The Secret World (2012)

by Christopher
5 minutes read


A unique MMO that combines deep storytelling with a rich, immersive gameplay experience, set in a world where all myths and legends are true.


‘The Secret World’ is a massively multiplayer online game set in a unique modern-day world filled with myths and dark forces. Developed by Funcom, it offers unparalleled storytelling and a deep, immersive experience.


The game’s premise is that society is run by shadowy organizations hiding in plain sight, protecting the world from supernatural forces. The player’s character joins one of three world-controlling secret societies — Illuminati, Templar, or Dragon — attempting to repel, mitigate or exploit the attack of Lovecraftian entities and other immortal beings. The game takes players to various locations including coastal Maine, rural Egypt, Transylvania, a quarantined section of Tokyo, a utopian community outside South Africa’s Cape Town, and a section of the river Congo.

The game uses a contemporary setting, borrowing heavily from the horror fiction genre and folklore. It features a fog-ringed, zombie-infested New England fishing village for the novice player, mummies and cultists in Egypt for the mid-level player, followed by vampires and werewolves in Transylvania and ghosts, robots, Oni and an interdimensional occult cancer in Tokyo.

Unlike many other MMORPGs, there is no need to stop to use most of a character’s attacks and abilities; as a result, combat is faster and movement-based. The character is free (and at higher levels, occasionally obliged) to redevelop their abilities on the go, to better prepare themselves for specific threats or better integrate into a group. Unlike traditional MMORPGs, advancement is primarily through equipment, using experience points to buy additional abilities and more powerful weapons.

The Secret World uses a subscription-optional, buy-to-play business model, requiring players only to buy the game with no additional subscription fees, with additional benefits to those members still paying a subscription. The game is story-driven, plunging players into a shadowy war against the supernatural, where ancient myths and legends cross over into the modern day.


Players can customize their characters extensively, choosing to align with one of several secret societies, each offering unique abilities and missions.


The game features a unique, classless progression system that allows for a high degree of character customization and encourages exploration, puzzle-solving, and combat.


‘The Secret World’ stands out as a unique entry in the MMO genre, offering deep narrative content and innovative gameplay to those seeking more than just combat and grinding.

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