casais (CEO)
Products Dune series Upcoming,
Secret World series,
Mutant series,
Conan series,
The Longest Journey series
Number of employees 185
Parent Tencent (100%)
Website https://funcom.com/
Make great games and have a damn good time doing it.
~ About Us

Funcom Oslo AS is a video game developer and publisher and subsidiary of Tencent. It is home to most of the Conan Exiles team.

Located in Oslo, Norway, Funcom currently has 185 employees from more than 25 different nationalities.[2][3] It was listed as Funcom SE on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE: Funcom) since 2005. It is backed by Northzone Ventures, Stelt Holding and Teknoinvest.[4]

Tencent announced in January 2020 its intent to fully acquire Funcom through purchasing all outstanding shares of the company in February 2020.[5] As of April 15, 2020 Tencent has fully acquired Funcom and as of July 14, 2020 owns 100% of shares in the company.[6]

Description[edit | edit source]

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Funcom is a world-leading independent developer and publisher of PC and console games.

Funcom was founded in 1993 and has since then developed and published over 25 game titles across several genres and gaming platforms. Most notable of these are the online games Conan Exiles, The Secret World, Age of Conan and Anarchy Online, as well as the adventure game 'The Longest Journey'.

~ PR: Short description

History[edit | edit source]

In 1993, Erik Gloersen, Tyr Neilsen, Andre Backen, Gaute Godager and Olav Mørkrid founded Funcom as an independent video game developer. Its original name was Funcom Productions AS.[7].

Rui Casais joined the company as a junior AI programmer in 2004 and became its CEO in 2015.

At its peak in 2008, Funcom had around 680 employees spread across offices all over the world.[8]

1993-2019[edit | edit source]

1993[edit | edit source]

Funcom is founded as Funcom Productions AS. It starts with five employees.

1993-1996[edit | edit source]

  • 1994: Funcom B.V. and Funcom Dublin Ltd. founded.[9]
  • 1995: Funcom Productions AS changed name to Funcom Oslo AS.[9]
  • In the early years of Funcom, they were mostly making games for other major entertainment corporations. Games were made for the SNES, SEGA Genesis, PlayStation, and many more. Games include:
    • Nightmare Circus (SEGA Genesis)
    • Winter Gold (SNES)
    • Casper (Game Boy, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn)
    • Disney's Pocahontas (Game Boy, SEGA Genesis)
    • DragonHeart: Fire & Steel (PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, PC)
    • A Dinosaur's Tale (SEGA Genesis)
    • Daze Before Christmas (SEGA Genesis, SNES)
    • Fatal Fury Special (SEGA CD, SNES, and more)
    • Samurai Shodown (SEGA CD, SNES, and more)
    • NBA Hang Time (SEGA Genesis, N64, PlayStation, SNES, PC)

1999[edit | edit source]

  • The Longest Journey
  • Speed Freaks (original PlayStation), Europe

2000[edit | edit source]

  • Speed Freaks (original Playstation), North America (NA: Speed Punks)
  • No Escape

2001[edit | edit source]

  • Anarchy Online

2005[edit | edit source]

In December 2005, Funcom NV (now Funcom SE), the Dutch mother company of Funcom Oslo, becomes a publicly traded company listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE).

  • Naturally this had significant impact on the company's structure and way of business, and also opened up new opportunities for financing.
  • An updated logo is released.

2006[edit | edit source]

Dreamfall: The Longest Journey (PC and Xbox)

2007[edit | edit source]

Before Dreamfall had come to the stores, over 200,000 had downloaded it illegally. For each game sold, it is estimated to be between 3 and 10 times as many. Obviously, we and others in the industry are losing huge amounts of money on this.
We have decided to stop developing offline PC games. Piracy is the main reason for it
Many players who only rely on offline PC games have had big problems. For example, in France, the game industry is in crisis due to piracy, he says.
~ Funcom boss Trond Arne Aas, in an interview with E24.(Translated)

This interview, held on March 14 explains why Funcom abandoned traditional "offline" product distribution (e.g. on optical discs) in favor of digital distribution completely. The main reason for this decision was claimed to be the financial losses due to software piracy.[10]

2008[edit | edit source]

  • Age of Conan

August 21: Funcom laid off half of its Customer Service department located in Durham, North Carolina. [11]

September 17: Gaute Godager left Funcom, stating he was dissatisfied with certain elements of Age of Conan, which he directed. Craig Morrison took over the direction of Age of Conan.[12]

November 22: Third parties reported that Funcom fired an additional 70% of the staff in their US workforce, possibly endangering future releases.[11]

2009[edit | edit source]

September: The company announces to open a new development studio in Montreal, Canada (Funcom Games Canada Inc)

2010[edit | edit source]

The Age of Conan expansion pack Rise of the Godslayer becomes free-to-play.

2011[edit | edit source]

Age of Conan becomes fully free-to-play.

2012[edit | edit source]

  • The Secret World

2014[edit | edit source]

On January 29, Norwegian economic crime unit Økokrim launched an investigation into suspected infringement of the provisions of the Securities Trading Act connected to the 2012 launch of The Secret World.

  • In 'October, the case against Funcom was closed after the company paid a fine.

On April 24, 2014, the company reported securing NOK 9.7 million (USD 1.6 million) additional equity.

  • The additional cash boost helped the company to fully prepare for the launch of the LEGO Minifigures MMO in summer 2014.
  • LEGO Minifigures Online (PC, iOS, and Android)

2015[edit | edit source]

After both The Secret World and LEGO Minifigures Online fail to become the commercial successes Funcom had hoped for, a new, future strategy for Funcom was created.

  • In this new strategy, major changes to the company structure, ambitions, way of doing things, priorities and tools were made.

In October, the company launched The Park, a single-player horror experience based on The Secret World intellectual property.

In December, the company announced that it had entered into a partnership agreement with Conan Properties International LLC, making it the preferred partner for PC and console games based on the Conan the Barbarian brand.

2015/2016[edit | edit source]

Funcom develops two smaller games in both Oslo and North Carolina, aimed at increasing the teams' experience with the Unreal Engine.

  • The Park (PC, Xbox, PS4)
  • Hide & Shriek (PC)

2017[edit | edit source]

January 31: Funcom releases the open-world survival game Conan Exiles into Steam Early Access and it immediately becomes a hit for the company, selling half a million units on Steam in the first month.

  • August 16, 2017, the game launches into Xbox Game Preview as The Frozen North expansion update is also released.

July 26: Secret World Legends

August 31: Funcom gets a new logo. The new logo, the first logo update in 12 years, represents Funcom's journey that has led them to where they are today.

The first six months of the year were the most profitable ever in the history of the company.

  • This was announced on the same day that the Q2 2017 report was released.

2018[edit | edit source]

May 8: Funcom launches Conan Exiles fully on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

June 22: Conan Exiles' The Imperial East Pack DLC is published alongside a hotfix.

August 2: Conan Exiles' Jewel of the West Pack DLC is published alongside a hotfix.

August 23: The seperate Japanese PS4 version Conan Outcasts is launched.

October 9: Conan Exiles' The Savage Frontier Pack DLC is published alongside Update 34 (Part 2: Electric Boogaloo).

December 12: Conan Exiles' Seekers of the Dawn Pack DLC is published alongside an update.

  • Funcom reached 15.000 followers on Twitch and 1100 followers on Mixer.[13]

2019[edit | edit source]

January 8: Acquisition of majority stake in lisbon based game service studio ZPX[14], which made some of the animations for Conan Exiles.

February 26: Funcom announces three Dune games to be developed with Legendary Entertainment and Herbert Properties LLC.

February 28: Stalker Trials update for Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden.

March 11: Anarchy Online gets a new server.

March 20: Funcom announces Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden coming to Nintendo Switch this summer with DLC expansion and retail release.

This information has since changed. See May 23.

March 26: Funcom reveals cosmic horror game Moons of Madness.

April 1st: Conan Chop Chop and the return of the Night of the Lost Souls Conan Exiles event[15] are announced as April Fools jokes.

Conan Chop Chop is later announced as an actual game, see June 10.

April 15: Conan Exiles' Treasures of Turan Pack DLC is published alongside a hotfix.

May 8: Conan Exiles' 1 Year Anniversary; The Riddle of Steel DLC is published alongside an update and a Steam free weekend.

May 23: Funcom reveals the Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden Seed of Evil DLC and changes the ETA of the DLC and previously announced retail and Switch edition to July 30.

May 24: Conan Unconquered is announced to release May 29, one day earlier than planned.

May 29: Conan Unconquered releases on Steam.

June 10: Conan Chop Chop is revealed to be a real game during the PC Gaming Show at E3 2019.

The release ETA has since changed. See February 12, 2020.

July 30: Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden releases for the Switch and in retail. The Seed of Evil DLC releases on all platforms digitally and physically, except digitally for PS4.

August 6: The Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden Seed of Evil DLC releases digitally for the PS4.

August 26: Conan Chop Chop release moved to Q1 2020 to include online multiplayer.

The release ETA has since changed. See February 12, 2020.

September 3: Conan Exiles' Blood and Sand Pack DLC is published alongside an update.

September 27: Funcom announces mounts are coming to Conan Exiles in December 2019, along with mounted combat and pet leveling.

September 30: Tencent becomes the largest shareholder in Funcom. It agreed to acquire all shares belonging to the Norway-based KGJ Capital AS, which was previously the largest shareholder.

October 8: Conan Exiles' Debaucheries of Derketo Pack DLC is published alongside an update.

October 10: Moons of Madness launch is announced for October 22, 2019.

October 15: Moons of Madness ARG "Cyrano" is discussed.

October 18: New Moons of Madness gameplay video and system requirements revealed.

October 22: Moons of Madness launches.

October 25: The Park port on Nintendo Switch launches.

December 3: Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden celebrates one year anniversary with a sale and fan made film release.

December 5: Conan Exiles' Riders of Hyboria Pack DLC is published alongside an update and a Steam Free Weekend.[16]

December 18: Conan Chop Chop release date announced with new trailer.

The release ETA has since changed. See February 12, 2020.

2020[edit | edit source]

January 14: Moons of Madness console release moved to March 24, 2020.

January 22: Tencent seeks to acquire full ownership of Funcom.

February 12: Conan Chop Chop release ETA changed to Q2 2020.

March 24: Moons of Madness console release on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

May 7: Conan Exiles' Architects of Argos Pack DLC is published alongside Update 40 and a Steam Free Weekend.

June 11: Funcom announces Rhythm FPS Metal: Hellsinger.

June 27, 2020: Conan Chop Chop release moved from Q2 2020 to 2020.

Studios[edit | edit source]

The Funcom Group consist of 8 companies. Funcom SE, the parent company of the Group, five wholly owned subsidiaries, one majority-owned subsidiary and one joint operation, being Heroic Signatures DA.

Oslo, Norway[edit | edit source]

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Funcom Oslo AS (Formerly Funcom Productions AS[9]) is a subsidiary of Funcom SE, situated in Oslo, Norway.

Focus is on the development and operation of games and technology. It is the home office of the Conan Exiles studio, where the decisions regarding Conan Exiles are made. 47 Oslo members are on an image of the team.[17]

It also houses

  • Funcom Oslo Licensing AS, lead by Ole Hamran Schreiner, which handles tax administration and the owner company, Funcom B.V..[9][18] It is the holding company for Heroic Signatures AS.
  • Funcom SE, the registered office (Dutch: statutaire zetel) which was previously located in Katwijk, The Netherlands. On August 30, 2019 it was announced that it would be moved to the municipality of Oslo, Norway to reduce the burden of administrative expenses and achieve a more efficient group structure. On July 3, 2020 it was confirmed that the move to Norway was completed.

Durham, North Carolina, USA[edit | edit source]

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Funcom Inc. is located in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina, one of the largest research parks in the world. RTP is home to numerous high-tech companies and enterprises, including several game development studios. Employees at Funcom Inc have easy access to the nearby cities of Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill.​ 48 NC members are portrayed on an image of the team.[17]

Focus is on the development of computer games. It was previously a secondary development studio for Conan Exiles. However, this now takes place in the Oslo office.

Badhoevedorp, The Netherlands[edit | edit source]

Funcom SE (previously Funcom N.V.) is a public limited company registered in The Netherlands and publicly listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.[19] It is the mother company of Funcom Oslo AS.

The company is subject to Norwegian securities legislation and stock exchange regulations as well as Dutch legislation.

Beijing (Peking), China[edit | edit source]

Funcom Games Beijing Ltd. is a wholly foreign-owned enterprise (WFOE), responsible for publishing in Asia. Before 2011, this was a development studio and representative office.[4]

ZPX[edit | edit source]

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Zona Paradoxal Lda. (also known as ZPX) is a portuguese game development company which has contributed to Conan Exiles, Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden and other projects. It will continue to act independently with Funcom, who have a controlling interest, as its main customer.[20][21]

ZPX' contribution to Conan Exiles includes the production of high and low poly 3D models, textures and the setup of assets and materials on Unreal Engine. The collaboration of the engineering team included help with the debug process, bug fixing and implementation of new features.[22]

Nephilim LLC[edit | edit source]

Nephilim LLC is a subsidiary of Funcom SE, situated in the United States. It is the owner of the film rights used by Funcom.

Heroic Signatures DA[edit | edit source]

Heroic Signatures DA is the owner of the Heroic Signatures IP licenses which are used by Funcom in joint operation.

Dublin, Ireland[edit | edit source]

Funcom Dublin Ltd.[23] was the former Dublin-based development studio of Funcom Oslo A/S. It was founded in 1994 and all console development for the company was conducted from there since 1996. Initially based in Clonskeagh, they later moved to a larger office in Sandyford.

Many of the early staff was recruited locally, from design courses at the National College of Art and Design in Dun Laoghaire and Ballyfermot PLC. The first title they worked on was Impact Racing (PSX).

In 1998, they struck a deal with Activision to create the motor racer D.I.R.T., but the deal fell through. In 1999, the game was released as Championship Motocross Featuring Ricky Carmichael by THQ.

After the initial focus on the PlayStation, it was announced in July 2000 that the office would now focus on the Xbox platform. The main Funcom company, however, achieved a lot of success with its early online titles, so it started work on a large project, the MMORPG Anarchy Online. Because of the financial risks involved, all attention was focused on the new title and the Dublin office was closed in August 2001. The Xbox game they were working on, Jet Sprint MX, was cancelled.

Games:

  • Championship Motocross 2001 Featuring Ricky Carmichael (2001)
  • Speed Punks (1999)
  • Championship Motocross Featuring Ricky Carmichael (1999)
  • Impact Racing (1996)

Montreal, Quebec, Canada[edit | edit source]

Funcom Games Canada Inc. was the development studio for The Secret World and Age of Conan expansion pack Rise of the Godslayer.

Bertrange, Luxembourg[edit | edit source]

Funcom S.à r.l. or Funcom SARL was a (trading) branch of Funcom. It was fully liquidated in 2016.[24]

Zürich, Switzerland[edit | edit source]

Funcom GmbH was previously Funcom headquarters. It was fully liquidated in 2016.[24]

The "Dreamfall - The Longest Journey Soundtrack EP" by Magnet (Even Johansen) falls under the Funcom GmbH label.[25]

Küsnacht, Switzerland[edit | edit source]

Funcom Sales GmbH[26] was the financial holding of Funcom GmbH. It was fully liquidated in 2016.[24]

Sweet Robot[edit | edit source]

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Sweet Robot (or SweetRobot), consisting of Sweet Robot AS and Sweet Robot GmbH was a development studio which worked on and specialized in publishing casual[27] MMO games.

It had been making a new game engine and a game titled Pets vs Monsters[28], of which a beta version was published on December 16, 2009. The game fully released on January 13, 2012.[29] In 2014, development support for the game ended.[30]

Games[edit | edit source]

Conan Exiles[edit | edit source]

Main article: Conan Exiles


Other games[edit | edit source]

List of products
Name Release Genre(s) Device(s) Development Notes
Moons of Madness 2019 Horror PC, PS4, Xbox One External Developed by Rock Pocket Games and Dreamloop Games.
Conan Unconquered 2019 Turn-based strategy PC External Developed by Petroglyph Games.
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden 2018 Tactical adventure PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch External Developed by The Bearded Ladies
Conan Exiles 2018 Survival PC, PS4, Xbox One Internal Developed by Funcom Oslo
Secret World Legends 2017 MMORPG PC Internal Developed by Funcom North Carolina
Hide and Shriek 2016 Multiplayer PC Internal Developed by Funcom North Carolina
The Park 2015 Adventure PC, PS4, Xbox One Internal Developed by Funcom Oslo
LEGO Minifigures Online 2015 MMORPG PC, Android, iOS Internal Developed by Funcom Oslo
The Longest Journey Remastered 2014 Adventure iOS Internal Ported by Funcom
Dreamfall Chapters 2014 Adventure PC, PS4, Xbox One External Developed by Red Thread Games
on a license from Funcom
Pets vs. Monsters 2012 MMORPG PC, Mac OS X Internal Developed by Sweet Robot
Fashion Week Live 2012 Facebook game Facebook Internal Fashion based social game
The Secret World 2012 MMORPG PC Internal
Bloodline Champions 2011 Action PC External
Age of Conan: Unchained 2008 MMORPG PC Internal Formerly Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures
Bionicle Heroes
[citation needed]
2006 Shooter PC, PS2, X360, GameCube, Game Boy Advance, NDS, Wii External
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey 2006 Adventure PC, Xbox Internal
Anarchy Online 2001 MMORPG PC Internal
No Escape 2000 Shooter PC Internal
CMX 1999 Racing PlayStation Internal Developed by Funcom Dublin
The Longest Journey 1999 Adventure PC Internal
Speed Freaks 1999 Racing PlayStation Internal Developed by Funcom Dublin
(NA: Speed Punks)
Deadly Skies
[citation needed]
1997 Shooter PlayStation Internal
NBA Hangtime 1997 Sports Mega Drive / Genesis Internal
Casper 1996 Puzzle adventure Sega Saturn Internal
Impact Racing 1996 Racing PlayStation, Sega Saturn Internal Developed by Funcom Dublin
DragonHeart: Fire & Steel 1996 Action PC, PlayStation, Sega Saturn Internal
Winter Gold 1996 Sports SNES Internal
Nightmare Circus 1996 Action Mega Drive / Genesis Internal
Disney's Pocahontas 1996 Adventure Mega Drive / Genesis Internal
Samurai Shodown 1995 Fighting Mega-CD Port Ported by Funcom
Fatal Fury Special 1995 Fighting Mega-CD Port Ported by Funcom
Daze Before Christmas 1994 Action Mega Drive / Genesis, SNES Internal
A Dinosaur's Tale 1994 Adventure Mega Drive / Genesis Internal
Midgard Cancelled MMORPG PC Internal
Jet Sprint MX Cancelled Racing Xbox Internal Developed by Funcom Dublin
World Heroes CD Cancelled Fighting Mega-CD Internal
Codename Conquistador
[citation needed]
Unknown Adventure PC Internal
Ivy League
[citation needed]
Unknown Shoot 'Em Up PC Internal

In the pipeline[edit | edit source]

Disambig.png This article is about Funcom releases and ports. For upcoming Conan Exiles updates and features, see Upcoming features.
One or more games from Funcom, Games Farm and The Outsiders will be available on Xbox Series X.[31]

There are 10 active projects in total, of which 5 are new and 5 are existing or prototype game projects.
Or, 2 are internal, 2 are external and 6 are additional publishing games or activities for existing games, such as SKUs, updates, stores, platforms, etc.[32][33] Modern GPUs (GCN, etc.) will be supported.[34] This does not include games which can be bought and played but are currently not being invested in.

As of January 22, 2020, Funcom will focus on developing games in the Open World Survival segment with Games-as-a-Service business model.[35] Direct prequels / sequels for existing (pre-2020) games are not planned.[36]

Apart from the below, the following is being thought about:

  • An Anarchy Online IP game.[37]
  • Publishing and/or developing games on the Nintendo Switch.[37]
  • Expanding the possibilities for Funcom's key IPs in the mobile platforms through cooperation with Tencent.[38]

These games are currently in development; read as: Name (Device) - release ETA (developer)

External[edit | edit source]

Externally developed games.

  • Conan Chop Chop (PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One), H2 2020 - in Production[39] by Mighty Kingdom.
This game was revealed at E3 2019 during the PC Gaming Show.[40] Originally, it was planned for September 3, 2019, but on August 26, 2019 it was announced that the release was moved to February 25, 2020 as Mighty Kingdom would add online multi-player.[41] On February 12, 2020 the release was moved to Q2 2020; developers were given additional time to ensure that the game is optimized for online multiplayer and to give them a chance to polish the game.[42] On June 27, 2020 the release was moved to H2 2020 to allow for further development.[43]

  • Metal: Hellsinger (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X), 2021 - in Production by The Outsiders.
    • Original (Not an existing Funcom IP).[44]
    • Single-player, rhythm FPS.
    • Narrated by Troy Baker (The Last of Us) as Paz the Skull and Jennifer Hale (Mass Effect) as The Red Judge.
    • Songs are composed by Two Feathers Studios (Elvira Björkman, Nicklas Hjertberg) and performed by Matt Heafy (Trivium), Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquillity), Björn Strid (Soilwork), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy) and several unannounced singers.
    • The game will be optimized for next-gen consoles, with improved visuals, up to 120 frames per second[45] or 60 frames per second at 4K and drastically reduced loading time. It also supports Xbox Smart Delivery.[46]
    • On April 30, 2020, The Outsiders announced that they put development for their previous game Darkborn (formerly Project Wight, Archenemy) on halt and are working on a new, different project. On June 10, 2020 a trailer and pre-alpha gameplay were revealed at IGN Expo. A review demo also became available to the press.

  • Untitled (External) (Likely Xbox Series X[47]), 2021 - in Concept by Games Farm.
    • Heroic Signatures IP.[48]
First shown as part of the pipeline in the Q3 2019 report.[33] On July 2, 2020 editor-in-chief of Re-Play Jan Modrák tweeted about his opportunity to see the game and included a picture showing a possible teaser.[49]

Internal[edit | edit source]

Internally developed games. Funcom aims to have at least two of these in development at all time.

  • Untitled (Mutant Chronicles) (PC, PS4, Xbox One), TBD - in Production[39] by Funcom Inc. (NC)
    • Mutant Chronicles IP.[32]
    • Online multi-player, co-op shooter with a large variety of levels.[50] Possibly 4-player.[51]
    • 'PAYDAY / Left 4 Dead / Vermintide'-like gameplay.[52]
    • Uses the Unreal 4 Engine[53] and will likely use DreamWorld Technology.[54]
    • Sold with a premium, game as a service business model.[32] RedEye estimates the game will cost around 30-40$.[55]
    • As of the Q4 2019 financial report, release ETA is after the listed Dune game.[39]
Originally planned for 2020, it was announced it had been impacted by scope changes due to external / market pressures with increasingly strong competition and internal delays on January 22, 2020[35] As of the Q2 2019 financial report, this game will be developed by the US studio.[32] RedEye expects the game to be released in 2023 or later.[56]

  • Untitled (Conan) / Project Steinbit[57] (PC, PS4, Xbox One), TBD - in Pre-Production by Funcom Oslo AS.
    • Conan IP.
    • Single-player, action-adventure game.
    • It will likely use the Unreal 4 Engine with DreamWorld Technology.[54]
    • Uses members of the team that did Conan Exiles.
    • You play as Conan. (Think "climbing the Tower of the Elephant"[52], chasing after the Frost Giant's daughter.[51])
    • As of the Q2 2019 financial report, this game's development is temporarily on hold to focus the developers and management in the Oslo studio on Conan Exiles, Dune and other multi-player, open-world games.[32][33] Originally planned for 2020.

  • Untitled (Dune) (PC, PS4, Xbox One, Next-gen platforms[58]), TBD - in Pre-Production[39] by Funcom Oslo AS.
    • Frank Herbert's Dune IP.
    • 3 games, the first of which will be a persistent, open-world survival[33] game with online multi-player[59] and PvP.[53] The other two are likely Survival, FPS or similar.[53]
    • Very large-scale, open world terrain. Multiple times the size of Conan Exiles.[60]
    • Living / Changing worlds.[60]
    • A lot of different gameplay systems (Sandstorm, Combat, Building, Spice).[53]
    • Humanoids, creatures, vehicles and weapons[53] with combat similar to third-person/first-person/unconventional and vehicular shooters.[61]
    • Uses the Unreal 4 engine[53] and will likely use DreamWorld Technology.[54] The server technology will possibly be multi-threaded and have built-in support for Linux server configuration features.[53]
    • Sold with a premium, game as a service business model.[32] As of the Q4 2019 Financial Report, the invest budget is estimated at USD 30-50m by Funcom.[39]
    • Timeline TBD.[39] The game is to be released after around two years of production, preferably within the 2020 - 2021 financial window, as long as sufficient additional funding is secured.[35] The Q4 2019 financial report suggests a release in 2021.[39] RedEye estimates the first game will be launched earliest in Q4 2021, but more likely during 2022.[56]
      All three games are to be developed between 2019 - 2025 during Funcom's partnership with Legendary Entertainment.
We are leveraging a lot of know-how and experience on programming, design and art side. We are doing things heavily based on what we've learned from from [Conan Exiles]. Some things are the direct re-use, some things are not. Obviously, Dune is a sci-fi setting. Conan is not. It's a fantasy setting. So, from an art point of view, the learnings are all in terms of processes, techniques, tools to use. From technology point of view there are some things we can re-use and then there are some things that we see we did wrong, that we need to do better. As you might know, Conan Exiles was done quite rushed and as such it has some technical problems at the core level that it caused some technical quality problems. So, we are those parts we are not re-using - we are rewriting from scratch, in order to have better technical quality. So, the answer is, we do leverage the experience from Conan Exiles a lot on all areas. Some areas are more concrete, where we can re-use, some areas are more based on the experience we've gained. And, if you had more time and had known those learnings and gotten the Conan Exiles right the first time in early access, then the upside could have been many times as big. That's what we want to do with the Dune game. Then we have all those learnings and we're gonna get the game properly from the first time on the platform that's easy to scale and keep building on in a much easier way than it is on the Conan Exiles now. So, that's what we're working towards and we're very excited about.
~ Rui Casais[62]
  • Funcom works closely with Legendary Entertainment to make sure they capitalize on the opportunities and synergies between the movie and the game and is applying learnings from Conan Exiles.[32]

Ports[edit | edit source]

Currently none.


Employees[edit | edit source]

See also: Credits for people who have worked on Conan Exiles.

Executive Management[edit | edit source]

Name Position
Rui Casais   (Bio) CEO
Ole Schreiner   (Bio) COO
Stian Drageset   (Bio) CFO
Erling Ellingsen   (Bio) VP of PR & Marketing
Lawrence Poe   (Bio) VP of Digital Products

Management Board[edit | edit source]

Name Position
Rui Casais CEO
Christian Olsthoorm   (Bio) Managing Director of Funcom N.V.

Supervisory Board[edit | edit source]

Name Position
Ole Gladhaug   (Bio) Chairman
(Resigned September 30, 2019[63])
Andreas Arntzen   (Bio) Member
(Resigned September 30, 2019[63])
Alain Tascan   (Bio) Vice-Chairman
(Resigned October 31, 2018[64])
Fredrik Malmberg   (Bio) Member
Egil Kvannli   (Bio) Member
Susana Meza Graham   (Bio) Member

Careers[edit | edit source]

Name Position
Funcom Oslo
Espen Bakken[65] General Manager - Operations
Laura Domínguez Garcia[66] HR Generalist
Lawrence Poe[67] Chief Product Officer
Funcom Inc
Paxton Galvanek[68] Human Resource Manager - Operations
Scott Junior[69] Executive Producer
Erik Willis[70] Associate Technical Producer
Michael McGrath[71] Senior Software Engineer

Public Relations[edit | edit source]

Members of the PR team.[72]

Name Position
Natascha Röösli
  • PR and Community Director
  • Influencer and PR Contact
Erling Ellingsen Chief Marketing Officer
Jens Erik Vaaler
  • Community Manager
  • Streamer Contact
Tor Egil Andersen Communications Manager
Andy Benditt Community Manager
Nicole Vayo Community Manager

Investor Relations[edit | edit source]

As of 1st November 2016 (excluding COO and CFO). The Management Board, the Chief Financial Officer and the Executive Vice President of Business Operations are the Company's spokesmen for contact with the financial markets.
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Name Position
Ole Schreiner COO
Stian Drageset CFO
Alain Tascan Chairman Remuneration Committee
Fredrik Malmberg Member Remuneration Committee
Magnus Grøneng   (Bio) Chairman Audit Committee
Egil Kvannli Member Audit Committee

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Announcement of completion of transfer of registered office to Norway, new ISIN, new home member state, etc." Investors, Funcom - July 3, 2020
  2. "2019 Annual Financial Report" The Funcom Group; Funcom SE and subsidiaries (on: Investors, Funcom) - April 23, 2020 (As of December 31, 2019)
  3. Jobs, Funcom
  4. 4.0 4.1 Funcom opens office in China, gamesindustry.biz - May 13, 2005
  5. "Tencent Plans To Buy Funcom, Like It Needs To Own More Game Companies" Kotaku - January 22, 2020
  6. "Funcom SE: Compulsory acquisition of shares" Investors, Funcom - July 14, 2020
  7. Funcom's former name
  8. "Funcom: 'You can't survive for 20 years without a few scars'" gamesindustry.biz - August 31, 2017
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Funcom: History, MobyGames
  10. Wikipedia:Funcom
  11. 11.0 11.1 Funcom fires employees in 2008.
  12. Gaute Godager left Funcom in 2008
  13. "Funcom Livestream Schedule" Jens Erik, Funcom Forums - February 4, 2019
  14. "Acquisition in majority stake in Lisbon based game service studio ZPX" Investors, Funcom - January 8, 2019
  15. "April Fools: The Night of the Lost Souls returns – and this time it'll be even more lost!" Dev Blog - April 1, 2019
  16. "Conan Exiles Is Free to Play This Weekend" PR, Funcom - December 5, 2019
  17. 17.0 17.1 Contact
  18. Funcom Licensing AS, Proff.no
  19. Investors: Stock info, Funcom
  20. ZPX - About Us
  21. Join us - Funcom
  22. ZPX - Game development
  23. An article on the history of Funcom Dublin Ltd.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 openbaarmaking-voorwetenschap_201705120000000009_AGM%202017%20-%20letter%20DNB%20-%20Conv.%20Not.%20-%20Expl.%20Not.%20-%20AR%20info%20-%20AR%20-%20PoAs.pdf
  25. "Dreamfall - The Longest Journey Soundtrack EP" Discogs
  26. Funcom Sales GmbH in Liquidation, Moneyhouse
  27. Sweet Robot, Facebook - About (description)
  28. "Funcom opens new casual subsidiary" MCV/Develop - December 11, 2009
  29. "Pets vs Monsters Trailer" Funcom, YouTube - January 13, 2012
  30. Pets vs Monsters, Twitter
  31. https://www.gematsu.com/2020/05/microsoft-announces-over-140-studios-working-on-xbox-series-x
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 32.3 32.4 32.5 32.6 "2019 Second Quarter Financial Report" The Funcom Group; Funcom SE and subsidiaries (on: Investors, Funcom) - August 26, 2019
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 "2019 Third Quarter Financial Report" The Funcom Group; Funcom SE and subsidiaries (on: Investors, Funcom) - August 26, 2019
  34. "Graphics-Rendering Programmer" Jobs, Funcom
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 "Press Release: Update in connection with the announcement of intent to launch voluntary offer" Investors, Funcom - January 22, 2020
  36. Funcom, Twitch
  37. 37.0 37.1 Q3 2018 Financial Report (25:00)
  38. Funcom SE: Board recommends voluntary cash offer by Tencent to acquire all shares in Funcom - Investors, Funcom - January 22, 2020
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 39.3 39.4 39.5 39.6 "2019 Fourth Quarter Financial Report" The Funcom Group, Funcom SE and subsidiaries; Investors, Funcom - February 28. 2020
  40. "Funcom's upcoming games - PC Gaming Show 2019" PC Gamer, YouTube - June 11, 2019
  41. "Conan Chop Chop release moved to Q1 2020 to include online multiplayer" PR, Funcom - August 26, 2019
  42. "Conan Chop Chop to Hit the Shop in Q2 2020" PR, Funcom - February 12, 2020
  43. "Conan Chop Chop release moved" PR, Funcom - June 27, 2020
  44. "Press Release: Games update" Investors, Funcom - October 10, 2019
  45. http://pr.funcom.com/pressreleases/funcom-reveals-new-rhythm-fps-metal-hellsinger-3007317
  46. https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2020/06/12/upcoming-metal-hellsinger-hardcore-rhythm-fps/
  47. Xbox, Twitter - May 7, 2020
  48. "Funcom announces new game" Investors, Funcom - April 10, 2019
  49. bludr, Twitter - July 2, 2020
  50. Evan Brooks (Level Designer at Funcom), LinkedIn
  51. 51.0 51.1 Funcom: CEO, Rui Casais presents at Gaming Day 2019
  52. 52.0 52.1 Funcom: Rui Manuel Monteiro Casais, CEO & Stian Drageset, CFO presents at Redeye Early Bird
  53. 53.0 53.1 53.2 53.3 53.4 53.5 53.6 https://jobs.funcom.com/
  54. 54.0 54.1 54.2 Planned technical features combo
  55. (original report - "Funcom: Turnaround laddar för nya höjder - RedEye Initiating Coverage" RedEye - February 1, 2019 (SE))
  56. 56.0 56.1 ("Funcom: Meager premium from Tencent - RedEye Research Note" RedEye - January 29, 2020)
  57. Joel Bylos; Creative Director - Project Steinbit at Funcom, LinkedIn
  58. WarpDigitalUK, Twitter - June 15, 2020
  59. "Funcom N.V. enters into exclusive partnership with Legendary Entertainment for games in the Dune universe" Investors, Funcom - February 26, 2019
  60. 60.0 60.1 Game Dev Camp 2019, Portugal
  61. https://careers.zpx.pt/
  62. "Q3 financial presentation" Rui Casais and Stian Dragset, YouTube (originally on Twitch) - November 18, 2019 (Streamed November 11, 2019)
  63. 63.0 63.1 Ole Gladhaug and Andreas Arntzen resigned
  64. Alain Tascan resigned
  65. Espen Bakken - Jobs, Funcom
  66. Laura Domínguez Garcia - Jobs, Funcom
  67. Lawrence Poe - Jobs, Funcom
  68. Paxton Galvanek - Jobs, Funcom
  69. Scott Junior - Jobs, Funcom
  70. Erik Willis - Jobs, Funcom
  71. Michael McGrath - Jobs, Funcom
  72. Public Relations
  73. Investor Relations