Investigators Raid Norwegian Game Studio [Update]

The Oslo headquaters of MMO developer Funcom found itself under siege this morning, as Norwegian economic crime unit Økokrim launched an investigation into suspected infringement of the provisions of the Securities Trading Act revolving the 2012 launch of The Secret World. Update — Funcom says game development and… » 1/29/14 9:14am 1/29/14 9:14am

Funcom's Three MMO Worlds Are In His Hands. What Will He Do?

Just a few short years ago, Funcom's Joel Bylos was in charge of level 20 through 40 of Age of Conan, a massively multiplayer online game that was, at launch, widely criticized for a lack of quality content past level 20. Now he's the creative director in charge of Age of Conan, Anarchy Online and The Secret World, and … » 3/08/13 6:00pm 3/08/13 6:00pm

New York Bans Another 2,000 Sex Offenders from Online Gaming

New York State, whose "Operation Game Over" earlier this year banned more than 3,500 registered sex offenders from services like Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network, has booted another 2,100 from online gaming after bringing THQ, Funcom and NCSoft to the cause. » 12/19/12 11:36am 12/19/12 11:36am

Funcom’s MMO The Secret World No Longer Requires Subscriptions

The Secret World seemed like a promising evolution of the MMO formula when it came out this summer. But publisher Funcom has hit a series of stumbles that have left many wondering how they were going to move forward. One crucial step was revealed today with the announcement that subscriptions are no longer required. » 12/12/12 9:09am 12/12/12 9:09am

It's Hard to Be Excited About The Secret World's Next Update With the…

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Hey look, it's a video for the changes coming in The Secret World's Issue #2: Digging Deeper update. Plastic surgery, bazookas and an extension of "the Kingsmouth Code" investigation mission — these are things I would have been thrilled about two days ago. Now that lead designer Martin Bruusgaard has been let go, not… » 9/12/12 9:30am 9/12/12 9:30am

The Secret World "State Of The Game" Update Promises Continued Content,…

It's no secret that The Secret World has been facing some troubled times. Developer Funcom laid off half their staff earlier this month, which would seem to make the promised monthly content updates more challenging to release on time. » 8/31/12 1:00pm 8/31/12 1:00pm

The Secret World Developer Lays Off "Around Half" Its Staff

Modern-day MMO The Secret World has a great deal going for it. The world is interesting, there are clear plans for regular content updates, and their new raid looks lovely. It even has a free trial now. But unfortunately, what it doesn't have going for it is subscribers. » 8/22/12 6:30pm 8/22/12 6:30pm

The Secret World: The Kotaku Review

As it turns out, I was born to be a Dragon.


In the old adage about a butterfly flapping its wings in China to cause a hurricane in Texas, the Dragon are the ones who put the butterfly into position and tell it when to flap. They are agents of chaos, slipping into and moving through the warp and weft of reality,… » 8/01/12 3:00pm 8/01/12 3:00pm

The Secret World Log, Supplemental: I Am All the Character Classes

With Kate on holiday this week's MMO log for The Secret World » 7/25/12 3:20pm 7/25/12 3:20pm isn't happening. This is sad. Luckily for everyone involved, I've been playing as well, and I am tired of people asking me what character class I rolled. That's not how it works. Here's how it does.

The Secret World, Log Three: The Good, The Bad, and the Buggy

There are times, when playing a game, that the hours just sail past. The player becomes completely immersed in the content and time loses all meaning, buried in a haze of "just one more quest."

Then there are the times, when playing a game, that every minute is like pulling teeth. Nothing works, nothing makes sense,… » 7/18/12 3:00pm 7/18/12 3:00pm