The Secret World tops 500K beta registrations

The MMORPG market is hard to break into, but users seem to be expressing interest in the supernatural conspiracy motif of The Secret World. Funcom announced today that over 500,000 users have registered for the beta test, which has been running since late August.

Funcom says that most people have joined one of the three secret societies: the Illuminati, the Dragon, or the Templars, making for some early class conflict -- though Funcom didn't mention which faction has gained the most support. The full game isn't due until April 2012, so there's still time to sign up.

"We are thrilled to see the amount of interest 'The Secret World' is generating among gamers and the press, and exceeding half a million beta registrations six months before release is definitely something we are proud of," Funcom CEO Trond Arne Aas said in the press release. "The gamer interest in 'The Secret World' and the community size for the game is even greater than we experienced with 'Age of Conan' at the same stage of development. We expect the community size to keep on expanding at an ever faster pace in the coming months as we approach Open Beta and launch."