GamesRadar‘s gone live with an Funcom interview that introduces the deck system for MMO The Secret World.
The deck will allow players to combine seven active abilities and seven passive abilities, filling one or several roles while going solo or teaming with others. After getting all 14 roles, the player will unlock a new outfit.
Each society will get ten decks per group. Lead designer Martin Bruusgaard said the system allows the game to give those that want it “a bit of guidance,” and he isn’t worried if players decide to stay close to recommended decks.
“I believe a lot of players will take a look at the decks when they start playing, and start working towards one,” he said. “This process has some great treats to it, since we can use it as a tool to teach players the different layers of synergy. Players will soon realize that, in many cases, wielding two weapons is optimal.
“Later they will realize that the abilities have synergy through the state system, meaning that an ability can do X, but if target is in state Y then X and Z happens.”
The EA Partners-published MMO launches in April.