Funcom has announced its acquisition of Cabinet Group, the IP holding firm of Conan, a character that was once portrayed by the Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger, himself on the big screen is now owned by Funcom. And apparently, they have big plans for Conan and his fellow pulp fiction heroes.
Apart from the barbarian, Funcom also now owns some of the most famous works of Robert E. Howard. From Mutant Year Zero to Solomon Kane, all the greats will now be under the ownership of Heroic Signatures.
We are thrilled to announce we’ve acquired the IPs Conan the Barbarian, Mutant Year Zero, Solomon Kane and more! We’ll be merging these IPs into the studio Heroic Signatures where we’ll be working on various entertainment projects. Read the press release: https://t.co/1AVPDG1O1D pic.twitter.com/UTmebd10Ew
— Funcom (@Funcom) September 14, 2021
What does it mean for Conan?
Conan the Barbarian featured in two games, Age of Conan and Conan Exiles. While the former was fairly successful, Exiles was infamous for all the wrong reasons. But this did not hinder any plans by Funcom and Cabinet for the barbaric sword-wielding character.
Talking about the plans for all the IPs, CEO of Cabinet Group, Fredrik Malmberg said, “Conan is the jewel in the crown, but we probably have I’d say 30 to 50 characters that we could exploit,”.
Conan the Barbarian is arguably the most famous work of late author Robert E. Howard. The character has had three films to his name: Conan the Barbarian, Conan the Destroyer, and a remake of Conan the Barbarian (2011).
The first two blockbusters starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as the barbarian and reached exceptional heights in the box office. On the other hand, the remake of 2011 starring “Aquaman” Jason Momoa struggled to break even, resulting in a flop.
Funcom’s Plans for the Years Ahead
Funcom along with Cabinet think that Kane, Mutant, and the others could reach similar heights with the right approach. CEO of Funcom, Rui Casias, said, “It’s not just about Conan… the other characters we can bring to life will feel a lot more attention with the backing we have and the ability we have to push them”.
Applauding Fortnite’s work in bringing licensed characters to the game, Malmberg points out they can one-up Epic Games’ idea. The idea of a universe as a game seemed much more appealing to the devs. Casias hinting at their plans stated, “We are currently overseeing the development of an unannounced game which will combine many of the characters in the Robert E. Howard universe.”.
With the brand new acquisition and a bunch of ideas, let’s just hope the devs take it slow. Hopefully, the games won’t turn out to be similar to Exiles’ case, nor shouldn’t they be anything like the next Schwarzenegger movie; always planned, but later dropped.
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