The Lovecraftian-themed MMORPG The Secret World is being relaunched as a free-to-play game under the title Secret World Legends according to an announcement on the game's official website. A trailer has launched alongside the announcement:
The Secret World is an MMORPG developed by Funcom and published by Electronic Arts. Set in a Lovecraftian-themed modern-day New England, players could use abilities in real-time to work their way through mysteries involving terrible monsters. According to Steam charts, the game had a small (but relatively healthy) population over the last few years.
Originally, the game had no plans to go free-to-play. The original game had removed the subscription fee some time ago, but now they've elected to do a hard reset on the whole thing according to a letter from the game's Executive Producer Scott Junior. The developers are taking this opportunity to overhaul significant elements of the game such as improving the combat system, enhancing the visuals, and making the game an overall smoother experience. Secret World Legends will initially only be available through Steam.
As for old players of The Secret World, your characters will not be carrying over to the new game. This is intended to be launched as a brand-new, fresh experience. However, according to the website's F.A.Q., the company plans to keep the original game running for the moment and a process will exist to transfer over certain vanity items you may have acquired in the original game. New and old players alike won't have to pony up any cash to play - the development team is aiming for a true free-to-play experience. Microtransactions are currently stated to focus on things like inventory and character slots, and the developers are aiming to make everything open to free players through gameplay one way or another.
If you'd like to sign up for the Beta of Secret World Legends, you can head on over to this page. In the meantime, read through the F.A.Q. and letter from the Executive Producer if you'd like a more detailed view of where Secret World Legends will be heading in the coming months.
What do you think of The Secret World relaunching as Secret World Legends? Do you think the changes will be enough to increase the new version's chances of success in the modern video gaming landscape? Let us know in the comments below!