TSW: The Secret War Exceeds Expectations…

… and has been shut down. Talk about poorly planned game launches. The Secret War isn’t an actual MMORPG, but it’s been in the works for months as a part of Funcom’s upcoming game The Secret World. You can win goodies your character will be able to use once the MMORPG launches, such as weapons, clothing, potions and titles. You can also win prizes like a trip to Montreal, and the use of your name in-game (I’ll admit it, I don’t really care about the trip. But I would love to have my name somewhere in the game!).

It’s been a topic of controversy since its announcement many months ago – as it was originally the only way to apply for TSW’s closed beta and required Facebook. Eventually after much forum screaming, Funcom added in a way to apply for beta without having to go through this app, but it seems as though misfortune has continued to shadow The Secret War. The first official launch came and went, and ended with a delay of unknown length. A few days ago, The Secret War was finally launched like a thief in the night, without fanfare or announcement. If there’s one thing that’s certain in the MMO world, however, it’s that fans of a game will discover any tidbit related to their game of choice, and it wasn’t long before people were playing like mad. So like mad that the day after the app launched, Funcom changed the points required to progress from one level to the next, leaving many people – myself included – having to earn their ranks twice.

And now, Facebook has asked that the app be taken down. Attempts to go to the app bring up the following message:

The Secret War is currently not available.

Due to significantly higher activity levels than expected on recruitment and sharing, we have been asked by Facebook to make some necessary improvements and adjustments. The experience will be available again once these changes have been made.

We apologize for the inconvenience

I’d call this something of a debacle, but I have to give a great deal of credit to anything going down due to excess volume. While I have been having fun trying to help my faction take over the world, I do have to wonder how the app designers didn’t see this coming. Much like every Facebook app I’ve ever seen, this one was designed around networking and sharing. But unlike the other Facebook apps I’ve seen, there were no daily limits. The more people you recruit, the more you can play. The more you can play, the more points you can accrue. The more things you spam, the more clicks you get, which means more points.. well, I’m sure you get the idea. So people organized and formed groups to minimize the spammage sent to non-TSW inclined friends, and maximize the clicks. With no limits in place, literally hundreds, if not thousands of people were camping each other’s progress, clicking away every minute of the day.

Of course, I say this while having Facebook open in another browser tab, ready for whenever The Secret War returns. What can I say, I’m a sucker for in-game goodies. Is anyone else watching and waiting? Or perhaps sitting back and thinking it’s silly? Will we have to earn our ranks a third time when it returns? I’d love to know what everyone thinks!

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Pherephassa has been creeping around the etherspace long enough to have remorted so often that not even she can recall her original form. She loves sandboxes, challenges, chain mail bikinis and dungeons so large they take weeks, months or even years to fully explore. Currently seeking an MMO home, she can often be found on the side of the road, begging game designers for death penalties and slow leveling curves.


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