Wake-up call, citizen.
The world you live in is a shallow simulacrum of the real one, with secret
societies and back-room backstabbers controlling how you live, work and think.
And now you've got the chance to play a videogame about them! Funcom's
action-MMORPG, The Secret World, is gearing up for its upcoming beta, and it
wouldn't be a conspiracy-themed supernatural thriller if there weren't some
sort of ARG component to the proceedings. Want in on the beta? You'll have to
jump through some game-ified, social-media, alternate-reality, welcome-to-2011
hoops for it.
Above: Joining a secret society is so easy, one starts to suspect Dan
Brown has been lying to you for years
Hit up the site for The Secret War, the ARG precursor to The Secret World proper,
and you'll be asked to choose your faction – or take a personality test to have
the Secret Society Sorting-Hat lump you in with one of the game's three
factions. This gets you in the door for beta candidacy, but to guarantee your
spot – and get access to better in-game items for you to test – you'll have to
work to build the robust, high-visibility online presence coveted by all secret
societies by enlisting friends, sharing Secret World assets and info, and
further blurring the boundaries between the ancient quest for global domination
and a really long-running game of Farmville.
Work hard enough and
you'll be rewarded with beta access, with more and more spots on the team
opening up between now and the game's 2012 launch. Taken the test yet?
Aug 30, 2011