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The Secret World won't be free-to-play 'anytime soon,' says director

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to f2p, or not to f2p...

The Secret World is "not going free-to-play any time soon," said Funcom communications director Erling Ellingsen in a recent interview with Eurogamer.

"But of course we're always looking at [the business model,]" he added. "It's a fast changing business and we have to adapt ourselves. But right now there's currently no plans."

Recently CEO Ole Schreiner stated that The Secret World was "now a profitable operation" after internal restructuring of the studio in early September. The company plans to continue introducing large updates monthly rather than save up content for bigger expansion packs.

"We could have had a pretty sizeable expansion out six months, nine months after launch," creative director Ragnar Tørnquist said. "But instead we decided that players need this content on a monthly basis-it's much more important."

"If the game does grow then we might be able to split off an expansion team and have them work on a separate expansion while we're still delivering our monthly updates," director Joel Bylos added.

Tørnquist says the development team has scheduled content planned through May 2013, but what comes after that "depends on customer numbers."