MMO The Secret World to be co-published by EA

MMOs are a risky business venture, but developer Funcom has managed to beat the odds, and is gaining EA as a publishing partner for its latest venture.

The Secret World is a project eight years in the making, and it should (ideally) be out relatively soon. Unlike many MMOs, The Secret World does not involve classes or levels, and many of the environments are based on real-world locations like New York City, London, and Egypt.

The developer behind the game has managed to achieve notoriety for its success with Anarchy Online and Age of Conan, two games with loyal and happy fans (if not World of Warcraft status).

For the first time, mega-ultra publishing giant EA is taking Funcom under its wing and using its prowess to catapult The Secret World to new levels. That's the goal, anyway.

"The experience and the knowledge that Electronic Arts brings to the table will be instrumental in allowing us to realize the full potential of 'The Secret World,'" said Funcom CEO Tron Arne Aas in a statement.

The Secret World does not yet have a release date, but keep an eye on the game's official website for more information:

Jan 10, 2011

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  • Spybreak8 - January 12, 2011 3:50 a.m.

    Ahh well the trailer looked really cool.
  • PimplesInYourAsstista - January 11, 2011 3:12 p.m.

    Conan sucked balls. Don't have high hopes for this.
  • JohnnyMaverik - January 11, 2011 1:58 p.m.

  • rabidpotatochip - January 11, 2011 1:42 p.m.

    I've been waiting for this game for years. This morning I wake up and read EA is getting involved and I feel like a part of me died, was resurrected, beaten into a pulp and killed.
  • farsided - January 11, 2011 3:16 a.m.

    @Eliath ...not to mention APB, one of the biggest MMO flops of the decade.
  • mockraven - January 11, 2011 1:34 a.m.

    I've been following The Secret World for a year or so, now, and have been really excited. However, I'm now a little worried since the game's mechanics are a bit on the daring side while simultaneously being published by EA which, in earlier articles on this site, seems to have its own view on what a "good game" is. I hope that EA realizes the value in exploring different game mechanics and style, and let The Secret World be the game it was meant to be. I've had high hopes for this one and hope it's successful.
  • Eliath - January 11, 2011 1:25 a.m.

    EA also published Earth and Beyond. Look how well that did for them. I hope The Secret World does well, but I'm not letting myself get excited for it anymore.

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