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 earlier this year. 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.

New players will still need to pay $US30/€30/£24.99 for the base game but will be able to access all of the content release thus far for the conspiracy-laden online title. You can still shell out monthly fee if you choose. Doing so gets you the following perks:

For those who want to get the most out of their Secret World experience we have an optional Membership available. Being a monthly subscriber, for the same cost as before, now gives great benefits. For being a member you get the following:

• Time Accelerator (Clickable item which increases experience gain for defeating monsters by 100% for 1 hour, 16 hour cool-down — only usable by Members and Grand Masters)

• $US10 worth of Bonus Points (given out every month)

• Item-of-the-month gift (given out every month)

• 10% discount to everything in the in-game store

The Grandmaster pack includes all these benefits and gets an additional 10% discount to everything in the in-game store, for a total bonus of 20%. So being a Grandmaster is better than ever!

Through the month of December we have a special offer where we give 30% off on the first purchase on the 3, 6 and 12 month Membership plans.

Funcom's running a special end-of-the-world ARG right now. Maybe this new change in payment model will extend the life of The Secret World's virtual reality too.


Comments

    Awesome, i really lived this game. So much atmosphere. But the fees were high.

      I had teh same thoughts... so i stopped playing... turns out i forgot to cancel my sub... sooooo i have plenty of goodies now lol :D

      its a great game, its almost a sandbox MMO, mix in plenty of conspiracy theories and plays on history and horror, the fact that you can have , swords, hammers, guns and magic all rolled into 1 character makes it a really great idea and game.

        Yeah. The setting was way more interesting than the standard fantasy stuff.

          for sure, its kind of sad that they didnt throw more advertising at it, but thats funcom for you.
          With a larger player base it would be more incredible

            I think they had some bad timing too. I can't remember what I went and played instead but I did the three day trial, liked it, then ended up passing on a subscription because I knew I wanted to get another game that was going to take up my time. Maybe it was Guild Wars 2?

              yeah for me was GW2... and thanks to felicia day that was ruined for me.

    This is great, I think I'll give it a go!

    agreed. was excited for SWTOR going F2P, but my...spaghetti monster(god), it was the saddest piece of...boring-ness, i guess EA forgot games were suppose to be fun.

    Sounds good.

    The endgame stuff once you'd finished the story mission and most of the quests was pretty lousy, unless you want to grind for gear to do harder versions of the same instances (didn't really appeal to me). With a few months of new content and not having to pay a monthly subscription I'm sure I'll load it up again and give it a whirl.

    Everyone should play this game! No excuses now :)

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