NEW HANDS-ON MEDIA IMPRESSIONS OF ‘THE SECRET WORLD’ CELEBRATES ITS DEPTH & INNOVATION

Durham, USA – March 1 st, 2012 – Funcom is both humbled and excited to share the positive reactions from the gaming press following their recent extensive play testing of the upcoming modern-day massively multiplayer online game ‘The Secret World’. Journalists from the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Russia, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and other countries all over the world were recently invited to visit Funcom’s offices in both Oslo and in Montreal to spend an entire day playing the game.

This time around journalists got to play the Illuminati starter experience in New York, adventure through the land of Egypt and brave the depths of Hell itself. Highly immersive environments, freeform character progression with synergistic combat, and unique mission gameplay are consistently mentioned as high points in the experience, along with the engaging storytelling and modern themes. Funcom is proud to see that the development team’s hard work at creating innovation is recognized, with sites such as ZAM saying the game is “… going to be one of the most important MMORPGs of our time.

“We are very happy to see that the press continues to enjoy their time with ‘The Secret World’ and that the feedback from the latest previews remain as positive as last year’s,” says Funcom CEO Trond Arne Aas. “This combined with the positive feedback from our beta testers reinforces our confidence in the game’s potential, and needless to say we are very much looking forward to the upcoming public beta initiatives where hundreds of thousands of gamers will get to play ‘The Secret World’.”

Coming up next, ‘The Secret World’ will be shown behind closed doors at GDC 2012 where Funcom will present locations, storylines and gameplay features never shown before. Hands-on is also offered.

Selection of quotes from the latest hands-on previews:

“The Secret World should be tops on your list of games to play in 2012.”   – MMORPG  “This is genuinely the first MMO for a long time that I want to play.” – ComputerAndVideogames
“I have to hand it to Funcom: The Secret World is a gorgeous game. It’s fun to play, and the monster design is imaginative and fresh.” – Massively “The Secret World is going to be one of the most important MMORPGs of our time.” – ZAM
“… they come together to make the first MMO I’ve been excited about in a very long time.“ – Destructoid “I wasn’t expecting to be cheering and screaming in excitement with my fellow journalists. And yet, that’s exactly what happened…” – G4TV.com
“… a world packed with the contents of sharp and wild imaginations at play.” - RockPaperShotgun “The freedom that The Secret World’s ability system afforded me was impressive.” - IGN
“… even this early on it’s clear The Secret World is one of those rare MMOs in the industry that has a sense of individuality.” – VideoGamer.com “It’s refreshing to see Funcom trying to break away from the norm in MMOs and push for something new.” – Ten Ton Hammer
Along with the numerous online previews, print coverage will also start appearing around the world in the coming weeks and months.

‘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 750,000 gamers are now registered for the ongoing beta testing. ‘The Secret World’ is published by Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) and will ship on June 19 th, 2012.

Those looking to join the beta test can sign up via the official site at www.thesecretworld.com.

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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. Recent titles include ‘Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures’, ‘The Longest Journey', 'Anarchy Online' and 'Dreamfall: The Longest Journey'. For corporate information please visit www.funcom.com. For information about Funcom games visit www.anarchy-online.com www.dreamfall.com, www.thesecretworld.com or www.ageofconan.com. Funcom is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker FUNCOM.  


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