Ardua has been hot on the trail of any info about The Secret World, including possible interviews and information and whatnot. I could claim that I’ve just been doing what Dragons do best, which is wait in the background while the wannabe-Grail Knights do the actually gumshoeing, but the truth is — well, two-fold. One, so little information has come out that I’ve pretty much forgotten about it, or at least forgotten to keep an eye out for news. And two, there’s only so much teasing a body can take.
Secrecy, I get it – it’s part of the game, it makes good hype, it’s very Lovecraftian and blah and blah and blah. BUT. I don’t want to sit on forums all day every day rehashing the same 2 bits of information as we try to guess what might be coming down the pipe; and the reason I don’t want to do that anymore is that I’ve done it before, notably with Vanguard and more lately with Warhammer, and we all know that the wages of excessive hype is — always, mind you — disappointment.
That’s because nothing can live up to excessive hype. Maybe hype and excess are inevitably intertwined, but wouldn’t it be nice just for once to have a game that’s normally hyped? Sure, it wouldn’t give nearly as good advertising copy; still, it’d be a nice change.
“Try this game, we think it might be really rather good!”
Oh, and advertising that eschews the word EPIC will also win YshBrowniePoints. That goes for movies and books too, by the way.
All that being said, the game itself has definitely not slipped off my radar. It’s certainly the game I’m most excited about these days, not only because it’s skill- rather than class-based but also because it might, just might, offer a game world that I can really get into for a change. As with hype, there may be only so much generic fantasy a body can take these days; if nothing else it might be a fun change to shoot guns as well as waving swords. Fallen Earth offered me that for a month or two and although I’m not playing it right now, the change of genre really was refreshing. (EVE isn’t fantasy either of course, but I feel very distanced from the EVE world, probably because I don’t take part in the PvP stuff. Maybe it’s also got something to do with the lack of a non-ship avatar — that’s always been a problem for me.)
With that in mind, I thought I would see if I can’t improve my chances of getting into the beta, if and when such a beast comes to town. When you can’t get interviews, call on the Gods instead.