Tencent to Fully Acquire Funcom, Invest in Dune Property

Tencent has today announced a voluntary cash offer to acquire all shares in Norwegian game developer Funcom. Tencent, a leading Internet company with a strong online games operation, is a shareholder in many leading gaming developers, such as Riot Games, Epic, Supercell, Ubisoft, Paradox and Frontier. The company already owns close to 29% of the shares in Funcom and news of the intended takeover is greeted with enthusiasm from Funcom CEO Rui Casais. “We have had a great relationship with Tencent as our largest shareholder so far and we are excited about this opportunity,” says Funcom CEO Rui Casais. “We … Continue reading Tencent to Fully Acquire Funcom, Invest in Dune Property

Developer Funcom Celebrates 25 Years

Funcom is celebrating 25 years of making games. They have done pixel platformers on the Super Nintendo and SEGA Genesis (including Pocahontas, Casper, and Winter Gold). And racing games such as Speed Freaks for the PlayStation 1 and Racing Impact for the SEGA Saturn. Funcom made three major PC massively multiplayer online games where they pioneered new gameplay mechanics such as auto-generated dungeons (Anarchy Online), dynamic combat (Age of Conan), and investigation missions (Secret World Legends). And they did The Longest Journey, one of the most critically acclaimed adventure games of all time. To celebrate, Funcom has made a video … Continue reading Developer Funcom Celebrates 25 Years

Conan Exiles Xbox One Gameplay Video Revealed, Pricing Announced

On August 16th, Conan Exiles comes crushing onto the Xbox One platform as it finally enters Game Preview (the equivalent of Early Access on PC). Included on day one is also the brand new free expansion update The Frozen North which introduces tons of new content, features, and expands the game world by 70%. This release marks the start of the second phase of Conan Exiles’ Early Access phase. Today, Funcom revealed the first ever live gameplay of Conan Exiles on Xbox One via Mixer.com Funcom today also revealed the price point for Conan Exiles on Xbox Game Preview: 34.99 … Continue reading Conan Exiles Xbox One Gameplay Video Revealed, Pricing Announced

Anarchy Online is Revolutionary

Anarchy Online sounds a bit like some shooter free-for-all, at least judging from the main title. But despite this, the game is actually an online massively multiplayer RPG that is second to none in terms of character development and detailed landscapes. The first thing however that sets Anarchy Online apart from most massively multiplayer RPGs is that the world of Anarchy Online takes place in a science fiction universe. Getting away from the normal medieval theme that seems to permeate every other online world is quite nice. With the futuristic setting comes a lot of interesting paths that a character … Continue reading Anarchy Online is Revolutionary

The Longest Journey is Paradise Found

The Longest Journey has been the top selling adventure game in Europe for sometime, but only recently has started to make inroads in the United States. I can tell you this right off the bat: you will not find a better looking game anywhere. Adventure games have gotten a bit of a bad rap lately, but not so much because people do not like them as much as folks have just sort of lost interest in them. Back about five or 10 years ago they were all the rage, but now seem encompassed by shooters and real-time strategy games. The … Continue reading The Longest Journey is Paradise Found