– Over 50 print and online media outlets running exclusive previews of ‘The Secret World’ following the first extensive hands-on time with the game –

Durham, USA – November 23nd, 2011– Funcom is both humbled and excited about the positive reactions from the gaming press following the first press hands-on play testing for the upcoming modern-day massively multiplayer online game  ‘The Secret World’. Gaming journalists from all over the world were invited to play  ‘The Secret World’ last month, experiencing content such as London, the town of Kingsmouth, the Polaris dungeon, as well as player vs. player combat in Eldorado.
“The glowing reception from the gaming press is truly a testament to the game’s quality and potential,” says Funcom SVP of Sales & Marketing, Morten Larssen. “It is a humbling experience having some of the most experienced gamers in the world play testing your game for a full day, but also a tremendously rewarding one when we see that so many of them walked away from it with excitement. Their feedback is also valuable in our ongoing efforts to further improve and enhance  ‘The Secret World’.”

Selection of quotes from the latest hands-on previews:

“The Secret World is going to take the world by storm and set new standards for excellence in gameplay…” 
 “Funcom had to drag me away kicking and screaming.” 
– PC Gamer US
“The game is ambitious, offering a level of freedom that hasn’t yet been seen in many MMOs to date.” 
“I’m very happy to say that my expectations have been met. And exceeded.” 
“I’m excited about The Secret World because it’s an exciting game. There’s freshness and boldness to Funcom’s latest work… “
– Destructoid
“I’m not an MMO person, but the rich story of The Secret World, as well as its unique skill system, had me hooked after just a few hours.” 
– The Escapist
“It has a lot of promise, it looks fantastic, it plays really well, and it has me itching to play it. Other MMOs are looking quite bland now.” 
– Massively
“It does look extremely promising though in terms of story, setting and gameplay and we thoroughly enjoyed our time with it.” 
– GamesRadar
“… easily one of the most distinctive MMOs of the last ten years.” 
“It felt fresh, it felt innovative, and it even felt fun.”
– GameSpy

In addition to the numerous online previews surfacing this week, a total of 14 print magazines from all over the world will also be running their hands-on previews. This includes the upcoming issue of PC Gamer US, and Funcom announced last week that  ‘The Secret World’ dominates the cover of this issue.

‘The Secret World’ is consistently mentioned as one of the most anticipated MMOs in development, breaking new grounds and genre conventions by introducing a modern-day setting, a story-focused MMO experience, and a freeform progression system using no classes and no levels. Recently Funcom announced that over 500,000 gamers are now registered for the ongoing beta testing. ‘The Secret World’ is published by Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) and will ship in April 2012.

Those looking to join the beta test can sign up via the official site at

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