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The latest Secret World Game Director's letter has been published on the official site. In it, plans for both Issue 8 and Issue 9 are revealed, including the new Augment and Scenario systems. Scenarios will challenge players who think they've "been there, done that" and will come in Normal, Elite and Hardcore modes with accompanying rewards.
I had a chance to test the most recent iteration of the scenario system and I was incredibly pleased with how it is coming along. There was a moment when my character, attempting to herd survivors into the Hotel Wahid, was caught out by a sandstorm which swept in: reducing visibility in the entire area and damaging my character. I was forced to find cover to survive, but the survivors I was escorting weren’t so lucky!
The random elements create a powerful difference in the experience and force you to adapt strategies on the fly. During one game, half of the survivors I was protecting revealed themselves as cultists and began slaughtering the rest. Not knowing exactly what is going to happen creates a level of challenge for even experienced groups.
There is much, much more to read so head to The Secret World's site to check it out.