Secret World beta begins May 11

Electronic Arts now accepting preorders for upcoming modern-day MMO game with guaranteed access to every beta weekend beginning next month.

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PC gamers can enter Funcom's Secret World six weeks ahead of the game's launch…if they preorder the title. Publisher Electronic Arts today announced that beginning today, players can reserve their copy of the game for guaranteed access to all beta weekends.

The Secret World becomes less of a secret this May.

Beta access periods will be held "most weekends" until The Secret World's launch on June 19. The game was recently delayed to that date so Funcom could add "even more polish."

On top of securing beta weekend access for The Secret World, gamers who preorder the title will be guaranteed up to a four-day head start ahead of the game's launch this June. Additionally, players will be rewarded with an in-game experience boost item, an in-game T-shirt, and a pet.

To date, more than 750,000 have signed up to beta-test The Secret World. A closed beta period for the game is currently ongoing, with Funcom drawing from the community to complement its internal testers.

Announced for the Xbox 360 and PC in 2007, The Secret World posits an alternate universe in which a modern-day world has been torn asunder by the reemergence of magic and other occult activity. Players will join one of three occult factions and battle one another for control of strategic locations throughout the world, including Egypt, New York, and Seoul.

Discussion

69 comments
maotinanai
maotinanai

Well I was highly interested on playing this game.Actually been waiting it since its anouncement.I made the mistake to pre order swtor and i was diassapointed for good.Now i hope that funcom learned the right lesson From Conan and this will be a great hit.

Guys dont start trolling about F2P just because you dont wanna pay for a game.It comes down to each Company'S Policy not your budget :)

germonicus
germonicus

I tried it ,I hated it.

Bit simplistic but that's the gist of it.I was doing ok bumbling along collecting stuff,killing stuff,questing and came to a quest that should have been easy,just collect a few things and kill a few mobs......I ran around and around the same damned area for about 2 hours looking for a piece of paper which I KNOW was not on the ground and finally found it lying in the open in an area I'd been through a million times.

 

It was at this point that I decided that although I can deal with the 2002 style gfx I wasn't willing to play something that seemed so fundamentally messed up.

Also the awesome combat just didn't feel awesome to me at all.

 

I may give it another shot as I'm in the Beta but the fact that I stopped playing at approx 6 to 8 hours gametime and didn't go back doesn't bode well.

TheBetaFishy
TheBetaFishy

God I love this game.  My brain has been looking for something to do in an MMO for years now and this is the answer!  The Investigation (and a lot of the Sabatoge) missions make this a game I hope future MMO's will attempt to live up to.  Truly great.

5HAY
5HAY

Just for the Record - I have gotten sucked outside of the game 2x now and ended up in space with a big Square of Rock - which I am guessing is where London is situated within ...lol  .......... But I digress - when in there  - I called for help as there was no way out - /stuck and Recall did not work - a GM was with me in Seconds and got me back into the real world - Thanks Guys.

5HAY
5HAY

One thing they HAVE TO CHANGE! The ACTION BAR! Were they so busy thinking of  plots that they Forgot we need more than 7 tabs on ONE action bar? Yup that is  right we get just ONE action Bar !!!!! with a Miserable 7 Tabs!!!! Come on guys  - if you ever look at these forums - One Action Bar with a Miserable 7 tabs is  RIDICULOUS!!!!

WHERE are we to put our potions etc.  FOR EASE OF USE or just Convenient for  foods!

I am guessing as we move along with Skills we will have more than 7 Skills -  so will need MORE than 7 Tabs on an Action Bar!

When needing a potion - what are we supposed to do - hit I then get take the  potion?? By that time we could be dead!

Give us something we can use - it is always better to allow a player to  Personalise the look of their game - to suit their style of game play

I saw the Video on YouTube when he was saying they were thinking of making  skins for the players to DL - now that smacks of a Game Shop to me - are they  going to Expect us to PAY for skins so we can personalise this?

If so that is Totally OUT OF ORDER! This is a Subscription game - and as such  only Extremely Special things should be in the Game Shop not things you have to use in-game! More like Ornaments or T-Shirts etc. and if  it is an In-game item - then although some of the game companies do this  [cough......Blizzard!!!] This is also Out of Order - as people are Paying a  monthly subscription - STOP Being so GREEDY!!!  Be good to your Players - they  are your Bread and Butter!!!!

Master_I
Master_I

The beta sits on my hdd at 23gb strong : /

nord1c
nord1c

The concept of an RPG with free skill combination gets me fairly excited. However the concept of the EA/Funcom combination puts me off to no end.

wolfgang12193
wolfgang12193

Im going to play the beta of this game then decide just like TERA. This game does look promising.

Ovirew
Ovirew

Could be good. I've been looking for a different sort of MMO, one that doesn't follow the overdone Everquest/WOW formula. An MMO without levels and classes could be very refreshing, and I'd like to see how the game actually plays. This one has been in development for a few years now. I think I will keep my eye on it.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

@ma_hurt - There is a game play video too: looking extremely good for an MMO.

ma_hurt
ma_hurt

This a trailer - short movie style. I wonder how many people think that this is actual gameplay? I will wait to see actual gameplay before I make any decisions. I have been around long enough to know that these little movie trailers always look nothing like the real game.

nomadski69
nomadski69

A beta held 6 weeks before a games release is not a beta, it's a demo.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

I can't remark on all the hate directed at Funcom, I don't own any of their games. I will say this looks extremely unique and graphically hot. -An HP Lovecraft inspired MMO should be given the benefit of the doubt.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

No way. If user-reviews are solidly great 3+ months after release, then I'll consider it.

izlim
izlim

Would have gotten the life-time sub, but having micro transactions in the game makes me feel it will go free-to-play.

V----V
V----V

EA? It slso has FUNCOM's name on it. That's another name that sets off my alarm bells.

germonicus
germonicus

Didn't realise it was EA publishing.I was going to give the beta a try but I'm not going to pay to do so and feed more cash to the BEAST that EA has become. They pulled this same crap with TERA beta too.I'm guessing they've bought into the idea that people value stuff they have to pay for more than free stuff.....plus they can massage cash from us at the same time.Hell NO! I say screw EA!

ROMEOHELL
ROMEOHELL

OMG now i knew that EA is involved with this ,... thx god i didnt preorder this , i'm 100% sure it's a crapyyyyyyy **** .. GW2 is the game and that's a final decision for me .

supertom221
supertom221

"Electronic Arts" Say what? Yeeaaah, no. This game doesn't even look good in the least. Guild Wars 2 all the way, baby.

Deano
Deano

i can't believe people still blindly buy into mmo hype and pre-order, this is the same company that made age of conan. You really think this mmo is going to promise anything revolutionary. You haven't even played and you're pre-ordering? game companies love people like you, just hand over your credit card

NadCAtarun
NadCAtarun

I fought a hard battle to pre-order... They should add a lot more polish to their website. T_T

Art3Zero
Art3Zero

Can we preorder and then cancel?

emerin76
emerin76

got my pre order! i've never pre ordered anything. Hey, it's Ragnar, he's a genius. I put him in the same league as Peter Molyneux, Sid Meier and Will Wright. I really don't understand peoples negativity over this project. is it because it's an mmo and have a natural bias, or it's funcom, (play longest journeys if it is, because they are awesome) or the genre? To those close minded fools, get out of your bedroom and open your eyes.

jojocoolio
jojocoolio

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famekiller
famekiller

Attention everyone, OK please form an orderly line here. This is the pay for beta line. We take credit card and ca$h... strictly NO refunds. And please, no queue jumping.

magnumsworld
magnumsworld

I ranked this game as a contender for one I may be interested in playing, but having just looked at the pre-order page, I've changed my mind. The fact that you have the opportunity to spend as much as $350.00 US on the game months before it comes out shows me how pervasive the greed is within the companies issuing this title. Being that one of the companies is EA, this is hardly a surprise. I don't support games where real-world dolla's translate to in-game power. Pay for cosmetic upgrades - fine.. but I don't wanna compete with someone else's real wallet. Shame. Yet another game where real-life policies keep me from buying it. I hate these new trends.

AzatiS
AzatiS

Oh come on EA , seriously? 10th april whoever preorders GW2 are in beta , 15th may Diablo 3 is out , 1st may TERA is out... Wtf... Let this storm pass before you do anything fancy like Secret world betas and preorders... I bet youll end up without beta testers.

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

I'll take a look purely because the writer is a genius, but I'm expecting more of the same MMO blandness.

poster012
poster012

@GreenBronco The thing is, they aren't going to have a shortage of people applying for the beta, and it's nice to have the option of guaranteed entry. The game doesn't cost any extra, so I don't get the controversy. Not only that, but pre-ordering perks have been around forever. Besides, there's always enough information to be had before you make a purchase, plus there will probably be a trial at some point. I can understand why people get upset at greed, but gamer entitlement can be just as bad.

GreenBronco
GreenBronco

how bout we play the beta, help you test your game before release, then, if we like what we see we will preorder a copy. Damn im sick of how gaming is turning into companies bleeding every dollar they can out of their fans.

coop36
coop36

Looks kinda interesting. But I'll definitely have to wait and see before I pay anything.

Lytmare
Lytmare

Please be good! The idea is epic, I just hope with all the time funcom is putting into it will be well used.

Fursnake
Fursnake

I'm really looking forward to this one, especially after SWTOR was such a letdown for me. Really tempted to preorder for beta access alone. If the game is really good I would drop the money on a lifetime sub, but not before I have a chance to beta it. Anyone know if the lifetime sub is a preorder exclusive or can you get a lifetime sub separate from the actual game purchase later on down the road?

SnappySnake
SnappySnake

I wish I didn't have to preorder to get in the beta.

ambo1305
ambo1305

Initiate or grandmaster pack??? $199 is actually cheap for a life time sub. quite tempted 8) Think I'll wait until PAX is over to see what people think about the game... Looks like a game I'd spend more than 13 months with though ;)

BigFeef
BigFeef

I'd really like to get this game; it's on my list of games to watch. BUT... it's Funcom (not known for smooth launches or their fantastic support) and EA (nuff said). If it was just Funcom, it wouldn't be that bad because their games tend to be different and fun despite all the bugs, etc. Gonna play the waiting game with this one; there's just so much that can go wrong with a Funcom/EA combination.

TheBetaFishy
TheBetaFishy

 @5HAY

I hope you posted these comments on the TSW Beta Forums so the devs might actually see your feedback and it isn't just lost out here in cyberspace where it can't do any good. 

TheBetaFishy
TheBetaFishy

 @5HAY

1) You seem very upset about the action bar.  Don't know what to tell you there.  You'll always have 14 skills to pick from a pool of 500+ and the number of combos available from that are... insane.  I'm sure you don't have all the skills unlocked yet, but you'd be overwhelmed if you did, so take it slow.

2) As to where you're supposed to put your potions:  open your inventory and create a new inventory window (click the plus sign).  Now expand or contract that so it has as many spaces as you desire and then fill it with any consumables or interactable quest items you want to use. Now drag that window anywhere you want on your screen.  Finally, click the padlock symbol to lock the window there and... ta-duh!  Problem solved.

3) Re: skins - haven't heard anything about that and they certainly haven't implemented anything like that in the game - so post your concerns on the Beta Forums and just focus on breathing for now.

5HAY
5HAY

 @germonicus

 Free Games r NOT FREE!  They can end up costing ppl a fortune - because they get Sucked into Buying items for in-game and end up spending more than u would for a subscription game - Free Games - Pfft - no such thing!!

5HAY
5HAY

 @Deano

 Pre-Ordering does not mean u have to Buy the game - u can always cancel b4 the release date - if u find u do not like it - u do not get charged for it till they send it or u go to DL it - so no money lost.

5HAY
5HAY

 @SnappySnake     

Gamestop were giving away Code Keys - think they still have some - as I got a friend one on Friday and that was a week after they were on offer - so take a look - u may be lucky - if not - Pre-order it from Amazon or an online company - as they do not charge till they send it on release - that way if u feel u do not like it - then u can always cancel ur Pre-order b4 release - no money wasted that way - but then if u do like it - u can just let the Pre-order be sent - win win situation

 

5HAY
5HAY

 @TheBetaFishy

 Good God - Stop trying so Hard to show u r smart and we r all idiots - OF COURSE I have put my Comments on the Beta Forums!!!

5HAY
5HAY

 @TheBetaFishy

 Fyi - the bags Do Not Lock in place! - the lock just stops them being closed when opening and closing the Inventory!

5HAY
5HAY

 @TheBetaFishy

 The whole point of this forum is to DISCUSS things about the game - And Of Course I am sure All put their thoughts on the Forums as well!

IF u look at YouTube you will see the SKINS bit in one of their Official Videos!  I think u Need to Focus on Breathing and STOP being an ass

 

5HAY
5HAY

 @TheBetaFishy

 IF you had Read my post Properly - then u would not try to be such a smartypants - I Already said the way to use potions via the Inventory bags!  DOH!!