Durham, USA – October 10 th, 2012 –  Long-time Funcom designer Joel Bylos recently stepped into the position as Game Director for the company’s recently released modern-day massively multiplayer game  ‘The Secret World’, and today the newly appointed lead released his first letter on the state of the game to the press and the community. In the letter, Mr. Bylos reflects on the game’s initial reception and what the team wanted to achieve before he goes into both short-term and long-term plans for the game.

“I need to do everything in my power to convince gamers out there who still have not played  ‘The Secret World’ that this is a universe worth immersing yourself in,” says Game Director Joel Bylos in his letter. “It is a crowded market out there and we have a lot of competition, so I know that we will need to make improvements but also expand on the game’s unique strengths to make it stand out  even more clearly. It is definitely going to be a challenge and fortunately I am bringing one of the most talented teams ever with me into the fray. Our sleeves are rolled up. We have our war paint on. We are ready for battle.”

The full Game Director letter is available in English, German and French:

A photo of Joel Bylos can be  downloaded here.

Looking to the future, Mr. Bylos reveals exciting new details about the upcoming update for  ‘The Secret World’ called  ‘Issue #4: Big Trouble in the Big Apple’, the fourth content update after the game launched just over three months ago. He also spends time talking about the longer term plans and serves up a glimpse into what the team is doing to address key elements such as improving animation and making the secret society conflict even more exciting. Mr. Bylos also briefly hints at the upcoming  raid investigation missions which build on one of the most heralded features in the myths and legends MMO.

‘The Secret World’  is developed by Funcom and co-published by EA Partners, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA). For more information about the game please visit


ABOUT FUNCOM - Funcom is an independent developer and publisher of online games for PC and consoles. Funcom has provided outstanding entertainment since 1993 and continues to expand its track-record of more than twenty released games. Titles include  ‘The Secret World’,  ‘Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures’, ‘The Longest Journey', 'Anarchy Online',  ‘Fashion Week Live’ and 'Dreamfall: The Longest Journey'. For corporate information please visit For information about Funcom games visit or

Funcom is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker FUNCOM.


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