Cat writes: Last Friday at PAX I was ushered into the most ill-conceived meeting booth ever erected on an Expo floor. Yes, room F, allocated to Norway's Funcom, was adjacent to the Harmonix booth. Thank goodness those guys had mics. In spite of the auditory hardship, Ragnar and Martin persevered, showing off details of their game and swearing me to secrecy until today. The Secret World is intense, rooted in conspiracy theories and covert power struggles, so I was happy to comply. After all, maybe these guys know something I don't.
I've always thought a cool concept for an MMO would be one based on the real world, the whole world, and that's just what Funcom is doing here. Of course, they make it a little more dynamic than a whole-world rendition of The Sims, incorporating secret societies, ancient secrets and a massive struggle for resources, territory and above all power. The major players are divided into three factions, all trying to to control the world, even the fate of the world, with motives ranging from pure to self-serving and methods often void of moral compass.
i'm not an MMO player but this game sounds very good
wish they would make more MMO's for consoles
LOL of all the things revealed in the presentation at PAX, none of it had to do with bringing the game to consoles - we're all off-topic!! ;)
I'm a Templar initiate, how bout you?
Given that this company was responsible for some of the worst launches in MMO history there is a very high chance this will fail. Their track record is just not good.
Also on the whole control scheme on consoles the PS3 supports KB and Mouse so i don't see why that can't be an option, after all FFXI supported keyboard controls the only thing that limited it was Square's awful interface.
I think that using a keyboard is overrated. Sure, having all those hotkeys and the precision of a mouse sounds nice, but I've never been more comfortable gaming than I am with a controller in hand.
For example, I've played games like Max Payne 2 and Hitman: Blood Money on PC and consoles, and on PC doing something as simple as MOVING can be cumbersome. Console controllers allow for such a smooth and balanced gameplay experience that I've never felt on a computer.
On topic... The video associated with this game is super slick. I hope they don't waste their budget doing fancy vids, though. Pour some of that money into development, please.