By Nathan Grayson on May 26th, 2012 at 8:00 am.
Did John’s latest glimpse into The Secret World entice you? Did it make you (skeptically) ponder the possibilities of an MMO with diabolical puzzles and authentic female characters that finally offset the catastrophic damage Tera did to the balance of the universe? Well then, you might want to sit down. Ah, you’re already sitting. Well then, I give you permission to eat a cookie or something – even if you’re on a diet. But just one, because honestly, this isn’t that big of a deal. The Secret World, you see, has been delayed. By a couple weeks. And you’re getting more beta weekends. Actually, you know what? Give me back that cookie.
Funcom explained the brief blip on Secret World’s launch radar in a blog post:
“Funcom today announced that the company has made a small adjustment to the release date for The Secret World. Due to market reasons, the ship date has been moved by two weeks to July 3rd, with Early Access starting June 29th. The new launch date places The Secret World in a more positive launch window which will benefit the launch of the game.”
Meanwhile, the Longest Journey (which I can only assume is some kind of double-length sequel to thatgamecompany’s Journey) developer also outlined two more beta weekends – one beginning June 15 and the other June 22. First up, Templar and Illuminati starting areas will open up, and players will have the chance to nonchalantly stroll through the gates of hell. The dungeon’s called “Hell Raised,” and it’ll totally rip off Diablo by being filled with demons. Gosh, the nerve.
And then, a week later, the final beta weekend will focus on PVP, including “massive warzone gameplay where over a hundred players clash together in persistent battle.” I’m not entirely sure how they manage to keep their organizations secret when their hobbies include wars of a very un-secret variety, but OK then!
So then, who’s counting down the days until July 3? I definitely plan on checking it out, if only because there are so many ambitious ideas on display here that – even if it’s a big, cringe-inducing bellyflop – at least it’ll be an interesting one. How about you, singular reader who I always refer to? (You know who you are.)