“What if I told you there was a hidden world, that all around you was a secret world that you were blind to…”
The Secret World is an online roleplaying game set in a world where every conspiracy theory, every urban legend, every wicked horror story is real. Where the Illuminati, the Templar, and the Dragon battle among the shadows to prevent a coming darkness.
Word on the street is that it’s pretty good, too. That’s cool. But you know what I’m really interested in? Seeing all those places and creatures from folklore and mythology recreated in a virtual setting.
Explore The Mysteries Of A Secret World
The Secret World takes place right here on modern day Earth. New York, London, Egypt. The Bermuda Triangle. Places we’re all familiar with, but from the perspective of a secret war waged in the shadows.
In fact, many of the locations are inspired by classic horror. Kingsmouth, for example, is a direct homage to the Cthulhu mythos of H.P. Lovecraft. It’s a small New England town, home to a peaceful seaside community.
Well, mostly peaceful.
Even Agartha, the mythical underground kingdom and alleged home of the Ancient Ones, makes an appearance as the game’s travel hub. Players will venture throughout the world by taking paths that branch out from this hidden realm at the center of the earth.
“The secret war is fought in iconic and legendary locations across the world. In El Dorado, players fight over Mayan idols, keys to a great force concealed within the lost City of Gold. In Stonehenge, a druidic ritual unlocks a source of energy that grants whoever controls the stone circle incredible magical power.”
– The Secret World Developer Diary
Time Will Tell
The Illuminati, the Templar, the Dragon. Three secret organizations fighting together, but divided by their own desire for control.
I don’t know if The Secret World will actually be worthwhile, and when it comes to MMORPGs, it’s never a good idea to get your hopes up.
But it has an interesting premise, and the idea of exploring mythical locations like Agartha and Shambhala, and battling bogeymen and other creatures from folklore, not to mention working alongside some of the world’s most notorious secret societies, definitely has me intrigued.
The Secret World is scheduled to launch on June 19, 2012, so we’ll know soon enough.