After a series of media-only presentations held at the Penny Arcade Expo 2009 in Seattle last weekend, Funcom today lifted the press embargo allowing gaming sites everywhere to reveal new details on Ã‚Â«The Secret WorldÃ‚Â», Funcom’s upcoming modern-day massively multiplayer online game. As a part of the new reveals of the game, Funcom today also released the first ever official screenshots of the real-world MMO on its official website. The website has also been updated with a list of features that provides an overview of the game.
The screenshots show locations, monsters, characters and equipment that will figure in the game.
Ã‚Â«We are very pleased with what we were able to show the press at the Penny Arcade Expo, such as the very first actual in-game footage,Ã‚Â» says Funcom CEO Trond Arne Aas. Ã‚Â«For the time being we will keep that exclusive to the press that was there, and we look forward to reading up on their impressions. We are also very happy about the tremendous interest Ã‚Â«The Secret WorldÃ‚Â» have received among gamers, something that really shows when looking at the tens of thousands of people that have become members of the game’s official community over the last few days.Ã‚Â»
Last week Funcom revealed three secret societies Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the Illuminati, the Dragon and the Templars Ã¢â‚¬â€œ all of which play an integral role in the game. Gamers everywhere were also urged to visit the official website at www.darkdaysarecoming.com to take the Initiation test Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a personality test that determined what secret society they were most suited to join. Afterwards, gamers had the opportunity to enroll as an initiate in that secret society and thus join the official community for Ã‚Â«The Secret WorldÃ‚Â». Membership offers several exclusive rewards, such as an initiate kit, updates on the game’s development, and the chance to win access to the future beta test of the game. Funcom is pleased to announce that the initiation test has been very successful, with over 50.000 gamers actively signing up to become initiates of the secret societies over the course of a few days.
By joining one of the three secret societies now, gamers can already start preparing for the choice they will have to make once the game launches. Through the official discussion forums, initiates can also discuss the game and their secret society with other gamers from around the world. Eager to see where you might belong? Go to the official website and take the Initiation test today!
The Secret WorldÃ‚Â» features a unique, modern-day setting where players get to explore real-world locations such as New York, Seoul and London as they battle the forces of darkness together with thousands of other players from around the globe. Featuring class-less and level-less content, Ã‚Â«The Secret WorldÃ‚Â» will allow gamers to customize their characters as they see fit and play the game the way they want to play it thanks to several unique, freeform game-play mechanics.