Funcom is an independent developer and publisher of computer and console games with a focus on single-player adventure and role-playing games on multiple platforms, in addition to Persistent Online Worlds. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2003, Funcom continues to expand its track-record of more than 20 games to date. Recent successes include the multi-award winning The Longest Journey, and the award winning and acclaimed Anarchy Online.
Funcom formed in 1993 with five employees in Oslo. By the end of its first year, the company had expanded to 27 employees. By 1994, and now with 76 empoyees, the company delivered its first products, A Dinosaur's Tale and Dazer Before Christmas.
In 1995, Funcom opened a studio in Dublin which produced some notable titles in the console market during the last years of the 20th century.
During 1997/1998 the company moved into a more mature phase, and also began concentrating on the production of on-line games. By 1999 the company's on-line division had 100,000 members, and over 20,000 games of their backgamon product were played on-line per week.
2000 saw the on-line membership swell to 350,000 as the company put its Anarchy Online multi-player game into beta testing. Released in 2001, the game went on to win Best Multiplayer game at that year's European Computer Trade Show. At this time, the company took the decision to concentrate exclusively on on-line gaming, resulting in the closure of their division in Dublin.
Shadowlands, the first major expansion to Anarchy Online was released in 2003.
Funcom's first work that SPOnG is aware of is the 1993 title, "Fatal Fury Special" (Sega MegaCD).
The company has been involved titles released on the PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC, Xbox 360, iPhone, Android, Xbox, PlayStation, Saturn, Sega Megadrive, SNES, 3DO and Sega MegaCD. Of these, "Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures" (PC), "Dreamfall: The Longest Journey" (Xbox) and "The Secret World" (PC) have been best selling titles.
The company's most recent involvement was on the 2019 release "Moons of Madness" (Xbox One).
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21 May 2008
A brand new persistent alternate reality game inspired by Funcom's 'The Secret World' MMO is being developed by Human Equation in Montreal -
24 Apr 2014
- The best-selling and critically acclaimed MMO based on the world of Conan the Barbarian is now FREE-TO-PLAY around the world
01 Jul 2011
Sign up for the Age of Conan Beta today - Be the first to enter the world of Conan.
03 Apr 2007
Previous Game Director to lead ‘Age of Conan’ Xbox 360 development team
20 Feb 2007
One of the most anticipated PC games in development to be released in late October.
25 Jan 2007
The breathtaking sequel to the critically acclaimed adventure game 'The Longest Journey' arriving on PC and Xbox in May.
07 Apr 2006
Funcom once again brings innovation to the games industry with the introduction of video ads within its blockbuster hit Anarchy Online.
26 Jul 2005
24 Feb 2005
Tremendous success - more active players in Anarchy Online than in launch month.
19 Jan 2005
Historical move as first major western live MMO switches to no subscription fees.
15 Dec 2004
Impressive looking graphics upgrade, new live content and more.
12 Nov 2004
Tens of thousands of players have flocked to the intriguing new world in the award-winning universe of Anarchy Online.
01 Oct 2003
'Exciting' means two new games and web and mobile entertainment developments.
17 May 2001