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The Secret World
The Secret World

Genre: Role Playing
Developer: Funcom Official Site: http://www.darkdaysarecoming...
Publisher: Funcom
Saturday, 23 February 2013
Post by Eorl @ 10:58am 23/02/13 | 2 Comments
Funcom has revealed new details on the sixth update to their now free-to-play title The Secret World, which will take players back to an ancient Egypt setting to secure powerful artifacts. The update is scheduled for a March release and will include various new additions like the new Whip Auxiliary Weapon.
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.

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!
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.

Issue #6; The Last Train to Cairo is scheduled for release in the beginning of March. Members will get two days early access to the new content in Issue #6.

Thursday, 20 December 2012
Post by Eorl @ 11:21am 20/12/12 | 0 Comments
Continuing the doom and gloom for the supposed ending of the world tomorrow (as predicted by a Mayan calendar), Funcom has today revealed that Issue #5; The Vanishing of Tyler Freeborn has gone live for their recently subscription-free MMO The Secret World. The update introduces various new content, however the main feature seems to be an "End of Days" in-game event to celebrate the impending doom on December 21st.
End of Days Event
  • 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.
End of Days Contest
  • 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.
The 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.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012
Post by Dan @ 10:50pm 12/12/12 | 9 Comments
While many expected an eventual move to free to play, Funcom looks to have opted for a different strategy with The Secret World (AusGamers 8.5/10), removing the requirement for a subscription by transitioning the MMO to a "Pay Once, Play Forever" model.
“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:
  • 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
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!

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.
Watch the "Pay Once, Play Forever!" Trailer below, for a quick brief.

Friday, 23 November 2012
Post by Eorl @ 10:23am 23/11/12 | 0 Comments
Funcom has today announced that the first raid experience for their modern-day MMO The Secret World is now available. The Manhattan Exclusion Zone will be the first raid made available to players, which puts them in the middle of a devastated Times Square where they must battle skyscraper-sized monsters and unlock new pieces of the puzzle that is ‘The Secret World’.
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!

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.
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.

For those who are interested in the new content, you can check out the preview trailer below for an overview of what to expect in Issue #4.

Friday, 9 November 2012
Post by Eorl @ 02:55pm 09/11/12 | 1 Comments
Funcom has released a hefty blog update detailing their first upcoming raid for The Secret World, taking place in the ruined city of New York. Titled "Manhattan Exclusion Zone", the new raid will feature heavily on the already existing supernatural creatures that roam the MMO world, plus new challenges and rewards that relate to the central story.
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.

You can check out the full run down of what's to come at the official blog post, and you can also check out some of the screenshots below for a glimpse at the enemies encountered.

Saturday, 20 October 2012
Post by Eorl @ 10:50am 20/10/12 | 0 Comments
Continuing the American seasonal traditions, the infamous Halloween will be gracing its presence on Funcom's latest MMO, The Secret World. The event will be included in the third content update, titled The Cat God, and will feature new storyline, characters and a special secret society competition for players.
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!

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.
Funcom has released a trailer detailing what to expect in the modern-day MMO's seasonal event which you can check out below.

Thursday, 30 August 2012
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:27am 30/08/12 | 21 Comments
Funcom has announced they'll be refocusing their development and publishing model on smaller, more cost-effective projects after The Secret World failed to live up to expectations upon, and post, release.

As stated in their second quarter financial report, the company believes that even over a 12-month period sales and subscription numbers of The Secret World will be less than half of what they initially expected. As a result, they'll be working towards cost-cutting which will unfortunately include a large number of layoffs and a renewed focus on game development.

"The company are working towards ensuring that all of the live games as well as the company are cash-flow positive," they said.

Their next project will be a free-to-play LEGO MMO based on LEGO Minifigures, and they will continue to work on smaller, more financially viable titles like this in the future. However, they did confirm that support for The Secret World would continue with a focus on strengthening subscription numbers by addressing key problems in the game.

Source: Eurogamer.
Thursday, 2 August 2012
Post by Eorl @ 11:36am 02/08/12 | 4 Comments
While not quite as large a celebration as a year old or more, Funcom has today announced that their recently launched MMO The Secret World will be celebrating its one month this weekend with fireworks and free weekend access.
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!

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?
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.

If you're interested in giving the free weekend a try head over to the official website where you can sign up for an account, plus you can download the client locally from AusGamers. You can also check out our recent review on The Secret World and what we thought of the newest MMO from Funcom.
Wednesday, 11 July 2012
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 12:40pm 11/07/12 | 12 Comments
There are countless "me-too" MMOs around, so when a developer goes above and beyond to not only make something fairly anti-WoW in aesthetic, but to also shake-up established MMO foundations across the board, it's worth sitting up and listening.

We gave James Pinnell review duties for the recently launched The Secret World from Funcom, you know, those guys behind *cough Conan *cough*. Don't let that hold you back though, as throughout the game's press touring we've learnt that the team are more than aware of their former MMO outing's shortcomings and all have been addressed here, as James discovers.

Click here for his in-depth review.
Saturday, 30 June 2012
Post by Eorl @ 09:58am 30/06/12 | 17 Comments
Funcom has today announced what every pre-order purchase has been waiting for, the oepning of early access for their upcoming modern-day MMO, The Secret World. For those who have pre-ordered, the early access will grant you an extra few days before the initial release on the 3rd of July, a head start many eager fans are enjoying now.
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.
Friday, 15 June 2012
Post by Eorl @ 11:48am 15/06/12 | 16 Comments
For those who have yet to grab a beta key for the upcoming weekend event for The Secret World, a Funcom developed MMO, make sure you check out this page for more details.
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.

We also have a local mirror to help anyone who is experiencing slow download speeds through the launcher, which you can find over here complete with instructions.
Tuesday, 12 June 2012
Post by Eorl @ 01:52pm 12/06/12 | 8 Comments
Thanks to Funcom, we have a huge batch of beta keys to give away for the third beta weekend for the upcoming MMO, The Secret World. This latest MMO from Funcom takes place in real-world environments, and offers a wide range of choices to the player with no set classes, allowing for a more unique experience.
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.

For a chance to get into the beta weekend, check out this page where you can grab a key.

We have now opened up the giveaway to anyone and everyone, no need for an account!
Saturday, 26 May 2012
Post by Eorl @ 09:34am 26/05/12 | 0 Comments
Funcom has today announced that The Secret World's initial launch date has been adjusted to ensure a more welcoming release window. Due to apparent marketing reasons, the original date has been moved to July 3rd, with early access starting 29th of June. The change seems to be for the better, allowing a more refined launch window and giving the developers more time to polish everything up.

Funcom have also announced new details for their upcoming betas, which should allow anyone still on the fence an opportunity to check out the games biggest feature, no classes.
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.

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!
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.
Wednesday, 4 April 2012
Post by Eorl @ 11:18am 04/04/12 | 9 Comments
Funcom has today announced that their latest modern-day MMO The Secret World, is now available for pre-orders. Like most MMO's these days, the biggest pre-order incentive is the beta access, and gamers will be happy to know that Funcom are offering guranteed access to all pre-orders with Beta Weekends beginning May 11, 2012.
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.

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
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.

The Secret World will be available July 19th, 2012 for PC.

Monday, 26 March 2012
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 05:48pm 26/03/12 | 4 Comments
Some MMOs lock you into specific archetypes with equally specific abilities and specialities, The Secret World, however, does not.

Funcom's modern MMO is tipping its weight in the "breaking MMO rules" camp by providing new and interesting ways for players to not only progress their character in a freeform way, but also craft an utterly unique avatar for the game, separating you from everyone else in the playing.

It's not just about choosing abilities and the like willy-nilly though, as specific abilities will work better with others, promoting a sense of synergy among powers, and promoting experimentation for players.

Watch the new video embedded below, or click here for a direct link. And be sure to check out our video interview with Funcom's Joel Bylos for even more, right here.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 05:03pm 21/03/12 | 7 Comments
So while out at GDC this year, we had a chance t check out another MMO entering the populated space, only this one has something fairly unique up its sleeve in terms of both its modern setting and the addition of an extra faction for three entirely, as opposed to the usual two.

On top of that, we also spoke to the game's content designer, Joel Bylos, who is an Aussie expat, and friend of the site. He told us that Funcom has been in "talks" with Telstra/BigPond in regards to local servers, as well as giving up a host of other information including acknowledging where Age of Conan failed, how TSW differs, and what's in store for storytelling in "next-gen" MMOs in the future.

Click here for the full interview feature.
Wednesday, 22 February 2012
Post by trog @ 09:07am 22/02/12 | 5 Comments
Funcom have announced the release date for The Secret World - June 19th, 2012. Their first title since Age of Conan, TSW has been drawing attention with its impressive graphics and unique setting for an MMO:
“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.

We're hoping to catch up with Funcom at GDC again in a couple of weeks and as usual we'll be hammering them for more information, particularly around how everything will be glued together and how it will affect Australians - so stay tuned. In the meantime, check out our game page for info, screenshots and trailers.
Friday, 2 September 2011
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 03:29pm 02/09/11 | 18 Comments
In an interview we've posted today with The Secret World Creative Director, Ragnar Tørnquist, we broached the topic of servers for the APAC region for their forthcoming, genre-shaking, MMORPG set in the modern day.

"I mean I definitely would like to," Tørnquist told us in regards to localised servers.

"We definitely want to support our Australian gamers. I can’t answer a lot about, like, server locations and stuff like that, but it’s really important for us that this game is a global game, and that access to the game is as convenient for everybody as possible."

"And you’re right, it’s a huge region that really is crying out for a lot more local servers," he added. "I mean there are a lot of gamers in both Australia and New Zealand of course; Singapore and Philippines and those areas as well that really want to play on servers that are a bit closer to home than North America or Europe. So, that’s something that we’re definitely going to be talking about and looking more into."

The rest of our interview covers the game's approach to player progression, the removal of levels and classes, and how PvE and PvP works on the whole.

Click here for the full video interview and transcript feature.
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 09:09am 30/08/11 | 8 Comments
The Secret World is Funcom's secret weapon in the MMORPG arms race. Devoid of classic MMO concepts such as player levels and classes, The Secret World looks set to shake the MMO videogame foundations and make something of a modern impact.

This is also due in part to the game's modern setting. There's no old-world fantasy or far-out sci fi here, only places, people and a time all too recognisable in modern context, giving the game something of an accessible edge over some of the more hardcore games in the genre out there.

Funcom today announced that registration for the game's beta period is now open.
First phase of ‘The Secret War’ interactive online experience now available, combining choice of secret society with the beta registration.

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.
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.

We have a batch of new art for the game as well, which you can check out in more detail by clicking the thumbnails below.

Monday, 18 July 2011
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:21am 18/07/11 | 5 Comments
EA Australia have given us a handful of colourful new screenshots for The Secret World, a new MMO from Age of Conan developer, Funcom.

The secret World offers the MMO space something a bit different, in that it exists within the modern world where, parallel to us, a "secret world" exists - throwing away the common high-fantasy theme synonymous with most MMOs currently in the marketplace.

The game still doesn't have an official release date, but it's starting to look pretty decent. Click the thumbnails below for a look at both the old and new screens.