The Secret World is relaunching with “adjustments to business model”, free story content

Funcom's The Secret World is one of the big MMORPGs that has managed to stand the test of time and also the test of the buy-to-play business model, being around since 2012 and not requiring the payment of a subscription. You can, of course, pay for one if you want to enjoy some benefits.

In Funcom's fourth quarter 2016 financial report there was some interesting information about the studio's games, including the recent Conan Exiles which just happens to be making tons of money, but those figures aren't yet part of this report. Moving onto The Secret World, Funcom is planning a relaunch during the first half of 2017 with relaunch activities beginning late March and involving things such as a redesigned new player experience, improvements to gameplay including combat, new retention systems such as daily rewards and – and this is the part that interests us the most – “adjustments to the business model, including allowing access to the story content for free”. You can read it for yourself in the image below, especially the part that ends with “as with any business model adjustments there is a significant risk attached to this change.”


The question that remains is: will The Secret World switch to free-to-play as we know it or will it be limited in some way to the story content? This will be answered soon, we're sure.

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  • Jhollman

    I play TSW since 2013, not continuous ofc, there are times where you just get bored or find no more content to go (without paying), but i always return because TSW is an AWESOME game and this redesign news makes me very happy.

    I hope the changes are for good and not limited only to the “business model”
    Things i would love to see implemented are:

    – The character’s look and customization options need some love (A LOT actually) from devs.
    – The combat system learning curve is… could be better.
    – The Cabals system need fixing, its so hard to find a good Cabal (or any) people seems just to walk around on their own and the game dosent encourage grouping.

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