The Secret World MMO Is Relaunching as an F2P Game This Spring

The MMO originally known as The Secret World is getting a free to play relaunch in the coming months, with lots of gameplay changes to boot.

When it first released back in 2012, MMO The Secret World  received mixed reviews. But now, developer Funcom has decided to relaunch the game as Secret World Legends. This new iteration will be free-to-play, and it is due to arrive this Spring.

Legends aims to rewrite the formula of the original title and give players a brand new experience that doesn't coincide with typical MMO tropes. Alongside improved visuals, combat and player progression are being reworked from the ground up to provide many, many hours of "mature storytelling and surprises".  

Players will take part in a supernatural war that enmeshes reality with myth. As they venture further and further into the mysteries of the world around them, they'll have to rely on their character abilities -- and even moreso, their own wit -- to find answers. 

In an official statement on what players can expect from Legends, Funcom said the game will include:

"A highly extensive and customizable arsenal of firearms, weapons, gear and otherworldly powers will give players the strength to battle the forces of darkness as they dig deeper into these vast and mysterious lands. Players can go at it alone and enjoy the over 100 hours of story at their own pace, or team up with others as they explore the world and unravel its mysteries."

The Executive Producer of Funcom, Scott Junior, also shared his own thoughts on the change in direction for the Secret World brand:

"One of our biggest goals in relaunching the game has been to reimagine the core gameplay experience in a way befitting a modern-day action RPG. Secret World Legends features combat that feels more natural, deep systems that are more intuitive, better structuring of the early game for new players, and improved mission flow to strengthen the pace of progression for players."

To accompany the announcement of the game's relaunch, a teaser trailerwas released as well. Check it out below:

Funcom hasn't set a hard launch date yet, but the Spring release window means we should be hearing more soon. Stay tuned to get all the latest info about this game as its re-release draws closer. 

Did you play the original The Secret World? How do you feel about the transition to Secret World Legends? Let me know in the comments!

Published Mar. 29th 2017

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