Funcom's The Secret World
may be about underworld societies waging a "behind the curtains" war against forces of darkness, but the beta signup is anything but secret. Over 500,000 potential testers have signed up on the MMO's website since Funcom opened beta registrations a month ago.
Funcom CEO Trond Arne Aas
says this is bigger than anything the studio has seen to date: "We are thrilled to see the amount of interest The Secret World
is generating among gamers and the press, and exceeding half a million beta registrations six months before release is definitely something we are proud of. The gamer interest in The Secret World
and the community size for the game is even greater than we experienced with Age of Conan
at the same stage of development. We expect the community size to keep on expanding at an ever faster pace in the coming months as we approach open beta and launch."
The Secret World
is scheduled to launch April 2012
and will be subscription-based
with optional microtransactions on top of that.