After a rockstar showing at gamescom 2011 and PAX Prime 2011, Funcom is now accepting beta applications for The Secret World. Applicants should note that a Facebook account is (apparently) required, and phase two of The Secret War experience might post some secrets on your Wall. For more info, go to http://www.thesecretworld.com/secretwar or check out the press release below.
FUNCOM OPENS BETA REGISTRATION FOR ÂTHE SECRET WORLD
- First phase of ÂThe Secret WarÂ interactive online experience now available, combining choice of secret society with the beta registration
- Second phase will allow gamers to unlock guaranteed beta access, achievements, exclusive in-game items, and even win a Funcom studio tour
Durham, USA Â August 29th, 2011 Â Funcom today opened the official beta registration for ÂThe Secret WorldÂ, the highly anticipated upcoming massively multiplayer online game set in our own, modern-day world. Gamers can now register to be evaluated for participation in the upcoming phases of beta that will be running up to the launch of the game in April 2012. During the next months Funcom will be increasing the number of beta participants gradually.
The launch of the beta registration also signals the start of the first phase ÂThe Secret WarÂ, an interactive online experience that engages community members in the conflict between the Templars, the Illuminati, and the Dragon Â the three factions in ÂThe Secret WorldÂ Â even before the game is released.
ÂOne of the most interesting features of ÂThe Secret WorldÂ is the three profoundly different secret societies that players can join,Â says Funcom SVP of Sales & Marketing, Morten Larssen. ÂSince we first announced the game we have gradually revealed more details about them, and what we have seen is that thousands of gamers in our community have come to identify with them and form a loyal bond to other community members belonging to the same society. With ÂThe Secret WarÂ experience we are excited about the prospect of allowing for even more community interaction and engagement.Â
The first phase of the experience allows users to take a unique personality test to determine which secret society they belong to and then choose which society to join. After making the ultimate choice the user is automatically registered as a beta candidate for ÂThe Secret WorldÂ and will also be eligible to take part in the upcoming second phase of ÂThe Secret WarÂ interactive online experience.
The second phase of the experience will allow users to expand the influence of their secret society through a social media connected, web-based game. Here users can recruit friends and deploy them as agents for their cause, scoring points for themselves and their secret society. Users can also share assets from and information about ÂThe Secret WorldÂ to score more points, allowing them to climb through the ranks of their secret society and unlock achievements, exclusive in-game equipment and weaponry, in-game titles, and even the coveted guaranteed beta access reward.
Through ÂThe Secret WarÂ interactive online experience users will also take part in weekly sweepstakes where they can win a trip to the Funcom Montreal studio, signed collectorÂs editions of the game, and even the opportunity to have their name integrated into ÂThe Secret WorldÂ´ game.
ÂThe Secret WorldÂ is being developed by world-leading independent game developer. The game is set to release on PC in April 2012. For more information, visit the official website at www.thesecretworld.com.
Funcom is an independent developer and publisher of online games for PC and consoles. Funcom has provided outstanding entertainment since 1993 and continues to expand its track-record of more than twenty released games. Recent titles include ÂAge of Conan: Hyborian AdventuresÂ, ÂThe Longest Journey', 'Anarchy Online' and 'Dreamfall: The Longest Journey'. For corporate information please visit www.funcom.com. For information about Funcom games visit www.anarchy-online.com www.dreamfall.com, www.thesecretworld.com or www.ageofconan.com. Funcom is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker FUNCOM.