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6:15 PM on 07.03.2012

The Secret World launch trailer should be seen

If you've been keeping up with Funcom's newly released MMO The Secret World, you'll know exactly what to expect. But, for those that haven't, this new launch trailer shows just how vast and lovely this game's world is. Eithe...

Dale North

4:30 PM on 07.02.2012

Strange day for Funcom CEO Trond Arne Aas to resign

Wow. One day before the launch of The Secret World, Funcom's latest MMO, CEO Trond Arne Aas resigns. Sounds scary, right? Actually, there's nothing wrong with the game (in fact, it's great) or the company (stock is up), thoug...

Dale North

12:30 PM on 06.29.2012

The Secret World early access begins today

Funcom sends word that the early access pre-launch period for upcoming MMO The Secret World begins today. The game's official launch goes down on July 3, but existing pre-order customers will get to get in early, starting rig...

Dale North

11:30 AM on 06.28.2012

Funcom to develop a LEGO Minifigures MMO

Online game maker Funcom has just announced that they've signed an agreement with the LEGO Group to develop a massively multiplayer online game based on the Lego Minifigures franchise. How cool would that be!? "The market for...

Dale North

2:30 PM on 06.19.2012

Final beta weekend for The Secret World opens June 22

The fourth beta weekend for The Secret World will run from 9:00am Pacific on June 22 to 11:59pm Pacific on June 24. In addition to being the final event -- the full release of the MMO is set for July 3 -- this one is worth a ...

Jordan Devore

11:00 PM on 05.18.2012

The Secret World talks combat and skills

As the time draws near for the release of The Secret World more information is coming out, like this video which details combat abilities and skills. At eight minutes this is quite the detailed video, but if you're curious a...

Victoria Medina

8:30 PM on 05.15.2012

Friday marks the second beta weekend for The Secret World

The second beta weekend event for The Secret World is almost here. It'll run from Friday, May 18 at 9:00am Pacific to Sunday, May 20 at 11:59pm Pacific. Those of you who participated in the prior beta can continue to use your...

Jordan Devore

3:30 PM on 04.03.2012

Secret World is now accepting your pre-orders

The Secret World launch date is steadily approaching, and to get ready for that, pre-orders have been announced. Should you choose to put down money for the game before it's release, you'll get a few things in return, the mos...

Victoria Medina



Preview: Reinventing the MMO with The Secret World photo
Preview: Reinventing the MMO with The Secret World
by Daniel Starkey

The MMO space has been steadily filling up since people realized just how much money Blizzard is actually making. Many have tried to break into that space, but most have failed. Funcom has a pretty consistent history of bringing solid titles to market -- nothing necessarily groundbreaking, but they work.

When The Secret World was announced, though, people got legitimately excited. Here, we had an MMO taking place not in space or some generic fantasy land but in the modern day, with a story running parallel to our own world. Here are a few of my initial thoughts on the The Secret World.

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The Secret World: An unconventional, modern MMO  photo
The Secret World: An unconventional, modern MMO
by Dale North

The Secret World is coming along quite nicely. We saw Funcom's unconventional modern day, classless, action driven MMO at their offices late last year, but I've had the pleasure of checking in on their progress last week. They're about to wrap up on about a decade of work, putting the final touches on this early summer release, and it's clear that they're excited for the world to start playing their game. 

Funcom was nice enough to have us out to show off a bit more of the game's huge story and world, a couple of the insane dungeons and several of the most brutal bosses I've ever encountered. They were also nice enough not to laugh when I died. In addition, they let us tinker with new tweaks and usability improvements spurred from press and tester feedback.

The Secret World was already on my 'to play' list, but after the new things I've seen I'm even more drawn to this game.

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11:30 AM on 02.21.2012

The Secret World launches June 19

One of the coolest MMO games I've played in a long time, The Secret World, finally has an official launch date: June 19, 2012. It was originally marked for an April launch, but Funcom says that they're wanting to put a bit mo...

Dale North





10:00 PM on 01.13.2012

The Illuminati revealed in The Secret World

Earlier this week, Funcom teased the reveal of the Illuminati, one of the three playable factions in its upcoming MMORPG, The Secret World. Revealed as the manipulators and schemers in the shadows, the Illuminati look to be t...

Alasdair Duncan

4:30 PM on 12.07.2011

The Secret World's Scorched Desert looks brutal

Desert locations are always a bitch, but in upcoming MMO The Secret World it's going to be the biggest bitch. A new trailer shows off this location, which is set in Egypt. If the heat and the dudes with rocket launchers isn'...

Dale North



Preview: First ever hands-on with The Secret World photo
Preview: First ever hands-on with The Secret World
by Dale North

To say that all MMOs these days are all the same is... well, it's just wrong. That's like saying that all fighting games or first-person shooters are the same. Not true, but with the current MMO market, you have to admit that we don't see too many newer releases that break away from space or high fantasy themes. These days, you're likely to see class- and level-based structures that may look different or have slightly different features but present the same kind of gameplay as the rest. None of these games are bad, but there's really nothing new about any of them.

How about something new? Something modern? Let's not do the class-based thing or get hung up on things like levels and roles. How about something massive and non-linear that's totally open to many styles of gameplay? I'd love a huge story that would support gameplay for years to come. 

I think Funcom is on the right track with all of this in The Secret World.

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10:45 AM on 10.25.2011

The Secret World beta has over 500,000 registered users

In MMO land, the immenent release of Star Wars The Old Republic certainly casts a big shadow but that doesn't mean it's the only show in MMO town. Funcom's The Secret World is looking like it could provide something different...

Alasdair Duncan

3:00 AM on 10.25.2011

New Secret World screenshots are not a secret

FunCom has released some more screenshots of The Secret World. There are some action shots of people kicking butt, and some still shots of people, who can probably kick butt, looking all serious and angry. It is also still po...

Victoria Medina