THE END OF THE WORLD IS UPON US, DARK DAYS ARE HERE

Durham, USA – June 29 th, 2012 – Funcom is thrilled to announce that the Early Access pre-launch period for  ‘The Secret World’ – the modern-day MMO of myths, legends and conspiracies – begins today. In the next few days leading up to launch on July 3 rd everyone who has pre-ordered the game will get to explore a groundbreaking online world that  MMORPG.com  predicted  “… is going to take the world by storm and set new standards for excellence in gameplay....” and which  Videogamer.com  heralded as  “one of the most distinctive MMO’s of the last 10 years.”

Gamers eager to enter  ‘The Secret World’ during the four-day Early Access period can still do so simply by heading over to the official site and pre-ordering the game at any time before July 3 rd.

‘The Secret World’ presents players with a modern-day alternate reality where all the myths, legends and conspiracies of our world are true, and where hellish monsters threaten real-world locations such as Transylvania, Egypt and New England. When first entering the game players must enlist in a secret society – the Illuminati, the Dragon or the Templars – and engage in a battle not only for the future of our world, but also for the power to control its governments and corporations to further their cause.

“To say that we are shaking things up is an understatement,” says Funcom SVP of Sales & Marketing Morten Larssen. “With  ‘The Secret World’ we are showing gamers as well as the gaming industry that MMOs can be taken into new, exciting directions and that innovation in this genre is definitely not dead. Judging from the fantastic feedback we have already received from hundreds of thousands of beta testers, innovation is clearly the way forward and Funcom is excited to be breaking new ground."

‘The Secret World’ has been recognized widely for its new take on the MMO formula. Not only is it set in a unique modern-day setting, the game completely does away with confinements such as classes and levels. Storytelling is also taken to a whole new level and the game introduces engaging missions unlike anything seen before in MMOs. Public interest in the game has been formidable with 1.5 million gamers all over the world registered to beta test ‘The Secret World’ prior to launch, breaking all previous Funcom records. Media outlets such as  G4TV MMORPG  and  RockPaperShotgun  have singled out ‘The Secret World’ as one of the most anticipated games of 2012.

Funcom is also excited to announce that the game’s complete soundtrack – composed by Marc Canham and Simon Poole --  is now available and can be purchased from outlets such as  iTunes and  Amazon.

‘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  www.thesecretworld.com. Media assets can be found at  ftp.funcom.com/press.

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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.comwww.dreamfall.comwww.thesecretworld.com or  www.ageofconan.com. Funcom is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker FUNCOM.  


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