Funcom reveals Secret World

Age of Conan maker unveils new PC, 360 MMORPG about the modern world being upended by a magical cataclysm.

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Following a weeklong attempt at ilovebees-style viral marketing, Funcom has finally come clean. The Norwegian developer of the forthcoming Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures today announced a new massively multiplayer online role-playing game. And while it contains plenty of magic, the title has more in common with H.P. Lovecraft's demonic universe than Robert E. Howard's barbarian hero.

Titled The Secret World, the new game has a modern-day setting with a darkly fantastical twist. In it, massive monsters and secret societies employ arcane powers and battle beneath the high-tech veneer of the 21st century. Several concept screens from the game (above) contain both fantasy and Deus Ex-style cyberpunk elements. Its teaser poster (below) shows a Call of Cthulhu-esque creature meeting a katana-toting woman in a futuristic jumpsuit standing atop a taxicab.

"Well, ma'am, there's your problem right there."

"We started envisioning this contemporary online world more than 10 years ago, and as the years passed the ideas grew and improved," Secret World producer/director Ragnar Tornquist said in a statement. "We always wanted a different kind of online world, something scary and contemporary, something deeper and closer to our reality. Our goal now is to create a detailed world where players feel empowered and part of something big, something mystical and epic."

The Secret World has been in development for the PC and Xbox 360 since last summer at Funcom's Oslo headquarters and Beijing studio. No release date is currently set for the game, but its teaser site--www.darkdaysarecoming.com--is now online.

Discussion

92 comments
raging_hero
raging_hero

Hopefully this won't come out the same as Hellgate: London. I'll keep an eye on this one and see how it turns out. Good luck to the developers, artists and creators at Funcom.

beatleshair
beatleshair

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Arch-Vil
Arch-Vil

OMG !! my Internet connection sux a big one !!

tegororn
tegororn

It's really too early to decide if it's good or not.We'll see.

theKSMM
theKSMM

It's gonna be hard for PC gamers to find anything to play by themselves one day. :(

SMGrawks
SMGrawks

MMORPG? :( Will single players without der internet be able to play the game?

coblexkitten
coblexkitten

Looked fabulous to the pics of the lame looking characters. Also, it's an MMORPG. :-( I looked at hte pics first and I got excited. Maybe I'll play it for a week because the world in that game looks awesome.

darth-revan
darth-revan

MMOs are kinda flooding the market at this point. I really think this would be great though, because its different. Ive always wanted a very creepy and scary world and somethin from H.P. lovecraft would give me that. As long as it plays differently from most MMOs ill check it out.

Agulf
Agulf

Good, now use that engine and port Anarchy Online over to it. ... well, If only it was that easy...

dukerav
dukerav

Another MMO ? :( Nice for 360's but, man, there are just way too many MMO's overall. If this can bring some decent new gameplay and innovations to the genre, maybe Ill check it out, but I a bit burned out on MMO's at the moment.

Tollers
Tollers

I want! Please hurry.

runstalker
runstalker

People should get more creative with their sub prices. I believe "premium" MMOs can exists in the $9.99 or $4.99 /month range and still offer regular updates and quality, well-produced content. Those two numbers are so much less scary for teens, parents, etc. Publishers seem to gravitate towards $14.99 a month premiums or totally free micro-transaction based models. There's very little grey area in between. Why so afraid of $9.99 or $4.99? The "premium" MMO needs a few monthly payment tiers. Imagine something as solid as WoW or EQ2 (no ads, plenty of updates) but in the $2.99 or $4.99 / month range - wouldn't that totally catch on? If they wanted to milk more, charge a buck for every two character slots.

GyRo567
GyRo567

Ragnar teased us for an entire year with the "Next Big Thing" on his blog.

glhx1rush
glhx1rush

Hmmm, If I have to pay to play, I won't bother with the 360, I'll go with the PC. Unless, there is some form of "discount" for 360 subscribers, taking into account the fact that we (360 users) already pay to get online (For "Gold" Accounts), Balance that issue with the PC fees, and I'll consider the 360 version, if in fact this game over really sees the light of day.

Angryduck67
Angryduck67

Reminds me of Shadowrun, probably a source of inspiration. I've been waiting for someone to make a online RPG like this for years.

saulabi
saulabi

if i remember from the beginning of the 360. ms said that for mmo that you don't need gold just that you have to pay the monthly fee for the mmo.

705H1R0
705H1R0

yea, I would hate having to pay a monthly fee on top of xbox live gold, but on the other hand, that money only goes to microsoft, so I don't know how a third party developer would be compensated....

HotsFrost
HotsFrost

Ne idea if u need to pay for 360?

BoogieManZero
BoogieManZero

I am hoping I don't need to pay another monthly fee on top of the one I am paying for Gold already. Seems like an MMO would be hard to translate to the 360, no way it will sell well if you must pay every month, but it won't get the service it needs unless they charge every month....

cenobyte21
cenobyte21

i tried the 'code' given by the site mentioned by skinn, it didnt work for me.

etiennec9
etiennec9

The teaser site isn't very enticing...yet?

GizmoVirus
GizmoVirus

sounds swesome, but like already stated, when is one going to come out on the 360?

epormada
epormada

I keep hearing about all these new MMO's coming out on the 360, can somebody please just focus on releasing one already.

ele975
ele975

That teaser site... anyone knows if it's a puzzle, or that moving and turning those pieces are just for fun?

wowgod
wowgod

eh wtf? anarchy was nothing special but for a game thats costs £0 its worth a go ya fud!

SmallPower
SmallPower

proofread please Funcom has got to be some sort of money-laundering front because there is no way they can possibly expect to succeed with two new MMOs, considering their abysmal Anarchy Online track record

TheoleDominion1
TheoleDominion1

What the hell are you talking about! Last I check there isn't any MMO's on the new consoles except for FFXI. Alot of people were not happy that there were not alot of RPG's on the next-gen consoles, now there are some coming out PEOPLE STILL COMPLAIN! Oh yeah, RaiKageRYU I hope they keep "spawning" just so you can keep posting negative remarks for me to laugh at.

Ironshadow360
Ironshadow360

[I still don't know if 360 MMORPG's cost extra...Xbox Live + Monthly Fee would be crazy.] I don't know if its official for ALL MMO's, but Final Fantasy XI requires a monthly fee, so its safe to assume all others will as well.

Icicle2004
Icicle2004

I still don't know if 360 MMORPG's cost extra...Xbox Live + Monthly Fee would be crazy.

tehmamushka
tehmamushka

Ok, now this game definitely looks interesting.

Emraldo
Emraldo

Has anyone figured out how theteaser site works?

taylormadederek
taylormadederek

Don't play MMO games they will take up too much time. Read a book instead. ;)

Skinn_E_G
Skinn_E_G

This might be another drop in the pond for PC Gamers, but all 360 owners have right now are 2 ps2 ports. This game could be huge for console owners.

Fable_Lord
Fable_Lord

yes idd, it looks cool let's hope it plays cool as well

azizrulez
azizrulez

the concept sounds interesting,and since its funcom they probably might even deliver

Edcase
Edcase

ooks interesting ill have to check this out some more

Makhdoom82
Makhdoom82

Rpgs Rpgs Rpgs .. Why is everybody bent on making those .... How about Fps/Tps, Action adventure, Rts etc etc.

DrCLos
DrCLos

I really like this idea. I think it has been a long time coming for a more modern MMO. Might actually get me into playing one again if it turns out well.

mixhawkeye
mixhawkeye

Cool cant wait to see how it turns out.