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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' »

"But that's just it, right there on the nose. The gaming market is in a shift right now. It ..."
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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 »

"That was actually a pretty cool trailer and I keep seeming to hear more good things about this ..."
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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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LEGO Minifigures MMO coming from Funcom

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LEGO Minifigures MMO coming from Funcom

The last attempt to build a LEGO MMO, LEGO Universe, didn't turn out so well and shut down after fifteen months. Undeterred, The Secret World developer Funcom announced today it has licensed the rights to make a LEGO MMO of its own, based on the weird and wonderful LEGO Minifigures franchise.

Read more: To "focus on maximum accessibility" »

"It would be like Minecraft with more variety... that sounds awesome. Now I want to play that ..."
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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 »

"The game isn't good, BUT it's certainly interesting. The combat stinks, it's bad, unoriginal ..."
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The Secret World delayed until July 3

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The Secret World delayed until July 3

As The Secret World has already been kept hidden from our eyes for thousands of years, not to mention delayed several times, another fortnight of not knowing about the Lovecraftian horrors clawing at reality's walls shouldn't hurt. Funcom announced this morning that its real-world-y MMORPG has been delayed to July 3, also revealing the beta event schedule to soften the blow.

Read more: Delayed to slip into better launch window »

"People still play eve? lawlz eyez out. I'm interested in seeing how this fares. I was a ..."
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Secret World dev says Wii U 'perfect' for MMOs

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Secret World dev says Wii U 'perfect' for MMOs

The Wii U is set to launch this year, and developers are starting to think about what they can do with its touch-screen controller. Funcom, the studio behind the upcoming MMO Secret World, suggests the system would make a perfect fit for the MMO genre.

Read more: Wii U could run MMORPGs 'without compromise' »

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The Secret World pre-orders pack beta access

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The Secret World pre-orders pack beta access

Guaranteed access to The Secret World's beta weekends can be yours, if you're already sold on Funcom's MMORPG and willing to slap your money money on a pre-order. You'll also get a smattering of in-game bonus items for your troubles.

Read more: Early access and name reservation too »

"Yeah. I really want the game to be good but I wasn't too impressed by the 30 minute video I saw. ..."
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The Secret World GDC presentation offers detailed 30 minute preview

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The Secret World GDC presentation offers detailed 30 minute preview

MMORPG The Secret World has been quietly gathering buzz. If you're one of the more than 500K users who signed up for the beta test, chances are you'd like another peek behind the Secret curtain. Fortunately for you, developer Funcom gave a nice long presentation at the Game Developers Conference, and now that video is available to watch online.

Watch: More than 30 minutes of Secret World »

"Holly sh*t this game looks STATIC. The screen after the character creation I thought was the ..."
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The Secret World emerging on June 19

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The Secret World emerging on June 19

Funcom's supernatural real-ish-world MMORPG The Secret World will creep into our own reality on June 19, pushed back from its planned April launch to apply a good spit-shine. Beta testing is to ramp up, including several "large-scale public beta events."

"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," creative director Ragnar Tørnquist said in the announcement.

Read more: Announcing 'several public beta events' »

"One of my questions here is. When you sign up for the beta will it require your cc? also will it ..."
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The Secret World tops 500K beta registrations

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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.

Read more: Illuminati, Dragon, and Templars »

"Didn't Funcom have some kind of incentive to stress test one of their other games in order to ..."
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The Secret World launches April 2012

The Secret World launches April 2012

Everything we know is wrong, but soon we shall learn the truth. The Secret World creator Ragnar Tørnquist announced during publisher EA's Gamescom press conference that Funcom's conspiratorial supernatural MMORPG will launch for PC in April 2012.

On top of that, Tørnquist revealed that beta signups will open on August 26. But when will the beta actually begin? That's part of the mystery.

Watch: The Gamescom trailer »

"Crazy excited for this MMO. I know it wont hit huge ToR or WoW numbers, but there's so much ..."
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Funcom to Publish Bloodline Champions

Age of Conan and The Secret World developer Funcom has signed on to publish Stunlock's arena combat game Bloodline Champions (PC), the pair announced today.

Due in the "late 2010" window, the PC game is described as "arena-based player vs. player game featuring unique and action-packed gameplay for up to ten people." A closed beta test is currently underway and said to be "in the later stages," with sign-ups open over on the game's official site. Read more »

"Funcom didn't actually develop the game, publishing != working on or creating the game."
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Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer Trailer and Screenshots Have an Eastern Flavor

It's been a while coming but we've got some new screenshots and a trailer for 'Rise of the Godslayer,' the first expansion for Funcom's low-fantasy MMORPG Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures.

Set in the eastern empire of Khitai and including a new playable race - the Khitan - 'Rise of the Godslayer' includes a new story and missions, player mounts (like a Tiger), in addition to new grassland, desert, and jungle locations. The expansion also includes content appropriate to, "several level ranges," including a, "wide variety of new low-level content" for fresh characters. Read more »

"So the world may be mended... So the world may be mended.. I dunno if it's the same chick, ..."
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Funcom Cutting 20% of Workforce, The Secret World Delayed

Age of Conan and The Longest Journey developer Funcom has announced that it intends to to reduce its workforce by 20% as part of a cost-cutting program.

The cuts will chiefly strike Funcom's Norwegian branch. Funcom employs over 300 people worldwide with studios in the USA, Canada, Norway, Switzerland and China. The US division was struck by a number of layoffs in November 2008. Read more »

"While AoC wasn't my cup of tea, I have very fond memories of Anarchy Online. The game was buggy ..."
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