The Secret World will not be a grindfest, says Funcom

Saturday, 13th February 2010 23:16 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Funcom’s Ragnar Tornquist has said that The Secret World will be accessible to all players no matter what their level once released.

This means no grinding away until you are level 30 to get special powers – you will automatically have some from the get-go.

Blending elements of horror, fantasy, and urban settings with traditional MMO gameplay, Tornquist told Gamasutra that eventually, your character will earn more powers – but he didn’t want players get bored grinding to hard for them.

“We decided to create a game that’s fun from the get-go,” he told the site. “You don’t have to spend 100 hours grinding to be able to join everybody else and actually play the game.

“The philosophy is you sit down and you play. You have cool powers, cool weapons, and cool monsters from the very beginning. And also with the open world, no classes, no levels thing add to that because you can go out there, you can go anywhere you want.

“If you manage to get a bunch of abilities and powers for your character, you can join a team with some people who have been playing it for months and years, and still have fun playing together with those guys. That philosophy, I think, has been central to the game”.

He also chatted a bit about the different real-world locations in the game. London was the one he chose to elaborate on.

“It looks like the real London. It’s not the entire city, obviously. It’s a neighborhood that’s on the brink between our world and the occult world,” he explained. “It’s a neighborhood that, if tourists wandered in there, they would turn around and feel uneasy.

“It’s the kind of place where there isn’t a doughnut shop. Instead, there’s a shop with shrunken heads in the windows or magic potions. It’s a place where at night, strange things do come out.

“It’s like a real London neighborhood, but one that most people never ever encounter. We have a very story-driven, natural way to close this off. You’ll be able to walk around there, and you’ll be able to walk to New England in a way that feels completely natural and ties into the storyline and mythology behind the game. It’s explained in the game how you are able to do this. That’s actually a pretty large part of the game. As the player, you’re going to have this power to do that.

“I’m not going to reveal exactly what that is, because I want players to see it.”

The Secret World will be shown to the public for the first time at GDC next month.



  1. Psychotext

    I have absolutely no idea what this is.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Hunam

    Action RPG MMO from the guy who made Dreamfall and The Longest Journey.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Psychotext

    I see. I’ve played TLJ, not Dreamfall though. Well, at least not that I can recall anyway. :)

    #3 5 years ago
  4. SunKing

    From the screenshot it looks quite interesting and hearing that it’s coming from the dudes behind The Longest Journey just tugs at my curiosity.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. blackdreamhunk

    Psychotext you stock me all over the internet and you don’t what the Secret World is…. lol

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Psychotext

    What are you mumbling about? If stock = stalk, then I’ll suggest you get over yourself… because the only place I’ve ever seen you is here, and I avoid replying to you as much as possible.

    If stock = mock, then again, only here, but even so… I don’t keep a binder of PC games and their details so that I can use it in arguments. If it makes you feel any better, there are a lot of console games I don’t have the slightest clue about.

    Though I did check on Eurogamer’s most wanted list to see if it was something I should have been aware of. Apparently not:

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Old MacDonald

    Yeah whatever, but where’s my Dreamfall-episodes? Eh?

    #7 5 years ago

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