New MMO unveiled for 360, PC

Funcom is beefing up its already meaty online portfolio with yet another MMO. Taking place on our earth, in our times will be The Secret World, "inspired by history and mythology, modern conspiracy theories and ancient mysteries" says the publisher.

"We started envisioning this contemporary online world more than ten years ago, and as the years passed the ideas grew and improved," said producer Ragnar Tørnquist. "We always wanted a different kind of online world, something scary and contemporary, something deeper and closer to our reality. Our goal now is to create a detailed world where players feel empowered and part of something big, something mystical and epic."

Funcom CEO Trond Arne Aas added, "We believe there are millions of gamers out there who want to explore something beyond traditional fantasy and sci-fi games. The Secret World is just that - a fantastic new setting that will fuel the imagination of online gamers, and keep players busy for years. We have a golden opportunity to bring something fresh and exciting to the genre, and we firmly believe the game is an ideal extension of Funcom's MMO portfolio."

The Secret World has been in development since last summer and the game is in a "playable state" while being produced at Funcom studios in Oslo and Beijing. A release date has not been given.

May 11, 2007