The Secret World increases membership rewards

Today’s Streaming Ones dev livestream announced a big change coming to The Secret World’s membership benefits in February. Game Director Romain “Tilty” Amiel emphasized that it’s all about making membership a better value. To that end, the team developed a two-prong reward system. First, subscribers will enjoy a host of special bonuses that will last for as long as the membership is active. These include an XP bonus, 50% more Black Bullion (rounded up), significantly lower cool-down timers (on all raids, dungeons, and missions), and free anima well travel. That is all added on top of the existing item store discounts, bonus points, and token cap increase.

The second change involves an overhaul of the loyalty program. Instead of Items of the Month that players can get only if subscribed that particular month and veteran points, the system rewards will now be based on the culmination of membership time. Special rewards will be given at certain intervals of time:

  • 30 days – unique sprint and faction-colored letterman’s jacket
  • 60 days – hoverboard and faction-colored panoptic core suit
  • 90 days – draug pe and a second Agartha conduit ability
  • 180 days – permanent portable bank portable and exclusive battle armor
  • 1 year – gold vespa (scooter) and steampunk weapon skins

Don’t worry if you have unspent veteran points: You will still be able to use them. As soon as your stock is depleted, you will no longer be able to access that loyalty store.

Rewards will be granted as soon as membership is purchased, which means the day you buy a 30-day membership, you get those rewards, and those who buy a 180-day membership will receive those rewards on top of all the previous ones. Amiel explained it this way: “It is a bit like an XP bar — every time you buy a month of membership, your loyalty bar progresses.” Grandmasters, however, will receive the entire year’s worth of goods right away. If that sounds really tantalizing to you, know this: The Grandmaster pack will no longer be sold after February 5th 9th [Edit: Funcom just extended the sale.] So if you want it, get it now; luckily, it is currently on sale for 25% off.

Additional news includes the announcement that banks will be placed in Seoul and New York now that devs havefound a solution that both worked with the lore and didn’t break the game. And as Tilty is known to do, he offered a tease for Issue#14: We know it will involve The Conductor!

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MJ Guthrie
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MJ Guthrie

Tithian mysecretid vanquenton Yup! Was always a grandmaster pack =D

Tithian
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Tithian

mysecretid vanquenton Got a lifetime sub at launch (was it called GM pack back then? I forget) and felt at the time like I was taking a huge risk. Now years later, this puppy has paid itself off at least a couple of times…

mysecretid
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mysecretid

vanquenton 
I hope it proves as good for you as it has been for me!

vanquenton
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vanquenton

I was on the fence about the GM pack, but you guys have convince me. I just purchased it!

Kanbe
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Kanbe

Funcom really needs to edit this on their site. I took at the grandmaster pack yesterday and its still listing the old benefits which made me think I was going crazy and just dreamed up the sub changes.

MJ Guthrie
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MJ Guthrie

Funcom just extended the GM sale today to last until February 9th, so I edited the OP. If anyone needed a few extra days, there ya go!

Estranged
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Estranged

@Nordavind Fair enough. Hope you leave the door open.

Ekphrasis
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Ekphrasis

Nordavind Ekphrasis Estranged

No problem. It was a genuine compliment. I don’t necessarily disagree with you but I considered The Park as one of TSW’s issues – with the added benefit of being a standalone game. That said, it does disadvantage TSW players who didn’t want to/couldn’t purchase The Park for whatever reason. I was also always under the impression that raid / black bullion gear was better than the storyline talismans but I’m probably wrong in my understanding there.
Like I said though, I’ve been away from TSW as a main game for quite some time and when I do jump back in, it’s purely to consume content for the story experience, drop some cash to support Funcom, then jump back out again.
Regardless, not here to debate your point of view or decision to leave, I just think it’s such a shame that TSW has lot what appeared to be such a passionate supporter of the game.

rottenrotny
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rottenrotny

Pre-ordered and played at launch for quite a while, then quit for I don’t remember what reason and now I’m back and subbed again!

My original character has over half the skill wheel completed and I felt a bit lost with so many options so I rolled a new character on Arcadia and am having a great time!

StonerMk2
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StonerMk2

Estranged Just learned about this via these comments….150 bucks doesnt seem awful…might jump on it before it disappears

SomewhatEclectic
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SomewhatEclectic

Nordavind That’s always been my definition of P2W as well. Many people seem to define it significantly more liberally though.

JamesCrow
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JamesCrow

Estranged yep but the problem with dcuo its not worth to be f2p with dlcs because there some “p2w” elements and that the reason i left after some dlcs.

Estranged
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Estranged

Yeah, DCUO has so many DLCs, it is intimidating!

MJ Guthrie
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MJ Guthrie

schmidtcapela SomewhatEclectic solaralune This is the explanation — GMs have already prepaid to whatever level there is =D

schmidtcapela
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schmidtcapela

Snacky 
I like my DCUO lifetime sub more, but only because it became a full access pass for all Daybreak games valid for until DCUO goes out of business.

schmidtcapela
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SomewhatEclectic solaralune MJ Guthrie 
Or, rather, because GM is equivalent to purchasing upfront membership for all the time between now and when the game finally closes. So, technically, I’ve already purchased membership for the whole year.

JamesCrow
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JamesCrow

Estranged A Dad Supreme i played dcu along time ago and still regret i didnt buy the lifetime :(

have it for tsw but dcuo and startrek are releasing more content

Nordavind
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Nordavind

Ekphrasis Thanks. I always try to be objective, even about the things I am a fan of, so to be regarded as level headed is nice.

Ekphrasis & Estranged There are several things that have built up to this, but the one with the most impact is of course opening for P2W* by letting the Woodcutter talisman be a reward for buying The Park. As a strong second, while I somewhat enjoyed the Party bags, albeit they were a bit overdone, the reduction in drop rates from the last Halloween left a real sour taste in my mouth.

*My definition of P2W: Paying real money being the only option to acquire an item/ability that is superior to all others that can be obtained by playing in the game.

Estranged
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Estranged

Why are you leaving?

wild_abyss
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wild_abyss

ddocentral mysecretid A Dad Supreme Ha, I completely agree with you all that it would be worth it, over time. :) Which is why I want to do it. I still can’t magic up two hundred American dollars that shouldn’t be going toward student loans, though.

strangesands
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BrotherMaynard Estranged Latest news here: http://www.tswdb.com/news/the-future-of-tswdb

Ekphrasis
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Ekphrasis

Nordavind

That’s surprising – and I’m sorry to hear that you’re moving on. You’ve always been one of the most level headed supporters of TSW, I’ve enjoyed reading your perspectives/thoughts on Massively (and on the official forums when I occasionally visit) and you’ve always helped players who asked questions.
I haven’t paid a whole lot of attention to TSW in the last few months but what have they been doing that’s turned you off it if you don’t mind me asking?

strangesands
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strangesands

BrotherMaynard Estranged It’s not being shut down after all.  Check the forums.

BrotherMaynard
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BrotherMaynard

Nordavind BrotherMaynard Sorry about that then – I thought it was your site.

Nordavind
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Nordavind

BrotherMaynard While I have contributed to TSWDB a lot in the past, I have had nothing to do with it for a long time and I have nothing to do with that announcement.

Nordavind
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Nordavind

Why what?

BrotherMaynard
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BrotherMaynard
ogged451
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ogged451

Except for the short notice on the GM pack removal, I could support these changes wholeheartedly. But I’m in the same boat as Nordavind, except that I still need TSW as a chat interface once or twice a week.

(signed : The Anima Shot artist formerly known as Svella)

ddocentral
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wild_abyss Spent the $200 on the GM sub a few years ago and it has been worth every dime.

Estranged
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Estranged

A Dad Supreme Estranged I was playing with my cousin on PS3 when it launched, they didn’t offer lifetime on the console. Should have purchased it on PC, I regret it.  DCUO is really a great game that we don’t mention much around here.

mysecretid
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mysecretid

tobascodagama Be advised that the Grandmaster lifetime sub is going away permanently after February 5th, 2016 — so if you want to spend your life playing The Secret World for free (heh), don’t miss the deadline!

Cheers,

mysecretid
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Sorenthaz 
As Estranged says, try just picking a build that interests you during the tutorial section, and then just run with that and enjoy the game for its great stories and atmosphere
The game does now offer starter “build templates” in the Action Points screen, which should serve you well until you head into the Blue Mountain region (although I’m told they’ve toned that down a bit since I was there last), but I do believe the game now offers “advanced build template” suggestions for the later game as well.
Basically, just head in and enjoy the stories and the ambience — don’t let it bog ya down by getting caught up in the systems and options. Enjoy!

Cheers,

SomewhatEclectic
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SomewhatEclectic

solaralune MJ Guthrie The exception being grandmaster accounts and they get all the loyalty rewards up-front. I’m assuming that’s because under the new system you can buy time ‘up front’ (when you buy a 6 month sub you get 6 months worth of time added to your account at the front instead of waiting for it to accumulate) and GM accounts can’t purchase game time and would be stuck ‘behind’ a lot of other folks.

mysecretid
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mysecretid

Snacky 
I can almost understand why they’re taking lifetime subs off the table now. I have a lifetime, and between that, and the store coin stipends from them, I haven’t had to pay actual money for anything in TSW in quite a while.
Some things, I paid cash for anyway, just because I wanted to throw money at Funcom when it looked liked they were in danger of going away, and of taking TSW with them when they did.
The game is good enough, I do think people will sub to play, and I’m sure the money will be helpful.
Cheers,

mysecretid
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wild_abyss 
I got mine forever ago, and it has paid for itself so many times over by now.
It wasn’t easy for me to put aside $200 either — I basically had to “save up” — but I haven’t regretted it since, if that’s any help to know.
Cheers,

Dajhryne
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SomewhatEclectic luxundae  Maybe because it’s been planned out to 25 or so Issues. I always tell people there’s no real reason to grind for the sake of filling the ability wheel as quickly as they can. It’s not needed and there’s plenty of content to come that will fill the wheel in as you play through normally.

A Dad Supreme
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A Dad Supreme

Estranged Between this one and DCUO, I’ve made some pretty good gaming investments.

A Dad Supreme
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A Dad Supreme

wild_abyss I got it at launch, so it was more than a good deal over time.^^

wild_abyss
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wild_abyss

I would love to Grandmaster. I look at it in my cart every time there’s a sale. But. I don’t even know anyone irl who has $200~ just sitting around at one time. Plus, you know, conversion rates.

Armsbend
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Armsbend

Tilty seems to be putting forth a lot of well placed effort on TSW.  To be honest, I thought they’d be going into a kind of secret maintenance mode as they restructured.  I’m overjoyed to see the opposite.

MJ Guthrie
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MJ Guthrie

Greaterdivinity I was madly typing and trying to screenshot and get all detials, so I missed that one =D

solaralune
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solaralune

MJ Guthrie solaralune Okay, Thanks for the clarification :-)

MJ Guthrie
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MJ Guthrie

solaralune It is not retroactive. Those bonuses in past were the IotM and veteran points.  This is a brand-new system that everyone starts fresh on.

solaralune
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solaralune

Will the loyalty program bonuses (30 day, 60 day, etc.) apply to accounts that have accumulated that much sub time before February, or will you only start to accrue those bonuses beginning this February?

Estranged
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Estranged

Why?

Estranged
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Estranged

@Sorenthaz My advice is to just not get bogged down with all of the options. Find a solid beginning leveling build and just enjoy the story. tswdb has options.

Beginner Build – Elementalism/Pistol


Is one example.

Nordavind
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Nordavind

CasualSlacks Nordavind I know, I know, it’s maybe a damned if they do and damned if they don’t situation. I understand their reasons, but I don’t like what they did. They could have started with move this, maybe? Before all the other stuff.

Not that any of that matter for me. I cut my ties with TSW a few hours before this stream went live. Final post on the forums, signed out of them all on all devices, removed all bookmarks realt ed to TSW and lastly removed my one remaining installation of TSW.

I wish TSW and it’s remaining players all the best, but Nord has left Agartha.

CasualSlacks
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CasualSlacks

Nordavind So they should do what?

SomewhatEclectic
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SomewhatEclectic

luxundae I can say with certainty that in the current game you can get from the start to the endgame and end up with only a fraction of the ability wheel filled in, and that’s without skipping any content at all.

Source: my characters.

SomewhatEclectic
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SomewhatEclectic

Quincha Probably not intentionally. In TSW the gold items are sort of needlessly expensive things. There’s a weapon mold for 1 billion of the in-game currency for example, also there’s gold costumes that cost $100 worth of points (that get discounted by 90% during the game’s ‘golden week’ events).

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