In light of The Secret World's mediocre performance since launch, Funcom has temporarily laid off some of their staff and taken "other initiatives" in an effort to cut costs.
The Norwegian developer released a brief statement stressing the layoffs were temporary, following initial layoff reports by numerous (mostly European) outlets. Beyond this clarification, however, Funcom is opting to keep quiet for the time being, though they've promised more information later:
"As we announced in the stock notice that went out on August 10th, Funcom is in the process of reducing operational costs and this process includes temporary layoffs as well as other initiatives. As we are currently in the middle of this process we can not provide any further comment at the present time. Rest assured however that we have long-term plans for the company and that we remain fully committed to all of our games. We aim to provide more information soon."
Despite earning some praise for its unique flare, The Secret World was not a major success and failed to meet expected sales scenarios. Even so, the company will keep the MMO's current revenue model -- subscription and in-game store -- while maintaining its three ongoing games.