The cultists and their dark prophet Abdel Daoud are working in the shadows under the influence of their god Aten. The Atenists seek to undermine and weaken the tireless Marya who bravely stand against them. You must come to their aid and free some of their captured warriors.Funcom has added a new blog post to their official website detailing all the juicy news for update #6, including a preview look at what to expect through some new screenshots which you can check out below.
The enigmatic undead weapons dealer Said can also offer invaluable advice and guidance on how to best work against the cultists. Uncover the ultimate purpose of the Atenists and their prophet to see the true danger they present to the world.
Be sure not miss the climactic end fight on top of the train to Cairo, where you must stop its lethal cargo!
End of Days EventThe fifth issue also adds a new auxiliary weapon, new missions and continues the existing story arc of Solomon Island blogger Tyler Freeborn. You can find the full details of the update over at the official blog post and also a preview trailer below.
End of Days Contest
- In addition to all the new and already live content in Issue #5, an in-game End of Days event will start on the 21st of December and will last until January 7th (if the world survives). During the event hordes of Mayan zombies will rise, three giant Harbingers will walk the earth, and the God of the Nine Underworlds will come to end this age. The players get new missions, face new challenges and can earn many unique rewards, such as pets or special weapons.
- A competition will be running during the event. Players earn points by defeating these new threats and gaining their special loot. The top thousand players will be rewarded with a unique title, and the top hundred will get an exclusive pet. Players will be able to track their standing in the competition through The Secret World’s special Chronicle system.
“With this recent change there is no reason not to join and take part in ‘The Secret World’,” says Game Director Joel Bylos. “Most players end up having a ton of fun once they delve into the myths and legends of ‘The Secret World’, and we believe the game has the potential to be even more successful without the subscription entry barrier. It is an ambitious and very exciting move for us!”A detailed page on the official site further explains the new state of affairs, describing a new membership mode that adds an assortment of additional perks to players that opt to still pay a monthly membership fee:
For those who want to get the most out of their Secret World experience we have an optional Membership available. Being a monthly subscriber, for the same cost as before, now gives great benefits. For being a member you get the following:Watch the "Pay Once, Play Forever!" Trailer below, for a quick brief.
The Grandmaster pack includes all these benefits and gets an additional 10% discount to everything in the in-game store, for a total bonus of 20%. So being a Grandmaster is better than ever!
- Time Accelerator (Clickable item which increases experience gain for defeating monsters by 100% for 1 hour, 16 hour cool-down – only usable by Members and Grand Masters)
- $10 worth of Bonus Points (given out every month)
- Item-of-the-month gift (given out every month)
- 10% discount to everything in the in-game store
Through the month of December we have a special offer where we give 30% off on the first purchase on the 3, 6 and 12 month Membership plans.
Our biggest update yet is just out. Issue #4 is filled to the brim with tons of fresh content and new and deeper game systems. You can enjoy a new Auxiliary Weapon – the Chainsaw, huge PvP enhancements, the Albion Theatre, Reticule Combat and a new set of Missions!Funcom has also revealed a new Letter from the Game Director, which includes information regarding the next content update, Issue #5. Players can expect a new chainsaw auxiliary weapon, new missions, a new story arch centred around a new character and more. You can check out the full letter over at the official website for more on what to expect.
Issue #4 also sets the stage for the big Raid in New York, which is undergoing final testing and will be brought Live as soon as possible.
This story begins in Brooklyn, where Dave Screed's contacts are frantically telling him that something amazing is happening in Midtown. The bridges and tunnels have been closed off (“emergency structural repairs”) and the major news outlets (all, of course, owned by You-Know-Who) have nothing to report, but the columns of black smoke visible across the East River are harder to suppress. Your first task will be trying to find a way into the Manhattan Exclusion Zone and figure out what's going on (Screed's Urban Exploration hobby may be able to help with that).The new content will include a high level of mechanical complexity, with lead designer of the raid Graeme Lennon citing that "the statistical difficulty has not been balanced around full end-game gear." Achievements and rewards have also been mentioned, with a more complex set given to those "completing it in ways that will absolutely require perfect coordination and the best equipment available in the game, so you hardcore Master Planners should have something to keep you busy as well!" The New York raid will be available as a 10-man group encounter.
For a massively multiplayer online game based on myths, legends and mysteries, many would say that Halloween is The Secret World's Christmas. As such the developers have pulled out all the stops to make sure this is a seasonal event to be remembered!Funcom has released a trailer detailing what to expect in the modern-day MMO's seasonal event which you can check out below.
The Halloween event is part of Issue #3: The Cat God, the third content update in The Secret World's ambitious post-launch update plan. Besides Issue #3, the team has already released two major content updates since launch in July, adding new weapons, missions, areas and all new gameplay mechanics to the game. With Issue #3 out the door, the team is already hard at work wrapping up Issue #4: Big Trouble in the Big Apple which will include the first raid set in a monster-ridden New York City. The team remains fully committed to supplying The Secret World's playerbase with fresh, exciting updates on a regular basis.
In the unique Halloween event which went live yesterday, players must pursue a challenging storyline that will take them back to the wondrous Stonehenge where they must face off against the Cat God himself. Though everything is true, the truth is often not what it appears. The real truth is yours to discover. Of course, Halloween would be nothing without costumes, and in The Secret World players will not be able to dress up as a pretty princess, a pillaging pirate and much more with all new costumes available in-game.
We are so proud of what we have made and want YOU to join us and try the game out for FREE this coming celebration weekend!Also included in the celebration is the MMO's first monthly content update, titled 'Issue #1: Unleashed', which includes seven brand new missions, two new Nightmare Mode dungeons and the Marketplace for trading.
There will also be free fireworks for everyone! This weekend only you will be able to claim free fireworks - 20 per character! Brighten the sky and lighten the mood in these dark days, it's time to party!
We have also set up a special leaderboard for the celebration, showing the 100 most dedicated mission solvers in The Secret World universe. Do you have what it takes to make it to the top this weekend only?
The Secret World’ presents players with a modern-day alternate reality where all the myths, legends and conspiracies of our world are true, and where hellish monsters threaten real-world locations such as Transylvania, Egypt and New England. When first entering the game players must enlist in a secret society – the Illuminati, the Dragon or the Templars – and engage in a battle not only for the future of our world, but also for the power to control its governments and corporations to further their cause.If you haven't yet pre-ordered the game and still want in on the early access period, simply head over to the official site and grab a copy of the game before July 3rd and you'll be able to start saving the world from those scary demons.
The third Beta Weekend for The Secret World starts on June 16th, and for nearly three days you will get to explore and enjoy even more of the game than ever before. In this Beta Weekend you get to play as Dragon, Templars and Illuminati, and sample the starter experience in the Seoul, London and New York hub cities.No account is needed and we've got plenty to spare thanks to Funcom, so make sure you grab one before the beta begins this Saturday at 2am AEST.
The third Beta Weekend for The Secret World starts on June 15th, and for nearly three days you will get explore and enjoy even more of the game than ever before. In this Beta Weekend you get to play as Dragon, Templars and Illuminati, and sample the starter experience in the Seoul, London and New York hub cities.The third beta weekend will be running from 2am AEST on June 16th and lasts until 4.59pm AEST on June 18th.
The third Beta Weekend, titled 'Hell Raised', will begin on June 15th and run until June 17th. In this Beta Weekend players will be able to experience the Illuminati and Dragon starter experiences as well as the Templar experience.There will also be a fourth and final beta occuring on June 22nd until June 24th, which is focusing on the more player verse player orientated gameplay. If you are still in need of a little push, check out our game page where we have all the latest screenshots as well as a stack of new trailers.
Players will also get to leave Kingsmouth and venture into the massive region known as Savage Coast, where they will soon find that the very gates of hell itself have opened up! This will allow players to experience the epic 'Hell Raised' dungeon where you will have to battle the demons of hell itself!
The Secret World puts players into a modern-day world where every myth, legend and conspiracy theory is true, and where secret societies pull the strings of entire governments from the shadows. Players get to travel the world – from New York to London and from Egypt to Transylvania – as they fight the evil that has infiltrated myths and folklore for centuries.If your still sitting on the fence about The Secret World and what it has to offer, check out the pre-order trailer below, as well as AusGamers recent interview with Joel Bylos who is Lead Content Developer on the massive project. You can also check out our game page which has all the latest trailers and news.
Gamers who pre-order The Secret World will receive:
- Guaranteed access to all Beta Weekends starting May 11, with the ability to carry over their characters to every subsequent event
- Guaranteed Early Access to the game, up to four days prior to the game’s official launch
- An exclusive in-game item providing an experience boost to progression
- An exclusive in-game t-shirt featuring a unique monster design
- A powerful pet (Ferocious Wolf, Egyptian Cat or Loyal Hound) to support the player in combat
- A head start on character naming before the game launches
“Allowing for even more time to polish the game really shows just how much faith Funcom as a company has in ‘The Secret World’ and how committed we are to making it the best it can be,” says Creative Director and Senior Producer Ragnar Tørnquist. “The additional time will also allow us to carry out even more quality beta testing, and soon we will also be announcing several public beta events where hundreds of thousands of gamers will get to test the game prior to launch.”There's been over 750,000 people beta testing the game, with player surveys indicating that around 90% of them will be jumping into the game at launch.
First phase of ‘The Secret War’ interactive online experience now available, combining choice of secret society with the beta registration.You can register for the beta by clicking here, and stay tuned for more on the game from AusGamers in the not-too-distant-future.
Second phase will allow gamers to unlock guaranteed beta access, achievements, exclusive in-game items, and even win a Funcom studio tour.
Gamers can now register to be evaluated for participation in the upcoming phases of beta that will be running up to the launch of the game in April 2012. During the next months Funcom will be increasing the number of beta participants gradually. The launch of the beta registration also signals the start of the first phase ‘The Secret War’, an interactive online experience that engages community members in the conflict between the Templars, the Illuminati, and the Dragon – the three factions in ‘The Secret World’ – even before the game is released.