the secret world

Official Site: The Secret World
Studio: Funcom
Launch Date: July 3, 2012
Genre: Modern Horror Hybrid Themepark
Business Model: Hybrid B2P (Optional Sub, Cash Shop)
Platform: PC

See also: Secret World Legends

The Stream Team: Opening the gate in Secret World Legends

It’s time for Massively OP’s MJ to open the gate. She’s destroyed the wards protecting it, so now she can finally get to Marquard. What will she learn in that mansion on the hill? Secret World Legends is known for its secrets, and MJ is determined to learn them all. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. to storm the mansion! Remember, every SWL stream is a spoiler!

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 24th, 2018

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Funcom Q1 2018 financials: Conan Exiles will be the studio’s ‘bestselling game of all time’

A year ago, MMO fans were thrilled to find out that Funcom had had its best quarter in ages thanks to the early access launch of Conan Exiles. The first quarter of 2018 wasn’t quite as huge, but you can be sure next quarter will be, as Funcom says it’s already sold 1.4M copies of the game, a million of those before May 8th – which Funcom notes is as many as Age of Conan sold in its first three years of life, making it Funcom’s “bestselling game of all time.” It’s expected to launch on PS4 in Japan this summer, alongside the game’s first DLC in June.

Age of Conan, by the way, gets a note for its Saga of Zath progression server that ran throughout winter and spring; the studio says it was “successful in engaging players and increasing revenue.” Little ink is spilled over Secret World Legends beyond a note about Dawn of the Morninglight and a promise for “more content and events […] going forward.” Anarchy Online is not mentioned.

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Chaos Theory: A changing of the guard in the Secret World Legends

As a fan of the wonderful world that Secret World brought us, do you cringe or grin with excitement when Secret World Legends news pops up? Do you waffle between tell me more and no news is good news? I’ve been on both sides. Who can blame us? We’ve weathered everything from financial woes and the corresponding closure concerns to a complete reboot. And now, we’re experiencing yet another changing of the guard. The Creative Director position that has migrated from Ragnar Tornquist to Joel Bylos to Romain Amiel has been vacated, and a new lead designer is taking over; Amiel left Funcom last month to pursue different endeavors, leaving Chris “Nirvelle” Meredith in charge.

You can’t have a big change like this without people worrying that something will happen to their favorite conspiracy-laden game; it’s inevitable, like the sass of Kirsten Geary. The big question is, will this latest development in the structure of developers ultimately fall on the fear or cheer side of the fence? Will the recent momentum be lost? Is this just one step on the continued track of new content, or will the train be totally derailed?

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The Stream Team: Fun in Secret World Legends’ Favoured area

Remember how Massively OP’s MJ said she wanted to do the next part of the Secret World Legends South African story mission with a friend? Well, the fates of the universe have told her no! So she’ll be diving into the craziness of unlocking the gate in the Favoured area solo. It’s just a magically sealed gate; how hard could it be? Tune in live at 2:00 p.m. as MJ learns more secrets of the Morninglight compound. Spoiler city, dead ahead!

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 2:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

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The Daily Grind: Have you ever walked away from an MMO over a studio’s treatment of its playerbase?

Star Wars Galaxies’ NGE is one of the MMORPG genre’s favorite bugbears: We pull it out as a warning, a label of doom, every time we see a game studio doing something that will upset so many players that it could actually tank the game. We pulled it out for Funcom when it abandoned The Secret World in favor of Secret World Legends, certainly; the fact that so many core MMORPG players meekly accepted that Funcom would trade them for a chance at a totally different playerbase – at the expense of veteran characters and loyal income – continues to baffle me.

This is probably why I was soured on playing Conan Exiles this weekend. I’m extremely distrustful after the way Funcom once again sacrificed one playerbase to secure another, even if the impact wasn’t felt quite as widely as in TSW or SWG. Of course, Conan Exiles is not an MMO, and as MOP’s MJ reminds me, I can always go play on a private server and avoid the studio’s blundering entirely. Would that TSW and SWG fans had that option!

Have you ever walked away from an MMO over a studio’s treatment of its playerbase?

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Monster Hunter’s film adaptation begins production this fall with Resident Evil pedigree

Monster Hunter World made Capcom gobs of money, and now the franchise is set to make even more as it comes to the big screen. Variety reports that Germany’s Constantin Film will begin production on a Monster Hunter flick this September. The movie stars Milla Jovovich and will be directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, who’s well-known for taking on ultra-violent scripts and video game adaptations. If you saw 2002’s Resident Evil – also a Capcom franchise – you already know what the two of them can do together in this space.

Online games are big business in the TV and movie industry in recent years, even for MMOs; readers will recall the Warcraft movie, of course, as well as the fact that Funcom is reportedly still working on a Secret World TV series with Johnny Depp’s production outfit onboard.

Source: Variety

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One Shots: First MMO loves

What was your first? Not necessarily the first MMORPG you ever played, but the first that made you fall in love with that game and the genre at large? Probably for me, that would have to be City of Heroes, a title which just clicked on all levels and ushered me into a new age of gaming.

I’ll let Katriana tell you hers: “My first MMO, and first MMO love it’s probably fair to say, was EverQuest. I have many memories of my time there, but sadly I don’t have many good screenshots from that time still that aren’t just character selfies. The image below was taken circa early 2003 and is one of the better ones I still have. It represents the crowning achievement of the guild I was in there, the slaying of the first-born dragon Klandicar. It was far from being new or even necessarily notable content at the time, but it was quite an achievement for our little guild.”

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Players are running a Secret World Legends PvP event today

Get your PvP on in Secret World Legends, as the player community has put together a weekend Shambala event to see who is the best of the best.

Players in both North America and Europe are encouraged to queue up for the Shambala arena. Winners of the matches are supposed to take screenshots and enter them in to a drawing for fierce glyphs, outfits, and other items donated by Funcom.

There are four categories for this player event: top damage dealt, top damage taken, top healing, and overall score. Good luck!

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The Stream Team: Housekeeping as a Secret World Legends Anointed

Reminder: Streams are spoilers!

Massively OP’s MJ has given Che the information he wanted, and he was none to happy about what it said. Now he wants to help her get into the Favored region of the Morninglight compound. But before that, MJ has some housekeeping to attend to; she wants to finish up all the tasks in the Anointed area. leave no side mission undone, no lore unfound! Join us live at 9:00 p.m. for more illuminating adventures of the Templar in Morninglight.

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 10th, 2018

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Ouch, Conan Exiles players are pretty pissed off about Funcom’s PvE Conflict server switcharoo

It’s not every day that an online game changes the official ruleset of whole servers the day after everyone rolled characters, but that’s exactly what Funcom did yesterday in Conan Exiles. As MOP’s Justin reported incredulously yesterday, the studio abruptly changed all of Conan Exiles’ PvE Conflict servers – that is, the servers that are primarily PvE with small windows for PvP – into pure PvP servers. Pure PvE and Pure PvP continue to exist (Fast servers were done away with prior to launch), but that’s cold comfort to folks who thought their server would be partly safe and now isn’t safe at all.

And the playerbase is letting Funcom have it. Steam reviews are bashing the company for the move, accusing Funcom of misrepresenting the game and sacrificing hybrid server players at the altar of bringing more PvP servers online – and that’s on top of the ongoing queue problems brought on by the game’s popularity. And on the Conan Reddit, the front page is littered with angry rants about the topic.

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Massively OP Podcast Episode 169: Farscape and RuneScape

On this week’s show, Bree and Justin look ahead at the next generation of MMORPGs in development while saying farewell to a couple of the old guard. It’s a podcast full of conspiracies, time magic, debates over subscriptions, and way too much talk about Farscape!

It’s the Massively OP Podcast, an action-packed hour of news, tales, opinions, and gamer emails! And remember, if you’d like to send in your own letter to the show, use the “Tips” button in the top-right corner of the site to do so.

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Secret World Legends patches out a pile of errors

As patches go, bug-fixing ones aren’t terribly sexy. It’s fair to guess that most players of Secret World Legends don’t find the latest patch’s assorted bug fixes and improvements terribly exciting. Unless, of course, you had been stuck dealing with monsters that didn’t move in combat, or the water getting permanently electrified in the Polaris dungeon, or irritated by items not properly appearing in the “Whitewashing” quest in South Africa. In all of those case, you’re probably very happy to see a patch fixing all of that stuff.

Among some of the other major fixes are a fix to ensure mission chain progress remains in the Agent system when relogging and an improved UI for New England’s “Maine Chainsaw Massacre” mission. Check out the full notes for all of the fixes, which might not be a whole new story chain but do improve the game overall for everyone.

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The Stream Team: Becoming Anointed in Secret World Legends

Forget being a Foundling! Massively OP’s MJ is ready to move on to a cushier life as an Anointed in Secret World Legends. Better accommodations, better work — an altogether better life awaits in the next tier of the Morninglight… and it just so happens to get MJ one step closer to the mansion and the secrets its hiding. Tune in live at 9:00 p.m. for a spoiler-riffic edition of…

What: Secret World Legends
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

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