The Secret World’s DLC delayed following layoffs

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As far as MMO’s go, the Secret World is a pretty good one – but we though it would only really come in to its own once it gets populated with more content, something developer Funcom has promised. It looks like the company’s been forced to renege on those promises – because its next content drop has been delayed. Mostly because it’s been hit with some restructuring layoffs.

"As you may know, this week has been a challenging one for everyone at Funcom. We initiated a process of reducing costs after the launch of The Secret World and this has naturally affected the production schedule as we work on readjusting the team and our internal development processes," the developer said in a statement.

"As such, we have had to give ourselves a little more time to wrap up Issue #2 and the new release date for this update is September 11th, 2012. We appreciate your understanding and we apologize for the inconvenience. We are definitely eager to get this update out the door so that you guys can finally get your hands on that awesome rocket launcher," it added, promising to "get back on track as soon as possible."

We surmised that The Secret World could be fun as long as content keeps coming – but these recent layoffs (around half the company!) to trim operational costs put the MMO’s success in jeopardy. Anyone hedging any bets as to how long it takes until Funcom announces that The Secret World’s gone free to play?

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Last Updated: August 27, 2012

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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