Why The Secret World is more interesting than the real world

To help further explain things, lead content designer Joel Bylos answers some of our questions regarding the factions and the differences that are found in The Secret World.

GamesRadar: Why did you choose the Illuminati and the Templars as your two factions in the game and make up a third?

Joel Bylos: We wanted factions which resonate with players from all over the world, and obviously Illuminati and Templars are deeply rooted in western tradition. But keep in mind that the Illuminati and Templars in our game have roots that go much further back than their real world counterparts and they are the facets of hugely powerful groups that have been working throughout human history.

The Dragon are the same, the modern face of an aeons old organization. However, we found that modern day equivalents to the Illuminati and Templars in eastern culture were "almost-fits" to our vision for the faction. So we made one up that tied it all nicely together for us.

GR: What did you find the most interesting about these two secret societies? (in our world)

JB: I think the most interesting thing is the unknowable and powerful influence that these groups have had upon history. Whether you believe the theories or not, you have heard of these two and their influence is unquestionable. One of the greatest strengths of human beings is curiosity - the will to know about the man behind the curtain. TSW allows people to dig into that and pull back the curtain.

GR: What kind of twists did you add to the two groups that make them different than what they are/were in our universe?

JB: They are a lot older than their real-world counterparts. They have access to magic and advanced levels of technology (let people debate if that is really a "twist"). And of course, they are all dealing with the occult events that have started occurring across the world.

GamesRadar will be heading to Funcom’s offices next week for another chance to look at the game. Have a question? Please leave them in the comments below and we’ll try to get them answered!


  • windwalker-oldwolf - February 17, 2012 11:41 a.m.

    What other secret organizations are there? Will we be able to join them as well or instead of the big 3?
  • WolvenSpectre - February 16, 2012 1:59 a.m.

    They fail to say much about the organization that The Dragon faction is based on. It is a group called The Green Dragon Society aka The Order of the Green Dragon. They appear to be named after a small southern river in Manchuria called The Green Dragon, the same as a militiristic group that is known to have existed The Black Dragon Society, aka The Order of the Black Dragon, which is named after a river in Northern Manchuria. They have been linked and traced back to a pre existing group from the Tibet and Nepal regions of mainland Asia called The Green Men who were supposedly mystics, martial artist, monks, and supposedly expanded into Japan in the year 700 AD. They supposedly were linked to Hitler's inner circle, Rasputin, Hirohito, and The Bulshivic Revolution.
  • GR_SophiaTong - February 27, 2012 9:05 p.m.

    Actually Funcom has stated that the Dragon faction was mostly fictional and wasn't based off any real life secret society.
  • An_Awesome_Guy - February 11, 2012 4:40 a.m.

    The main (mythical?) creature I am looking forward to encountering in this game is the humble zombie. I remember seeing the trailer for the zombie area of the game ages ago and thinking that they could just expand that one area of the game and it would still be great. My only worry is that they will fall victim to feature creep and try to add too many diverse gameplay styles to the game.
  • Nikku7 - February 11, 2012 12:38 a.m.

    What other cryptids (legendary creatures) might be in the game? Sasquatch is a good start, but I would really love to see some less known ones in there. This game does sound really interesting.
  • Salazans - February 11, 2012 4:08 a.m. Been following this game since it was first announced here is a list of some of the cryptids and monsters in the game
  • Nikku7 - February 11, 2012 12:41 p.m.

    awesome, thanks
  • Craza - February 10, 2012 8:52 p.m.

    I'll wait for a while before looking into it more. I'm not big on sci-fi/future MMOs, but if this one is done well, I would definitely want to get in on the action.
  • DragonLord23 - February 10, 2012 6:47 p.m.

    Will there be a Mac version and/or console versions?
  • Salazans - February 11, 2012 4:10 a.m.

    I think it is being released on pc and xbox only
  • Claymore65 - February 10, 2012 4:31 p.m.

    It looks like a great MMO, but does anyone know if it is subscription pay, a one-time buy (like Guild Wars) or free to play? If it is not subscription based, I'll probably be getting this game.
  • RedHarlow - February 10, 2012 4:22 p.m.

    The story and background lore sound interesting, but in the trailers it looks like some cheap Korean MMO.
  • Druupwnz - February 10, 2012 2:26 p.m.

    Possible typo alert. You say the Shinto storm god is Sanoo, isn't it Susano'o?
  • GR_SophiaTong - February 10, 2012 2:51 p.m.

    Yes Susanoo, not sure how I ended up with Sanoo, thanks for the catch!
  • Druupwnz - February 11, 2012 9:23 p.m.

    Just glad to help =)
  • carl-j-cremona - February 10, 2012 2:14 p.m.

    I don't play pc games. oh well never mind. Would have been better as an rpg on console to be far. Never gonna be able to compete with world of warcraft
  • jackthemenace - February 10, 2012 1:35 p.m.

    Ah, man, this sounds AWESOME, but... It's an MMO D:
  • yoyoguy - February 10, 2012 1:18 p.m.


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