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THE BUZZ: EA has announced that anyone who pre-orders Funcom’s upcoming MMO, The Secret World, will be guaranteed access to the game’s beta.

Pre-orders will gain access to all beta weekends between May 11 and the game’s launch on June 19. Other bonuses include exclusive in-game items and early access. The bonus list:

  • Guaranteed access to all Beta Weekends starting May 11, with the ability to carry over their characters to every subsequent event.
  • Guaranteed Early Access to the game, up to four days prior to the game’s official launch.
  • An exclusive in-game item providing an experience boost to progression.
  • An exclusive in-game t-shirt featuring a unique monster design.
  • A powerful pet (Ferocious Wolf, Egyptian Cat or Loyal Hound) to support the player in combat.
  • A head start on character naming before the game launches.

EGM’s TAKE: The Secret World has an interesting concept, the game is set in a world where every single conspiracy theory is actually true. So you can image that the world is pretty messed up. If you’ve ever wondered what a world would be like where every crazy thing is actually real, then you should consider giving The Secret World a visit. I’m a big fan of MMOs, however I’m still a little worried about this being a little to over complicated considering that any class can take every skill in the game, and there’s around 500 of them. It may be a little overbearing to a newcomer. Like I’ve said previously, cookie cutter builds are available, but they won’t be as powerful as a custom created one, meaning to be more competitive you will have to dive into this overwhelming system.


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Matt has only been covering the gaming world for a short while, but he’s eager to make his mark. An ability to go many hours without sleep and a quick wit make him ideal for his role as associate editor at He often thinks back to the days when the very idea of this career seemed like nothing but an impossible dream. Find him on Twitter @mattyjb89