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Funcom lays off American staff

Age of Conan developer tightens belt.

Age of Conan developer Funcom has confirmed it has made some redundancies in the US, but has not specified exactly how many staff have been affected, reports GamesIndustry.biz.

A report over the weekend on MMO site Ten Ton Hammer suggested that testing and customer services positions were axed, accounting for 70 per cent of the workforce.

"We did have some staffing cuts at Funcom this week as well as new positions opening in the organisation as part of our ongoing cost based efficiency and performance initiatives that are vital to any business," Funcom told the site.

Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures launched earlier this year, but after impressive early sales, it has struggled to retain subscribers amidst complaints about the game being unfinished.

All eyes will now be on Funcom's next MMO, the contemporary horror-fantasy, The Secret World. The game hasn't been seen since its announcement last year.