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The Secret World

7 months ago

Moons Of Madness will haunt this Halloween

The sci-fi first-person spooker Moons Of Madness has reemerged from its dark development cave after a year scratching runes into the wall with splintered fingernails, now aiming to launch around Halloween 2019. And it's also now quietly tied into the spooky-ooky stories of The Secret World, thanks to finding a publisher in the form of Funcom. Observe, a new trailer hinting at spookies including someone…

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2 years 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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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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3 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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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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4 years ago

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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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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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5 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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6 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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Funcom Charged Over Possible Financial Infringements

Funcom, developer of Age of Conan and The Secret World among others, has been reinstated on the Oslo Stock Exchange following a suspension earlier this morning. The suspension was related to charges from Økokrim, the Norwegian authority for the investigation and prosecution of financial crime. The charges state that the company is cooperating fully, which may tie in to reports in Norwegian media that the…

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7 years ago

Issue Six (Six Six): The Secret World’s PvP XP Overhaul

The sixth big update to The Secret World looks moderately bonkers, with "The Last Train To Cario" offering Lost Ark type shenanigans with hats and whips aplenty. There's also some news regarding PvP changes, where things have been tweaked to give more motivation to combat: XP shared between you and the group for kills, as well as a battle rank. Funcom suggest that this stuff,…

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Interview: The Secret World Drops Subscription

The Secret World has dropped its subscription and purchasing the client will now provide access to all existing content, with no ongoing fees. Ahead of the announcement, I spoke to game director Joel Bylos and Funcom's director of communications Erling Ellingsen to find out what this means for the future and why the decision has been made now. In a frank interview, we discussed whether…

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Tentacles On Broadway: The Secret World Issue 4

The Secret World's "Issue 4" update will burst flailing onto the streets of virtual Manhattan later this month. It's going to include a raid in which you fight your way across the streets of the Big Apple, as well as a range of other content, including chainsaws. How you get the chainsaw seems a little gruesome. Can't secret society soldiers just go to a hardware…

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Secret World’s First Raid Sounds Very Secret World-y

Sometimes, it's quite easy to forget about The Secret World. Don't get me wrong: that's not to call it a forgettable experience. Rather, its blend of witty wiles and bone-chilling atmosphere wasn't enough to propel it to the same heights as comparatively household names like World of Warcraft and Guild Wars. Sadly, the main thing that's occasionally shoved it back into the spotlight as of late has…

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The Cat God Returns: Secret World Issue Three Goes Live

Well now, here's a pleasant surprise. The Secret World's second batch of story content took its sweet time - admittedly with good reason - but Issue Three's already sneaked up on unsuspecting players and pounced. Much like a cat. A cat who's also god. (As opposed to a cat who's also a dog - which is this thing.) Among other things, "The Cat God" kicks…

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Secret World’s New Dance Move: The Internal Shakeup

And by dance move, I of course mean "tectonic shift in creative management affixed to a phrase that happens to sound like it could be a dance move in a universe where things like layoffs and sadness don't exist." Given recent events, however, I imagine that actually adding a dance animation titled "The Internal Shakeup" to The Secret World would elicit a chorus of "too…

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