The Secret World begins beta registration

Funcom invites gamers to sign up to test upcoming massively multiplayer online game; social network integration offers alternate path to access.

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Funcom is nearly ready to spill the beans on The Secret World. The publisher today announced it has officially opened up beta registrations for its upcoming massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

Some secrets are easier to keep a lid on than others.

Interested gamers can sign up on the game's official website in one of two phases. In the first phase, gamers take a personality test to determine which of the game's factions they would best fit and then confirm their registration by choosing one themselves. The optional second phase of registration requires users to connect their Facebook accounts for a social-media-driven campaign. By recruiting friends, sharing assets, and spreading the word about the game, users will gain points that help them progress through a metagame, unlocking achievements, in-game equipment, and a guaranteed beta invite along the way.

This is not the first time a spot in the beta for The Secret World has been held up as a reward for supporting the developer. In 2009, gamers who signed up for a three-month subscription to the developer's fantasy MMORPG Age of Conan (it has since changed to a "freemium" business model) were promised access to the Secret World beta.

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, ranging from Egypt to New York to Seoul. The game will also come replete with mythical beasts and slavering monsters.

For more on The Secret World, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

75 comments
vishisluv7
vishisluv7

the world will burn in unholy hell before I ever am forced to use facebook for anything! FK FB. That said, i just signed up from their page, took about 20 seconds. :)

Xcel396
Xcel396

Judging by the posts here it seems the mandatory facebook deal is costing them quite a few consumers err players.I tend to agree with most of them.What I do at work is work business and what I do at MY home is MY business.Good,bad or otherwise.

george43
george43

Everyone is doing a classical style MMO. Only arenanet is trying to break the mold of this carbon copy business with guild wars 2.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

You can't blame them for trying to hype things up on facebook. It gets more hits than Google some days. (*Shivers*)

KirbyAkari
KirbyAkari

Signed up but I'm not sure what the facebook part was for, I don't really see any changes on my facebook.

hush404
hush404

Signed up, hope I get in :)

Dreammosaic
Dreammosaic

There wasn't a sign-up without Facebook when this article went up. I went to their site before my original post and the step after picking a faction was Facebook required, with no other way to try for the beta. I am glad they added one.

JimmyJimJim
JimmyJimJim

I'd rather the oafs that can't do simple things like read both links one stating facebook required the other to the antonym wern't allowed to signup, I'd figure the partying/communicating would go over a lot easier and jovially

mangeo21
mangeo21

lol wtf is this facebook madness? wake up nerds noone is going to kill u if u sign up through facebook.. jeeeez

Stiler
Stiler

Do you guys even READ? It doesn't REQUIRE FACEBOOK, you can sign up without using facebook for the beta. USing facebook is a completely OPTINAL thing that allows you to get extra rewards and in-game things.

snap-dragon
snap-dragon

Hmm... I know it's petty, but I stopped reading after the " requires users to connect their Facebook accounts for a social media-driven campaign" part. Why does it have to be facebook?

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

Hmm, requires access to my facebook to sign up? No thanks!

airshocker
airshocker

@megakick I don't think the reason people are skeptical is because of what type of game it is. It's because it's FunCom developing it. They completely dropped the ball when it came to Age of Conan. They promised it would come to consoles, it didn't. That's not a good track record.

megakick
megakick

It could be bad, but hey at least its' not a LOTR MMORPG? There are 100's of those. If it does do well publishers might/ will stray from D&D MMORPGS and make MMORPGs in different genres.

dre256x
dre256x

no signing up for me, when facebook is required...

DemonChorro
DemonChorro

Sorry, Guild Wars 2 has already got me.

Jaga_Telesin
Jaga_Telesin

Still remembering the Anarchy Online incident, where they (Funcom) released a horribly buggy game, and then squelched/banned users posting on the forums about it. To add insult to injury, they never fully balanced the game (i.e. it was completely unbalanced in terms of classes forever). As much as I'd like to try this MMO, I won't do Funcom ever again. Word to the wise: check out who is doing the game you're going to live in.

Jaga_Telesin
Jaga_Telesin

Still remembering the Anarchy Online incident, where they (Funcom) released a horribly buggy game, and then squelched/banned users posting on the forums about it. To add insult to injury, they never fully balanced the game (i.e. it was completely unbalanced in terms of classes forever). As much as I'd like to try this MMO, I won't do Funcom ever again. Word to the wise: check out who is doing the game you're going to live in.

leepialong
leepialong

ok, u can get in other way, it's harder way. they force you to "like" them in facebook if u want the easy way to get in beta.

spetter
spetter

You do NOT...I repeat NOT need a facebook account to apply for betatesting! This part is just if you want to participate in "The Secret War", which is just a small facebook game where you can unlock stuff for the actual game. From the official TSW forums, posted by moderator Tarib: "Q: Why does registration require Facebook Connect? A: This is due to the fact that the second phase of the experience will rely heavily on social networking functionality such as the ability to recruit friends and turn them into agents. " So there you have it, this "second phase" is not needed to apply for beta. :) Stop the nerd rage people!

Slash_out
Slash_out

@samuraisami Yup, when I saw that it reqired me to log on with facebook. I simply left.

samuraisami
samuraisami

Was really turned off by the requirement to log into your facebook account. Guess Ill just wait until the full game comes and look into it then. It looks interesting nevertheless.

twoism
twoism

As interested I was about this game, they kind of just ruined it for me. There's no way I'm jumping through hoops (spammy facebook activity) just to get a beta invite.

rayyyen
rayyyen

forcing facebook down your throat. Seriously uncool, sadly I was looking forward to this one. One game less to care about I guess!

BUNTARG
BUNTARG

Just signed up.....couldnt help but be really hesitant when it came to giving them permission/ access to so much of my profile, they really do ask a lot. I barely use my facebook profile anymore anyway but im not sure that i want the only thing someone has heard from me in months to be update about this game..... Also to the guys who are talking about job advancement issues..... Im sure if you could prove that your gaming influenced their decision, then you would have no problem getting them in court for descrimination. That said i dont think any sort of sizable company would be caught out that easily. Also Facebook is a 'Social Networking' site, Not Business Networking....despite how many people use it to those ends. There are plenty of other methods and sites better equipped to handle that kind of formal interaction. I dont know about you but im one of those people who likes to keep his social life seperate from his working life.

Evilnator
Evilnator

Just stop screwing around and go work on The Longest Journey!

EliteNamedSteve
EliteNamedSteve

Betas are always helpful. This one taught me that this game is not for me and it hasnt even started. Stupid forced social networking crap.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

@blueness yeah i understand your situation, if u have colleagues and associates then you want to appear professional...but i dont think friends knowing you play games is a bad thing, it is a perfectly acceptable hobby @s_h_a_d_o hahaha :D @roy_newell lol xD very good point...i personally dont think gaming is bad, but it might be a little unattractive if someone sees constant updates i suppose it depends who is on your FB friends list...though it may be possible to block friends from viewing your game updates.

Gomtor
Gomtor

MMO - naahh, not for me. Give me single player campaign, and maybe now and then a bit of normal multiplayer online.

GetafixOz
GetafixOz

Ah Funcom, perhaps the most fradulently named company in the history of electronic media. Only those who remeber the first 6 weeks of AO truly appreciate why Funcom will always be to gaming what that crazy uncle who pees in the bushes at bbqs is to your family, an embarrasment you dont talk about too much, you just tolerate.

angeck
angeck

Just make a fake Facebook account. Problem solved.

blueness
blueness

@roy_newll = gets it @GamerLegend10 = doesn't really get it I have professional and academic colleagues and associates on my FB profile. It's kept clean of this sort of detritus. Not that I know whether they really care, but nowadays one can't take that risk. I know of work environments where people who gamed - MMO titles particularly - were considered not serious for career advancement and so people who wanted to advance knew not to talk about gaming 'in that way' with colleagues etc. It's sad, but true, alas. Especially in the current economic environment. Also, whilst I don't care about my wife knowing I play MMOs from time to time now, I really didn't crack on about my WOW 1750+ arena ranking whilst I was dating her. There's a time and a place for everything, and I'm not having some third party company or their PR goons decide when that will be via my FB page status updates...

roy_newell
roy_newell

@GamerLegend10, No you're right, just because you like games doesn't mean you're a weird nerd or anything. Now put yourself in the shoes of that hottie you've got on your profile and would love to have a crack at, and she keeps seeing your updates saying. "XXX just slayed a monsterous dragon in the secret world and gained 40,000 XP." She won't find that nerdy at all, she'll be putty in your hands, lol

alzeer1
alzeer1

looks better than Star Wars The Old Republic or same boat

Xenuri
Xenuri

is anybody actually going to buy another failcom product?

blueness
blueness

WTF is with this forced social networking involvement. Super lame ass move. I get it: it's so they can use you to market the game via FB. I just want to play games, I don't want them messing with my social networking status...

ValmartheMagi
ValmartheMagi

Why all the hate for facebook? I for one get a lot more recent news on gaming from there than gamespot.

Hellknite190
Hellknite190

Yeah. You need to have a FB account to apply for the beta. goddamn lame.

WiteLite
WiteLite

this is all wrong....lol you dont have to take the personality test...and connecting your facebook page is not optional...it is required.......pass

peanut1229
peanut1229

one of the factions are the Illuminati...

reBOOT2099
reBOOT2099

Caldrin, we don't know what GW2 will be like? You really should take a look at all the info on this site and others, you might be surprised. It will be a full MMO and if it lives up to the hype, much better than others. For free (after you buy it) Hope they don't screw it up :) As for THIS game, not sure..I don't know much about it, but just the trailer doesn't make me think it'll be different from any MMO...we'll see.

Alygator
Alygator

Star Wars The Old Republic!

Caldrin
Caldrin

Yes of course it will have a monthly fee.. GW is different from a standard mmo, at least the first one was we have yet to see what the second one will be. Why do people expect things for free.. Anyway looking forward to this one.

Fz1994
Fz1994

meh man...I am signing up for the beta but if this has a monthly fee then it is not worth it... GUILD WARS 2 ALL THE WAY! :)

charlieboomboom
charlieboomboom

lol fun-com still make console promises..wheres aoc??lies all lies

TrueIori
TrueIori

so that account I made so long ago was for not? Fail.

Dreammosaic
Dreammosaic

Been checking up on this game and was hoping for a beta. Don't have a Facebook account, don't want one and won't be signing up for one just to have a chance at a beta. Hope there is an open beta later.