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The Secret World

7 months ago

Secret World Legends’ Dawn of the Morninglight expansion released

Nine months after its free-to-play reboot as Secret World Legends, Funcom's globe-trotting MMO of modern myth and magic finally has a second new location to explore. For those who have finished the main story and are hungry for more, you've got a new assignment out in South Africa, and giant glowing hyenas are probably the lesser evil out there compared to the Morninglight cult.

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1 year ago

Tackle a huge beast under Times Square in latest Secret World Legends raid

Funcom have been slowly building up Secret World Legends [official site] – the revamped version of their conspiracy-laden 2012 MMO The Secret World – by taking bits of the old game, polishing them up and plonking them down in the free-to-play title, which launched in June. Now it's the turn of the Manhattan Exclusion Zone, a 10-person raid that happens directly under Times Square. Any…

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Feature: A conspiracy of currencies

Secret World Legends Impressions – free and easy

The Secret World was always a game struggling to crawl out from under the weight of its own genre. Many have attempted to build a story-led MMO - and it's a noble pursuit - but no one has ever quite figured out how to do it, not least because an MMO is a terrible setting in which to tell a story. The Secret World got…

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Feature: World of Absence

The RPG Scrollbars: In search of urban fantasy

There's a real urban fantasy gap in the gaming industry, and it's never made much sense. We see a thousand Tolkienesque fantasy games a minute (rough napkin calculation) and the future's typically so bright, even the lens flares need shades. Yet when it comes to that line where the mundane meets the magical, mostly what we've had for the last few years is false hope.…

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2 years ago

The Secret World relaunching F2P as Secret World Legends

Real-ish-world supernatural MMORPG The Secret World will relaunch reworked and free-to-play as Secret World Legends [official site] this spring, developers Funcom announced today. It'll look prettier, fight better, and rework quest flow, all of which sounds great. The Secret World is a wonderful game at heart, with a weird and well-written world I hugely enjoyed getting to know and some cracking puzzles, but it has…

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Funcom Show Off First-Person Spooker Hide And Shriek

The Secret World developers Funcom will launch their latest small spin-off game on October 25th, they announced today. Hide and Shriek [official site] is a 1v1 scare 'em up with two teens from Little Springs High and Innsmouth Academy turning themselves invisible to sneak into school and spook each other on Hallowe'en, as you do. They have to watch for tell-tale signs that the other's…

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Some Little Things I’ve Loved In RPGs, Vol 1

One of the main reasons I got into RPGs back in the day was that if you bought one, you were getting a lot of game for your money. That was important when there was only one birthday and one Christmas a year, and not much chance that some relative might pop their clogs in sync with Ultima VI coming out. Years later I no…

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Funcom’s Hide And Shriek Is A 1v1 Jumpscare ‘Em Up

The Secret World developers Funcom have announced a new spin-off from their supernatural MMORPG, a 1v1 competitive jumpscare 'em up named Hide and Shriek [official site]. It sees two teens sneaking around school on Halloween, trying to find the other one and give them a dang good jumpscaring. Oh, and they're both invisible. The Innsmouth Academy does have some odd traditions, and we'll all get…

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9.3 Million Accounts Compromised In Epidemic Of Forum Hacks: Funcom, Epic, And More

A rash of hacks in the past two months has left the usernames, emails and passwords from at least twelve gaming forums compromised, including those of Unreal creator Epic Games and Secret World developer Funcom. Other breaches include a GTA fansite and, as previously reported, the official forums of Dota 2. All the attacks involved an exploit in the forum's software, which the hackers used…

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Feature: What MOBAs get right about character.

The RPG Scrollbars: Rise Of The MOBA Heroes

Hello there. This week, I'm writing not just as an RPG columnist, but as president of the newly formed League Of Folks Who Don't Really Play MOBAs But Are Bizarrely Hooked On All The Trappings. As far as I can tell, our membership is roughly a billion people and counting. That's what happens when the likes of Blizzard and Riot spend literally tens of dollars…

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3 years ago

Feature: The RPG Scrollbars

What Games Are Running Christmas Events?

HO HO HO. Christmas is practically upon us, and games eveywhere... well, mostly online... are joining the party. Whether they call it Winter Veil or Frostfell, it's a chance to deck the hubs with bonus XP and let everyone from elves to orcs don Santa hats and hand out treats to the good little wizards and barbarians. Here's a few of the events going on…

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Feature: Dismal Land?

The Park review

The Park [official site] is a short horror game, a spin-off from Funcom's MMORPG The Secret World [official site]. For as long as people have been talking about the modern myths and conspiracies of The Secret World, there has been a desire for a singleplayer experience set among its mysteries and horrors. The Park will not satisfy that craving - it's a brief visit to…

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The Park Wants To Feel Like A Stephen King Novel

MMORPG specialists Funcom have revealed more details about their ominous theme park-set single-player outing The Park [official site]. Although it's the studio's first solo-playing venture in nine years - Dreamfall: The Longest Journey in 2006 being the last - The Park takes place in The Secret World's wider universe. The latest trailer asks 'What is The Park?', before taking a behind-the-scenes peak beyond the rope…

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The RPG Scrollbars: The Lost Magic Of Magic

Given a choice, I almost always play as a mage. Swords? Pah. Divine magic? Save it for Sunday School. Give me control over the elements, the power to reshape the very building blocks of the universe according to my every whim, and if at all possible, a cool hat. It's an easy fantasy to indulge in almost any RPG out there. I just wish it…

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Funcom Announce The Secret World Spin-off The Park

Update: "The Park is absolutely set in the universe of The Secret World," tweets Funcom creative director Joel Bylos. I've wished that Funcom's MMORPG The Secret World had been a single-player game instead and it looks like... I'm still not getting my wish. However, the MMO-focused studio have revealed a single-player horror game which seems to have a little of that TSW tone. The Park…

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The Secret World Wraps Up Season 1 In Latest Expansion

I suppose one doesn't hear much about The Secret World [official site] nowadays. The idea of a supernatural RPG where our modern-day world is filled with all sorts of ghosts, ghouls, cryptozoological oddities, and unspeakable horrors from beyond the stars is fantastic, but it's a shame it's an MMORPG. Still, Funcom have steadily expanded the story with mini expansions called 'Issues' and brought it all…

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The RPG Scrollbars: Back To The Secret World

You know those games that you can never really get into, but you keep dipping back into, time and again? For me, they tend to be MMORPGs, and two in particular - City of Heroes, which I'd often feel the urge to just fire up for a weekend and clobber some stuff, and World of Warcraft, which I always jump into each expansion pack to…

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4 years ago

Have You Played… The Secret World?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Somewhere inside The Secret World is a splendid single-player RPG. Awakened to the supernatural horrors in our world, we join a secret order fighting against them - and other rival orders. Unfortunately, we do this inside an MMO. The Secret World is still…

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5 years ago

Development And Support Continues At Funcom

Following the news of possible financial infringements a couple of days ago, we reached out to Funcom to find out if the situation would affect the company's in-development Lego Minifigs title, as well as continued expansions and support for their ongoing MMOs, including The Secret World. Today, we received an update from the developer and I've included it in full below. Here's a taste: Production…

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