The Secret World won’t come to consoles, Xbox 360 spin-off is an experiment

By Brenna Hillier, Friday, 8 April 2011 03:43 GMT

Funcom’s Ragnar Tørnquist has confirmed MMO The Secret World won’t be coming to consoles, and said a possible Xbox 360 release is a very different game.

“I’ve been very vocal in saying that when – I guess also if – we have a console version of The Secret World, it’s not going to be exactly the same game. I don’t think that fits,” the creative director told Eurogamer.

“I don’t think console gamers sitting on the couch in front of a big TV want to play the exactly same game as they would on their PC with a mouse and keyboard. That doesn’t compute – that doesn’t work.”

Tørnquist said a team is experimenting with a version of the game for Xbox 360, but it’s won’t be so much a port as a discrete game sharing a setting.

“You need to create a different gameplay experience,” he explained.

“You can still have the same setting, you can still have the same philosophies, the same basic systems. But you really need to make a different game. How different that will be, it’s hard to say.”

In fact, it may not even see the light of day, as Tørnquist said the core game will need to be quite successful to justify a full console release.

“It’s a challenge because neither Microsoft nor Sony has made great strides to open up the platforms to MMOs,” he said.

Thanks, Gamespot.

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