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The Secret World: PAX 2011 - Three Faction Persistent PVP Detailed

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 17,626MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

One of the biggest announcements coming out of last weekend's PAX Prime was Funcom's revelation of three faction PvP in The Secret World. In fact, it was exciting enough to win the Most Anticipated Award. Managing Editor Bill Murphy has an inside look at persistent PvP. REad on and then offer us a few of your thoughts in the comments.

The Secret World presentation we were treated to at this year's PAX Prime began with a re-hash of the same dungeon experience we saw several months ago at EA's Summer Showcase. The Kingsmouth dungeon experience did look much further along though, with a newer UI, further improved visuals, and it seemed much smarter AI even though our demo folks from Funcom cheated (ah, to have the power of the devs). We saw the skill system in effect and were treated to a preview of the skill wheel itself (there really are 500 unique skills to gain). But it's what came after this recap that really caught our attention and showed us just why Funcom's next release deserves the "Most Anticipated" award we've given it.

Read more of Bill Murphy's The Secret World: PAX 2011 - Three Faction Persistent PVP Detailed.

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  • DaSpackDaSpack BrightonPosts: 583Member Uncommon

    Ohhh dear.. Love to 3 faction PvP!!!

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  • SupersoupsSupersoups New Orleans, LAPosts: 1,004Member

    Yep this game has lot going for it. This game is the reason why i am losing my interest in GW2 day by day.


  • LoboMauLoboMau Marinha GrandePosts: 396Member

    3 Faction World PvP. A dream come true!!

  • KniknaxKniknax LeicesterPosts: 567Member Uncommon

    Cash shop on top of subscription, even if "MOST" of the items are also available in game, turns me off the game automatically. I dont want to pay a sub, then be made to feel I should be spending yet more money on the game. If your advertisting or marketing department isnt good enough to get the amount of people playing you need to make a profit, you should fire them and get someone good. Not just stick in a cash shop.

    Or make it free to play. 

    "When people don't know much about something, they tend to fill in the blanks the way they want them to be filled in. They are almost always disappointed." - Will Wright

  • RohnRohn Saint Peters, MOPosts: 3,740Member Uncommon

    I'm disappointed they are continuing down the sub plus cash shop (and inevitable paid expansion) road.  Not surprised, but somewhat disappointed.

    I also do not like the association with Facebook.  It's a game I've been very interested in for years, but these developments definitely lower the appeal of the game for me.

    The information on PvP does sound like a lot of fun, however.

    Hell hath no fury like an MMORPG player scorned.

  • wahala99wahala99 Punta Gorda, FLPosts: 146Member

    Well I gotta say this game looks interesting.  Hopefully the cash store will be like in wow where items are just for show .... not for go.  I have spent zero over my sub cost and do not feel at any sort of disadvantage in wow, or any pressure to buy stuff for cash (tho my sister has conned a few into buying her some stuff and even bought some herself.  Tho now she is playing rift ... go figure.

    My only big worry is the hype machine.  (remember warhammer?)  I hate being disappointed and so am not gonna expect this game to be very cool.  I expect the stick figure annimation of all the Overhyped games (which turns me off ... i like the annimation to give the characters weight and inertia).  The 500 skill thing reminds me of eve ,,, we shall see.  However if they do a decent job with annimation and presentation, you are likely to see a Dragon character called Wahala stomping around the world, as I do love the "Idea and concept" of the secret world.

    Come on funcom ... hit one out of the park for once :)

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  • BrisaneBrisane OsloPosts: 3Member

    Sound just like whining. Of course they want to make a living too.

    The game looks just great and I have been waiting for years, so I'll gladly pay when it get reviews like hey have. Anyhow, if you want to stay out - well, that is your loss!

  • SBE1SBE1 New York, NYPosts: 335Member

    Can't believe anything about a Funcom game until it goes live.  

  • DrolkinDrolkin Palio, NBPosts: 242Member

    Can't wait to play this.

    One thing I like is how most of the self-entitled F2P scrubs won't be playing, thank god.

    People getting upset at an item mall ontop of a sub?  Errrr, wrong, kids getting upset 'cause their allowance isn't that big.  What type of person does it take to say they won't play a game over such a matter?  Correct, people that we don't want in our game.  :)

    Have fun with GW2 another Fantasy game.

    Between this and D3 I won't need to play much else for a long time.

  • lthompson94lthompson94 Memphis, TNPosts: 194Member

    Originally posted by SBE1

    Can't believe anything about a Funcom game until it goes live.  


    This ^^

  • SulaaSulaa nPosts: 1,151Member Common

    Double dipping Failcom greedy monsters. Really Box+Sub+Item shop is too much

  • VenedVened WarszawaPosts: 70Member

    Nah, its just ok.

  • NivisiruNivisiru Spokane, WAPosts: 186Member Uncommon

    I've been burned by Funcom too many times now. Still... looks great and that makes me kinda sad and confused.

  • RinnaRinna Las Vegas, NVPosts: 386Member Uncommon

    I don't mind the monthly sub plus cosmetic cash shop items.  I'd rather pay 20 bucks a month and have everything included though.  I just hope Funcom doesn't fumble.  Take your time and do it right ...

    No bitchers.

  • Mari2kMari2k rzhz, MNPosts: 371Member

    cash shop is cool.

     Not everybody has the time to grind all day, some of us work and have family. So we can just buy the stuff to be on same level with the others who play all day long. But we have the money to spend on cash shops.

    Aoc has for example this +100% exp potions in cash shop. Good Thing. Hope something like that will be here too.

  • ZoeMcCloskeyZoeMcCloskey Phoenix, AZPosts: 1,171Member Uncommon

    This has me looking forward to TSW so much more.  I miss good 3 faction PvP, it has been a long time since I was in DaoC.

  • tkobotkobo Dunellen, NJPosts: 465Member

    How is this different than DAoC ?

  • DraemosDraemos Antartica, AKPosts: 1,470Member Uncommon


  • FusionFusion VaasaPosts: 1,358Member Uncommon

    This time i won't go into the "pre-order CE" crap that i fell for with AoC, which wasn't at all what it promised

    AO was good when i started (started playing after notum wars)

    But knowing failcoms rapsheet, i won't be fooled again, will wait for a trial.

    Currently playing: -

    Waiting for: Class4.

    Dead and Buried: ESO, NWO, GW2, SWTOR, Darkfall, AO, AC2, Vanguard, CoH/V, EnB, EVE, Neocron, FE, EQ, EQ2, DAoC, FFXI, FFXIV, SWG, WoW, and billions of eastern junks!

  • FoomerangFoomerang Portland, ORPosts: 5,592Member Uncommon

    Please for the love of all that is holy Funcom, don't eff this game up. Let em do their thing. Stay out of it. Hands off.

  • MuffloMufflo StockholmPosts: 30Member

    Oh GOD why do they have to get a monthly fee? D: 

    I was hoping for them to try to do the same as GuildWars2 but no..

    And that, is the main reason I probably won't keep on playing this game, cause I'm soon off to study at university and won't have the economy.

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    Those were his last words.

  • chakalakachakalaka Missoula, MTPosts: 287Member Uncommon

    Looks absolutely insane, in a good way =) Buying this right away and THANK YOU Funcom for making Vanity items the only "purchasable" items, I have no problem with that.

  • SpandexDroidSpandexDroid Towson, MDPosts: 277Member

    even if this game starts with monthly subs, sooner or later will end up F2P; 3 factions sound good, hopefully the game will have enough population and won't suffer from faction imbalance

  • IsawaIsawa Middle 0 Nowhere, ORPosts: 1,051Member

    Originally posted by lthompson94

    Originally posted by SBE1

    Can't believe anything about a Funcom game until it goes live.  


    This ^^



  • lathaanlathaan viennaPosts: 476Member Uncommon



    and great!

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