The Secret World approaches. While you're not yet able to play the upcoming Funcom, you can take a bit of time to poke around the game with the freshly-unveiled browser-based The Secret War, which is available now through Facebook.
Kicking off today, gamers are asked to pick a side, and actively spread the influence of their secret society throughtout an interactive experience to - basically - see who is the most powerful.
Morten Larssen, SVP of Sales & Marketing at Funcom explains:
One of the most interesting features of ‘The Secret World’ is the three profoundly different secret societies that players can join. Since we first announced the game we have gradually revealed more details about them, and what we have seen is that hundreds of thousands of gamers in our community have come to identify with them and form a loyal bond to other community members belonging to the same society. With ‘The Secret War’ experience we are excited about the prospect of allowing for even more community interaction and engagement.
Which side should you pick? Don't just pick blindly. Funcom has provided you with a handy personality test to determine which society you should be in - the Dragon, Illuminati or Templar. Once you've chosen, you're dropped right into the middle of this battle for supremacy, and you can start recruiting agents to your cause straight away. This is all done through your Facebook friends list - that guy you went to high school with is now a pawn in your game.
As you work through the world, in your quest for domination, you'll start unlocking exclusive rewards that will come to fruition when The Secret World launches later this year. That includes clothes, weapons, and magic elixirs like health potions - plus you'll receive guaranteed access to the game's beta. Taking part in The Secret War will also give you the chance to win a trip to Montreal to meet the game's developers - and if you're really lucky, your name may be embedded directly into the game.
With a modern-day setting, serious focus on story, and a freeform progression system which does away with classes and levels, The Secret World just keeps popping up in 2012's "most anticipated" lists. There are already more than 750,000 gamers signed up for ongoing beta testing, and with the release of The Secret War, that number's expected to soar even higher.