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Swedish film IRL blends The Secret World and real life

Funcom's conspiracy-laden The Secret World game will play a "central part" in the upcoming film IRL, according to a press release from the developer. Directed by Erik Leijonborg, IRL will use star Valter Skarsgard as Elias, a high school student who uses the massively multiplayer online role-playing game as an escape. "I liked the story straight away and told the producers I would be right person for directing it," Leijonborg said in an interview on the game's official website. "IRL is the story about Elias who lives his life in two worlds. In the real world he is not a very happy person, but in his 'computer world' he can escape and be a happier and true person. Bad things happen to Elias in school and also on the net. In the game, on the chat, Elias has a really god friend and she...

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The Secret World: Issue 7 trailer contains a room of terrifying murderous dolls

Funcom has released a new video for "A Dream to Kill," the latest major content update for its modern fantasy MMORPG The Secret World. Set to the tune of children singing an eerie tune, the video starts focused on a chalkboard. The camera slowly pans back to reveal a room filled with little dolls all sitting around a corpse with a cleaver embedded in its skull. In a letter posted on The Secret World's official site, game director Joel Bylos described Issue 7 as a content update that would "offer many new missions and hours of action filled content, but most importantly it will reveal hidden secrets and uncover new and crucial story elements." In the update, players will "witness the Orochi’s terrible experiments in Transylvania gone horribly wrong, but [they] will also discover...

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The Secret World’s creative director livestreaming now, post apocalypse

The Secret World's creative director, Joel Bylos has emerged from his Doomsday shelter following the absent apocalypse and is currently hosting a special in-game livestream to celebrate. The livestream, taking place now on Twitch.TV, includes in-game play and a chance for players get their questions answered. You can view the final "End of Days" video log above, which finds Bylos tucked away in his bunker. Bylos gives viewers a look at his diggs, apocalypse partner Zoe and how he's kept himself entertained all this time. After an impatient call from Funcom's CEO, however, Bylos returns to the surface to celebrate humanity's survival. The Secret World recently dropped its subscription model to encourage players to prepare for the end of the world. "I am hoping that as the world comes...

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The Secret World will begin delivering experiences 'worthy of an entire single-player game'

The Secret World's game director Joel Bylos might be bunkering down in preparation for the end of the world, but he still found the time to update players on what the recent changes to the game mean for The Secret World's design. In a letter to the game's players, Bylos writes that as part of the move away from the subscription model, new updates (called Issues) will be delivered through a combination of free updates and paid downloadable content, with content like new storylines and new locations likely to fall into the latter category. Bylos says this puts the responsibility on the development team to deliver high quality and consistent content that is worth paying for, but it also gives them more flexibility. Rather than scatter missions across the entire game, each update can now...

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The Secret World's creative director explains why they got rid of subscriptions: to prepare for the end of the world

The creative director of The Secret World gave a tongue-in-cheek interview today to Massively, explaining the real reason why Funcom has dropped The Secret World's subscription model: to prepare for the end of the world. Creative director Joel Bylos says that given the Mayans have predicted that the world will end on Dec. 21, 2012, he wants to give everyone a chance to play The Secret World. "We've just given everybody the chance to play The Secret World without a subscription, so I am hoping that as the world comes to a screaming halt, people will join me in the game and ignore the savagery and panic going on in the streets outside," he said. "I've been preparing a bunker, just in case there is a way to survive. I plan to sit down there, in the dark, sipping Mountain Dew and eating...

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The Secret World video showcases fourth Issue's cooperation and creativity

The Secret World's next major content update, "Issue 4: Big Trouble in the Big Apple," is shown off in a new video from developer Funcom that explores its raid in Manhattan and its theater in London. Game director Joel Bylos walks players through the raid in the Manhattan Exclusion Zone, which pits groups of 10 players against creatures that have nearly destroyed parts of New York such as Times Square. Another new element in Issue 4 is the Albion Theater in London, where players will be able to create their own plays and perform them for an audience of their peers. "Big Trouble in the Big Apple" is set to launch later this month.

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The Secret World Halloween storyline features an ancient feline god

Halloween events for massively multiplayer online game The Secret World will introduce a new storyline and villain to contend with, The Cat God, and developer Funcom released a trailer today showing just how sinister this enigmatic creature can be. Director Joe Bylos walks viewers through details of the events, which begin today and will run through November 1st. The Kingsmouth medium Madame Rogét sets the wheels in motion, calling players into a scene of devastation, destruction, and lots and lots of kittens. Players will complete missions in both familiar and new locations before gathering a group for the final showdown with the Cat God himself. Along with the Cat God come new Halloween costumes and pets as well, including interdimensional portal-hopping and spectral cats.

The Secret World Releases
North America
  • Windows
    • Released 07/03/2012
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
    • Developer Funcom
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