All Excited For The Secret World
Rock, Paper, Shotgun had a great preview of The Secret World last week. Developed by Funcom (or Failcom if you’re leet like me), of Anarchy Online/Age of Conan fame, it’s one of those forthcoming MMOs that hasn’t had a huge amount of attention recently but, when it does get in the spotlight, everyone seems to go crazy for it. I’m one of those folks.
Perhaps the biggest attraction of The Secret World for me is the fact that it’s got such a unique take on the traditional MMO genre. It’s neither one of those super common sword and metal bikini fantasy based games nor one of those less common pew-pew starship science fiction ones. Instead it’s set in an alternative version of the modern world, our world, one with a whole freaky supernatural twist, mixing guns and magic to fight demons from hell all over the globe in places like New York, Seoul, and Egypt. Frankly it just sounds frickin’ awesome.
No doubt the setting of the game is going to be a huge draw for those who are getting a tad bored (like me) of the usual fantasy MMORPGs that seem to crop up constantly but there some other factors that set TSW aside as well. Firstly, there is no concept of levels – the game is completely flat and skill based instead. Secondly, instead of different races there are three playable factions to chose from (the Illuminati, the Dragon and the Templars), each with access to their own skills and abilities. Finally, there’s apparently some innovative quest system which is about investigating things in both the game world and real world. Yeah, I don’t understand it either but it sure sounds fun.
Take all of those things and throw in your usual mix of PvE and PvP shenanigans and you’ve got the makings of what could be a pretty darn fine game. That is as long as Funcom done fluff it. Don’t get me wrong, I was a huge fan of Anarchy Online and Age of Conan (Tortage is still one of the best intros to a MMO ever) but FC don’t exactly have the best track record for releasing solid, polished, bug free games. Here’s hoping they take a page from Trion’s book and delay launch until The Secret World really is absolutely finished and perfect.