The Secret World beta crosses 500,000 registrants

Funcom's forthcoming mythology mash-up MMOG surpasses half a million registered beta applicants six months out from release.

Star Wars: The Old Republic may be Electronic Arts' massively multiplayer online game launch with the most attention at the moment, but it is not the publisher's only upcoming release in the genre that is generating interest. Funcom announced today that The Secret World has surpassed 500,000 registered users in the beta period, a number the developer says outpaces its previous MMOG, Age of Conan, during the same stage of development.

EA keeps blabbing about The Secret World.

Even though it is nowhere near World of Warcraft's 10-plus million subscriber number, 500,000 is a significant number in its own right. Speaking about the aforementioned Star Wars: The Old Republic, EA's most expensive single project ever, CEO John Riccitiello said half a million subscribers would be enough to make the game "substantially profitable".

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.

The Secret World is set for an April 2012 release with an open beta coming soon. For more on The Secret World, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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5HAY
5HAY

[@ Archontic

 

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As far as I'm concerned, MMO games are 40% gameplay and 60% community; and since the communities nearly all subscription MMO games currently available are comprised of unrepentant jerks, I'm going to stick with the F2P models.]

 

F2P games are Not so Free! They can end up costing a player a lot more than a Subscription game! I have tried them and go back to Subscription - as i am Not going to be paying a Kings Ransom for a Piece of Amor or a Weapon that only exists in a game! Not sure which MMO/MMORPG games you have been playing - but I have found a great sense of community in the Subscription games!

5HAY
5HAY

The Game is not horrible - just not great atm - remember this IS BETA! Actually it is growing on me - the reason it felt a bit odd in the beginning is because it is of modern days I think.

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 Choose how They want Their UI to look.

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 and usually they are 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!!!!

SlickMajestic
SlickMajestic

And 500,000 people will be very disappointed. Why? Because this game is horrible. No need to explain - simply play it for yourself and you'll understand why. 

jediclub
jediclub

massive multiplayer projects have no roll playing value for me

mihzan
mihzan

Never heard of this game. I think it was a "secret".

Scorchstar
Scorchstar

MMORPG's are getting boring... Now, RPGs are more my liking, especially the Elder Scrolls series... CANT WAIT FOR SKYRIM!!!

samusownsyou123
samusownsyou123

And btw, isnt Age of Conan and MMORPG? It is a role playing game...

samusownsyou123
samusownsyou123

Looks good, but Ill stick to my WoW EA. But Star Wars the old republic looks AMAZING, but I got craps loads o' stuff still to do in Azeroth. Mojang, give me some gameplay for Scrolls, GOD DAMNIT!!!!!!

syam32245340
syam32245340

Age of Conan is a MMOG? I did not know that XD

IgorZeCruel
IgorZeCruel

@Archontic Agreed. A bit rough start on an MMO and they're suddenly 'Failcom'? Seems like alot of people fail to notice they actually fixed that pretty quick and fleshed out the game also. Besides, its an entirely different team working on TSW and considering Ragnar's track record, I definately have my hopes up.

firedrakes
firedrakes

in been in production and such for a very long time and not much updates with it also.

selbie
selbie

Is it wrong that I've never heard of this game until now? Looks decent.

samomluva
samomluva

I have grown very tired of the current model of MMORPG. It is repetitive and boring. Killing 1000 mobs, almost none of whom are the slightest challenge, does not interest me any more. The last one I played that actually felt engaging was Everquest. Sadly, they don't make them like that any more.

a_ndy
a_ndy

Shut up about the Secret World and get working on the Longest Journey, Ragnar.

Archontic
Archontic

Call me ignorant, but I've already noticed a lot of Funcom hating on the comments page; which, given the success of Age of Conan; Anarchy Online; The Longest Journey; and Dreamfall, doesn't make sense to me.

Barighm
Barighm

Eh? I don't like to judge a game until I can actually play it myself, or at least until a bunch of other people can play it and rack up a metacritic score, but given the negativity around Funcom and the overall passivity so many people around here have shown towards this game, I gotta say I'm surprised to see it get this much interest. The only personal response I've ever gotten regarding this game was, and I quote verbatim: "lol Failcom? HAHA good luck with that".

Archontic
Archontic

As far as I'm concerned, MMO games are 40% gameplay and 60% community; and since the communities nearly all subscription MMO games currently available are comprised of unrepentant jerks, I'm going to stick with the F2P models.

megakick
megakick

Shows people want to do sumthing other then slay dragons and ride unicorns. F2P is the future.

sircyrus
sircyrus

I like the concept, but not the company behind it (bad track record). I'll be keeping an eye on it, but I don't have high expectations.

Zloth2
Zloth2

Lots of interesting ideas in this game. I hope it works out well.

Poodger
Poodger

Though it will always take a back seat to The Old Republic for me, I do have my eye on this game. I think the deciding factor will be critic and player reviews after it is out though. Not a day one buy like ToR.

FoeCrusher
FoeCrusher

I am skeptical of the developer Funcom but hope that it is a fresh MMO that is released with a decent amount of content and few bugs. I will personally wait an see on it though.

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

Looks interesting. As long as it's not F2P, I'm intrigued.

Hate_Squad
Hate_Squad

well the lore and the idea is super -original.I really hope they add lots of content to keep players playing cause mmo's are not the rest of the genre's and mmo players not like other gamers.They constantly want stuff to do ,even if its grinding,something to keep them occupied.Lore and riddles won't do it

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

This is actually a really cool idea for a game in general. I have no interest in starting another MMO after WoW, but the concept behind it is very cool.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Secret World is one of the most original, and high end MMO's to date. Looking forward to April 2012.