I apologize I don’t remember the examples that were mentioned, but I do remember back when AoC was released. I was extremely excited about that game. So much that I actually built my PC at that time specifically around ensuring I could max the graphics of AoC with a good frame-rate. I even bought the Collector’s Edition of that one.
While I was waiting for open beta and stress tests to occur, I remember being pretty active on their forums. I recall seeing a lot of people talking crap about Funcom, pretty much saying a lot of the things people are saying now. Back then I just assumed they were all nay-sayers, the game looked awesome, so I didn’t take any of it to heart. Then launch day happened. Everything was beautiful, fun, exciting, all sorts of good words. Until we got out of Tortage…
Once we got out of Tortage, everything changed. First thing many of us noticed was no more voice-actors. As time went on and people were leveling, we saw more and more unfinished content. Hell, I remember reaching lvl 68 on my assassin and asking my guild where the quests were at. They told me there weren’t anymore until Funcom adds them, so I’d have to grind my way to 80. Really, no more quests after lvl 65?? In other words, at that time it was a very unfinished product that was put out for release, and people were paying $15/month for it.
I did enjoy that game, but only for about 3-4 months before I got bored of it. It was then that I took into consideration what all of those naysayers said, and told myself I’d never buy a Funcom game again. I completely avoided The Secret World because of that, which sucks, because as time went on I hear nothing but good things about it. Still, the name Funcom kept me away.
Well, until I saw the first trailer for Conan Exiles. I was just growing fond of survival games, and like many, I just love the Conan I.P. I even remember telling my wife “Damn it! I don’t want to buy one of their games, but, but, look at it! I have to!” lol
Well, to end my morning ramble, I’m very glad I bought this game. I really enjoy it, and it’s become the most played game on my steam library(even topping skyrim). Unfortunately, though, it didn’t do anything to change the way I view Funcom. Cut/unfinished content, bugs galore, and that Conan sword DLC only for physical copies really didn’t help them at all. That just showed me some shoddy business practices on an unfinished game that doesn’t deserve people buying multiple copies of it.
I have a love/hate relationship with them. They seem to continue along this trend of theirs, yet, who else but them could have thought of a game like this in the Conan universe?? I never would have.