As I might have previously pointed out in this blog, I am NOT a journalist, and I don’t report the news. I am also NOT a games writer, and I don’t do reviews (or previews). What I am however, is a gamer who enjoys waving his finger in the air, and pointing out interesting things for the world to see.
The Secret World, an upcoming MMO by the veteran developers over at Funcom is a massively multiplayer online world with a unique modern-day setting and unparalleled freedom of character progression.
“Imagine if every myth, conspiracy theory and urban legend was true. Imagine a world where you can become anything you want to be, without restrictions such as classes or levels. This is the premise for The Secret World, Funcom’s upcoming massively multiplayer online game set in the modern-day real world.”
With the promise of a story unlike any before seen in an MMO, handcrafted by Ragnar Tørnquist (creator of the award-winning The Longest Journey). As well as a class and level-less system that will give you complete freedom to be whoever you want to be, and play however you want to play, utilising thousands of weapons and powers, from pistols and assault rifles to black magic and fireballs – needless to say this game has been on my radar for a while, despite my weening interest in MMOs in recent times.
It is interesting to note that pre-purchase is available for US$49.99, but you also have the option to add different upgrade packs to your purchase.
There is The Initate Pack for US$14.99, which will give you the ingame Blood Raven (minipet), high-end beginner level weapon sets and a faction jacket costume.
Next we have The Master Pack for US$59.99, which will give you 30 days of additional game time, an extra character slot, additional name reservation, ingame set of talismans and experience potions, as well as a 10% life-time discount on all full priced social clothing items in the ingame item store.
Finally, we have perhaps the most interesting pack of all, The Grand Master Pack, for a whopping US$199.99. This will give you all the contents of The Master Pack, as well as an exclusive ingame snake skin jacket, and <drum rolls>, a life-time premium subscription to The Secret World!
To be honest, perhaps the game just sound a little bit TOO ambitious and interesting for its own good. Looking at similar pre-release marketing campaigns and hypes surrounding the many recent underwhelming MMO entries to the market, the skeptic in me is prepared for the worse, and is already quietly mourning the death of The Secret World. However, having said that, I am also a real sucker for life-time subs, so, heh, I guess I will be seeing some of yous ingame come launch time.
Pre-purchase, by the way, is also available through EA’s Origin.