Fans of FuncomÂs conspiracy-based MMOG, The Secret World, wonÂt have too much longer to wait before they choose their secret society and join in the secret war. Funcom today announced that The Secret World will officially launch on June 19th, 2012. The Secret World was originally scheduled to launch in April, but Funcom decided to push the date back in favor of more development time for more polish.
According to the press release, more than 750,000 players have signed up for The Secret WorldÂs beta, a number much higher than that of FuncomÂs Age of Conan: Unchained title at the same stage in development.
You can sign up for the beta on The Secret World website.
The Secret World to launch June 19, 2012
Durham, USA Â February 21st, 2012 ÂIndependent developer and publisher of online games, Funcom, today announced that the highly anticipated massively multiplayer online role-playing gameÂ ÂThe Secret WorldÂÂ will launch on June 19th, 2012. Originally slated for an April launch, Funcom has decided to invest more development time into the title in order to apply even more polish before launch.
Feedback from hands-on press events and beta testing has proven very positive, and Funcom intends to spend the additional development time focusing on polish and tweaking to maximize the potential of the game. The beta feedback so far is showing very positive reactions to core game features such as the role-playing systems, combat, missions, dungeons, story and immersion. Among the beta testers surveyed, almost 9 out of 10 say they will play the game at launch.
More than 750,000 gamers are now registered as beta testers, which is significantly higher than FuncomÂs previous MMOÂ ÂAge of ConanÂÂ had at the same point in development. Funcom expects the number of beta registrations to grow significantly in the coming months, as the company ramps up its major PR and marketing initiatives towards launch.
ÂAllowing for even more time to polish the game really shows just how much faith Funcom as a company has inÂ ÂThe Secret WorldÂand how committed we are to making it the best it can be,Â says Creative Director and Senior Producer Ragnar TÃ¸rnquist. ÂThe additional time will also allow us to carry out even more quality beta testing, and soon we will also be announcing several public beta events where hundreds of thousands of gamers will get to test the game prior to launch.Â
ÂThe Secret WorldÂÂ is consistently mentioned as one of the most anticipated MMOÂs in development. Mainstream publications such asÂ ForbesÂ andÂ The GuardianÂ have both listedÂThe Secret WorldÂÂ as a game to watch out for in 2012, and the game has also been singled out as one of the most anticipated games of 2012 by gaming sites such asÂ G4TV,Â VideoGamer, andÂ RockPaperShotgun. Leading technology websiteÂ VentureBeatÂ highlightedÂ ÂThe Secret WorldÂÂ as one of the top new game brands of 2012, and over atÂ MMORPG.comÂ the game was given the ÂRising StarÂ in the siteÂs ReaderÂs Choice Awards.
Following the first hands-on press event last year,Â ÂThe Secret WorldÂÂ was heralded asÂ Âone of the most distinctive MMOÂs of the last 10 yearsÂÂ (Videogamer) andÂ MMORPG.comÂ went on to predict thatÂ ÂThe Secret World is going to take the world by storm and set new standards in excellence in gameplay.ÂÂ This month, Funcom is doing another extensive round of hands-on sessions with select press, showcasing all new content and mechanics. New press previews are expected to hit later this week following the hands-on events held throughout February where journalists from over 50 outlets worldwide attended.
ÂThe Secret WorldÂÂ is published by Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA).Â Those looking to join the ongoing beta test can sign up via the official site atÂ www.thesecretworld.com.