25 September 2012
| | Pherephassa
After the long delays of Issue 2, I did not expect Issue 3 to be released on time this month. Color me pleasantly surprised. In a sudden ninja move, they have announced Issue 3: The Cat God will go live tomorrow during the weekly maintenance. I’d like to give a recap of what’s expected in Issue 3, but details have been difficult to dig up. There’s been no official announcement other than it’s due tomorrow, and no mentions aside from a few hints in a press release about Joel Bylos taking the reigns of game director from Ragnar Tørnquist.
I have to admit, as disappointed as I’ve been with the Funcom layoffs and the loss of Martin Bruusgaard, this does somewhat ameliorate my skepticism at the claims that monthly updates will continue. Now if only they’d put something good in the store, and actually fix the hideous character models. I continue to have nothing but praises to sing about The Secret World aside from its subpar character models.
Community Manager Morteia is gathering the details, so hopefully there will be an announcement sometime soon. Although admittedly at this point there’s little point, tomorrow we’ll see what’s in it firsthand.
My assumption is this cat god, whoever it is, will be Egyptian. There are any number of gods it could be, though my money is on Bast, Sekhmet, Pakhet, or Maahes. Bast is perhaps the obvious choice, but Sekhmet takes the lead for me as she already features prominently in The Secret World lore. Anyone else care to venture a guess?
13 July 2012
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It’s been a busy week! The Secret World continues to keep me entertained, as can no doubt be seen in all the blurbs I put up about it. Next week I’ll be putting up the second and final section of my review, as well as starting a weekly TSW-related article. I’ve flopped around on it so much, but I think I’ve finally decided what I’ll be focusing on! Huzzah! So stay tuned for that, if you like reading what I have to say or The Secret World. Or both. I’m good if you like both of these things. I may even do two, if there’s enough interest.
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12 July 2012
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Curious how devs play their own games? Tomorrow, Friday the 13th at 5pm CET (11am EST / 8am PST), you can find out! Creative Director and Senior Producer Ragnar Tørnquist and Lead Content Designer Joel Bylos will host a livestream of select parts of The Secret World. They’ll offer insights into the game and the development process while they play. I’ve seen pictures on his Twitter account of Ragnar wiping while playing, perhaps tomorrow we’ll get to see it live!
Watch the livestream on The Secret World Twitch TV channel, and check out the official notice on the official forums.
10 July 2012
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I’m in love with The Secret World. I can admit it. I have my moments of frustration with it – such as every time I look at my ugly character – but by and large, this is one of the coolest MMOs that I’ve ever played. Today just got even better – Ragnar Tornquist, creative director of Funcom and senior producer of The Secret World, wrote up his very first State of the Game. And man oh man, is it an exciting jolt of news for anyone who is enjoying this game.
There is so much in store for TSW players, and I want to know more about all of it! One of the benefits of their questing system is that all new content is applicable to all characters – even if you have a character with top end gear, you can still go back to the very first zone in the game and quest for full xp – which means that all content is applicable to all characters. No more having to make a new character to enjoy all of the new quests and zones! So everything being announced can be enjoyed by everyone, new and old players alike.
21 February 2012
| | Mike
The secret is out, The Secret World will be officially launching on June 19th, two months after its initial release date, which was supposed to be sometime in April.
Ragnar Tornquist, the game’s creative director, stated that the extra time would make the game better in the long run and would allow for more beta testing, which will be announced soon.
“Allowing for even more time to polish the game really shows just how much faith Funcom as a company has in The Secret World, and how committed we are to making it the best it can be,”
The additional time will also allow us to carry out even more quality beta testing, and soon we will also be announcing several public beta events where hundreds of thousands of gamers will get to test the game prior to launch”
Considering how TSW was really the only MMO to be released in April, the push back does not seem to be a response to any other games release date. (ie. Diablo 3) It looks like the game just doesn’t have enough polish for Funcom to be confident in an April release, and will now most likely have to go toe-to-toe with Diablo 3, who’s been rumored will also be released around the same time, June/July.
8 February 2012
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Early this morning the fans of Funcom‘s upcoming mmorpg, The Secret World, had an excited moment when gamer.no reported a release date had been given at last: April 24th. Ragnar Tornquist, The Secret World‘s senior producer, had apparently announced this date at a Norwegian conference, and it was quickly broadcast across the net for the fans who are eagerly awaiting any news about the game. After a flurry, puzzlement ensued when the article and the tweet disappeared.
The article later reappeared in a slightly edited form. It turns out the announcement was premature; Funcom later produced a press release stating that the April 24th date was only an internal goal. “April 2012” is still the official date.
Funcom has previously announced the launch month for the game to be April 2012 and wants to stress that there is currently no change or update on the expected time for commercial launch of “The Secret World“.
For those following the game, April 24th has been and remains the expected release date. A poster in The Secret World‘s official forums explains why this makes such a great date for the anticipated release. It’s unofficial, of course, but the logic is sound, and now it’s been paired with a premature and unofficial announcement. Personally, I’m hoping this is the day. It’s just a few days after my birthday, so I can get my partying out of the way before settling down to enjoy my gift to myself.
What do you think? Is this a likely date? Will we get our hands on something official soon, or will the game be delayed?