Norwegian developer Funcom open for buyout or merger after poor Lego Minifigures Online sales

Funcom, the Oslo-based MMO developer of The Secret World and most recently, the commercially flailing Lego Minifigures Online, has confirmed that it is "actively seeking interested parties for discussions surrounding a possible investment, acquisition, merger, or any other available options."

Originally launched last year as a free-to-play PC MMO, Lego Minifigures Online didn't perform anywhere near internal projections in relation to the game's target audience. Feeling that the monetization model made the game less fun (which should come as no great surprise), Funcom proceeded to overhaul the game and re-release it in June in a premium format though sadly, it failed to fare any better as a result.

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Volkama1196d ago

That's a shame. Talented guys that unfortunately always had ideas bigger than their budgets. Hopefully they find a good buyer.

traumadisaster1196d ago

And no solid plan. This was gonna make them money?

Mikefizzled1196d ago

Not sure many companies will be willing to buyout a company who was suspected of fraud. I think if it comes to it someone will buy the Secret World IP, shut the game down but instead develop a single player story driven action game.

miyamoto1196d ago

Did they expect little kids to play Lego on Windows PC?

Mehmeh1196d ago

Why do you see that as so far fetched? Plenty of Lego games played by many as we speak:)

miyamoto1196d ago (Edited 1196d ago )

Its the choice of platform that is the problem. That game is better off on tablets nowadays.