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The Secret World

Platform(s): PC, Xbox 360
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Funcom
Developer: Funcom
Release Date: July 3, 2012

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'The Secret World' (ALL) Pre-Order Gets You Beta Access

by Rainier on April 3, 2012 @ 9:49 a.m. PDT

An ancient, dreaming evil stirs. Dangerous creatures awaken. The Earth is in mortal peril. The wonders and horrors of the secret world are re-emerging in our world. The time has come to take up arms in the war between good & evil. Warriors and champions of Gaia, your training is about to begin. Rise. You have been chosen.

An ancient, dreaming evil stirs. Dangerous creatures awaken. The Earth is in mortal peril. The wonders and horrors of the secret world are re-emerging in our world. The time has come to take up arms in the war between good & evil. Warriors and champions of Gaia, your training is about to begin. Rise. You have been chosen.

For there really is a world within ours, a secret world, where magic exists, monsters roam and ancient forces are fighting for the dominance of earth. It is a world of legendary stories, ageless conflicts and powerful cabals. In this world, even modern cities hide secrets. In this world, players can take part in the greatest conspiracies of our age, and battle the forces of darkness across the world and throughout time.

The pre-order campaign for the upcoming modern-day massively multiplayer online (MMO) game, The Secret World is now live. Everyone who pre-orders will be guaranteed access to all Beta Weekends beginning May 11, 2012 running most weekends up until the game's launch.

The Secret World puts players into a modern-day world where every myth, legend and conspiracy theory is true, and where secret societies pull the strings of entire governments from the shadows. Players get to travel the world — from New York to London and from Egypt to Transylvania — as they fight the evil that has infiltrated myths and folklore for centuries.

Gamers who pre-order The Secret World will receive:

  • Guaranteed access to all Beta Weekends starting May 11, with the ability to carry over their characters to every subsequent event
  • Guaranteed Early Access to the game, up to four days prior to the game's official launch
  • An exclusive in-game item providing an experience boost to progression
  • An exclusive in-game t-shirt featuring a unique monster design
  • A powerful pet (Ferocious Wolf, Egyptian Cat or Loyal Hound) to support the player in combat
  • A head start on character naming before the game launches

During the Beta Weekends, players will be immersed in a revolutionary MMO experience that breaks free from the confinements of character classes and levels. With each event, more content such as locations and missions will be added to The Secret World universe, creating an ever-evolving experience from one event to the next. Access to the Beta Weekends will be available through limited giveaways or by pre-ordering. Gamers that pre-order The Secret World will be guaranteed access to every event.

"The Beta Weekends are a fantastic opportunity for players to familiarize themselves with the game," says Funcom SVP of Sales & Marketing Morten Larssen. "With guaranteed access to every single one of these weekends, our pre-order players will have the unique opportunity to truly immerse themselves in the universe that surrounds The Secret World — starting six weeks before launch!"

Key Features:

  • Enter the real world: Disocver the hidden places of the present-day world. Enter the thriving urban environments of New York, London and Seoul, and enjoy the social bustle of modern life. Then leave the cities behind and plunge into epic adventures that will take you through grand locations across the globe, from Egypt to New England, from ancient past to an apocalyptic future.
  • Be who you want to be: There are no classes or levels. Experience the freedom of complete character customization at every stage: flexible character creation, unrestricted and almost limitless combinations of clothing and accessories, and skills directly shaped by your actions during play. Experience a reactive, fast-paced combat system that allows you to defeat enemies using anything from martial arts to black magic, from legendary armaments to modern firearms.
  • Play how you want to play: The Secret World begins where other MMOs end. Start out as a modern-day hero and fight terrifying monsters - and feel powerful and in control from the moment you begin. Select from open-world missions that are tailored to your play style, whether you want to simply kill monsters, sabotage their lairs, embark on high-stake bounty hunts or investigate the hidden mysteries and dark conspiracies behind the secret societies that rule the world.
  • Enter the secret world: The divide between reality and the supernatural is weakening. What begins as an evening at the local nightclub can become a night of terror now that ancient creatures stalk the streets. Face unspeakable horrors and explore unknown worlds beyond our own, or fight for control of the hollow-earth as you unravel the truth behind the legends and myths of our world.

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