The Secret World Exclusive Preview - The Factions of the Secret World

The creator of Anarchy Online and Age of Conan is now working on a new online game focusing on conspiracy theories and occult mysteries. We have the scoop on the playable factions and an exclusive new video trailer.

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Sometime in the future, Norwegian studio Funcom will launch its next massively multiplayer online game. It will be a highly unorthodox game that takes place in an alternate, near-future version of the world where conspiracy theories, old wives' tales, and occult myths have all come true.

Dark forces have arisen and threaten the human race with extinction, and your character been chosen to combat them. You'll begin in one of the game's three starting cities--London, New York City, or Seoul--as a member of one of the game's three factions. These factions are secret societies that have cast aside their veils of secrecy to battle the coming threat. Below are introductions to the three factions, their motivations, and what to expect as a character from each.

The Dragon faction is deceptive and shadowy, but it is willing to wait patiently for the world to fall into its hands.

The Dragon

The Dragon faction, based in The Secret World's version of Seoul, South Korea, has existed in some form for thousands of years. This faction specializes in indirectly influencing the flow of history by using subtle political suggestions, strategic alliances, and maybe a quiet assassination here and there to turn its enemies against each other and eventually get its way. While members of the Dragon faction don't fear using force, they also don't believe in excessive use of it; they prefer instead to humbly listen to their elders, peers, and the universe. They especially like it when you underestimate them, and those that do underestimate members of this faction generally come to regret doing so sooner or later.

The Illuminati faction is wealthy, cunning, and doesn't play by anyone's rules.

The Illuminati

The Secret World's Illuminati faction is based in New York City and considered to be the "bad boys" of the underworld. The faction's roots date back to the days of ancient Egypt, though today, it's known for fabulously extravagant parties held by its rich-and-famous members, who are celebrities and captains of industry alike. This faction believes that honor is a myth, the dollar is indeed almighty, and survival should be enjoyed only by the fittest. While it takes wealth, power, and ambition just to gain entry to the Illuminati, it also takes complete ruthlessness and a single-minded focus on ransacking every store of wealth on the planet to truly advance oneself here.

Members of the Templars faction are holy warriors, fanatics, and a force to be reckoned with.

The Templars

The Templars, based in The Secret World's version of London, is a zealous faction that has battled evil for centuries and is perhaps the least secret of the secret societies. Its syndicate has combined military might with religious clout and often operated openly since the days of the Babylonian empire. While the so-called "Knights Templar," an offshoot of this faction, has been identified by conspiracy theorists as an influential group, the true Templar faction possesses far more resources and influence across all of Europe, as well as spans parliamentary seats and even members of royal families. Templars believe that right makes might and that liberal applications of both will win the war against darkness.

The Secret World will launch when Funcom decides the game is ready. For now, the studio encourages its fans to take an online personality test at its official "Initiation Test" site to help you determine which faction best suits your personality.

Discussion

236 comments
madmoose7
madmoose7

Bah illuminati!! where are all my fellow Templars!

JoziePop
JoziePop

Loving the idea's going into this game. Reminds me of the Night Watch series by Sergei Lukyanenko. Got the Dragon society on the initiation test. Can hardly wait!

dylan545
dylan545

Are there some fellow illuminati here? press thumbs up guys!

deadkick
deadkick

Aw man this game looks awesome cant wait til it comes out!!!

Darkreaper45
Darkreaper45

As of now im saying that any one that thinks that this is a wow rip off is wrong cause didn't WOW get the same idea from SONY'S EverQuest

Fuhjem92
Fuhjem92

I took the test and came out Dragon.

IceQBkid
IceQBkid

@CycloneZ1 aint that the case for every game though lol? they either innovate or amaze the audience or fail lol

CycloneZ1
CycloneZ1

After I went to site and read that there are no classes or levels, I became very skeptical of this game. It will either be incredibly innovative or fail horribly. I know I am intrigued though.

wbezuidenhout
wbezuidenhout

@Bashers79, 100% agreed. If they're gonna charge XBox players twice that's just plain ridiculous. My knowledge of the XBox Live service is shaky, but how I understand and I have heard (Do take this as hearsay, not reliable) is that if it's a sub-based game the Live Silver accounts (Free) can play it online without having to upgrade to Gold. Which makes sense, but if that's not the case and they have to pay twice... Hell I'd be madder than a hippo with a hernia! But I do think that should be taken up with MS, unless they're the ones doing the hosting in which case XBox players shouldn't have to pay a monthly to Funcom (Only to MS for Gold). Either way, I agree that they should only be charged once, and only by whoever is hosting the servers.

noigel
noigel

The idea looks good (find really interesting the no-level thing -see how they implement that-) but... Factions may be a problem, hopefully you won't be forced to fight against other factions members at sight (like Wow's Alliance and Horde). Also let's prey for a nice-enough variety of weapons and also different fighting styles (animations) for even similar but different kinds of weapons (like semi-auto guns Vs. Revolvers or katanas Vs. Knives...) leaving behind the old formula of magical weapons and armor, used over and over again 1.000 times without improving in originality. Also hopefully you'll be able to dress as you want, not just like a cool-japanese-teenager (nothing against them , but never been one, never wanted to be one...). Will need to be tracked to see the evolution... but again, the basics look pretty good...

Blargsman
Blargsman

Interesting concept, but they've got to think of a more... creative name.

Omnislash_
Omnislash_

@wbezuidenhout Does Guild Wars ring a bell?

september_basic
september_basic

We can probably expect more factions as time progresses. We can also probably expect that the game won't reach an interesting departure from present gameplay in MMO until other games present new innovations. It's just the nature of some corporate entertainment.

ParisSun
ParisSun

Another online game that will fail. What happened to trying to make rich single player games that build an audience. Everyone is instead trying to be a WoW ripoff.

WeaponX84
WeaponX84

Looks kinda cool, something to keep an eye on. But to comment, the reason most people don't want to pay is not being cheap it is simply a fact that gold members already pay 50 us dollars a year and it is just a little silly to have to pay around that on top of it for just 1 game.

Bashers79
Bashers79

@wbezuidenhout, i totally agree with you, up keep of MMO servers costs money and if you expect the best then you should expect to pay for it. But, what i think some peoples gripe is that if your playing this game on the Xbox and you have to pay monthly fees, you'll not only be paying your phone line, broadband and MMO subs but you'll also be paying MS for Xbox live, where as PC players don't. Why can't the up keep of the servers come out of the Xbox live subs? I'd pissed off if the council expected me to pay council tax and then pay for the repairs to road out front of my house

fzaynoun
fzaynoun

It can't go more cheesy, girly have weapons combating a supernatural monster, AMAZING !

wbezuidenhout
wbezuidenhout

Menzuit, maybe I lost my cool a bit, I'll admit to that. I am just getting quite sick and tired of seeing "F2P or nothing" posts where people expect a AAA game with tons of content and fortnightly patches but don't want to pay for it. Think about this, if it's a F2P MMO and launches as shakily as Champions Online has (From what I've read), what right would the players have to demand better service? What motivation would the devs have to give a better service? All I'm saying is it's normal to have ongoing costs to receive an ongoing service, hell, as an employee you are charging your employer a fee to retain your services. How hard would you work if your employer paid you on day 1, and then never again but still expected you to work until they say you can go? Sub-based MMOs will always (imo) have higher quality, better servers and better service delivery. Hell, even Ultima Online still charges a monthly sub, and that game is ancient.

djisawesome
djisawesome

I have never taken an interest to MMO games, but this may just be my first. I hope it lives up to my expectations.

Menzuit
Menzuit

wbezuidenhout-Omnislash_I understand both point of views. But was it really necessary to get so political about it. There are a lot fun free MMO's out there. And the ones you have to pay for are not really worth paying for. I have yet to find a MMO's game thats worth staying tuned into and paying for monthly. Especially when the free ones seem to be a lot more fun.

burn6
burn6

now i'm being teased! the darker the better. looks like the world of that russian movie nightwatch and daywatch.

wbezuidenhout
wbezuidenhout

Omnislash_, you (And all the other people in this "gimme" generation thinking "If it's not free-to-play I aint buying") REALLY need to wake up. Running servers isn't free, the people working on patches don't work for free, the people working on expansions don't work for free... Take a look at the real world, and come up with a proper example of a service that is provided over time that doesn't cost you after the initial payment. Phone line? Connection fee + monthly. Internet? Same. RENT? Your bank account? Gym membership? University?!? Am I getting through to you? If you want F2P, go join Evony (Or whatever the hell that overly advertised thing is called). On topic: Will certainly keep an eye out for updates on this, as Diernes said, finally something different.

Diernes
Diernes

Finally something different in the MMO scene, lets hope they have learnt from their mistakes from AOC.

ribtor
ribtor

Little girls with shotguns vs. monsters on the playground.... whats next.

Omnislash_
Omnislash_

It looks interesting, but if it turns out to be another game with fees attached, forget it...

Mathum
Mathum

There is no Clockwork Society.

alkyd
alkyd

To hsvwa: You really should study some history before making comments like this. There are so many technologies that the West acquired from the East in the past too, for your information. And even today the West is using Japanese and Korean technology as well.

kunfushun
kunfushun

cant wait till i hits the ps3.. oh wait ITS NOT ON PS3! DAMMIT!!!

Alariella
Alariella

It was only a matter of time before a MMO Propaganda game like this was made...

Adziboy
Adziboy

MISLEADING TITLE :P Thought it was a world exclusive.

brendameistar
brendameistar

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hsvwa
hsvwa

The Dragon faction should have to rely on stealing tech from the West. Just like what happened with Japan and Korea in the past, and now the Chinese are using the internet to steal Western military technology. So their strength should be in espionage.

vardoukios
vardoukios

The script looks good,hope it works out.

Monastyrev
Monastyrev

When thinking of these factions, Deus Ex comes to mind.

Dacz
Dacz

I want to kill the pope! j/k

Mr_Melo
Mr_Melo

Seems awesome, I took the test and came out as an illuminati, altough i cant really agree :P

fracicone
fracicone

Just gimme The Longest Journey 3 please!

morisyo951
morisyo951

Just like the first video. AweSome!!!!!

Greendrg654
Greendrg654

this looks pretty cool, i'll have to see more about it before i think about getting it

mhitman
mhitman

For those using AoC to say that the game won't be good, know that Ragnar made a new team based in Montreal to work on most of TSW

paseko
paseko

Wow, this looks really cool.