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Funcom has revealed that London will be the physical and spiritual home of the Templars in its newest game, The Secret World. PC-IGN caught up with Ragnar Tornquist, Lead Developer for The Secret World and talked with him about the London zone. While the Templars are exclusively based in London, the other two factions, the Illuminati and the Dragon will also have a presence there as well. According to Torquist, the London zone is the largest 'hub' in the game and will feature the most social game mechanics.
These take the form of a pub called the Horned God, a theatre where players may "put on performances and be applauded or booed off the stage, a dance floor where you'll quite literally take part in dance-offs, and the Fight Club," which is home to friendly (but, we're told, bloody) sparring. " That doesn't mean, however, that the other hubs - Seoul and New York - are small. They form the foundation of the Illuminati and Dragon storylines and gameplay, and there are many exciting areas to explore and secrets to uncover."
Torquist also noted that parts of London will seem familiar and will mirror real life locations. However, he noted, some areas are purely fictional or license has been taken to alter the real world aspects a bit. In addition, there are 'otherworldly' places in London where a demonic presence is definitely felt. Tornquist says, "places where the walls between worlds are thin, and where darker things sometimes leak through. Places that haven't changed much in a thousand years, and where you'll meet more unsavoury sorts that don't like to mingle with the tourists."
Players choosing the Templar faction will begin the game's journey in London with initial quests and the city will feature areas that are 'Templar only'. Those without the correct identification are prohibited from entering.
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