Originally set for an April release, Funcom's groundbreaking MMO The Secret World
is now set for release on June 19th after much feedback from hands-on sessions with the media and beta testing. The extra time will be spent polishing and refining The Secret World
so that it is the best it can possibly be. This is despite the fact that beta testers are very happy with the core game mechanics, with a full 90% saying they'll play the game when it launches.
To learn more, follow the jump and visit www.thesecretworld.com
‘THE SECRET WORLD’ TO LAUNCH JUNE 19, 2012
–Funcom to intensify closed beta testing and open up for large-scale public beta events in preparation for the June 19, 2012 release date–
Durham, USA – February 21st, 2012
–Independent developer and publisher of online games, Funcom, today announced that the highly anticipated massively multiplayer online role-playing game ‘The Secret World’ will launch on June 19th, 2012. Originally slated for an April launch, Funcom has decided to invest more development time into the title in order to apply even more polish before launch.
Feedback from hands-on press events and beta testing has proven very positive, and Funcom intends to spend the additional development time focusing on polish and tweaking to maximize the potential of the game. The beta feedback so far is showing very positive reactions to core game features such as the role-playing systems, combat, missions, dungeons, story and immersion. Among the beta testers surveyed, almost 9 out of 10 say they will play the game at launch.
More than 750,000 gamers are now registered as beta testers, which is significantly higher than Funcom’s previous MMO ‘Age of Conan’ had at the same point in development. Funcom expects the number of beta registrations to grow significantly in the coming months, as the company ramps up its major PR and marketing initiatives towards launch.
“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,” says Creative Director and Senior Producer Ragnar Tørnquist. “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.”
‘The Secret World’ is consistently mentioned as one of the most anticipated MMO’s in development. Mainstream publications such as Forbes
and The Guardian
have both listed‘The Secret World’ as a game to watch out for in 2012, and the game has also been singled out as one of the most anticipated games of 2012 by gaming sites such as G4TV
, and RockPaperShotgun
. Leading technology website VentureBeat
highlighted ‘The Secret World’ as one of the top new game brands of 2012, and over at MMORPG.com
the game was given the ‘Rising Star’ in the site’s Reader’s Choice Awards.
Following the first hands-on press event last year, ‘The Secret World’ was heralded as “one of the most distinctive MMO’s of the last 10 years” (Videogamer
) and MMORPG.com
went on to predict that “The Secret World is going to take the world by storm and set new standards in excellence in gameplay.” This month, Funcom is doing another extensive round of hands-on sessions with select press, showcasing all new content and mechanics. New press previews are expected to hit later this week following the hands-on events held throughout February where journalists from over 50 outlets worldwide attended.
’The Secret World’ is published by Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA). Those looking to join the ongoing beta test can sign up via the official site atwww.thesecretworld.com
- Funcom is an independent developer and publisher of online games for PC and consoles. Funcom has provided outstanding entertainment since 1993 and continues to expand its track-record of more than twenty released games. Recent titles include ‘Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures’, ‘The Longest Journey', 'Anarchy Online' and 'Dreamfall: The Longest Journey'. For corporate information please visit www.funcom.com
. For information about Funcom games visit www.anarchy-online.com
. Funcom is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker FUNCOM.