The Secret World Eliminates Subscription Fee
It seems that there was something to the mad ramblings of Joel Bylos earlier this week. Funcom has announced that the subscription fee for The Secret World (TSW) is no longer required. The new slogan states Âpay once, play foreverÂ and hereÂs how it works. Once you purchase a retail or digital copy of the game, you can play it all for free. Subscriptions are still available but they now come with some different perks that include the following:
- 'The Time Accelerator'. This clickable item increases experience gain for defeating monsters by 100% for 1 hour and has a 16 hour cool-down. This item can only be used by Members and Grand Masters.
- $10 worth of Bonus Points given out every month which can be used towards any product in the Item Store of The Secret World (bonus points are valid for 6 months).
- Membership Item-of-the-month gift (given out every month).
- 10% discount to everything in the Item Store except Content Packs or other Packs (discounts to the Item Store do not stack with other offers).
Additionally, there is also a Grand Master Lifetime membership available, which gives all of those items plus 20% off of store content, minus content packs and other packs. Anyone that purchased an Initiate's Pack this month before the announcement will also be reimbursed 1800 bonus points.
You can learn more about the new model, costs and benefits via the official TSW FAQ. Check out the new trailer and press release after the break for more.
FUNCOM REMOVES SUBSCRIPTION REQUIREMENT FROM ÂTHE SECRET WORLDÂ
ÂÂ Pay Once, Play Forever!Â Â
ÂNo Complicated Rules or Restrictions, Simply Enjoy All the Content and Features of ÂThe Secret WorldÂ Without Ever Having to Commit to a SubscriptionÂ Â
Durham, USA Â December 12th, 2012 ÂÂ Funcom is excited to announce that subscription is no longer required to play the companyÂs modern-day massively multiplayer online gameÂ ÂThe Secret WorldÂ.Â The game is now available onlineÂ and in retail and starting today no subscription fee is required to enjoyÂ anyÂ of the gameÂs content, features or storylines. There are no complicated rules or restrictions, no complex matrixes telling you what you can and cannot access. Pay Once, Play Forever Â itÂs that simple.
ÂWith this recent change there is no reason not to join and take part inÂ ÂThe Secret WorldÂ,Â says Game Director Joel Bylos. ÂMost players end up having a ton of fun once they delve into the myths and legends ofÂ ÂThe Secret WorldÂ, and we believe the game has the potential to be even more successful without the subscription entry barrier. It is an ambitious andÂ veryÂ exciting move for us!Â
Besides working tirelessly to expandÂ ÂThe Secret WorldÂÂ through new content and features, Joel Bylos is also currently preparing for the end of the world, expected to come on December 21stÂ 2012. Recently, Bylos releasedÂ the first in a series of videosÂ chronicling his final days on earth. Meanwhile, in the realm of the sane, Funcom is also currently running a specialÂ end-of-the-worldÂ alternate reality game.
ÂThe Secret WorldÂÂ is one of the most unique massively multiplayer games ever released, breaking the mold on everything from its modern-day setting to its freeform progression system that is neither built on classes or levels. The game received several glowing reviews after launch earlier this year, with magazines such as PC Powerplay sayingÂ ÂThe Secret World is a breath of fresh air in a stale genreÂÂ and TenTonHammerreporting thatÂ ÂFuncom has colored outside the tried and true lines of the MMO genreÂ. As of now,Â ÂThe Secret WorldÂÂ has a user rating of 8.2 on MetaCritic and 8.50 on MMORPG.com.
Since launch, the talented and dedicated live team working onÂ ÂThe Secret WorldÂÂ has pushed out four major content updates, adding everything from new weapons to an entire raid to the game. This post-launch update plan is among some of the most ambitious in the MMO industry, and the team will continue to create free updates Â also calledÂ IssuesÂ Â as well as offering optional paid content packs.
Even though the subscription requirement forÂ ÂThe Secret WorldÂÂ has been removed, there is still a Membership option available which provide exciting bonuses such as 10 USD/EUR per month which can be spent in the in-game store, theÂ ÂTime AcceleratorÂÂ item that grants double experience gain for one hour each day, a fixed 10% discount to everything in the in-game store, and more.
For more information about the change, pleaseÂ take a look at the detailsÂ available on the website.
ÂThe Secret WorldÂÂ is developed by Funcom and co-published by EA Partners, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA). For more information about the game please visitÂ www.thesecretworld.com.
ABOUT FUNCOM -Â 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. Titles include ÂThe Secret WorldÂ, ÂAge of Conan: Hyborian AdventuresÂ, ÂThe Longest Journey', 'Anarchy Online', ÂFashion Week LiveÂ and 'Dreamfall: The Longest Journey'. For corporate information please visitÂ www.funcom.com. For information about Funcom games visitÂ www.anarchy-online.com,Â www.dreamfall.com,Â www.thesecretworld.comÂ orÂ www.ageofconan.com.
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