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!