The Secret World

PC, XB360 / RPG / Release: Jul 3, 2012 / ESRB: U

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The Secret World unleashes the Krampus and raises Hel

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The Secret World unleashes the Krampus and raises Hel

Kids nowadays, gadding about with their 'Krampus this' and 'Krampus that,' have forgotten who Christmas is really about: Santa. Thankfully The Secret World is taking this Krampus cad to task, as its festive event involves fighting the rotter and his pal Hel. We can yet save Christmas!

Read more: Figure out how to summon Hel »

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The Secret World making subscriptions optional

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The Secret World making subscriptions optional

As does tend to happen with MMOs that are neither World of Warcraft nor EVE Online, The Secret World is shaking up its business model and dropping subscriptions. The $15 monthly fee is optional from today, barely five months after launch, but you do still need to buy Funcom's real-world-ish supernatural MMORPG to play. You know, like how Guild Wars 2 works.

Read more: Perks with optional subscriptions »

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The Secret World trailer shows off acting in plays

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The Secret World trailer shows off acting in plays

Funcom has prided itself on deviating somewhat from the standard MMORPG mould in The Secret World, and the fourth update--the "biggest update yet," so it says--demonstrates that fairly nicely. Along with a new 10-person raid set across New York City, Issue #4 will add a theatre you can hire to put on your own plays for people to come and see, a new video demonstrates. All right, that's pretty unexpected for an MMORPG.

Watch: The developer diary »

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The Secret World 'profitable' after restructuring

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The Secret World 'profitable' after restructuring

The Secret World developer Funcom recently suffered layoffs, resulting in some concern for the MMO and a delay of issue two. But according to new CEO Ole Schreiner, the silver lining to this cloud is that the game became profitable in the process.

Read more: 'Can't rule out a change in direction' »

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The Secret World update trailer details changes

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The Secret World update trailer details changes

The Secret World is getting its second major content update tomorrow. This marks a slight delay from its original plan to issue the update yesterday, which was itself a bigger delay from its initial August 28 date. But it's finally on its way, probably, and Funcom has released a trailer detailing the changes.

Watch: Missions, group tools, and more »

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The Secret World to be 'more inviting' to new players, dev promises

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The Secret World to be 'more inviting' to new players, dev promises

"We're not about to change," The Secret World creative director Ragnar Tørnquist has said as developer Funcom dusts itself off and gets back to work following layoffs and a launch less successful than it'd hoped for. Funcom's plan is to make no drastic changes but simply keep releasing content updates while making the supernatural MMORPG friendlier to new players, Tørnquist explained.

Read more: Layoffs "are the way of things" »

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The Secret World Issue 2 delayed due to layoffs

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The Secret World Issue 2 delayed due to layoffs

More bad news for The Secret World, Funcom's newly launched subscription MMO. The next content update, "Issue 2: Digging Deeper," has been delayed. Originally planned for an August 28th release, it has been pushed back to September 11th.

Oddly, Funcom has been upfront about the reason for the delay, noting that the company's recent downsizing has affected development. "As you may know, this week has been a challenging one for everyone at Funcom. We initiated a process of reducing costs after the launch of The Secret World and this has naturally affected the production schedule as we work on readjusting the team and our internal development processes," the company said in a statement.

Read more: Funcom promises 'to get back on track' »

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The Secret World dev hit with layoffs

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The Secret World dev hit with layoffs

Funcom, developer of the recently released subscription MMO, The Secret World, is laying off a considerable number of staff. Citing "expected lower initial revenues" from the game, the company has announced a "reduction of operating costs" that includes "temporary layoffs as well as other initiatives."

Read more: Could affect up to half of the studio »

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The Secret World open to all this weekend

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The Secret World open to all this weekend

Going anywhere nice for the weekend? Why not pay a visit to The Secret World, as Funcom will be opening up its supernatural MMORPG for everyone to play for two-and-a-bit days. Festivities to celebrate the one month anniversary of its launch will also bring fireworks and prizes.

Read more: Runs Friday to Sunday »

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The Secret World July update detailed

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The Secret World July update detailed

Funcom has said that The Secret World won't be going free-to-play any time soon. So what does your money get you? July 31st will bring the launch of TSW's first monthly 'Issue' update, with new investigation missions, an auction house, and other jazz.

Read more: Nightmare modes and marketplaces »

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Field Report: The Secret World

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Field Report: The Secret World

Age of Conan developer Funcom has jumped back into the MMO space with The Secret World, a story of underground cabals exploring a cavalcade of urban legends and mythical creatures. With a near-endless well of supernatural lore to draw inspiration from, this MMO is filled with a variety of story-based content, most of which I enjoyed. However, I have reservations as to whether this game can sustain a monthly subscription model.

The Secret World's story has three underground factions vying for global domination: the Illuminati, the Templars, and the Dragon. Their goal is to explore legendary parts of the world and find the source of a rising evil. These three secret societies are immensely powerful and decidedly sinister with no traditional "white hat" do-gooders to be found. Any good deeds performed in this game are purely a means to an end.

Read more: Variety and freedom »

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The Secret World 'committed' to subs, for now

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The Secret World 'committed' to subs, for now

Going free-to-play is the hip and groovy thing for faltering MMORPGs to do once interest dwindles, but few super big-budget fancy MMOs are willing to ditch subscriptions entirely and go F2P from the start. The Secret World creator Ragnar Tornquist has said while he's "sure" it'll eventually go free-to-play, for now developer Funcom is "committed" to the subscription model.

Read more: Players are 'happier paying a steady monthly fee' »

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The Secret World trailer celebrates launch

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The Secret World trailer celebrates launch

Another month brings another MMO. The Secret World, made by Age of Conan developer Funcom, lands on store shelves for PC today, heralded by a snazzy launch trailer. Have you been playing through pre-order early access, or do you plan to buy it?

Watch: Majestic monsters in the launch trailer »

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The Secret World early access starts today

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The Secret World early access starts today

Early access to the MMO The Secret World has opened today, letting those who pre-ordered jump in sooner than later. If you aren't a member of that exclusive club, you can still pre-order before the proper July 3 launch date and get in early.

Read more: 'This genre is definitely not dead' »

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The Secret World beta open to all for final weekend

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The Secret World beta open to all for final weekend

As The Secret World prepares to creep in under your door on July 3, developer Funcom has announced that its final beta weekend will be open to everyone who fancies it. All you need to do is sign up by June 22, then you can play the beta all this weekend.

Read more: Introducing a PvP war zone »

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