Launched in 2012, The Secret World had such an intriguing premise that we almost wished it wasn’t wrapped up in the trappings of a typical MMO. Set in an alternate version of the present, it’s about a trio of clandestine organizations charged with protecting the planet from supernatural monsters. In other words, it’s like Men in Black written by H.P. Lovecraft.
Despite some great ideas and a novel approach to relating its unfolding plot, The Secret World was knocked back a bit by its iffy combat system and MMORPG trappings that never quite gelled with what could have been a more focused single-player adventure game. This might be why Funcom’s game never quite got the attention it deserved, with its user base topping out around the 200,000 mark.
Five years on, however, and it sounds as though The Secret World‘s about to get a new lease of life. Funcom’s announced that the game’s getting a fairly major overhaul, which will pare it down to what it describes as a “shared-world RPG.” This means that multiplayer will take a back seat in favor of a solo campaign driven by the story – great news since, as we said above, its premise was always The Secret World‘s strongest suit.
Now called Secret World Legends, the rebooted game will be free to play, and is also set to introduce a number of improvements to its combat mechanics and visuals, according to Eurogamer.
There’s no word yet as to when Legends will launch, but then, it wouldn’t be much of a Secret World without a few mysteries.
Still, there’s always a teaser trailer to tide us over until we hear more…